cement-shackles said: Which of all of the forgettable D Block combatants is your favorite to joke about?
I thought it was Damask because of his ridiculous name, but now I think its gotta be this douche:
nolastnamethings said: Hi Steve, I would like you to do something for me. Think of Dellinger, now picture his parents and describe them(or maybe a sketch of them if you're not too busy). PS I'm enjoying Jason, really looking forward to seeing his friends.
Thanks for reading Jason! I think you’re really going to enjoy where the story goes from here.
Sadly I do not have the time to illustrate Dellinger’s parents, but I believe another artist already has.
Anonymous said: Is there anything you miss from back when you were a kid (such as a certain brand of cereals etc.)?
I don’t tend to get very nostalgic in terms of media. These days any show you grew up with is either streaming online, rebooted, continued or re-released. Nothing gets cancelled anymore. The phrase “That was my childhood” doesn’t apply to me. Things like Dragon Ball Z were not left behind in my childhood. It’s still taking up real estate in my adulthood.
What I honestly miss from my childhood was my naiveness, my optimism, and and my open mindedness. Back then I would salivate at the chance to draw. Though I wasn’t the kind of child prodigy that always occupied myself by drawing, it was the one passion I was driven by.
I enjoyed myself and drew whatever I wanted without a care and so much enthusiasm. Art was a retreat to the average school day, and the future wasn’t the biggest concern to me. The world seemed so much bigger back then. Shamefully I have to admit now that I finally have my art and not many obstacles keeping me from drawing, it often feels like a burden. I really want to make a career of this, but that leads to me putting a lot of pressure on myself. Should I alter my style so that it’s more applicable? Should I stick to my guns and stand out with my own look? Am I even good enough? If I hit an art block, or go a whole day or two without drawing anything I get really down on myself. I will wonder “Shouldn’t I be drawing?” Or, “If I’m that driven, why do I even have to ask?”
Back then if I had an idea or an inspiration, I would just hop to it. I’ve built up this unnecessary sense of reluctance. I think about the process I have to go through to come up with an idea and execution, instead of just letting it fly and deal with it as it comes. It can be as something so trivial as “Hey I have a cool idea to draw a fantasy comic. Oh, but I’d have to do research for costumes and armor design. That’ll take so long! I don’t have time for that.” Young Steve wouldn’t give a shit, he’d just draw. He wouldn’t care about all the technicalities.
Thinking so technically has hindered my art process just as much as it helped. I think it’s changed the way I look at everything, not just art. I used to spend so much time getting wrapped up in video games because the worlds they presented would trigger my imagination, and I would get lost in them. Games like Mario 64, Sonic Adventure, Pokémon, Legend of Zelda, Diddy Kong Racing, and even Resident Evil may seem very limited in terms of how far games have come today (some not as bad as others), but my imagination could fill the void of that limitedness. I loved to imagine how the world of Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time worked, and what was going on in the parts I couldn’t see. Video games just feel like video games to me now. Being older has given me the chance to peek behind the curtain. I can see the strings now, I know the magician’s tricks. Sometimes ignorance is a bliss, and can serve as a huge source of inspiration and motivation.
Don’t take this as a big “Woe is me” post. There’s a lot of things that I want to draw and anticipate. Starting my webcomic was something I felt very passionate about, and it’s truly a labor of love. I look forward to continue writing and drawing it, and I hope you guys enjoy it.
This post feels like a downer, so let me think about anything else I miss from my childhood.
Riding a zip line unsupervised, straight into a ball pit. They need to make these for adults.
Anonymous said: The colors in your Jason comic look fantastic, and you mentioned earlier that you do all of your inking traditionally. With that being the case, what brands of inking tools are you using currently that you would recommend to someone looking to upgrade from something less crisp and cheap?
First of all, thank you so much for reading my comic! I’ve been trying to hold back on the coloring so I can get the pages done faster, but if people REALLY like it than maybe I’m still getting carried away.
Inking has always been a struggle, and here I thought I was getting crisper with my lines. I guess I should embrace my style. Here’s my set of tools again.
- Zebra Pens - The inking tool I’m most comfortable with. They simulate the movements of a brush but retain enough stiffness to maintain control.
- Copic Multiliners - Markers used for inking smaller lines and details. I use the dark silver versions over the refillable silver ones because they seem to last longer and are more durable.
- Winsor Newton Series 7 Brushes - Best quality brushes at a affordable price. I use sizes 1 & 2 depending on the size of the drawing. I’m not 100% adjusted to using these. I save them for bigger drawings, unless I’m feeling ambitious.
- Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Big Brush - Big, black marker for filling blacks.
Anonymous said: What are your top 3 wishes?
- I wish to have a successful career in cartooning.
- I wish to travel and see more of the world someday.
- I wish Hi-C would bring back Ecto Cooler.