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  1. #21
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    I was definitely planning on getting on to doing it, I just never really get the chance due to my courses.
    But hopefully I can doodle some short comics and stuff sometime soon!
    I can relate, I remember how crazy demanding college was. I will say, though, that the time will never make itself, you need to make the time.

    Someone once said "Find your passion then do that every evening and weekend for the rest of your life until someone starts paying you to do it."

    Even if you can only set aside a couple hours a week, that will still end up being far more progress than none at all. Also, figure out what time you may be wasting. Do you play a lot of vieogames? Watch a lot of television? Could you reduce that time to work on your project instead? Or double up, I do a lot of drawing while letting the TV run in the background. That's how I managed to watch almost all 50 years of Doctor Who.

    I've wanted to write a comic and/or animate for years now, but I can't seem to gather the courage to do it, or know who to ask for advice.
    Nobody starts out a great artist or writer. Skill comes through practice.

    YouTube is a great source for drawing, writing and animation tutorials. Set modest goals to get things rolling, like learning basic drawing skills by going through a series of tutorials. If you're in school of any sort, find out if there's an art instructor whose classes you can sit in on, or who offers after school sessions. Join an art community, either online or through your neighborhood. Sit on on artist drawing streams, watching them work, asking questions, while working on your own drawings.

    When you decide to do a project, I recommend starting out small, don't overwhelm yourself with big plans. Maybe a single page or five page comic! Or a 10 second animation, maybe a simple walk cycle or ball bounce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beejazz View Post
    I've posted all my pages on Weasyl. One of these days I'll get a site of my own. It's sort of inconvenient that the pages are too big for tumblr, as that's where I've accumulated the most followers.
    I was surprised to recognize this. Where have I seen this?
    matt_ratt's comics get posted around a lot. Tumblr, reddit, imgur, who knows.

    I like drawing things in comic-format but I dunno if I'd call them comics because there isn't any kind of continuity or story and they also don't have very good jokes and also also there aren't very many

    but hey look https://www.weasyl.com/submissions/noxid?folderid=58446

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    I do a manga: https://www.weasyl.com/submissions?u...folderid=61717
    And yes, "manga" is Japanese for "comics" but I like to use the terms separately to differentiate the styles, so if you want to try your hand at "reading backwards" here ya go! =D

    But yeah, I just looked and there is no "Comics" subcategory. Should we, like, suggest that to someone? I mean, I guess you'd have to open the floodgates for sub-subcategories, like comics-->traditional/digital/etc, but I'm pretty sure we can work around it somehow, right?
    No matter what happens, I will have always produced more visible work on my solo project than Ken Penders has on his in the last five years.

    I write and draw a manga. It's like a backwards comic. Give it shot, bro.

    "You can't just slap "& Knuckles" onto everything." & Knuckles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getta View Post
    Nobody starts out a great artist or writer. Skill comes through practice.

    YouTube is a great source for drawing, writing and animation tutorials. Set modest goals to get things rolling, like learning basic drawing skills by going through a series of tutorials. If you're in school of any sort, find out if there's an art instructor whose classes you can sit in on, or who offers after school sessions. Join an art community, either online or through your neighborhood. Sit on on artist drawing streams, watching them work, asking questions, while working on your own drawings.

    When you decide to do a project, I recommend starting out small, don't overwhelm yourself with big plans. Maybe a single page or five page comic! Or a 10 second animation, maybe a simple walk cycle or ball bounce.
    I have two art degrees, an Associate's and a Minor in Animation. As for how good I actually am, and how much help I may still need, you can judge for yourself.

    The reason my Minor in Animation isn't a Major is because the teachers at my school were very bad. They weren't very helpful at articulating what I had done wrong, they just stood behind me and watched and told me "Redo this." It made me very nervous and confused. I don't know of anywhere I could go, or which YouTube channels I could turn to that are better at explaining things than my professors were-- if you know of someone or somewhere that could help, please, let me know.

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    I post some of my durpy slice of life comics here. I haven't worked out an actual story or anything so these are just random. Ironing out a good story is a goal of mine someday with a couple characters I came up with a few years ago, but right now I just don't have the time. :X
    It would be really cool if this site had a comic category and be able to search by it.

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    I think the idea behind the tagging system is that you don't really need categories, so you should just be able to search for whatever +comic and it'll turn up comics. Assuming people tag correctly.

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    @Getta

    Just wanted to say, all your advice about setting a time limit (like I am a bit of a perfectionist and work slow, and I am afraid I will take too long cause of it O_O), working from point a to b and making time and pretty much just everything you said rlly helps! I am one of those ppl who says want to make a comic but didn't YET. It would be my dream to start and make my own (web)comic stories, but as you see many still struggle or didn't made that lil jump yet. My goal is to slowly finish commissions this year and start making more personal time in the next year and spend that time on my Comic! I am rlly excited, and after reading your tips and tricks, it gives me that lil push that I can do it!

    On another note, it would be awesome to have a specific comic section! ♥

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    I do!... I plan to do more, tho.. I wish I could have the motivation to make another webcomic ahah

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    I have some random comic pages people have ordered here: https://www.weasyl.com/submissions/thekc?folderid=43986
    Thats about all I have on Weasyl, but you can see some series I work on in my sig. =3

    I'm always hopping to work on more webcomics. <3
    Last edited by TheKC; 10-21-2014 at 12:46 PM.

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    Looking good! Get involved in an art community, either online or local to you offline. Having other artists to share your works in progress with, getting and giving feedback, helps a lot. Weasyl has its own IRC channel and plenty of artists stream their drawing sessions. YouTube is great for general tutorials, but if it's feedback you're after, then you need to share your work with people.

    If nothing else, post to art galleries like Weasyl and FA, and be sure to request criticism.

    I can relate to the experience with bad teachers. I've had a few myself. It's frustrating that when you're in college, you don't necessarily have the life experience or skills to recognize you simply have a bad teacher, or how to fix the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noxid View Post
    I think the idea behind the tagging system is that you don't really need categories, so you should just be able to search for whatever +comic and it'll turn up comics. Assuming people tag correctly.
    That's the idea, but it's wrong-headed.

    If you don't give people options, most of the time they'll bumble around aimlessly and leave frustrated and bored. You have to show people what's out there, get them thinking about and excited for the possibilities.

 

 

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