Hey Madéleine! I just wanted to start by saying I am a huge fan of your work. I love your style and am inspired by your work. I need some advice. I'm 16 and my dream is to be an animator. I love drawing and have been since I was 10. I've gone through phases of drawing stuff. But, the thing I love to do the most is cartoons, and make comics and create characters and whatnot. But I'm scared for the future, people get so competitive and I'm worried about college and have no idea what to do! Help?!
The future is scary, I think everyone can agree on that!
I think it’s good to try to see being Competitive as a positive thing, use it as motivation and a means to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie- or even as a bridge to friendship! There are always going to be people who take it too serious and are elitists, but pppbbbbt on that.
It sounds like you know what you want to do- use college to your advantage! Find professors who are helpful, ask them what you need to work on, what books should you read outside of class, if they know any other students who are interested in the same things as you-
Find a good art program, if it’s at a college or local art center- find like minded people, collaborate, be inspired and supportive, elevate each other’s art to the next level.MAKE THINGS.MAKE THINGS.MAKE THINGS. There will be jealousy (it’s human nature) but if you’re a positive force, then you will have that same positive support helping you as well!
To pull a metaphorical lesson from the greatest film in all of cinematic history, Pacific Rim: Artists, Cartoonists, Animators etc. are all in their own separate Jaegers, we keep our own score, but we are all fighting for the same thing- ridding the earth of Kaiju.
Hi, you probably have been asked this many times before, but I just have to ask.. where did you get started? What and how did you get to where you are now in Art? * currently kind of scared/worried, and all that bummed out mojo eating away at me when I think of art* cries.
Don’t be scared!
I started off doing journal comics and posting them online on a regular basis- then i learned what mini comics where and was like daaaang i want in on that- so i started going to conventions and bought&sold minis- then i decided, I’m going to write a webcomic, then I did that for a while and got job offers and here we are!
(I went in like 35 pages to check if this's been asked and then the anxiety got to be too much) Madeleine, how do you deal with the crippling fear of one of your comic ideas, that you've kept in your notebook for awhile, has been done or is being done and you're stuck because you really wanna draw it but also don't wanna be accused of stealing someone else's idea? ('Cuz I saw two tumblr posts today with similar enough comic premise ideas that I have in my notebook and it's freaking me out.)
First-every joke has been done before!!! if you try hard enough you can pull parallels and similarities in ANY story!!
the way to overcome the fear is to just post it and not look at tumblr! have fun while doing it- do it for yourself!
hi madeleine, i have a question for you as an artist. i consider myself ok with using 0.3mm and 0.5mm pencils for all my art, which is mostly just character designs for role play and elder scrolls fanart. however, i'd like to improve my skills, especially in inking and coloring and i'm not sure where to start. i'd like to eventually have a drawing tablet, but don't want to waste money if its not practical. i'm a full time medical employee, so i dont have time to take classes.
As long as you have access to the internet and set aside some time for drawing I’m sure you can improve! Here are some things that might help you out:
Figuring out what tools to use can be daunting- don’t worry! A lot of artists say which tools they use for certain work, it’s up to you to decide if you want to try them- these blogs find out which tools they are-
The way I found my favorite inking tools was to save up money and order as many random pens from http://www.jetpens.com - it was like a grab bag ever couple months until I found the perfect one for me!
As for skills:
Look up Andrew Loomis Art Books- they are all free pdfs online and excellent for learning techniques!
Hi Madeleine, I need your advice please. Between a wacom and an iPad, what would you choose ? There are some really neat apps for the iPads, but a wacom seems much more professional. I'd use it more for personal drawings and such. Thanks ! x
It depends on what kind of art you do and what your process is or what process you are trying to learn.
My iPad acts as a scanner,drawing & reference tool.The only downside is it doesn’t offer high res files yet. But I regularly scan my comics with it and ink it digitally~
The wacom is an industry standard, but there are other models out there giving it good competition- I hear good things about Monoprice tablets & they won’t hurt your wallet too much.
Being a professional isn’t so much about the tool itself, a professional can make any tool work for them regardless of what it is!
No matter what you decide to get, make it work for you and learn everything you can about it!
Hey Madéleine ! Seeing your stuff makes me so happy because it's so funny and lively and badass, and at the same time it makes me a bit sad sometimes because your life seems to be so much cooler than mine, haha. I'm so shy, it's quite hard for me to make friends to hang out with, and I'm lonely most of the time. So you're kind of an inspiration to me, artistically as well as in your way to be positive and to reach out to other people ! Keep up the good work
Hi! Thanks so much for your sweet message!
It’s hard making IRL friends- and honestly, all my best friends were internet buddies for years until we had a chance to meet in person! Internet friends are great because you seek each other out based on your passions in life versus being together by default location like school or work. As you grow artistically you’ll also grow in confidence and feel like you can conquer the world and befriend anyone! Keep up YOUR good work!!!!!!
hello friend, i have synesthesia so when i hear people's voices i associate them with colors in my brain area. like an aura! but maybe less cool. just thought i'd let you know that your color is a lovely pinkish yellow, like the base of a rose petal. wow!
This is kinda embarrassing but do you draw your art on paper first? If so do you just go over the lines again in photoshop or? I'm not real good at this x.x I've drawn most of my art offline and some on my 3ds. I have a tablet, but I just haven't gotten the hang of it yet some was hoping maybe I could snag some tips from you? (huge fan of your art here) ((aspiring to draw like you one day))
It really varies with each drawing! Sometimes I do a sketch on paper & then ink it digitally, sometimes I ink on paper and scan it, sometimes I do it all digital!
keep practicing a little bit everyday with different techniques!