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I have been so depressed lately. This past week hasn't been too good for me. My last grandmother on my father's side died last Saturday night on Halloween and our Chihuahua, Pepper, died this past Wednesday. On top of it, I got a terrible head cold the end of last week into the weekend. Luckily, I was able to see a doctor today and get some medicine. 

The one thing that really has made me upset was my art show opening that I planned this past Saturday. I spent a considerable amount of time the past month getting work framed, making an inventory, printing and distributing postcards and just mentally preparing for it. It wasn't really intended to be a large show. Just a small show displaying my work in a small city around an hour away. My main concern wasn't really to have a ton of people there just some of my relatives and close friends that live near me. I also made a facebook invite and there were about 5 or 6 people that confirmed that they were definitely coming, one of which was one of my best friends. For the opening, of the 150 facebook invites and 20 postcards sent, 5 people came. None of the people who confirmed on facebook that they were definitely coming showed up. It kind of annoys me when people say on facebook that they are "DEFINITELY COMING" and don't show up or even bother to tell you why. They should have at least said "maybe they will come" upon the invite.

I'm just trying to find motivation to draw and create art again. I'm very happy about my Steve Silverado book that is available to purchase on Amazon. One of my friend's told me he bought one the other day on Amazon. That made me feel good. 
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I received 12 copies in the mail and it is now ready for purchase on www.createspace.com.

https://www.createspace.com/47…

It will be available for purchase on Amazon in 6 to 8 weeks. 
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My story is finally ready to be printed. I finished the illustrations and layout this past friday. I'm going to get a sample color copy printed at officemax in color then proceed to have someone edit it. From there, I will start searching for somewhere to get it printed. 
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This year at my new job, they decided that we are going to have a comic book theme for halloween at work. I was going to be Spiderman but someone already picked him. I had no idea what to be until I came across a program called Papekura. Basically it is a program that you can print out templates for 3d masks, cut them out, fold them and super glue them together. It seemed very intricate and difficult. I came across a Dr. Doom mask that looked pretty cool so I tried to do it. After a couple hours, I actually completed it and it looks pretty cool so I am going to be Dr. Doom. I did some research and have ordered some aqua resin to make the mask stronger. There is still a long way to go for the costume but it's early enough. 
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I just don't get it. How do people not use reference and draw constructed characters in perspective. Everytime I try to draw from my imagination my characters come out stiff and flat with no perspective. Does anybody have any suggestions as to how I can get better at drawing from imagination. I have been going to figure drawing for like 4 years straight now and I just can't seem to relate my life drawing with drawing from my imagination. 
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I've been doing alot of searching on the internet for animation character design gesture drawing and construction teaching.

I came across rad secrist's webpage and seems to be the closest thing i can find to learning how to draw like this.
The Figure Invention for animation class looks to answer these questions for me. Has anyone ever had any experience with an online class like this one?

radhowtoschool.com/class-sched…

radhowto.blogspot.com/search?u…
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I set up a site to sell my prints on.

There are three prints available in various sizes.

www.society6.com/gerrystankiewicz
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i love when a co worker suggests a person that they know has a childrens story they wrote and is looking for an illustrator.

I swear the same thing happens EVERY time. I give them my contact info they email me saying what a great story they have and proceed to ask me if i will READ AND ILLUSTRATE THE BOOK FOR THEM.

OH AND THE CLINCHER IS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY TO PAY ME. but if the book is a big hit and becomes a movie then they can split the earnings with me 50/50.

I can't say how many times this has happened to me and completely makes me feel like shit after spending all my money and 4 year education on my major when clearly the person who wrote the story does not value my work whatso ever.
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The title to this journal is pretty self explanatory. If anyone is interested my blog site is www.gstnk13.blogspot.com.
I only have 5 watchers as of now and i've probably had it for like 4 years. If i don't get more people to watch it, i might as well just close the blog because what would be the point of updating it if only 5 people are viewing it and most of the posts are the same as my deviant art posts.
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Well i just got back from the SD Comicon this past monday. I had a good time. Saw alot of celebrities. Met alot of my favorite artists.

I went to 3 portfolio reviews. Nickelodean, Nickelodean Artist Mentorship program, and Pixar.

Nickelodean - basically said that they liked my graphic design in my portfolio, and my animal gesture drawings. They liked my characters but said that they all had to be in the style of all of the nickelodean shows to show that i could draw in different styles.

I also had some comic strip work that i wanted them to look at for storyboarding. However they wouldn't even look at it because it was not in a Storyboard format

They also said that they accept hand done traditional art portfolios but they do work all in digital on cintiq tablets. In other words it is probably better to do a future portfolio entirely digitally because if i was to get a job there then i would have to work entirely digitally anyways.

