Not long after I released my first book, I started doing book signings. They are a great way to hawk your new releases, get exposure for yourself, and generate buzz for your work. However, I found there was little information about what to actually expect during them. I found plenty of resources about what to bring to them, how to sit or stand or pitch, but I could not find anything about the real interactions with people I could expect, and being the socially awkward person I am, that was the information I most needed. So having completed (or maybe more »
Just uploaded four new illustrations. Well, ok, three illustrations and one that was just a fun costume design. Click to view larger. These have also been added to the Illustrations Gallery. I turned the costume doodle into a new header, because I quite like the colors… and wind makes everything more epic. I also upload a new tutorial on using Photoshop adjustment layers.
I mentioned these to someone online earlier today, and I thought they might be things not a lot of people know, so I thought I’d post them here to share. Here are some ways to help you get the proper proportions when drawing human figures: —>People are almost always between 6-8 head-lengths tall. That is, however big their head is, repeat that size 6 or 7 more times down their body to get their height. —>If you divide your figure up into head-lengths, the waist should usually fall at the line between the 3rd and 4th head-length. —>When the person more »
I discussed this idea with a fellow writer not long ago and was surprised that not many people seemed to have thought of it. So, I’m posting it here for your consideration. I rarely write in a linear fashion. I’ll start into the book on page one, but it doesn’t take long before I start to get bored. You writers out there will know what I mean; you just don’t feel like writing a particular scene, and your mind is preoccupied with another scene that you just know is going to be awesome. Thus, I say: write whatever you are more »
You have to realize that you’re not going to be in a writing mood every day, so don’t beat yourself up when that happens. My creativity tends to come in cycles, and I’ve met a number of other artists who say the same thing. When I’m on the writing side of the cycle, I hold myself to a certain quota a day. For me, I shoot for a 1000 words a day. If I hit that, I can go to bed satisfied, if I do any more, I feel extra good about it. You should set your quota to something more »