Just putting this out there.
I love what I do. I love storyboards and comics. I love telling stories with pictures. I love the process of visualising the action, finding the key poses, the powerful moments, and taking that mental snapshot to paper or screen.
I envy people who both write and draw, especially when I get told “You should do your OWN comics!” I feel that way whether that comment is said in either a negative fashion (“well if you don’t like it make your own and leave my precious sexualised art alone”) or positive (“omg i would read any comic with your art like right now”).
I’m not good at coming up with my own stories. I get bogged down. I get stuck. I lose track, I lose steam, I lose interest.
However, I love collaborative work. I love telling other people’s stories. I wish I had time to draw the stories I want, but I need to draw the stories I get paid to, first.
At this point, I’m grateful that I get offered storyboard contracts that make me employed fairly full time, and that I haven’t had to actively look for a gig in a while. I’m also grateful some of the shows I’ve been working on have been so much fun it’s a joy to get to work. I might winge about deadlines now and then, and I may have days where my focus is everywhere but on work (today’s lesstitsnass and The Mary Sue experience has been really exciting/distracting), but the fact remains that I am a visual storyteller and it’s what I NEED to be doing.
That and teaching, if that wasn’t obvious by my breakdons and corrections in lesstitsnass.
Anyway, this got a lot longer than I originally planned. I’d just wanted to say that since I’m not good at coming up with stories, and if money wasn’t an object, I’d love to be able to go to writers I like and say to them, “I will draw whatever you write for me to draw.” And if it was a paying gig, bonus!
I would definitely draw more Gargoyles comics for Greg Weisman. Duh. I would draw anything Gail Simone would tell me to. Kelly Sue DeConnick would have my pencil, pen and stylus at her service. I’d get more Sunset Val done with Rob St.Martin. I’d draw a story for Faith Hicks, since she mentioned once being curious about being on the writing side of a duo. These are the ones off the top of my head. There are plenty more.
Just… you know. Putting this out there.
One thing I don’t undertand in comics is characters talking with their mouths closed. You see it all the time in mainstream books. I’m certain there’s a point when I was drawing comics that I flipped from not even thinking about the closed mouth talkers (my early stuff is full of them) to really hating them. It completely punctures the reality of a panel for me if someone’s talking with their mouth closed.
This drives me crazy! A speech bubble floating above a character’s head, and he or she has their mouth shut. Don’t do this! It loses the immediacy of the dialog when the mouth isn’t open.
Same here! I can’t stand closed mouths on speaking characters. Storytelling fails if the action is contradicting the presence of the word bubble.
I think people who draw closed mouths might have problems drawing an expressive open mouth? It’s the only reason I can think of.
I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly. :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy! You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through. You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way! Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!
Love your art, love yourself!
Words of infinite wisdom and the way to get better! This is very much written so that people get confident, but not braggy or complacent. Love this, and had to share!
That this shit happens, specifically threats of all kinds and harassment of women in the game industry — that this happens and keeps happening over and over and over again, on every scale… this is why I speak out. It’s why I share links, it’s why I re-blog posts, it’s why I’m on social media.
It’s why I go to conventions and speak on panels about being a woman in the industry. (And about writing, and about games in general, and a host of other things too.)
It’s why I’m a feminist. It’s why I try to be an intersectional feminist, as best as I can.
It’s why I reach out to women wanting to be in the industry.
It’s why I mentor — both as a volunteer for Pixelles Montreal, and in general, whenever I can.
It’s why whenever our office has a Q&A with kids, teenagers & students at work, I volunteer.
It’s why I answer emails from strangers, it’s why I respond on LinkedIn whenever I have the chance, it’s why I take DMs on Twitter and try do do more.
It’s why I wish I had more time, more spoons, more energy. It’s why I wish I could answer all the correspondence and questions I get, via every social media I’m on. It’s why I hate that I can’t.
It’s why I wish I had more answers.
It’s why whenever someone snarks “well, I’m busy actually making games” and is condescending about women who talk on panels, who talk about feminism, I want to set things on fucking fire.
Being a woman and visible in the game industry, on social media, fucking hell in ANY industry, is tantamount to painting a target on your back.
Whether you’re perfect or not, whether your behavior is without reproach or not is irrelevant. Because the threats, the harassment, it’s just about you being a woman.
Talking while being a woman in the game industry is dangerous. You never know when someone will take a potshot at you, you never know what level of abuse is around the corner. You never know who will target you, or your friends, or your family. And that’s without even considering intersectionality and everything that comes with along with that.
Speaking out, being visible, it’s not for everyone. I don’t judge those who prefer not to be visible, are you kidding me? Holy shit do I ever understand!
But I will do nothing less but offer my full support to those who go out there and risk themselves, every day, doing so. I will do nothing less than have the back of other women in the industry, whatever job they may have.
You are one of mine. I will listen to you, I will answer your questions, I will support you, I will mentor you, I will be there.
I will do nothing less.
- "Thank you for the quote, I’ll keep it in mind and get back to you sometime when I’m able to commission you!"
- "That’s a little out of my budget for the time being, but thank you for your time. I’ll contact you again if/when I am able to pay!"
- "I appreciate the quote, but i’ve decided to wait on the commission, thank you!"
- "I understand your prices and that they are fair, but I am unable to afford this for the time being! Good luck on the rest of your commissions."
What NOT to say when an artist quotes your commission higher than you expected:
- ”@-@ Holy crap that’s expensive!!”
- "Could you maybe give me a tumblr follower discount? :3"
- "Your prices are too high!!!!"
- "Really?? Just for a sketch? I could draw it for half that!!"
Treat artists like human beings. We gotta eat too. Commissioning an artist is not different from any other contract work. You’re not going to ask your dentist for a discounted root canal or tell your contractor his cabinets are too expensive, don’t ask artists to change their prices because you perceive them as too high. More than likely, an artist taking commissions from the internet are drastically under charging themselves already. Please be respectful and understanding that art is a skill and not a favour.
Lower emphasis mine. Because it is true.
This shit better work
HAH I REBLOGGED THIS LAST NIGHT AND LOOK WHAT I GOT FROM MY DAD TODAY OUT OF THE BLUE
what if we all got paper lolGUYS I REBLOGGED THIS LAST NIGHT AND I JUST GOT $150
I am not even kidding but I am reblogging this twice in a row because I just got $275.
reblogging if only because that’s a cool thing to happen in August in my lifetime
And my birthday is next week. Think it’ll work? ZOMG I think I might be getting a paycheque for my last storyboard!
This is me:
I’m the girl who got headbutted. You might recall this incident from a few years back with either a feeling of support and the urge to high-five me, or an intense dislike because I’m mad feminist, hell-bent on making up stories to demonise men. If you are…