Tag: Illustration (page 1 of 14)

How to Make Yourself Study When You Have ZERO Motivation

Motivation Tips from Thomas Frank

The last few weeks I’ve been using the Youtube for all sorts of things. Busted door hinge – youtube. Cook an egg, or properly make my bed – Youtube. I’ve even been using it to learn how to fold my shirts and underwear so it looks like something in a department store. Anyways, I’ve got this bug in me to start doing things different (hopefully better) and using a tool like the Youtube has been a great resource. Then this morning and I wanted to do a Moopost. It has been awhile (weeks) and using Atomic Moo as a creative outlet, and learning experience, is very important to me. I would very much like to be posting every single day, but one of the biggest blocks to this is motivation. It takes a lot of time and energy to track down posts, and most of that time and energy I would rather be spending on drawing (an actual Atomic Moo comic) or studying drawing. However, I also feel that if I don’t get involved with creative projects and peoples, even on a blogging level, then my own creativity will atrophy and wither away. A lot of what Chud and I have done with our own art is inspired by the creatives we’ve met through this site and out Moocast! Also, I have huge problems getting motivated when it comes to just sitting down and sketching or studying sketching.

So since I’m going to keep doing it I jumped on the old Youtube this morning to find a little “how to motivation” before starting a post, and I came across this video by youtuber Thomas Frank. I don’t know this guy. I don’t know what his angle is or what his biz is. He might be the next Tony Robbins, but for neck-beard-hipster millennials. Who cares. The information he shares here tackles one of the biggest questions we had when we started Atomic Moo: “how do you get stuff done?” So, instead of posting a video on geeky art, or gallery, I decided to just post his video and hopefully learn from it. This video covers Four main points on how to find your motivation. The title says this is motivation for studying, and I think this is aimed at high school or college kids, but fuck it, we’ll take all we can from it, and (hopefully) I can use some of this to get a post on tomorrow too, and maybe finish a comic page… We’ll see.

Enjoy.

Atomic Tails #26!!!

Everyone Gets to be a Mouse!

Okay, I’ve been hit with the queen mother bitch of all head colds, so this’ll be brief. Please check out my latest Atomic Tails web comic strip (on the interwebs…) and I hope you enjoy the continuing adventures of Chud, Trog, and their scruffy friends. Also, check out Trog’s Blog to read my rants about making my first Web comic series, and also (also) check out the Archive for past comics. I think I’m suffocating in my own snot, so I’m gonna end this now.

Enjoy.

HOW TO DEFEAT ARTBLOCK

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

Cheers.

Stuff as Space Ships!

The Illustrations of Eric Geusz

Hello again, El Moochadores! I just got done working out and I’m still kind of “twitchy” so excuse any typos here. However; I didn’t have to go very far down my Facebook feed this morning to find some cool stuff to post about! Brought to us by A Different type of Art on the old FB, check out this fantastic illustration work by artist Eric Geusz (aka: Sapcegoose on the Instagram), where in he takes everyday objects and draws ’em up as spaceships. I mean, we all did this as little kids, right? Where we would take something like a remote, or whatever, and pretend it was a cool spaceship of some kind, because our parents were cheap and refused to buy us any toy a normal kid might have… I kind of think my life would’ve been way different had I owned a bunch of Transformers instead of a hand full of cheap ass Go-bots and some used up sparkplugs. Sigh. Anyways, it’s just cool to see that same imagination played out so well by a talented illustrator. Anyways, check out a few samples below, and be sure to follow him (@spacegoose) on Instagram. Also, give Different King of Art a “like” on Facebook.

Cheers!

FIVE LEGIT WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKETCHBOOK!

Drawing tips from DrawingWiffWaffles!

How’s it going, El Moochadores? Good, probably. Why not. Anyways, check out this awesome little video from Drawingwiffwaffles on the youtube! In this video Mrs. Waffles (maybe it’s Miss…) lays down five tips for improving the overall look of your sketchbook. Which in my case would really help. That shambling mess on the right here is a page of my own sketch book. Not so much art as it is a spastic sneeze with pencil and ink.
So, Miss Wiffwaffles tips are based around the idea of Contrast! which is:

the state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.

And for a quick summary they are:

1. Contrast in Size!
2. Contrast in Detail!
3. Contrast in Color!
4. Contrast in Texture!
5. Cram!

So go on and check out the video below. She has a fantastic illustrative style and a cute “snorty” laugh. It’s great. Both the video and the laugh. Also, feel free to post links to your sketchbook in the comments below or any advice you’ve found helpful.

