EDIT: Revamped. Finally got rid of the previous 3 year old FAQ D:
= New Question Frequently Asked Questions
</u>ART RELATED Q'sWhat materials do you use? Where do I get them?
If I got a buck for every time I repeat this, I could probably drop out of school and call this my career. HERE IS THE ANSWER, dear god, please don't ask me again OTL;;Sketching:
0.3mm Pilot pencil. You can find them in art stores and online. Inking:
Copic multiliners (size 003 and 005) and Staedtler (size 005) pigment liners. I prefer the thinnest ones because I do a lot of details. There are larger sizes of course. You can find Staedtlers at most art stores and maybe Copic multiliners if you're lucky. Both brands can be found online. Google is your friend. Coloring:
Copic Sketch markers are my main tools, but I have a few stray Touch and Neopiko markers that I use because they are colors that I don't have in Copics. They are available in some art stores, but I prefer to get them online at www.carpediemstore.com . Prices range from $5 to a ridiculous $9 per marker, but I wouldn't pay over $5.50 for each. www.dickblick.com and ebay also sell them, so just browse around.Highlights:
I use white Sakura Gelly Roll pen and Daler Rowney acrylic ink to make white highlights on certain parts of my drawings after I'm done coloring. They are very common and can be found in most art stores and online. Many people seem to think that the white gel pen I use is a thing of God, but nope, it's just a $1.69 white gel pen. Paper:
Manga manuscript, A4 size. I use Deleter, Copic, and Manga University brands. These are a bit tricky to find in stores, but like always, utilize the world wide web that's just a few clicks away!Scanner:
Canon MP210. No, it's not a magical scanner that produces scans with brilliant and perfectly saturated colors. All scans come out shitty, that's just the universal truth. I use Photoshop CS3 to manually adjust the levels, color balances, contrasts, and saturation for all of my art. OMG you're so good at drawing! How did you get so good?
Practice, practice, practice. You've heard it from everyone only because it's true. Sure, talent may add an extra kick, but it's nothing without practice. If you want to improve, go grab a stack of paper and start drawing. A couple years ago, between the age of 11-12, I drew more than 500 shitty
pictures (now kept in a 3 inch binder), all for practice. Yeah, it helped. Do you take commissions?
Yes. [link]Do you sell prints?
I will sell at west coast cons (Anime Expo, Fanime, etc) every year, and I'll make journal entries with info on that when the time comes. If you cannot attend any of them, I will usually take online orders a few times throughout the year, generally after large conventions (mid-July). Keep an eye out for journal updates if you are interested in buying prints!Will you make a tutorial?
I have three in my gallery, though they're more of walkthroughs than anything. You can find them here: [link]How many markers do you have?
I have over 200 Copic Sketch, around 75 Prismacolors, 6 Touch markers, and 5 Neopikos. How long have you been drawing?
When I was around 11. I'm 18 now, so it's been a good 7 years. What schooling have you had in the field of artwork?
None. Well, I took art classes on and off for a bit, but nothing to do w/ my current manga/anime style. What inspires you?
Lots of stuff. Sometimes I just go look at other peoples' work for hours, and it helps gets my imagination running. Do you take requests or art trades?
Requests- not at all. Art trades- only with close friends. Can I use your art for icons, avatars, character bios, website graphics, etc?
Please note me before hand. Do not take it without asking. Will you teach me how to draw?
No, because I believe that people produce more authentic art when they have the initiative to experiment and learn for themselves. I didn't have anyone hold my hand every step of the way, and I turned out alright. I can give you tips, but I can't give you the secret to improve because there isn't one. It's not supposed to be that easy Tell me your secrets!
Sorry, but like I just said, there's no secrets. All the material I use are listed above and there's no "secret ingredient" I add to make my art pretty or anything. Practice, patience, and more practice...that's really all there's to it. How do you have the patience to draw all those details in your art?
Funny, I don't find them a pain to draw. To me they're actually quite fun *masochist* 8D. I know that all of the small things will add up to the quality of the final product, so I don't find it irritating to go out of my way and make it better. If everything is simple and boring, then what's the fun of it?How long do you draw per sitting? How do you find the time?
If it's something small that can be finished in under 8 hours, I usually draw in one sitting. If it's a large piece, I draw in 8-9 hour intervals. I have to take breaks in between these intervals because as you can imagine, sitting still and drawing for 8 hours takes a lot out of you. I usually try to finish drawings in 2-3 days because I lose interest easily and if I leave something unfinished for awhile, I most likely will never go back to it. As for how I find the time...I usually try draw when I have the time to, such as weekends or days when I'm not too busy in school. We all have the time, it's just a matter of finding and utilizing it. I've found someone stealing your art! What do I do?
Please let me know somehow. Email, note, comment, it doesn't matter, but just let me know. And if it's on any art site, such as this one, report it immediately. Thank you! DEVIANTART COMMUNITY RELATED Q'sCan I watch you?
Yes, knock yourself out. Can you watch me?
If I like your art, then I will watch you :>LOOK AT MY ART! JOIN MY CLUB! ENTER MY COMPETITION!
If I like your art, I wouldn't need you to note me your every update; I'd be watching you. I'm not interested in joining clubs. I enter very few competitions, and most of them I find from the people that I watch. Please don't send me notes about that, thank you OTL;;Can we be friends?
If you have to ask, then we're obviously doing it wrong. Why don't you reply back to my comment?
If I've seen similar comments 232304923048 times before and there's nothing to reply to, then I'm not going to say anything. I try to answer most questions, but please also try to understand that I can't reply to everyone. If I did, I wouldn't have a life outside of replying back to comments on dA. Personal Q'sHow old are you?
My birthday is 9/24/1990, so that makes me 18 at the moment. Ethnicity?
Chinese, but born in California. Are you going to go to Japan and make your own manga?
No. Even if I were pursuing art as a career, that would be highly implausible. I'm not Japanese, I don't speak it, and I can't draw sequential art to save my life.
I am a sophomore in college majoring in Radiation Therapy. I decided against going into art because I've very picky about the things I draw. I wouldn't find joy in drawing much things outside of the anime/manga style, and few can survive in the art industry without being able to draw many styles and genres. Art won't be my career, but it will always be my passion. So, how are you today?
I have to be honest, I'm not the one for idle chit chatting especially if I've never talked to you before. Since there's no polite way of ending a greeting ("I'm good. Bye bye."), I'll probably just ignore it. If you have something interesting to say or important to ask that you were planning to get to in 2-3 messages, I would really appreciate conciseness. I'm a very busy girl with a lot of procrastinating to do. Why cartoongirl7 as your username?
BECAUSE I WAS YOUNG AND STUPID WHEN I JOINED *wails*
I never thought I'd get even remotely popular, so I just put the name I made up when I was in 3rd grade because it's the only one I ever use and remember. And now I will be forever haunted with this disgusting name.
Lesson to bring home: Always choose your username wisely. Don't put "cartoon" if you draw anime. Don't put "anime" either, because it's just...no. Don't put "girl", because seriously, that's just not cool. AND NEVER PUT A NUMBER. /headdesk So what's your real name?
Joanna. My friends call me Jo because speaking three syllables takes too much effort...or something. For that reason, I sign my art with MOJO!.