distressed-robot-sounds said: Hi! I'm a junior in high school right now and your art is so inspiration (i've finally been able to track down your blog after seeing it all over tumblr). I'm interested in animation as well! I had wanted to go to SVA for awhile but lately I've been hearing some mixed reviews. I also am getting little to no help from my family with paying for colleges so I have no clue what to do basically. Any advice you can give would be godsent. Thank you so much!!

danaterrace:

Hello! Hoof that’s a tough situation. I hope this can help.

The thing I learned after spending 4 years at SVA and over 100k in loans is that… You don’t need to go to college to become a successful artist. Well fuck! Wish someone told me sooner. What you DO need is the discipline to spend your time productively (to build just as good of a portfolio as any other graduating student) and a proactive attitude. There are plenty of courses online that will teach you the basics of storyboarding, character design, gesture drawing, digital painting, etc at a FRACTION of the price from any school. (check out http://www.schoolism.com/school.php or if you’re in SoCal, http://conceptdesignacad.storenvy.com!) Look to see if your town offers any figure drawing classes (because that will always be your most important class), again MUCH cheaper than paying for school, or just ask your friends to pose for you.

One thing you could do is hit up some people who go to schools you like and ask about their courses. Most people will be kind enough to respond haha. I used to incessantly bother people from Gobelins or CalArts ;;; But hey it resulted in some pretty rad friendships! We’re all just trying to learn, here. Start giving yourself weekly assignments based off of what you hear. Challenge yourself! Find online communities that do weekly challenges, or daily challenges like Sketch Dailies. It’ll be super important to make yourself an online presence because even though you won’t be around industry folk in person you could still be in their MINDS. Doing a film once a year, like what is required of both CalArts and SVA students, and debuting it online will help a TON. Think about it! That’s four films to show potential employers that you know your shit and you’ve done your research. And the tools to make films are so easily.. downloadable. TV Paint and Flash for 2D animation, After Effects and Final Cut for compositing (those two take some getting used to but there are enough youtube tutorials to teach you everything you need to know), Photoshop for your pretty paintings (unless you’re all traditional in which case more power to ya). I don’t condone pirating but… OkayyesIdo. At least until you can pay for it yourself ; )

Clearly I’m not an expert on what to do if college isn’t an option for you but from what I’ve gleaned from coworkers and friends who went down that path it’s entirely possible to do it. 

Good luck! 

roachpatrol:

the-real-seebs:

kayinnasaki:

Cyber harassment study reveals the unsurprising!
It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…

That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.

"The data’s in! Women were lying about online harassment!”
"Aha! We knew it!" 
“Yeah, they’ve been severely underreporting how bad things are for them, turns out.”
"Wait, what?"

roachpatrol:

the-real-seebs:

kayinnasaki:

Cyber harassment study reveals the unsurprising!

It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…

That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.

"The data’s in! Women were lying about online harassment!”

"Aha! We knew it!

Yeah, they’ve been severely underreporting how bad things are for them, turns out.”

"Wait, what?"

(via jakegyllenhaalelujah)

drew-green:

lotusforhelp:

Hey folks!
Apologies for the silence last week.  I had a lot of work stuff on my plate and simply wasn’t able to do a page.
But Lotus For Help is back with page 9!  I actually really like how this page turned out.  The lines are a lot looser than usual and I think it really helps these characters emote.  A few of these are among my favorite pictures of Nicki I’ve ever drawn.  I finally figured out her casual hairstyle, at least from the front.
In other news, you can buy a digital PDF copy of the “Lotus For Help” 2014 Sketchbook on my Gumroad store!  It’s only $5 and it has some pretty neat images in there!  Find the listing, with more details, right HERE.
Enjoy!
~Drew

Page 9 is up and ready to read!

Completely loving this comic so far.

drew-green:

lotusforhelp:

Hey folks!

Apologies for the silence last week.  I had a lot of work stuff on my plate and simply wasn’t able to do a page.

But Lotus For Help is back with page 9!  I actually really like how this page turned out.  The lines are a lot looser than usual and I think it really helps these characters emote.  A few of these are among my favorite pictures of Nicki I’ve ever drawn.  I finally figured out her casual hairstyle, at least from the front.

