Evanto Market


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I thought I’d give it one last go before quitting and selling only on my own stores. I submitted a design as a test. On my Etsy where I normally get tiny views like 3 or 5 and I make sales here and there. In 3days of posting said design I had over 1000 views and favourites on Etsy and good stats on my Storenvy as well, which are still steadily growing interest on both stores. The design was rejected on Evanto and rather quickly. I’m not even going to bother any more. It works great for others but sometimes with certain designs I just know they will do well mainly because they’re exactly what people are bugging me for and I listen to my customers and hold polls and what not. But it doesn’t matter any more. I’m keeping all my designs and selling them myself on my two stores. Like my mother says, sometimes you just gotta do it yourself!

I’m in no way saying they are bad or wrong, not having a cry about poor me rejected, not at all! I wanted to see how fussy they were. I heard they were better than iStock but I had to test for myself. It works great for others and gets their name out there, good for them. They deserve it. What I am saying however is don’t be disheartened if you try out places like GraphicRiver or other Evanto marketplaces or stock sites like iStock. Don’t let it get to you or make you quit. You could just be in the wrong place for your skills, that’s all. If you enjoy what you do and have customers then stick with it. I definitely say try Storenvy.com and keep all your profits. It’s super friendly there and there are no fees or listing fees and you can have your store look however YOU want. Etsy seems great for designers and even web designers. Beautiful things to buy and loads of nice people. The listing fees aren’t bad, much better than ebay and it’s one of the best places to be if you are a designer, artist, craftsman or jeweller.

Just don’t let it get you down. I’m not 🙂 If you get rejected it’s not the end of the world, sometimes it’s their loss. Sometimes not, sometimes they’re dead right and you got a lot to learn first. It can be an opportunity to learn, learn what to improve on but don’t take it as their word is the only word and I mean whom ever you submit to. Just keep your chin up and find what works for you.

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50th Post!!


Tomorrow because it’s HD and took way to long to process I will annotate. But I used a combination of layer lock and clipping mask to make this digital painting. Most of the blending is a combination of painting with a lighter colour or using the smudge tool with a custom brush that I made. Tomorrow I will further update this post with better info but for now, enjoy what you can of this video.

Photoshop Tip: Pencil Tool


This is just a random thing I thought to mention. Pencil tool isn’t really for sketching. It’s set to basic brushes for a reason. It’s more for making lines. If you hold shift while dragging up or down you get a perfect line but it you click then click a point in another direction all while holding down shift you get a diagonal line. If you do this with the pressure brushes even with a mouse you WON’T get a diagonal line, at least not one that’s very visible. I use to think that feature was excluded from photoshop elements until I actually found the pencil tool.

I watch some youtube videos on drawing now and then and a lot of people seem to use the line shape instead of simple click+shift+drag or shift+click+click with the pencil tool. The disadvantage with the shape tool is rasterizing and merging all of those lines and cutting and pasting. If you go to window>> guide you can then see a ruler along the top and left side. Combine that with using shift instead and you can measure out your lines like you would with a real pen and ruler.

This method also works with GIMP and a few other digital art programs.

Selling Photoshop Brushes


Just thought to mention here that I’m selling some photoshop brushes. All of them are good quality. Made in photoshop CS5. Should work in older versions to at least CS3. Not sure about any older versions though. Should work in photoshop elements. It has for mine. I use them and made them myself . All the brushes are previewed to the left. Most of which I used on the image to the right. So basically this is my personal painting set with a few extras.

The oily looking brushes do excellent blending when used with the smudge tool. It often gives a watered down effect. Suitable for realism and anime art. Suitable for making watercolour style art in photoshop.

These brushes are NOT for re-sale. If you purchase these brushes you may use them in commerical works. These brushes are intended for photoshop users looking for a paint-like effect.

Installation- These instructions work for most brushes:

Open photoshop. Select brush tool. Right click page. This will open up the brush selection menu. The more options tab, click and select Load Brushes. Navigate to where you downloaded/saved the ABR file. You will then see it added onto your current brushes.

Journal Making: To Sell Or Not To Sell?


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Firstly, take a look at these INCREDIBLE handmade journals on Etsy.


A number of friends have asked if I am going to sell my journals or if I will turn it into a serious business adventure and sell them regularly. I am very on the fence about selling them for a number of reasons. The main one is the competition and being handmade and my first time, I have yet to learn a good way of trimming and the finer points of book binding plus, my art is not only not very popular and an acquired taste in most cases. I’m not very design savy or up to date with what’s hot and what’s not as far as designs and cover art goes. I am more artwork orientated rather than design and knowing how to place things.