Nickelodean Artist Mentorship Program - This seemed like a good idea at first. (a 6 month paid artist internship at Nickelodean doing a variety of art related jobs for various cartoons such as character design, prop design, backgrounds, and some storyboarding).

First of all i included alot of characters in my portfolio so immediately the person doing the reviews said that i would need more prop design, backgrounds and storyboarding. At the same time, i spoke to alot of artists in the animation industry and they stressed that studios donot look for a jack of all trades guy but instead someone specialized in one things. So In other words studios would rather have a guy that only does character design or only does backgrounds. So this whole mentorship may be counterproductive to my final goal.

Pixar - Pretty reasonable review but a bit confusing. They did like my characters but said that i needed to include more sort of progress drawings that led up to the final characters. Also to include more turnaround drawings and elaborate on single characters.

What confused me the most was the fact they they liked the half done gestural horse drawings over the completed colored figure drawings that i did. They said that the gesture drawings had more life than the completed figure drawings. Again this seems counterproductive to me because generally when people buy my art, they want to see a final completely polished piece so in proceeding to do gestural quick drawings like this, people just don't like them or won't buy them.

From all my years of being on deviant art, i can't seem to figure out why my original characters and ideas don't seem to fly for me on here? Other people are successful with posting and having views on their original ideas and characters. The only things that i seem to get views on or even people looking at are fan art. Maybe that's all i will even bother doing anymore. Does anybody have the same problems with this?
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Hello.

I was just wondering if i can get everybody's opinion as to which is better for promoting your art.

1. The internet
2. Conventions
3. Gallery Showings
4. other

just curious to see everyone's experiences and what they find to be the best

Personally Conventions have been the best for me. I have gotten a few people from conventions to view my work on the internet.

Honestly I have not had any luck with the internet in the five years i have been on here. There is no consistancy on the internet.

Gallery Showings have been very good.
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Ultimate frustration.

For the past 4 years I have been going to Comicons and trying to find out what to put in a Character Design Portfolio.

Everytime I show it to someone i get shot down and have to keep on starting over at the beginning

The first time I asked for someones advice was when I first went to the comicon.
I did alot of gesture drawings and Realistic Anatomy Drawings in addition to some of my own character drawings that i made.

I was told to focus more on construction and line of action. Also, told by many to start exaggerating and pushing the figure. At this time, I was not attending Figure Drawing Classes.

I was getting mentored a bit from someone who would continually trace over the drawings that i sent him and show me how to do it correctly. I kept in touch with this person for about 3 months when he basically just told me to go to figure drawing regularly.

So, I started going to figure drawing and focusing on gesture, Line of Action, and construction. In addition to that, i started doing construction exercises from John K's Blog in which you take a still from a classic cartoon and try to correctly reproduce it using proper construction.

2 years gone by, and I still attended figure drawing with the same goal in mind. Construction, Exaggeration, Line of Action and Gesture.

In addition to this, i regularly check out character design portfolios on the internet and the character design blog. I try to make my work in the same way these designers put theirs together.

So recently i decided to contact someone who has worked at disney and was in charge of portfolio reviews.

They basically told me that i had to focus on making a realistic portfolio with realistic animals, figures, portraits.

I have no idea what to do at this point.

My final question remains.

What do i put in a Character Design Portfolio for an Animation Studio?
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Hi everyone.

I recently compiled a number of my poem that i wrote along with illustrations that i have done and formed a 24 page book that i created on Lulu.

If you are interested here is the link to buy the book.


www.lulu.com/product/paperback…
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Im new to journal posts so bear with me.

I can't believe that i have been on here for five years already.

Anyways here is the status of my life right now.

I recently quit the gallery that i have been involved in for 3 years already. It's really not going anywhere so why should i bother.

My goal in life right now is to get my work out there.

How I am doing it

1. In the past two years, i completely illustrated a childrens book for a guy that i met through my gallery.

2. Participating in more Art Shows.
     -Did Philly Comicon Last year and will also do it this year
     -Did two Local tattoo conventions

3. I just recently sent out small sample portfolios to 25 greeting card companies that i found in The Guide To The Artist Market
     -I got 5 responses so far (all said they were not interested)
                -Got 1 emailed response
                -3 written Letter responses
                -1 informative phone call


And there you have it. My 2nd Journal Entry.
This is a music video me and my friend Dom helped me make

I provided the Illustrations and Played the Theme on Guitar
Dom helped me edit the video

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hTsOi…
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