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What would you look forward to if I made an art tutorial video series? 

15 deviants said Intermediate concepts
14 deviants said Basics, fundamental art theory
10 deviants said Advanced techniques
9 deviants said My handsome mug and sweet personality
4 deviants said How-to-draw certain characters
Given my recent push to draw more fanart, I wanted to emphasize the importance of interpreting existing characters.

It goes without saying that every artist has their own way of painting and drawing. This is especially true for established professional artists working on your favourite games and shows.

Every character and environment designed are under the vision of the designer. Every fabric fiber on the character, tree in the world, etc are all based off the experiences of the artists themselves. 

If you understand this, by logic it also means that the design of a character largely functions around the style it was initially designed in.

A big part in creating fanart is to translate the character to what YOUR voice is. The reality is that because your voice differs from everyone else's, naturally trying to emulate them will result in a less than optimal result.

In other words, I am saying if certain details on a character or environment will look poor in your particular style, do not include them.

Every well-designed character will have iconic features which define them. As long as you include those features, you can omit (or sometimes include) certain things in order to make them look good in your style while keeping true to the original design. 

Interpretation is very powerful and, ultimately, your goal is to create strong artwork even if you are limited by the original designs of your favourite IPs. Do not forsake appeal in order to force yourself to keep true to your favourite characters!



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Current Residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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RobChmielak Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  New Deviant
nice gallery:) interesting style:)
Foxiken Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't stop myself from faving all your League of Legends fanart! I love your style so much! Keep the league art coming :D
Vespertinea Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, your work is awesome!
Alex-Chow Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
OlegEvteev Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
FANTAstic work!!!!
Alex-Chow Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
OHHEYITSFERRICK Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Man, I'm a reader of your webcomic Wind and Wasteland. I've loved the webcomic and it has been great to read, but i understand where you're coming from with the not wanting to compromise it. So i'll look forward to seeing stuff here, and hopefully seeing you've gotten yourself funded enough to do that again. Or whatever it is you need to start up again.
Alex-Chow Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

Happy to hear from somebody who reads my comic haha!

I will eventually go back to the comic. When I look at the bigger picture, I have to also devote to a long-term goal. The comic has been so time consuming that I've been unable to develop my work stylistically. Had there been more interest (not to say your support or other readers' are not valuable), I would know to continue doing what I'm doing because it's working. If it was financially sustainable, I can continue to do it without worries on whether or not my artistic vision is "interesting" enough. Since it hasn't shown enough potential to reach that point, there are many other things that I must do to keep food on the table.

The hiatus allows time for me to think about how I can approach the comic, keeping the essence of it without breaking what I've established so far. Whenever I decide to continue the comic, do expect at least a few changes to happen. It sucks and I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's a necessary evil that will I feel like will ultimately make the end result of the comic stronger.
OHHEYITSFERRICK Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm. Well I generally judge a comic's popularity on the number of comments per page, but your one never really had a comment system, and blogs aren't as easily accessible for commenting.
If you were looking for advice i'd say that making your webcomic as readily accessible as possible is best. For that i'd recommend joining sites like Hiveworks , thats where i found most of the webcomics i read. It means you'd have to add the hiveworks bar thing to the page, but it also means that you'd get added to the hiveworks bar thing. So its easier to find you. 
You're also one of the few webcomics that i know of that doesn't have any ad's displayed on your site. I don't know how you get them, but it can't be too hard to find out because practically all the sites have like 3 or 4 add boxes on their site. And most sites have ads from multiple different sources, so multiple different avenues for revenue.
And lastly, a lot of webcomics have been starting up Patreon accounts recently. I don't know if Patreon would be all that useful if you feel like you don't get a lot of interest in your webcomic, but you never know. Perhaps there's enough interest in your webcomic to have it be worthwhile.
Alex-Chow Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I try to avoid putting a comments section given the way my comic was formatted and how frequent they were. I was thinking of putting a forum up for awhile but that's a cost of time and money as well.

I was more concerned about the readership and what Google Analytics had shown me. In addition, the Kickstarter is a fairly good indicator that something wasn't clicking with more people and I am at the point where I was willing to admit my style just wasn't all that appealing. My friends have told me to work on a style that is a little less boring, which is what the hiatus will allow me to work towards.

I was thinking of putting ads but realistically given the numbers I've gotten, it would be a negligible amount of money. Patreon is definitely on my mind but if I were to make one, it'll probably incorporate all of my work, including my vastly more popular Tumblrs. My fanbase isn't all that big though so it's still something I will consider later.

I'll check out Hiveworks.

Thanks for the suggestions. 
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