Rant and advice from Rodgon the Artist!

I’m pretty sure the universe is working against me. I wanted to post this video last night, but my hard drive crashed (she will be missed), and this morning a WordPress plugin issue kept me out of Atomic Moo for a bit. Oh, and I threw my back out. Not really a technical issue, but it really hurts to blog with a bad back.

Anyways… before I jump into a morning of Atomic Tails work (#25 is almost done!), I wanted to post this video from Rodgon the Artist. He has a ton of youtube videos teaching slobs like me how to cartoon and illustrate, and I’ve become a really big fan of his work. I wanted to post this video (Originally published last November), because art block is a huge problem for me. I very much want to illustrate and work on my webcomics, but even when I have the time to work in my sketch book, or finish a comic, I some how just piss the time away. In this video, Rodgon goes over three ways to beat your own artist block.

Real quick I’m going to try and paraphrase the three top points of the video, which are:

1. Build a huge mental library of stuff you can draw from memory. Which is something I’m trying now. For Atomic Tails I spend a lot of time practicing drawing Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry characters, ref sheets, and even just pausing the cartoons. It’s not to rip off the characters, but to learn how they were made and maybe make something of my own. There’s even a book I’m reading right now by Austing Kleon called Steal Like an Artist that covers this area a bit.
2. Create a creative circle. Not where I’m at my strongest, but having created a website like Atomic Moo and meeting tons of great creatives through the Moocast and cons, I really do know how important this is. Cuttently; outside of a few people on the internet I don’t really have a lot of people I go to for inspiration, motivation, or advice. So, this is something I’m going to start working on.
3. Beat your depression. Both Chud and I have had huge issues with self-esteem and depression, and I get the value of dealing with your issues in a healthy way. However, that may be.

Okay, so check out the video below while I go and draw some cartoon mice. Hopefully I’ll have a comic to post by the end of the day. To see more of Rodgon’s illustration work checkout his website at Rodgon.com


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