Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.

heidiblack:

bigbigtruck:

(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?

I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!

I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm.  This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.

If you have a dream and the ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever.

Sometimes when I get discouraged about this, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago—
A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree.
"What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!"
To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”

There’s no going backwards. Good luck in whatever path you choose!

This is an amazing post from an amazing artist who has, after many years of sticking with it and being a “nobody,” made it big.  She deserves all the fame and love that she has and more, and this is great advice from her.

Sadly in comics, the audience never sees our roots-the years and years of work before we land a break or make the comic that hits the sweet spot. Roots may take decades to grow before a tree produces fruit.

ericlide:

Hey guys, as you know, I draw things… and now… I’d like to draw things for you!

Due to a series of unfortunate events dating back to November, I’ve been having a lot of financial problems over the past few months. I missed nearly a month of work and have since had my hours cut. My bills are starting to pile up and I could really use some help. So, I’m running a commissions drive: 

http://www.gofundme.com/8if8tw

http://www.gofundme.com/8if8tw

http://www.gofundme.com/8if8tw

http://www.gofundme.com/8if8tw

http://www.gofundme.com/8if8tw

I will draw you a thing in exchange for $$! And, any commissions ordered will come with a PDF copy of Ozzie the Vampire: Rest In Pizza.

Please, please, please considering donating. Even if it’s just a little bit it would go a long way towards helping me pay my bills. And if you can’t help out, that’s cool too! Reblogs and signal boosts would be much appreciated!

Due to flight problems, my baggage (with my painting supplies in it) is going to New Orleans tonight, but I won’t be arriving until sometime tomorrow. This’ll push back me starting my at-home commissions a bit. I apologize in advance and thank y’all for your patience.

chrispco:

I re-opened the Precocious store, with the last of the books, art cards and charms. BUT there are a ton of art cards I haven’t scanned in yet, so here is a picture of them! You buy these too, for $15 + $2 shipping/handling in the USA, so nudge me if you have interest. Otherwise I’ll forget to scan/upload once I dive back into the final prep of book 3.

chrispco:

I re-opened the Precocious store, with the last of the books, art cards and charms. BUT there are a ton of art cards I haven’t scanned in yet, so here is a picture of them! You buy these too, for $15 + $2 shipping/handling in the USA, so nudge me if you have interest. Otherwise I’ll forget to scan/upload once I dive back into the final prep of book 3.

vsatone:

Woo! Look at that old art! In an effort to expand my readership, I’m posting Wasted Minds from the beginning over at Tapastic! Updates will be Monday-Friday until I’m caught up with the main site (considering that I’ve got over 450 pages, it will be awhile).
Or, you can just read the whole thing at my main site! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

vsatone:

Woo! Look at that old art! In an effort to expand my readership, I’m posting Wasted Minds from the beginning over at Tapastic! Updates will be Monday-Friday until I’m caught up with the main site (considering that I’ve got over 450 pages, it will be awhile).

Or, you can just read the whole thing at my main site! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

shoomlah:

kateordie:

comicsalliance:

Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate assuages your fears that your’e being creepy when approaching your
favorite comic book creators at conventions. Don’t worry, you’re not!
Unless you are.
READ THE COMPLETE EPISODE

I get a lot of messages from folks after conventions that they were too shy to come talk to me - and it’s heartbreaking! If I’ve traveled all the way across the country (or another), there’s a big chance I won’t be back soon. I know I can be sassy and a little brash online, but I really do LOVE meeting fans. You’re the reason I get brought to these shows, yo!
It’s a scary thing, but don’t let it keep you from having a nice moment. It won’t always be perfect and not every creator (or every fan) will be awesome, but it’s worth the risk.

SO ACCURATE!  In my three years of doing cons, I can count on one hand the people who have actually been creepy at my booth- and even then they were usually rude, abusive, or literally handsy.
I come away from conventions aglow with even the most awkward interactions that I’ve had with fans!  You could be shy, I could misspeak, we could talk over each other or drop something, and I still cherish getting to meet all y’all face to face. :)


I KNOW I may seem preoccupied or cold, but I’m really not!  I LOVE it when you guys say hi, especially when you mention what site you saw me on, because it lets me know my efforts are worth it.  I love you guys from afar, and it’s so so nice to put faces to names.  One of my best friends, @ceiling_cow, started out as a fan approaching me at a con, and I am so glad she did :3. The con itself sucked, but I’d do it again just to meet her again:33

shoomlah:

kateordie:

comicsalliance:

Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate assuages your fears that your’e being creepy when approaching your

favorite comic book creators at conventions. Don’t worry, you’re not!

Unless you are.

READ THE COMPLETE EPISODE

I get a lot of messages from folks after conventions that they were too shy to come talk to me - and it’s heartbreaking! If I’ve traveled all the way across the country (or another), there’s a big chance I won’t be back soon. I know I can be sassy and a little brash online, but I really do LOVE meeting fans. You’re the reason I get brought to these shows, yo!

It’s a scary thing, but don’t let it keep you from having a nice moment. It won’t always be perfect and not every creator (or every fan) will be awesome, but it’s worth the risk.

SO ACCURATE!  In my three years of doing cons, I can count on one hand the people who have actually been creepy at my booth- and even then they were usually rude, abusive, or literally handsy.

I come away from conventions aglow with even the most awkward interactions that I’ve had with fans!  You could be shy, I could misspeak, we could talk over each other or drop something, and I still cherish getting to meet all y’all face to face. :)

I KNOW I may seem preoccupied or cold, but I’m really not! I LOVE it when you guys say hi, especially when you mention what site you saw me on, because it lets me know my efforts are worth it. I love you guys from afar, and it’s so so nice to put faces to names. One of my best friends, @ceiling_cow, started out as a fan approaching me at a con, and I am so glad she did :3. The con itself sucked, but I’d do it again just to meet her again:33

A few of today’s sketch commissions. Thank you guys so much for your support! You were the best con customers I’ve had!

More sketches from yesterday at MTAC.

More MTAC commissions! Sorry for the bad rotations.

A few of yesterday’s sketches from MTAC!