Cheers!

Sean Andrew Murray Sketchbook Volume 2

Kickstarter for Hard Cover Collection of Four Years of Sketches!

Hello again El Moochadores! Yeah, it’s been awhile since my last post, but just know life’s been kicking the crap out me since then. Anyways, tonight’s post focuses on a new Kickstarter by illustrator Sean A. Murray. When funded; Sketchbook Vol. 2 will be a 6×9, hard cover, collection of four years worth of drawings from Murray’s sketchbooks. The illustration work is amazing, and with a 120 pages there’s a lot of it!

I’ve posted a few sample images below but click the KS link above to see possible contributor awards, which can also include past volumes of Murray’s work. As of this post the KS has about 15 days left and has already met it’s goal (Gratz!), but there’s still time to pitch in and get some cool rewards. Now, go contribute while I go muddle up my sketchbooks with… stuff.

Cheers!

5 Tips for Completing Inktober 2017!

Inktober Survival Tips and Daily Drawing Hacks

Hello again, El Moochadores! Yeah, a long hiatus since my last post, but I’ve been working very hard on the next Atomic Tails comic, and my Inktober drawings. Speaking of which…

This is my first time participating in Inktober, and it is a challenge. Since the beginning of the month I’ve found it very hard to get my drawings done. Not having enough time being a huge factor, also not knowing what to draw. So, I feel like a lot of the drawings I’ve been doing are kind of half-assed or just bad. I had some free time this morning, so I thought I would source some tips and hacks for getting my Inktober drawings done. So check out this very informative video from Windy Iris on the youtube. She provides 5 tips for getting through the month, which I do find helpful. At the end of this month I’m hoping to do a post of all my Inktober drawings and any progress.

Cheers!

Inktober 2017

Supplies + Goals + Tips

Hello again, El Moochadores! September is almost done, and we’re about to begin Inktober 2017! 31 days of artists inking like crazy. I’m really going to make an effort to participate this year, but I also have a tendency to fall off the wagon pretty quick. So, we’ll see. For those of you looking for some basic tips and advice on beginning your first Inktober, check out this great little video from Juicy Ink (aka: Tori Anne) on the youtube.

Now, she has a lot of really great advice in this video, but I had to watch it twice because her soft voice also kicked in a massive ASMR buzz on me, and I kind of started drifting off. However; I’m sure most of you won’t have this problem, but if you are looking for an Inktober/ASMR combo punch, this’d be it. So, enjoy the video and if you are doing Inktober this year, share illustrations with us! I’d love to do a post about it at the end of next month.

Cheers!

How To Draw HIPS & WAIST

Drawing Tutorial from Mikey Mega Mega

Hey El Moochadores! I gotta run to work in a second (…well, drive), but I wanted to start posting some of the tutorial stuff I’ve been watching. First up is a video from Manga artist Mikey Mega Mega on the youtube. This tut covers how to draw hips and waist, which is something I’ve always had a problem with. Not just with sexy pin-up girl stuff, but also with my mice characters who are a bit “hippy” too. Anyways, I gotta get going, but enjoy the video and hit the link above to see more of his tutorials.

Cheers.


P.S.

If you are currently working on (or have produced) an independent comic, film, game, or music that has a strong nerd/geek vibe: Let us know! I’m always looking for cool “geek-creative stuff to post about” here on the Moo, and learning about your project would really help me out – and save me a lot of time searching the internet!

Atomic Tails #22!!!

The adventures of Chud and Trog Continue!

Hello again, El Moochadores! Yeah, I haven’t been posting a lot lately, but mostly because I’ve been focused on getting the new Atomic Tails comic finished. Comic #22 tells a little bit more about Chud’s plan for a comic book (greatest comic book in the history of the world…). I don’t like patting myself on the back, but there’s some stuff in this strip, I’m kind of proud of. Anyways, check out the new comic below, and after that go check out past comics at the Atomic Tails archice. Also, you can read a little bit about what went into the making of the comic (this is a learning experience too) at Trog’s Blog.
***Explicit Language*** for all you sensitive folks.

Enjoy!

P.S.

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P.S.S

If you are currently working on (or have produced) an independent comic, film, game, or music that has a strong nerd/geek vibe: Let us know! I’m always looking for cool “geek-creative stuff to post about” here on the Moo, and learning about your project would really help me out – and save me a lot of time searching the internet!

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