Like the villains of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, changes on this site are, afoot. Changes as in the appearance/layout kind, not the David Bowie kind (sadly).
My first plan is to draw, yes draw, a new header image. If I am marketing myself as a cartoonist, the more examples of said cartooning on this website, the better, right?
I also plan to make a better portfolio of my cartooning too. How I will do such a thing, I have yet to decide upon. It will happen though. Besides, it has been a few months, so I’m overdue for a website redesign. Right? Heh.
One change already checked off the list, and on clattertron.com, is I turned off comments. Not that I was getting a lot of jerks or anything. I decided I wanted one less thing to worry about when it came to running my websites. Well, I was getting a lot more spam comments sneaking through, which also pushed me in this direction.
Yes, I know there’s the cry of what about building community on your websites?! Tough. There’s more interaction with my readers on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook these days.
The best reason however is: I just don’t care about comments.
Con, Ahoy. Fan Art, Farewell.
As I said in yesterday’s newsletter, my (potentially) last convention of 2014 is next month: GrandCon. This means I need to crank out some more sketch cards and prints. Like I also said in yesterday’s newsletter, I’m going to focus on avoiding fan art as much as possible. I want to focus on creating my stuff, and not rely on the crutch of drawing other people’s characters (too much).
The hazy legality of selling fan art is enough for me to avoid it, but I also worry about falling into the rut of only creating fan art (“Hey, it sells–so why not?”).
The fan art I have produced is more parody in nature, so it is different than say, me, drawing and selling something like a fancy Spider-Man rendering. Slightly different, but not very.
My best argument for not going the fan art route myself is: how would I feel if I saw someone selling No Filter Fox stuff (or any of my other characters)? Well, I would be pretty upset, because I don’t make that much selling it on my own.
No Filter Fox has his own way of dealing with pedants. Bless his heart.
Blog Post: Hand-Lettering Comics in Manga Studio 5
I figured out a way to combine the benefits of digital lettering in Manga Studio with my preference for hand-lettering. The tl;dr version: I trace the text I make with the Text tool.
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