Hey again. You said you were interested inseeing how others use the smudge tool. Just thought I'd pop in and show you what how I use it. Here you can see it.
Cryptcrawler, you're re-igniting my fire again man.
I finally picked up your video too and from what I've seen it's awesome!
I didn't get too far though as the section about making time and cutting out everything unnecessary (what are you prepared to lose?) really clicked in my head. I realized that the time I spent watching your DVD was time wasted from more painting. I'm still happy that I supported such a great artist and also the MB team by purchasing the tutorial.
Maybe I'll get back to it someday but right now, I've got some painting to do!
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I gotta say they are highly debatable, though; I admit ive never seen a single tutorial but I find it hard to believe that what I have to offer could even remotely compare with the knowlegde the heavy-weights that are in the MB catalog dispense - I just cant see it.
As for a gift for the gab?
My wife would take you to the mat on that one im afraid! =D
I do thank you very much monsieur, im really grateful youve gotten enough out of the video to come and drop me a line about it - it means a lot.
So in a nutshell: Yes, definitely.
Thanks very much for the well wishes and praise - and you will realize your dreams in art if you work your nuggets off and are willing to sacrifice the most precious of things: time.
Best wishes to you,
Yeah all that old Hannah-Barbara stuff was like crack for me as a kid, especially Thundarr - such a rich world and idea, its only a matter of time before someone, somewhere in hollywood gets nostalgic for it and does a movie. He-Man could have been ok but it just pissed me off because Skeletor always got screwed the most by his totally incompetant lackeys and staff, He-Man just douched around like a man-child and took all the credit.
Im so happy you got something out of the tutorial, my biggest goal was to bring something worth-while to the table that my peers could take with them and hopefully benefit from.
I could care less if it sounds like blatant ass-smooching because it is - I firmly believe in planting my fuckin lips squarely upon who's ever ass has paid the price to get somewhere in this business and is willing to provide a vehicle for others to prosper by thier own hard work; that kind of stuff gives me a big boner.
You have my deep thanks for all the kind words and for taking the time to come here and leave a comment for me, that kind of thing means something to me.
I really had no idea that using the dodge, history and smudge tools were at all left of center; they just produced the effect that I was desperate to achieve and I didnt have anyone to show me if what I was ding was right or wrong, conventional or otherwise.
To know that people have benefitted from it as much as they say they have is honestly a dream come true for me; I was really worried people would watch it and be like "wtf this guy is a noob I want my $ back"
Keep kicking yourself in the balls and please show me what you end up creating!
Many thanks for your time and for the great feedback ladies and gents - God bless and keep on drawing!
... are you happy now?
I can't thank you enough (along with everyone else) for taking the time to make this demo - and surprising to hear you had to crush in 150+ hoursIt gets hard when you feel like your not progressing and have to make choices with your time like " do I go online and talk about art and make connections for the few hours ive got tonight or do I draw?"
You can isolate yourself very easily and get miserable when you dont see results. People will see the improvements before you will - trust me.
When they talk about it being hard they mean it, times like that *ARE* what they are talking about, and the solution likewise works; stop crying, keep drawing, move forward.
You really have to be a controlling, demanding prick with yourself and get disciplined and develop some thick skin.
Like everyone else I had to start (and still have to practice on a daily basis) getting over myself and what I thought I deserved.
If you wake up and make that decision everyday that your going to do this no matter the cost then you cant lose, because your failures along the way will only make you stronger and wiser.
But thats only if your willing to be teachable.
In a funny way, the inspiration was also sort of painful - I'm in a situation where I can't dedicate as much time as I wish I could to art and painting unless I want to be homeless and it's tough and confusing as all kinds of hell about where to go and what to do to improve. I can't seem to see the forest for the trees either, and it feels like I'm just going in circles in terms of progress.
But! No matter how hard it gets, there's still the impulse to engage in art. And I just wanted to thank you for helping to push away the darkness a little bit. Even if I don't have the time to draw and study as much as I would like to, it still feels like some kind of happy osmosis to watch you and other professionals do their work and share it willingly.
I wasn't sure id have much to offer being self taught but ive been incredibly surprised and grateful to learn from the various notes ive gotten that the information in the tutorial has helped some folks; honestly the reaction has been beyond my wildest hopes and dreams.
Thanks for the comment, best wishes to you
Thats what I love to hear, thanks man!
Im grateful the tutorial had something to offer you and that you would have rather been painting than watching - thats the idea!
Im right there with you about being pumped to contribute to this great place, thanks for your time and comment!
I wish I could give more and had more time to cruise around here and see all the amazing art, I feel so left behind sometimes because im so busy with contracts - which is great - but I feel disconnected sometimes after being away from the boards, I love the interraction and interest here; its always so inspiring.
Much love and thanks to you guys and gals for the enthusiasm and wonderful notes and emails ive been getting; you have no idea what it means to me - it just gets me working that much harder to try and impress you all.
God bless you all, be safe and most importantly...
Chris, thanks for your support and especially for your interest in my art, man - I really appreciate it.
I was really touched by this when I first read it, AM; im so very sorry that its taken me this long to reply; things are just so nuts and busy here.
I really relate on many, many levels to what your going through.
While id like to sit here and write a self-referencial monologue about what ive gone through to do art I think the space would be ebtter served by me offering (hopefully) some useful tips that helped me make time for practicing and improving.
What honestly helped me the most was was getting honest and stripping down my life to only what I needed.
Socializing, gaming, dates, eating out and paying for a car were all DOA; anything that would allow me to only have a parttime job, the barest of sustenance to keep me alive and a roof over my head so I could draw more was brought into play. Eventually the job and roof over my head were nixed as well and I lived with friends and asked for money from family.
It was miserable and humiliating...but I got more time and when I got more time I got a little better..and then a little better - and the hope started coming alive.
I was honestly terrified when I was doing it, but I was more terrified of the possibility of not being able to pursue art as a career.
Improving at your craft is something that others will see first before you ever will. You are improving, its just not on your time.
Do this sucker a day at a time, if you look too far back and ahead you'll eat yourself alive with fear and regret.
Ill tell you what, man - you sound like your way ahead of the game than I ever was.
#1 You can take pleasure in the achievements of others
#2 You have a myriad of online communties like and here and study groups like Crimson Daggers to find people you trust to critique your work and help you improve.
I could never take pleasure in the improvement of others, I only envied them and wanted what they had and hated myself for being an alchoholic and drug addict and pissing away all those years and opportunities. I was also so painfully vain and self-absorbed that I couldnt endure the idea of relying on anyone but myself to improve.
You sound a helluva lot more mature than I was, so If I can do this then you certainly can.
And now that you've also seen the tutorial and seen my first illustrations when I was starting out you know my dirty little secret (Im not a talented illustrator, Im just willing to bust my ass) Im pretty confident that you can push away the darkness and overcome your obstacles and get this, becasue so much of this is about overcoming your own bullshit - the less you have, the faster youll reach your dreams.
If I can help, write me.
I really cant thank you guys enough for all the amazing emails, PM's and comments, the reaction has honestly been a dream come true.
God bless you all and be safe,
ok im so late in joining this thread but i only just discovered this download.. i just wanted to say it was amazing to watch and learn. i cant wait to see more!
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Is this download still available somewhere? Had a hard time finding it.
How would you practice?