Hello, it's me again whom asked about people of color, I'm sorry if my question offended you, that never was my intention. The reason why I asked was not to imply that black characters have to be handled differently than white characters, My main concern was rendering ethnic hair, Like I have studied my afro in the mirror for forever and yet still I have difficulty trying to render that on paper, I should have clarified on what I was actually asking, and again I apologize for any offense.
No no, I’m sorry for being touchy. It’s a question I get a lot in my inbox, and it’s not always worded the best way and I tend to try to type up answers but get too frustrated with the very questions being asked and delete them.
As for how to draw hair of certain textures, I’m not sure I’m the best teacher. A lot of what I do is staring at references and just practicing over and over and over and trying different things until something works — I don’t even think I pull it off that well most the time. So I’m not sure how I’d teach. But I’d wager just doing a lot of life studies and drawing from life will help a lot.
well there is a difference in the way light scatters in skin tones, but yeah, observation helps with that. Observe everything!!
Oh for sure. There are definitely things to learn and apply when rendering different hair textures and skintones, but people still need to understand what they’re drawing first and foremost, and they’re gonna learn that through observing, deconstructing, and reconstructing.
While certainly people overblow the physical differences between ethnicities to say that /none/ exist is a bit simplistic. There are certain features that are more common among certain ethnicities than among others, to various degrees. If you took 100 pictures of ethnically black people and ethnically white people and could somehow remove only the differences in skin color, you could still pretty easily tell which group was originally black and which was originally white.
I never said anything to the contrary, I only mentioned that there exists a lot of cross-over and that the disparity wasn’t “huge.”
My assertion that there is not a huge disparity stands, because as far as “default human” goes, there’s no feature on a person of color that is so different to another race/ethnicity to be too alien to draw.
Just because there are obvious differences between two races/ethnicities doesn’t make one a completely differently constructed creature. If you can properly draw a white person’s features, there is no reason you can’t draw, for example, a black person’s features. There are differences but they are not so huge that this would be a challenge, unless — like I said — you aren’t constructing or rendering your “default human” skillfully to begin with.
Hello, I don't know if I've sent this to you are not, but I was wondering, how do you as an artist draw people of color as well as their hair? I know this might sound like trollin, but I' actually curious, because out of all the stylized people of color I have seen, yours are always well drawn and not very stereotypy. Anyway you art is really amazing and I would like to thank you for sharing it with the world. P.S. More LMN Titty-Time, it was awesome!
I try not to get touchy about this question, I’ve gotten it multiple times and it legitimately confuses me, because it assumes you need to draw people of color differently than other humans. It assumes there’s some kind of huge disparity between the nose of a white person and the nose of a black person, and also assumes that a person of color would *never* have a similar features to a white person, and vice versa.
Here’s what I think: If you don’t know how to draw people of color, you probably don’t know how to draw white people as good as you think you do. It sounds like you might be relying on symbols, shortcuts and crutches that you don’t understand, that you learned from somewhere.
I have gotten questions like this, and my answer is always the same: Draw them how you draw all people. Study real people and draw from life, practice drawing what you see and then interpret that into line on paper. Learn ways to render the world in your style.
There’s not a separate skillset for drawing people of color, you don’t have to learn “tricks.” If you can’t seem to draw people of color, then you probably aren’t good at drawing other ethnicity/races either because that says you’re not actually drawing people, you’re drawing symbols you’ve learned to mimic without breaking down the parts. You need to understand every line you put on paper and what it’s for to really draw solid renderings of humans, be they realistic or cartoony. You can’t draw a nose or an eye “this way” just because that’s how you think all noses and eyes look. You have to understand why you’re drawing the way you are, however your style interprets it.
So just do some drawing from life. Study people. Just draw them, don’t ever resort to using symbols or shortcuts. If you develop style quirks with personal meaning and function, that’s one thing. But if you just inherit another artists’ drawing language without understanding what it means, you’re never gonna be able to properly speak that language enough to adapt it to new situations and subjects.
After recent events and falling behind on work, I’ve decided I really can’t afford to go to SPX and I was pushing too hard to make it happen. It’s not a big deal, I just think I need to get a lot of stuff in order. I’ve had too many notable set-backs, and I’d like to be better prepared. I wanna get my comic updating again, I wanna get ahead on Slipshine, make real progress towards being able to do a kickstarter for Love Me Nice. I’d like to have as few distractions as possible.
