For anyone interested, ArtSlam!
Hey all! For those unaware, I help to run Artslam on Tumblr! It’s basically a little community where lots of artists get together and draw, with the goal being a drawing a day pertaining to a certain concept (whatever you choose!) for 1-3 months. I’ve used it for comic development, general concepting, and even just practicing my technical skills, and is really great if you feel you need something to inspire you to get some work done. Everyone is really supportive, as well as willing to help each other out and offer feedback.
If you’re interested, you can sign up for the tumblr version, here, or the livejournal version, here. Or you can sign up for both!
Just as a general announcement should anyone be interested in that sort of thing.
I’m the other ArtSlam mod here on Tumblr, so if you have questions feel free to drop me an ask/mail.
Be brave and give it a try! It’s very rewarding and the community is full of fantastic people!
Going to job interviews is a numbing experience. It got to the point where afterward, for a while, I would build a wall using the Pessimist’s Philosophy (expect the worst so you’re prepared, extra happiness if the best happens) to ease the impact of the growing collection of rejection letters and apathetic silence resulting from all the time researching, preparing, giving my time to try to get a chance.
I believe I mentioned I was waiting to hear back from a job that I recently interviewed for. It’s important to note how difficult it is for me to feel positive about the whole experience so that I can relay that, in this case, I did feel positive. I thought I nailed it.
I answered everything confidently, have all the experience they need, even had to write a demo article which is cake (I was specially requested by the journalism department in college to join their ranks due to my work in elective courses, they kept my work as examples for future classes even though I was a digital art major)… and I left feeling good. Let me say that again: I left that interview - which was a panel interview - feeling good.
Bonus info: The man in charge even specifically told me during the interview that he could safely say I was one of their top three candidates.
But apparently I’m wrong and whatever happened wasn’t enough for a second interview because I’m holding this piece of paper which says thanks but no thanks… which you think I’d be used to by now given all the years worth of these things I’ve accumulated but this one stings for some reason.
I’m just so fucking done right now.
Stuff to work on for ArtSlam
Zack - His story, his facial expressions, the other characters, the world, the plot, possible comic test page.
Torment - Redesigns, environment concepts, outfit designs, probably ripping hair out and lots of cursing.
Sothavon - Malia and Arteah, etc. when I get stuck? Possibly full scenes involving multiple characters?
Side project - Possible logo designs for game streaming.
Stuff to work on throughout - Environments. Environments. Environments. Character interaction. Anatomy studies. Full bodies. Clothing. Facial expressions. Possibly one 3D project, something simple, maybe text-based likely done from a tutorial. I’m sure there will be portraits because of course.
What I want to end up with - One or two solid portfolio pieces, improvement, and a better grasp of Zack’s story.
Biggest worry going in is that I will get frustrated and end up tableflipping and not doing any of what I want.
Let’s switch to Japan for some of my Samurai Warriors favorites. Unf art.
Some of my Dynasty Warriors series favorites. I love the art.
Well holy crap Jia Chong.
So are we gearing up to make ArtSlam a thing on Tumblr again this year? Haven’t heard anything via LJ or Tumble, and wanted to see if anyone was planning to take control again, as it’s getting down to the wire for the signs up soon.
I’m tentatively in again this year in terms of helping out on Tumblr, should people still desire it to be a thing. It depends largely if I land this new job or not. In any event, it’s not that bad to handle. Sign-ups are the part that get the most bogged down in terms of needing extra hands.
Drew Malia last night for lighting and facing-front practice. And to try to conquer the horrible lean my frontal sketches always have. Thanks, schizostories, for reminding me I’m not alone when it comes to that lean… haha.