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Sunday Afternoon Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sun May 25, 2014, 3:39 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Wednesday Night Stream!

Journal Entry: Wed May 21, 2014, 9:27 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Sunday Night Livestream is up!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 27, 2014, 8:48 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Saturday Night Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 19, 2014, 8:21 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 13, 2014, 8:10 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Sunday Afternoon Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 6, 2014, 12:52 PM


Last Friday was kind of a bust, and yesterday was too. Eh well, hopefully today we'll get some good streaming in!



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Friday Night Livestream Status

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 4, 2014, 6:16 PM
Hey guys.

Just a quick heads up that tonight's scheduled stream will be put back a few hours, and I won't be starting until much later tonight due to a family event. I don't know when I'll get back, or if it'll even be early enough to even warrant a stream, but I'll see what I can do and update this journal accordingly when I get back.

Wednesday Night Stream!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 2, 2014, 6:05 PM


Know what blows my mind? That hand you see there in the journal's banner. That's my hand. I couldn't find a good ref online to be shown holding the name like that, so I just took a shot of my own hoping for the best, and I guess it was good enough to be deemed unnoticeable for a full decade. Yep, a full decade. I made that banner when I was 19.



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Sunday Evening Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 9, 2014, 5:18 PM



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Saturday Night Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 8, 2014, 8:48 PM



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Saturday Afternoon Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 8, 2014, 1:39 PM



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Thursday Night Stream

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 6, 2014, 9:03 PM



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Saturday Afternoon Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 22, 2014, 3:26 PM



Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Sunday Afternoon Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 16, 2014, 3:06 PM






Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Saturday Evening Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 1, 2014, 5:46 PM




Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Thursday Night Mature Stream

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 30, 2014, 9:24 PM




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External Links:

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Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Sunday Afternoon Stream! Zenescope Cover time.

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 19, 2014, 11:37 AM




Status:


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External Links:

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Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


ZZZ Desktop Wallpaper Pin-Up Calendar Pack is Up!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 4, 2014, 8:50 PM
For those of you who were following me through the tail end of 2013, you might've caught a little glimpse at a little calendar project that myself and ZZZ Comics were working on, and we present to you a pack of downloadable desktop wallpaper resolution pin-ups featuring numerous delectable beauties, princesses, and gypsies of our most beloved fairytales.

Click the image below to grab a pack for yourself, as well as chip in and help out some fellow artists (not just myself but many others) who labored intensely to bring this all together!


Thanks everyone!


Sunday Afternoon Mature Stream!

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 29, 2013, 12:21 PM





Status:


[JUMP IN HERE!]





External Links:

[Follow my Livestream Status on Twitter]

[Get Livestream updates on Tumblr]





Rules:

- Do not post links to NSFW sites or malicious content.

- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Some more tips to Freelancing

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 28, 2013, 12:23 PM
Just over a year ago, I compiled a small list of things you need to get started as a Freelance artist.

Let's accelerate a little bit, and assume that now you're in the business and have a pretty good groove going. While the core principles are still paramount to anything else, here are some quick one-shot tidbits of information that will assuredly save your bacon.


Back up everything, including the backups.




When working digitally, it's so easy to accidentally delete something off your hard drive and be unable to get it back. I've done this a few times myself. Even had entire hard drives fail on me. But it has been a very, very long time since the last time I had to redo an image from the start. Sure, I've had crashes that put me back an hour, I've merged layers together in a manner that ruins my work flow and makes the file unusable. But fixing these issues isn't nearly as painful as starting over from the beginning.

Hence the importance of backing up everything.

People need to learn the difference between 'backup' and 'storage.' Storage is keeping a file on a separate hard drive to free up your main one. You are not 'backing up' anything if you are simply moving the file elsewhere. So many times I hear about people keeping a 'backup' of their tax files on a flash drive, keeping a 'backup' of their family photos on Dropbox, or using their laptop to 'backup' their music files. If these 'backup' sources are the only place you can find that file, you're not backing up anything, you're simply storing them.

Backing up requires a copy of the file elsewhere in case one gets corrupted, lost, or destroyed. Doing so effectively will require you to invest in things you didn't think you'd need, such as a second external hard drive. Yes, you will need two. Inevitably, your work PC will run low on hard disk space, and you'll have to open it up by clearing out your old files. In order to be a proper backup, that file has to exist in two locations, and if your work PC is no longer a viable location, you'll have to achieve file redundancy with hardware redundancy.

Get a second external HDD if you haven't already. And for the love of everything, don't use those Flash sticks for backup; they so easily get broken and lost.



Document. Everything.



Inevitably, some sort of disagreement between you and a client will rear its ugly head, and it can get especially ugly if it pertains to money. Keep a log of all communication you have with your client in a separate text document within the same folder you place your commission (you are organizing your commissions into properly labeled folders, right?)