In other news, you can buy a digital PDF copy of the “Lotus For Help” 2014 Sketchbook on my Gumroad store!  It’s only $5 and it has some pretty neat images in there!  Find the listing, with more details, right HERE.

Enjoy!

~Drew

Page 9 is up and ready to read!

Completely loving this comic so far.

1653:

davidesky2:

An Indian version of The Golden Compass by Assaf Horowitz, via Character Design Page.

D U D E

firecannotkillafitblr:

onemoreat:

maddylouboo:

sighdrogen:

 

ghostflo:

cognitivedissonance:

youngblackandvegan:

astoldbywhit:

youngblackandvegan:

nuttyproff:

Timing. 

hey, baby’s gotta eat
black mommy excellence

I don’t support breast feeding in public places. Sorry not sorry. I just think there is a time and place for everything.

the time is when the baby is hungry
and the place is where the mother is able to feed the baby
everyone is always critiquing black motherhood and here we have a black woman not only graduating but giving her baby the nourishment it needs 
i think there’s a time and place for your negativity
and it’s not now and it’s not on this picture

BOOM

people don’t realize that when they say parents shouldn’t breast feed in public they’re really saying “my discomfort and objectification of breasts is more important than your child’s health and survival.” all you fuckers who say this shit should be charged with neglect. you can’t forbid people from feeding their children just cause boobs give weak dudes boners.



Badass!

AMEN
BREAST FEED IN PUBLIC
FEED YO BABES
ITS IMPORTANT

As more and more of my friends are becoming moms I’m seeing this debate more often and you know what I’ve noticed? It’s a lose lose situation for moms.
Feed your baby in public? Everyone clutches their pearls and acts like their modesty is at stake even though that’s what breasts are for.
Let their baby cry until they can find the privacy to feed their baby? Everyone says “Oh they’re a terrible irresponsible mother who doesn’t properly know how to take care of a baby, I feel so sorry for those kids.”
I look at this picture and I see a mom taking good care of her baby. If you see anything else, you’re the one with the problem.

firecannotkillafitblr:

onemoreat:

maddylouboo:

sighdrogen:

 

ghostflo:

cognitivedissonance:

youngblackandvegan:

astoldbywhit:

youngblackandvegan:

nuttyproff:

Timing. 

hey, baby’s gotta eat

black mommy excellence

I don’t support breast feeding in public places. Sorry not sorry. I just think there is a time and place for everything.

the time is when the baby is hungry

and the place is where the mother is able to feed the baby

everyone is always critiquing black motherhood and here we have a black woman not only graduating but giving her baby the nourishment it needs 

i think there’s a time and place for your negativity

and it’s not now and it’s not on this picture

BOOM

people don’t realize that when they say parents shouldn’t breast feed in public they’re really saying “my discomfort and objectification of breasts is more important than your child’s health and survival.” all you fuckers who say this shit should be charged with neglect. you can’t forbid people from feeding their children just cause boobs give weak dudes boners.

Badass!

AMEN

BREAST FEED IN PUBLIC

FEED YO BABES

ITS IMPORTANT

As more and more of my friends are becoming moms I’m seeing this debate more often and you know what I’ve noticed? It’s a lose lose situation for moms.

Feed your baby in public? Everyone clutches their pearls and acts like their modesty is at stake even though that’s what breasts are for.

Let their baby cry until they can find the privacy to feed their baby? Everyone says “Oh they’re a terrible irresponsible mother who doesn’t properly know how to take care of a baby, I feel so sorry for those kids.”

I look at this picture and I see a mom taking good care of her baby. If you see anything else, you’re the one with the problem.

(via chupadactyl)

rodham-clinton:

really all you need to know about the american health care system is that there’s a popular tv series where a man turns to cooking industrial quantities of crystal meth in order to pay his hospital bills

(via theo-winterwood)

Nimona is available for pre-order!


gingerhaze:

NIMONA came to an end today as a webcomic, but it will live again in print form from HarperCollins in May of 2015! There will be bonus material, extra and revamped pages, and an exclusive book-only epilogue. Click to reserve a copy for yourself!