Coin purses now in the Shop.
Get them while you can as some designs have a little as 1 left. As I won’t table at cons for a bit (with the exception of NYCC) this is the only way to get them.
So nycc has come and gone and I got a little depressed after stepping out of the Sarasota, FL airport. Every time I leave NY I feel I leave a piece of me back there.
I did not have a table as my focus was to start up new contacts and put faces to peoples names that I’ve followed (company, artists or blog). This is an initial contact and as I know I’m still young in skill, I was looking for frank comments and not starry eyed for jobs.
Well, I definitely got a frank feedback from Juyoun Lee of Yen press. Before I tell you what her opening statement was, let me share a quick note. I had missed the panel because of how long it takes to get from long island to Javits, so I have no idea what Ms. Lee looks like. Before the con, I’ve looked up ‘how to approach an editor/ art director’ posts and googled photos of her (I told her I did that). I’ve followed Yen since its start as they had mentioned doing a talent search. I’ve read her letter to aspiring artists and read up on Deb Aoki’s interview.
So I was going in with some background info so that I have something engaging to say and not fall on awkward silence (or worse, give excuses for my work before she has a chance to comment). I was very nervous. I’ve had other portfolio reviews in fact, the day before, I got a review from Amy Reeder of Rocket girl.Yet, I’ve never been as nervous as I was to get Lee’s comments.
Why? Well based on her comments in the open letter and interview, I know she had seen a lot of work. I had also submitted to the contest and didn’t get picked. I believe she was an editor in Korea and currently senior editor of Yen. With all those years of seeing so much work, you end up with a really sharp eye. Not only that, but I specifically wanted someone really experienced in manga to review my work.
All my other reviews are not invalid because of this. Reeder mentioned my breaking of the 180 (a really bad tendency of mines). An editor at dark horse a few years back mentioned my inking and to try nibs. Everyone comments about my anatomy. All of these are great comments and have made me learn to really look at my work with more decerment. Yet, each one had their own perceptions and needs for what they consider as pleasing work.
Anyhow, after my “2 mins” (that’s the advice I got from a lecture at school and reading up on meeting editors/ADs. Who would decline 2 mins?), I felt like jelly and tired. I worried myself to the point that I was on auto pilot and pretty much not register anything she said until after I cooled down and rewind my brain. I’m sure I’m missing bits and pieces in my memory but I remember making her laugh (always a good thing right?). Some of the usual comments of my anatomy, student level work and try experimenting out of the manga style was mentioned but it was interesting having someone more closely work in the area that I want to work in comment on my work. Of all the things she said, this one comment, her starting comment, is what convinced me to want to work even more on my comics. No one has ever mentioned it before.
“your tones are hideous”
You have no idea how much of a life saver it is when people start off with the strongest comment. Its like anticipation of getting a shot, getting pricked then its not that big of a deal while they inject medicine. It’s like a sudden relief comes over me and I get to laugh it off. I enjoyed our ‘2 mins’ , not that I was counting but it felt a lot longer then that. I appreciate her giving her time to look at my student work. I appreciate all those who take the time to share some advice with aspiring artist.
It cost me about 400$ to get those reviews. I had to prep for it too, making 3 comic pages in a week during midterms (and having my professor kind a sort of making a comment about me not doing enough work in his class though it didn’t help that I didn’t like that project much ), goggling up articles and photos and getting commissions done in time to get the money for the plane ticket. I wished that I was more prepared and really taken advantage of the con, including coming in for thursday professional hours, had some writing to get writers to critique (and knowing what writers will be there. I need to read more books), attend the YA panel and the Straczynski writing panel.
Next year, I’ll have the oeclair comic done and hopefully get the print edition funded. I plan to have a table but will seek out more feedback and continue to build relationships. Hopefully, I’ll have more money to spend on art too.
I’m working on a cool/ lovely light novel The Return. So far of what i’ve read, its a military sci fi/ dystopian romance.
There’s more sample of my work for the book and the You can read up a sample on the links in the blog, but the full text itself is 99 cents. A lovely commissioner open to feedback and great to work with.
So if you’d like to support me but can’t afford a commission, support the book. There’s more samples of my work and you’ll get to see the full illustrations in the book.
I’ll be walking around NYCC, showing my work, looking for critique. I don’t have much funds, so I won’t get to buy a lot in the AA but I’ll try to grab some books. Any recommendations or artists I should be on the look out for?
Since I’ll be walking about, let me know if there’s something you’d like me to review on or attend and make a report.
Hey followers (welcome newcomers).
This is for printing (and paying artists) for the first issue of 50ish pages. You have options that include buttons, pdf, poster, commissions from us artists or even you or your oc drawn into the comic!
This is my first in being part of crowdfunding. I’ve backed projects before, but never ran a champagne. Depending on how this goes, I might run my own series next year, but we’ll see.
Check out the IndieGoGO , we need to raise 3500$
I did it!!
I’ve learn a lot from this and lets just say, I can see how frustrating it is to use illustrator. I find making repeats much easier in photoshop even though illustrator does has a pattern creation tool. I had to google up several tutorials on illustrator, still this book was the most helpful in helping me as a beginner.
Also, I’ve made very few mock ups before in my life. I think I’ve only saved photos from uploading my stuff on products on various gift sites. I’m going to look up more examples of sales sheets and see what’s trending.
Surtex has posted up their designnext contest and I just love the theme!! So working on that next.