I should use this journal as a ranting jounal while I make a new one for my new website name someday soon (after spring quarter is over). After a long lapse of not drawing with tons of school work and studying, I've finally notice things online about artists and I get easily annoyed about it. Yes there are many types of artists online, but the few types that tick me off the most I'll list them and edit if I remember more.
These are the artists with average or somewhat decent lineart artwork, but cover it up with all these pretty colors and gets a ton of fans (like on DeviantArt). Am I jealous of the fans? Not really I just think majority of them are just suckers for colors and give tons of useless praise that helps no one but give the artist a nice big ego boost. This kinda combines with the category below cause at this point majority of those artists with fame end up not bothering to improve. Then the artists complain about others that critique or criticize them for not improving. Well DUH with any sort of fame you'll have those that hate your guts. Maybe the hate would be less if you didn't bite them back verbally and beat them back with better more impressive artwork. Art that moves the viewers somehow could help.
Weak Reasons to Draw (Ego boosts, Looking for Attention, etc):
I wonder why some people draw, it's like your work is up there on the internet, open to everyone who wants to see it. But some of them just can't handle criticism at all, it's like HELLO??? Is your work up there so you can received tons of praise and ppl saying "you're such a great artist" or something to boost your ego? And just to let you know there are asses in this world that just love putting ppl down, but there are those that like to give constructive criticism so you can further improve. But supposedly if you take everything negative as a personal attack you won't get anywhere. 95% of the time these people do NOT know you so they're not there attacking who you are. It's good to love your work, but you also need to know how to distance yourself so you can see ways for you to improve. Any attention is better than nothing anyway, negative or position. You just have to learn and get better.
Some Web-comic/manga artists:
I'm seriously sick of some of those webcomics out there that just don't get anywhere at all. I'm especially sick of the shoujo and shonenai categories. Gosh there's a ton of them, and they're just so CLICHED. I swear someone should go around and point out all their cliches and tell them to do somethign better. Like how many times in a damn shoujo must a girl meet some mysterious handsome guy that reveals somethign about her or she finds out something about him in her dreams? Why is there ALWAYS this repetative masculine gay guy (that is coincedentally super pretty or drawn like a girl) and a super femi guy that you SWORE is/was probably on some type of female hormone therapy?
NOW I will stop ranting without reason. I just remember reading and making my own observations as to what is up with shounenai manga. No I'm definitely NOT a homophobe it's just, ugh are those shonenai webcomics drawn JUST to satisfy girl's fantasies? I doubt most of them even reflect a real homosexual relationship. And I HAVE read a few shonenai manga that were actually sweet (one with the femi guy that can easily pass off as a girl and no hinting otherwise). But yes romance has it's limits for me, which is highly popular in shonenai and shoujo manga. Gawd ppl if there's love in there make it less obviously the same as other works. Course what I say isn't worth anything but I feel a bit better. There's always gonna be crappy work in this world to balance out the good ones, but really I'm tired of seeing it and just wishing work got better but hey that IS wishful thinking ne? I'm close to wanting to go through webcomics and critiquing just to see that happen. It's like I actually ASKED someone if their webcomic was up for critique and she was like no it'll just lead to her epitaph. Uh what?? WTH of a motivation to draw is that?? I TECHNICALLY should have just critiqued her since she didn't state otherwise at the start, but yes there are people in this world that's just too weak to handle CONSTRUCTIVE critique and I just have to deal with it. I'm probably just venting because I can't stand ppl being in the same situation I was and possibly not getting over it fast enough. And the main thing I wanted to say was You have a Talking Head Syndrome in your work. Pretty much every single page is head shots over and over again and lots of speech bubbles. There are some people who can do some good marker work, and fail to see they ALSO highly suffer from Talking Head Syndrome, but have a TON of fans just because color is OMGGORGEOUS. Yes I sound spiteful. Then there's people that have this horrible grey washed out look cause they overtoned but hey get a ton of praise and just dont' impress me. Dude maybe I should just watch and keep telling myself I will do better than that.
Yes there are always exceptions to people but overall majority shouldn't have someone holding their hands to help them ALL the time. Why did I write this? So I can feel better and also reflect on myself and what I wrote. I also personally fell into a long rut where I just couldn't be happy with my work or knew why I drew. Couldn't accept criticism without feeling hurt for some reason. But I grew up. Now my work seems to be slowly improving(according to Tom), because I finally learned to trust my skills and strive to improve. Though I know I mentally put my studies above my art, art will be something I'll continue to do for a long time. Hey if I'm lucky I'll continue to get better, be a good partner of the KurotshiroX studio with Tom and maybe possibly we'll both become comic/manga artists. LOL actually it's not impossible if the motivation and dedication is there.
Can't wait for summer though, I literally only doodle once every month or something cause of the work and being tired that stops me from really pushing me to draw more. But I grew to love my work again. Lots of thanks to people like Rivkah, Amy (Tentopet), and lots of the OGM/OEL manga artists that continue to strive and put out their best quality work even when they're not fully experienced. Gonna be looking up to you guys always. Lastly thanks to Tom/Jen w/e your name you go by now lol you know how awesome your work is and all. You always help me with my latest work and tell me if I'm improving at the right pace. I'll be in your debt from now on. And thank you to anyone that bothered to read this.