If I were to consider it I would use Etsy over ebay. The listing costs a fraction of that of ebay and I feel much safer there as both a seller and a buyer. So many on there are so professional in every aspect as well as kind. The overall environment is very friendly and user friendly. And there really are the best of the best handmade items on Etsy and their alchemy feature, wow, just wow. I love the alchemy feature where you can ask for something custom made. I use to use my etsy to sell prints and paintings and other things I’ve made like bookmarks when I was into making things. But it’s hard. It’s very, very, very hard to sell anywhere and to get a client base which usually starts with people you know. And it takes a lot of commitment. You have to do a lot of advertising. This isn’t a bad thing, many have made a great living from it. But you have to see why I am put off from selling my journals.

I don’t have that kind of time to put into advertising and I don’t know lots of people and I don’t have much family, and getting my name out there to people has proven to be near impossible over the years which is very disheartening to anyone that might consider selling anything, and I especially don’t have the money to do it. But if I were to consider it, I would offer the alchemy option because we all like different types of journals with different grades of paper and finding the right one for you is almost impossible! I personally hate to go journal shopping. I love journals a lot, don’t get me wrong there. I’ve found two in my life, and I spent $25 on both and they are so good I am scared to write in them because of the fear of running out of pages and loosing that joy to write and have to attempt to find another like it. So I made some for myself. But some people have taken a liking to them and want the one they saw. I would hate to deny them so if they ask of course I would make it and send them one.

The types of journals I want and like don’t even exist where I live and if they did they’d be expensive. I’m even considering putting together my own art journals now. I liked the books I use to get in primary school where one page was lined the other was blank and so on and so forth. I love super thick pages in my art books because I never know when I will suddenly decide to use my watercolours on it or break out the calligraphy kit and start inking traditionally. I’m very spontaneous as a writer and even worse as an artist. I’ve been dead asleep before and leapt out of bed to write. I have a book next to me while I sleep just in case I should ever have the need to do that again but I always seem to have the wrong book available which is why I like the convenience of the one lined one blank system.

I also like to make books to handwrite manuscripts and storyboarding. I prefer to keep mine together and have it tabbed. I’ve tried others ways and the amount of fraying that happened was beyond a joke. I told a few people this and they said I should sell those but it’s simply not that easy or simple. I’ve found the 90% of the time, most people buy journals from the design a lone or the design is the main focus. I’m guilty of this myself and later I regret it because the paper is usually so very poor in quality. I’ve since then learned to feel the paper and I actually know what kinds of texture to go for and even just from feeling the thickness I can tell if it’s right for me or not.

Another factor that I thought of when making these journals and whether or not to sell them was pens. I LOVE to write in felt tipped pens and draw with them. I prefer real ink pens as opposed to biro ink or gels. I HATE gel pens with a passion because of the number of times I swore it was dry but it smeared across the page. I am so fussy about having a clean page that this really grates on my nerves. I thought about the possibilities in making a journal with thick yet absorbent paper. What stopped me? The cost of said paper. Funnily enough I found a bundle of card stock that I forgot about and I made a journal from that and it suits me perfectly. It’s thick, good to go over with watercolours and easy to print on if I want lines. Cover art prints out ok. Not amazingly as the digital version but still pretty good. And then that tiny negative voice speaks up and plants seeds of doubt everywhere. It’s that doubt that holds me back from selling or giving it a go. So this is where I stand. I have ideas but am to frightened to take the step and take a chance.

I even had an idea for a watercolour diary/journal unlike others. For documenting purposes and learning or remembering techniques. I’d make it landscape sized, half of it on the one page would have boxes and space to write and the other blank. The boxes for colours you definitely want to use again and space to write down what you did to get that colour and extra space for annotations. But the question of whether or not others would find it as useful, still remains. This is the question that always holds me back from selling anything.

Concept Art Video


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Hey there everyone! I’m back again with a new video. This time on Concept art, but more specifically character concept art. So first, please view the video, I will add annotations to the video later when youtube lets me so be sure to watch again, then after you watch please read on. Also if you would like to subscribe or add me as a friend on youtube you can find my profile by clicking the page link labeled Youtube or CLICK HERE.

One more thing to keep in mind, this is just my opinion on how I do things etc and please forgive my gramma mistakes.