Are they giving you directions and specifying details? Get it in that document. Agreed upon a price? Definitely get that in a document. Are they going to pay you when it's done? Up front? Half and half? Make for certain that's in the document as well.

Remember to keep track of the payment status. It's highly recommended to keep a spreadsheet of every commission you do, whether it be covers, sequential pages, or private one-shot images. Keep note of every client for that commission, include a section for their contact information, note any deadlines, and most importantly, designate a section for whether they have paid you or not.

Keeping track of payments and communication like this is convenient and beneficial to both you and your client. It will inevitably spare both of you a headache in trying to keep up with finances, because as history has clearly shown, artists are notoriously bad at handling money. One of the biggest necessities to survive is maintaining proper communication with your client. Oh, which reminds me.


Spell Your Client's Name Right.



I mean seriously.


If You Want to Stream It, Get Permission



Intellectual property is one of the biggest and most sensitive topics at any entertainment company. You might be tasked with creating the cover of what would no doubt be one of the most talked about comics in years. Imagine, a story arc with Batman as a driver's ed instructor. The Avengers crossover with Tron. Star Wars meets My Little Pony!

Oh wait...



The publisher has it all bundled up and ready to be revealed as a massive 'holy shark steaks on rye' clincher for their elaborate multimedia presentation in a manner that straps the hype train to a Saturn V rocket and jettisons it into your face! An explosive revelation that would get io9 buzzing nonstop, top every subreddit, even inspire Stan Lee so much that he'll claim it was his idea fifty years ago!

But noooooooo.

The expensive fireworks display intended to kick our souls square in the taint...whimpers out into a dull 'meh' because some artist already spilled the beans on their Livestream channel months ago.

Get permission before you stream. People who are obsessive, thorough, and shameless in prying the Internet for juicy details for cheap karma points...well, they tend to be comic geeks too.


Deadlines. Meet them.


A certain no-brainer, but still one people have difficulty with. Especially if you have multiple images simultaneously in the pipeline. But missing a deadline can be disastrous to your freelancing career, as you not only run the risk of losing the client for future work but can lose other prospective clients if they hear about this. Remember, a lot of people hiring freelance artists are on a stringent, professional business schedule, and the expect the same level of professionalism out of you. If they say get it done by Friday, get it done by Friday.

No, wait, I take that back.

Get it done by Thursday. When they say Friday, it's a lie. They really want it on Thursday. Aiming for an extra day of completion allows you to not freak out, and also allows time for a back and forth in case there's a need for fixes/adjustments. Which perfectly segue's into...


Budget Accordingly for Fixes and Adjustments



When the image is done and sent off to the client, whew! All done! That one's finished! On to the next one! Right?

Right...?

It doesn't take long to learn that most clients will send an image back with little nitpicks here and there. Make this skintone darker. Make this hair redder. His jeans are blue denim, not khaki. It's inevitable, and don't you go about telling yourself they're being rude. A chef can be irritated when every customer sends a dish back, a doctor can be irritated when a patient critiques their diagnosis, but artists?

We're a little different. We have to depend on others' critiques to survive, and we have to treat our clients not as customers but as co-creators. It's their vision, too. You might be good with the tools, but the image in their head is far clearer than the one in your's. Don't argue with them, just anticipate it from the very beginning, and budget your time accordingly for it.

Lastly.


Don't Speak Ill of Anyone



Poor Rob Liefeld.

I actually feel bad for the guy. He gets a ton of flak because he's not the best at drawing anatomy (some of you would howl in laughter at such an understatement), but has ascended into the alpha tier of comic artist success stories. It makes me uncomfortable to see artists single him out and joke vociferously at his expense, not just because I too struggle with anatomy, not just because many other comic artists have similar flubs in proportions without getting equal scrutiny...

No. It's because these people are hurting their chances of getting a job with Marvel.

Speaking ill of an artist in a public forum and making a big deal out of "I don't know why this guy is so popular he's terrible" is a really bad idea if you freelance. You might get a hearty guffaw out of your friends, score some likes/shares/thumbs ups on social media, but those effects are petty in comparison to the consequences of limiting your prospects.

Hating on an artist can make them not hire you. Hating an artist can make the people who hire them not hire you. And in the case of Rob Liefeld, hating on him can make one of the top three big names in comics not even affirm your existence.

It doesn't matter if it's the popular thing to do, or if so many have done it that the hate has transcended into meme nomenclature. Word spreads fast online, and things you say can be dug up really easily with a cursory Google inquiry. When you freelance, you have to like everybody in the industry.


Except cheap-asses.



Screw them and their economy-ruining "I can hire a guy in India for $30 to do this epic sweeping Lord of the Rings complexity image if you won't" mentality. They are horrible people with horrible egos, and should be publicly shamed at every ample opportunity.