So in the meanwhile I’ll be saving up and working hard and I’ll see everyone come the 2013 convention season/year. Sorry for teasing this so much
The only stories I’m leaving out are the 1st part to a story that’s still waiting on a second part (#9 - Sweets) and the Love Me Nice related one, because it feels weird and out of place with the rest of the one-shots without context.
If the stories were published thematically, would that mean the one-shot stories would all be published together?
Potentially! I have 2 other multi-part stories, but each is only 2 parts and am not sure if they’d go with one-shots or get their own little book. Still thinking about it.
EDIT: Actually thinking about it, if the two two-parters are grouped togehter, that’s a ~60-page book right there; the dragon-lady stuff would be of similar length, and the remaining one-shots would fill a similarly sized book. So, that’s looking like 3 thematically themed small books.
I’m putting Slipshine books together, and I want opinions. They’ll be put together into multiple 50-page books with titles (I don’t want ‘titty-time’ to be the largest text on the book so each volume has it’s own name). So I’m curious would people rather have them:
If grouped thematically, all the dragon-lady stories would get their own book. Either way they’ll all have new covers and bonus art and stuff. ?
I want to say thank you.Your art and your comments make me feel beautiful. thats hecka weird right? but I have big lips, bucky teeth and a lot of curves and your drawings make me feel like girls like me arent only pretty but deadly. also thank you for drawing gum on the stream! lol I was the one who asked for her so I felt special. Your art is fantastic, and I appreciate your personal posts, It shows your depth as a person and it inspires me to try harder. neway i'll stop being a creep. thank u!
Awwww, you aren’t a creep! And I know that feeling, I can’t tell you how good it felt to read comics/see art with girls that looked like me too. And I definitely got motivated to draw people that looked like me and people I care about, all the variations on how people get put together. And dangit, i think big lips and buck teeth are adorable and even sexy!
I’m glad you liked the request, and I wanna do another request live stream later this week :>
Commissions will all be finished up by Sunday or Monday. They got seriously delayed because I decided to make it a goal to draw/update Love Me Nice twice a week, and this week I realized how much work I can actually handle. After the round that’s already paid me is done, I can’t take anymore for awhile, not until I have a LMN buffer.
Slipshine update will be about 2 days late (today is my update day), and then the next Love Me Nice page will go online Tuesday. Gonna try to do a Tues-Fri schedule, but not getting ahead of myself. Trying to find that balance.
I’ve also been having some time-consuming ups-and-downs that’s eaten up entire days related to medicine, doctors and health insurance, but that’s finally sorted.
Biggest turn on/s: Pouty/puffy or pursed lips, teeth showing or peaking from behind lips, gap teeth, buck teeth, a nice butt, fluffy/wavy/curly hair, lips curling when smiling, having any manner of boobs in general is a bonus
Hi, there! I didn't know you were the one in charge of Titty Time. I loved that comic so very much! (Especially the yuri chapters). Is there a chance you're going to bring back the black chubby girl and her GF sometime in the future? The pampered princess with the badass dragon lady make a cute couple as well. Thanks in advance and cheers! Your work rocks! :D
I will likely revisit both of those sets of characters, yes! I tend to jump around and draw whatever I feel is interesting, and I still have on new/one-shot stories I wanna do. We shall see!
Do you consider your LMN characters to have any kind of specific US Regional accents?
Mmmmmmm well the majority of the cast grew up in California, so it ranges within that state. Carolina and Jackson are from Jackson County, Texas so they both have that dry Texan country twang. Bongo and Melissa are ambiguously from within 40 miles of New York and that would show if you could hear them.
Then there’s a character named George who after talking a lot with a friend, MC Griffin, it’s been decided he sounds just like Ralph Bakshi… though I don’t think that counts as regional instead of just sounding like Bakshi…
Do any of your dragon characters have draconic impulses, like hoarding treasure or eating people they don't like?
Yep. Bisque (the first one) had to be asked not to eat villagers at the end of the comic she appeared in and had a hoard of gold and took it with her when they left. It’ll be touched on but that hoard of gold was her payment for her services as a princess-guarding dragon and if you’ll notice she was never not on top of it for the entirety of her first appearance, even sex happens.
Bisque is sort of uninhibited though, her sister Rye keeps herself in check and doesn’t really behave that way.