Style test for a webcomic that I’m developing. (EDIT: the comic will be in English.)


Somebody’s gonna get punched. Probably a lot of sombodies.

For someone obsessed with balance, my writing sure slants down to the right a lot.
Oh well. For someone obsessed with balance, my writing sure slants down to the right a lot.
Oh well. For someone obsessed with balance, my writing sure slants down to the right a lot.
Oh well.

For someone obsessed with balance, my writing sure slants down to the right a lot.

Oh well.

The time. The time. Who’s got the time? The time. The time. Who’s got the time?

The time. The time. Who’s got the time?

Some ideas on loosening up.

Making rebloggable by request.

Q

molinatwins asked:

Hello Mr. Holden, my twin and I love your work it! It has so much heart and life that its truly inspiring. If you don't mind us asking, what would be a good way for artist like our selves to loosen up drawing wise? our primary sketches and drawings look great but when it comes to creating completed pieces we lose the vitality that we wanted. We stiffen up and our art lacks that "wow" element because of it. Either way thank you for your time!!

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This is a major struggle of mine.

When I feel myself stiffening up, I try to get my wiggles out (pardon the vernacular; I am a parent of small children). Literally stand up and shake out your arms and legs. When you get back to the drawing table, try drawing in a new way.

1. Pinch your pen/pencil at the “eraser” tip. You’ll lose all fine control, forcing you to make broad movements.

2. Try drawing with your shoulder instead of your elbow, wrist, or fingers. Be aware of where your movements are originating. If you’re feeling really adventurous, draw by moving only your torso. (I’ve never tried this.)

3. Make some drawings with your non-dominant hand.

4. Pick out a totally foreign drawing implement (paint brush, cotton swab, puppy dog tail) and figure out how to use it.

You’ll make some interesting discoveries by changing up the way you draw. The exercises themselves won’t help you produce finished work necessarily, but they’ll help you get that looseness back!

Q

stickfiguremasterpiece asked:

I love your art style, it has a really loose, stripped down anime aesthetic. What artists would you say are your biggest influences?

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ARGH. I’ve been avoiding this question for a super long time because I don’t have anything impressive to say. I have the most pedestrian taste in art. I would say the cartoonists that I love whose work has influenced mine would be (in no particular order):

Hank Ketcham

Charles Schulz

Bill Watterson

Jeff Smith

Dr. Seuss

Quentin Blake

Toriyama Akira

Takahashi Rumiko

Miyazaki Hayao

The list gets a lot longer if I include all the people whose work I admire. I think there are a number of artists whose work inspires me, even though I will never draw anything like them.

Q

bobbleheaddan asked:

just a quick question, I usually find myself day dreaming of the work i want to produce next,I know exactly how i want every scene to look and be drawn. Yet I always find myself lacking the confidence and motivation to even start it. Any advice on how to find that little ounce of motivation to start the project you know will be a labor of love?

A

I’m convinced that this is the ETERNAL question of all artists. The blank canvas is the most frightening part of any project.

The trick is to put down SOMETHING. Get started with a page of sketches, or notes, or semi-related notions. Having a concrete thing on the page means that it is no longer blank space you’re working with. That always gets me motivated to do more.

Good luck!!

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Q

ashishkrart asked:

Hi , i was browsing through google nad came across your page. your works are crazy and beautiful. And i love your style. I created a tumblr account two minutes back just to ask this question . what do you need to be a good animator. I have been self learning art passionately.But i have done engineering in computer science and at present working as engineer which i hate a lot , but i donno what and how to start into art. i have seen many failing artist around make me scare. could you suggest som

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Wow, I can’t believe you went to all this trouble just to ask me a question!

I answered this same question for another person HERE, but if you want a little more advice on actually getting into animation, I think the answer is to draw, draw, draw.

Some good books on drawing (for animation) include Drawn to Life by Walt Stanchfield and The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams. They are a good place to start. The key is to keep a sketchbook and draw from life a lot. You’ll get better in time, but it takes a lot of time.

Best of luck to you, and thanks for writing in!

Q

thevelocityofsierra asked:

What was your major in college?

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I began as a Japanese language and literature major, then 3/4 of the way through added an animation major. I loved both subjects, and couldn’t give one up over the other, so I majored in both.

You might say I majored in Japanese Animation… if you were so inclined.

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lassog asked:

Hey there! I just found your blog and I am overwhelmed by your work! Awesome! i was wondering, what kind of paper do you use to make your watercolour sketches? They just look so amazing I feel I need to try and practice the techinique! *_*

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Hmmm…lately I haven’t done much watercolor, but now that you bring it up I want to get back into it!

Mostly I like Arches cold press. If it’s in a sketchbook, Moleskine makes good watercolor paper and I actually also really like Handbook Journals.

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alleycats-doodles-deactivated20 asked:

I need advice on how to stop procrastinating. I'm trying to start an online comic but I keep telling myself " I'll do it tomorrow," so do you have anything????

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Just do a little piece at a time! You don’t have to get all the story out at once. Work on it a little bit every day.

It may be helpful to take a specified amount of time each day to work on your project, even just a little bit. Maybe you set ONE HOUR aside. Each day use that hour to develop characters, write dialogue, design stuff, do color exploration, etc.

I’m actually in the middle of planning a web comic, too! Let’s both work super hard!!

What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!)

What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.

In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.

Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.

As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)

Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!)

Q

caboicham asked:

your blog makes me so happy. I was having an emotional breakdown and I saw your "let's play pretend" post. And then I started wandering around your blog and everything here was so super cute and lovely and cheerful. I feel a lot better now and I just want to grab a pencil and draw something. Thank you for cheering me up (indirectly... but thank you) !!! :">

A

This is my very favorite thing to hear. It is, in the most literal sense, the very reason I am making cartoons.

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a note!

So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)
Till then, be good! So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)
Till then, be good! So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)
Till then, be good! So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)
Till then, be good!

So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)

Till then, be good!