{on being in a small room with lounging naked strangers}

One of the first things people want to know, once they sniff out my sketchbook, is how weird it is to draw from a nude model? How often do I draw from nude models? What’s the most awkward thing that’s happened during a session with nude models? How do I get over seeing their junk? Do I actually draw, you know, it?

Well, I’ve never drawn from live models. I guess I’m lacking in that “Real Artist” department, sorry. Most of the reason being that, most organizations now-a-days only let you observe or take a nude session if you’re above sixteen (for many, eighteen), and that number only just happened in my case. I say yes, I draw from photographs on certain occasions, sometimes nude. Which of course puts the idea into their heads that I draw straight from hardcore Japanese fetish porn magazines.

Which, to set the record straight, I don’t.

In college, I’ll have sessions with nude models. Actually, I’ll probably be taking classes this summer with nude modeling. It doesn’t really bother me, because I guess I don’t have a bizzare fear of the human body that a lot of people seem to harbor? We all have butts; it’s not really a secret.

Are you scared?

Actually, it’s sort of perplexing how many people are absolutely scandalized by skin and how artists (for the most part) are not. I asked around with some of my more-experienced, college-educated, actual-real-life-artist friends, and I got a quote from my buddy, Carter:

“It’s because the media shows all this skin and then shames it. Like, they post pictures of Kim Kardashian in a thong all over the f___ing place, and then call girls who wear thongs sluts unless they’re fat, then they just call them gross, and boys who look beyond the appropriate 3.4 seconds perverts. So the general public is afraid of anything sexual because it’s not even art anymore, it’s just media and the media is shameful, at least in the US. Artists don’t really care about that, because they draw beautiful things and, well, the human body is a beautiful thing, regardless of what media does to it or says about it.”

And I thought that was a pretty cool explanation, to say the least.

{i’mma pimp out some comics}

So basically I’m just going to put some sweet webcomics here. If you’re not into that whole nerdy internet picture-book thing, I urge you to reconsider with just a few of my absolute favorite internet-based sequential-arts stories.

Warning: some of these might contain things like nudity, rough language, gore, or drug use.

idk I didn’t write them read at your own risk for slight offense I guess??

Octopus Pie– One of the first webcomics I came in contact with. The simplistic style and universal themes make it a read for absolutely everybody, as long as you don’t mind a few pot references here and there and painfully awkward/endearing characters.

Boxer Hockey– I’ve written a little about this one before and, even though it’s on hiatus while Tyson Hesse does things like life, the art is phenomenal and it’s actually one of the most hilarious things I have come across to date. I have three B-Hoc shirts okay don’t judge.

Hemlock– This is a comic that’s a bit more fantasy based and, even though it’s not my favorite genre, I’m in love with Hemlock. The art style is unique and addicting, and the writing and mystic to the story give it something awesome, because it’s basically one of the best looking comics on the web.

The MeekStory-rich and extremely compelling. The details that the artist puts into this, both plot-wise and artistically, are mind blowing.

Monster Pulse– This one’s something I came across pretty recently, and even though the art style is off-beat, it’s got it’s own little coffee-house feel about it and the characters, who are all a little off-beat themselves. It’s only just started in comparison to most webcomics, but it’s very good.

Hanna Is Not A Boy’s Name– Okay, so it hasn’t updated in like a year and no one knows what Tessa Stone is doing or where she is, but this is still a fantastic comic with a lot to offer that I’ll always recommend to any budding sequential artist, or just anyone who’s curious. It’s still one of my favorite things, art, story, and character wise.

Sakana– This has been on my blog, too. But I reiterate. Phenomenal story-telling about below-average characters in a normal, if not slightly more badly-timed, world- my personal favorite kind. The art is simple, yet extremely expressive and stylistic. Plus, I drew a picture of the main characters and Madaline Rupert found it and said that I “have a cool style <3” so you know there’s that.

Homestuck– Yeah you were not going to get through this without a link to Homestuck. With 4868 pages (not including multiple animations running up to 20 minutes long and interactive game sections where you control the characters Gameboy Color style), the word count is actually reaching the top of the list for “Longest Works American Literature,” or something of the sort. Not even talking about the crazy plot, Andrew Hussie has utilized digital arts and the internet to create and shape an entirely new way of story-telling, something that, before MSPAdventures, had not been done before. Very very long, but very very worth it.

Tiny Kitten Teeth– So retro so adorable it’s actually hard to handle. The colors and all-around form of this comic are incredible and addicting, and any random page would look fantastic printed on a shirt with a little cardigan and leggings or something idk it’s the cutest. Even if it is a little hard to follow, at times.

Lackadaisy– I’ve actually learned more about 20’s bootlegging from this comic about cats than I ever have from a history class, and considering the level of historical accuracy in this one, that’s not an insult to any of my teachers. Plus the art. Oh sweet baby Jesus in a handbasket I could stare at the same panel for months I seriously could you think I’m kidding don’t you.

There are plenty of others that I could list at any given moment, but I think I’ll stop here.

Mostly because I sound like the biggest nerd in the world and I’d like to clear up before I end this post that no I do not collect comic books they are graphic novels, those are not dolls they are action figures, and my inhaler is only for seasonal asthma okay lay off.

a little bit of thumb-nailed interaction between the newly introduced characters, dubbed abbey and reginald, respectively.

{absolutely 100% riveting adventures in story-building}

Among some new projects I’ve kick-started for this summer is a webcomic. Nothing fancy; two or three pages a week, posted somewhere on the internet. If I can keep it up and keep it well, it’s somewhat impressive to art colleges, and I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while now.

However, I’ve got bigger plans for the stories and characters I currently have, so I had to start from scratch. I started with a parody-fairy tale, and went from there. With the basic characterizations in mind, I set in on what I personally think is the hardest part of visual story-telling; the actual designs.

I After a I wasted a lot of paper, time, and perfectly good erasers, I ended up– more or less happy –with these two losers:


A prince stuck in a tower, and a princess/knight with some really rough braids.

I’m fairly excited to see what I can do with a story on such short notice.

That’s all I’ve really got to show, for now. When I get to the point of actually starting the comic, I’ll be sure to link it!

 

i really should draw my own characters once in a while.

 

{inspo}

Inspiration comes from everywhere and it would be obnoxious if I prattled on and on about the experiences that shape my ~*#artistic voice#*~. So I’ll just put up some pictures that have encouraged and shaped the plotline of Subject to Change and other, smaller stories that I don’t care about as much. But mostly Subject to Change because let’s be real, that’s my brain baby.

Unfortunately, I’m not nearly talented enough to take photos like this, and I don’t have sources for most of them. I attempt to find the artists, but the internet is a vast place, you know. As I locate the artists, I’ll hyperlink as credit.

Mouse over for commentary because I’m sassy.

sweatshirts are fun to draw. also i guess this counts as a height reference sooo.

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