Deviant since Aug 3, 2010 | Core Member until Apr 14, 2018
Writer, artist, sad weeb trash.
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Favorite visual artistWoah... Kris Kuksi, Naoki Urasawa, Andy Brase, Geof Darrow, Katsuhiro and Shohei Otomo, Ralph Steadman, Studio 4C, Seung Eun Kim, Stan Prokopenko, and Gabor Szabo, among many others.Favorite moviesTekkonkinkreet, Paprika, Children of Men, Jaws, Schindler's List, The Babadook, It's Such a Beautiful Day, Se7en.Favorite TV showsGumball. Also, QI, Steven Universe, Mock the Week, Rick & Morty, Paranoia Agent, MST3K, Eric Andre Show, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. I don't watch much TV.Favorite bands / musical artistsSwans, Plaid, Aphex Twin, Ween, Primus/Les Claypool, Colin Stetson, Fleet Foxes, Squarepusher, Lightning Bolt, Dead Milkmen, Man Man, Venetian Snares, Susumu Hirasawa, Igorrr, Death Grips, Bauhaus, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Lorn, Grizzly Bear, etc.Favorite bookshttps://www.goodreads.com/review/list/20553446?shelf=readFavorite writersNeil Gaiman, Naoki Urasawa again, Alan Moore, Vonnegut, David Wong.Favorite gamesTF2 and SimCity 4. (I almost never play anymore, though.)Tools of the TradeIn order of use: 0.5 and 0.7 mechanical pencils; Clip Studio Paint; Photoshop CS6 & CC; and Canon EOS 60D & Digital Rebel XTi, both with 18-135mm lens.Other InterestsBass (playing), stand-up comedy (listening), architecture (former student of), sociology and 20th/21st century history (casual interest.)
The most useful thing I’ve discovered in the last year is that video is always better than photos for reference because it lets you try out variations of each pose. For the last few days, I’ve been assigning my characters face and body models - usually a certain Youtuber, actor, musician, or animated character - and drawing different angles and expressions from their videos.
References with consistent angles, lighting, and hairstyles for those specific types would’ve been previously impossible to find without hours and hours and days of Googling and browsing image sites at random. I know because that’s how I did it for the past eight years.
Also, as an aside, if you have a standalone webcam—the Logitech C920, which does crisp 1080p and can be found for $50—you can do a pose or facial expression, video it from several different angles, using either your free hand or a friend, and save it to your drive. That way you can decide which one you like best instead of being constrained to the one you have a reference for.