So the first thing I do is check my settings on my wacom bamboo tablet. The reason being is because sometimes when I update the tablet driver either my settings are reset or there are some bugs with the driver I installed. I set it to almost 100% firm giving me personally the best pen pressure range. It is very close to my intuos settings but not quite as good, though good enough to do the job. For those of you who don’t know, I use to own and Intuos3 but sadly it died, not the manufacturing, it would have lasted years had someone not knocked their drink on my tablet sitting below the table… ahem lets move on.

Once I have my settings at my desired pressure I go straight into painting. In the video you can see that I opened up a sketch that I’ve already drawn. I had planned for the young man’s jewellery to be white but with the pale hair I decided that it would be to hard to see. With the skin, I just started with something soft because I want the character to have a soft look about him, even feminine to a certain extent. As far as the shading goes, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. This is the beauty of concept art. Initially I wanted to do dark and brooding shadow on one side and make him seem like he had two sides to him but as I worked the shadows I realised that it simply didn’t match his personality the more I coloured. This then changed his previous design which landed me at his final look. Just from this colouring alone I was able to finish writing about the characters bio and background storyline.

Next part I want to talk about is the characters eyes. The old version of this character had pale blue eyes but after my many years of figure study and drawing realism and semi-realism I learned that often the best eye colour is one that matches the hair and makes it look more natural or even gentle. I originally had this character with stereotypical ice villain eyes but in the end the more I wrote about the character the more I wanted to steer away from stereotypes and stereotypical designs. This particular character of mine has the longest and most changes that I have ever done to any character that I have ever created to this date! I’ve redesigned him so many times already but now I am genuinely happy with how he looks and that’s something that a lot of people don’t understand about character concept art. It’s all about trial and error and sometimes you have to draw them in the scenes in several designs before you finally come to a character design that you actually like.

Next part I want to share is the black cloak. I made it look wavy like that with the blend or finger tip tool. This particular character is one that dabbles in shadow magic and has a dark aura around him a lot in my story and until now I had not found a particular way that represented that in a style that I liked. Ok so misty can look mysterious but it would block away that pretty face so that’s one reason I ditched that look, the second was most people use that and I want to separate myself a bit from the crowd. The biggest reason was if I were to do it traditionally, it would be a huge mess and once it’s done, it’s done, there’s no turning back. Just another reason why I favour doing my comic’s digitally. Through out all the concept stages of this character this is the first time that the smudge tool has works so successfully on his cloak, but it was through trial and error on previous designs that I was able to get to this final stage and that is something that is really important. A lot of people don’t realise how much work really goes into concept art and how many times you have to draw the same thing over and over before you finally get there so please keep that in mind. I know my video shows it happening instantly but I can garuntee you that this character has been under-construction for a few years now. The main reason a few years was because I kept completing the design instead of sketching or testing out the character by colouring my sketches because I didn’t know how to make concept art properly before. I didn’t know of the trials and errors but I was also

1) Very young

2) I’m a self taught artist

Next part of the video I want to talk about is the headdress or jewellery. I mainly want to talk about colouring it properly and not half-assing it like I did. When I had certain beads shaded and lit with dodge and burn tool, I knew from there alone that I loved how the beads would look if I spend the time necessary on them to make them sparkle. It wouldn’t have taken long to do, because all there is to it is, shade in a crescent moon shape on one side only, then a light dab of light in the unshaded area up top like in the video shown. If you can colour properly quickly, then spend that time on the concept art colouring it right, it makes a world of difference to your decision making as well as making the right decision. After all concept art is basically sketching out your idea and building up that idea till you can find a practical use for it.

And that’s pretty much all I have to say about that. Most people know what they want straight away, do up the line art and colour it in and that’s the end of that but for other artist like me with endless stories or epic plots you just have to slow it down and put a lot of work into something so seemingly simple as clothing, hair colour or eye colour. Often I might draw one eye and colour it in 19 different ways until I find the right one but some may see that as pointless work where as I see it as an opportunity to use it later on other designs. Never throw away you concept art or sketches because every little bit can be used again later or for another project! I do it all the time. I often find myself recycling old designs and turning them into bigger and better ones later on in life so try your best to keep that in mind, no matter how ugly it might look to you now I can garuntee, you will find a purpose for it later.

My last bit of advice which is in the video, concept art is an excellent way to practise colouring and maintaining that skill as well as a useful boredom killer!

Zazzle Re-opened!!


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I’ve re-opened my zazzle store!! Some items may take until tomorrow to appear but be sure to swing by and check it out anyway ^^ I have also finally customized my zazzle store front and it’s all sexy and pretty now ^w^ ❤

http://www.zazzle.com.au/draconianrain*