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    Quote Originally Posted by Joopis View Post
    Does the industry suck?
    Also, do you think I can get anywhere without having to go to school for it? I would have liked to have gone to the Joe Kubert School of Art, but I'm poor and even student loans can't get me there. I live in SC, so it's quite far away.
    I understand that if I'm good enough, it'll show in my work, but does having connections impact whether I get published or not?
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    Every industry sucks. You still have to deal with death and taxes, and all that. Wealth can't solve the suck problem. Only attitudes can do that. It's all a matter of perspective. It's up to the individual to determine how they want to see things. Is everything in comics great? No. It never has been, and it never will be. Personally, I think life's full of good things. Along the same lines, the comic industry still has good things to offer. You just have to figure out where to look for the good.


    As far as the other question, sure, having connections certainly does matter. A great deal. Knowing people is important in regards to getting work in any industry. The comic book industry is no different. You have to show you work to editors--people who have the ability to hire you. If they're not made aware of you and your talent, they can't and won't hire you, will they? Don't hold out for editors to come and pound your door down either. You have to go to them. They won't come to you. If you want to work, you have to introduce yourself to editors, and show them what you got. Keep your portfolio of brief--1-4 pages is plenty to show an editor. Never show much more than that, and show your best work only. Don't bother if it's not your best. Make sure they know how to contact you, and tool your portfolio to the sort of work they publish. If you fail to impress, try again later, after you've worked up new samples. Keep going until you get work. Otherwise, look into self-publishing as an alternative.
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    I have a question! I've always loved the artwork in role-playing books. I've checked out your website and stuff and know you worked on a bunch of them. I was always curious about the process for those pieces.

    Just using Star Wars as an example, would they ask for something specific like "We need a stormtrooper with TIE-fighters in the background and destroyed droids at their feet" or just general guidelines like "This is the world you're working in, show us some stuff and we'll see if we like it."

    I realize there's a lot of room in between those examples and every project could be different, but hopefully you know what I mean =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboMike View Post
    I have a question! I've always loved the artwork in role-playing books. I've checked out your website and stuff and know you worked on a bunch of them. I was always curious about the process for those pieces.

    Just using Star Wars as an example, would they ask for something specific like "We need a stormtrooper with TIE-fighters in the background and destroyed droids at their feet" or just general guidelines like "This is the world you're working in, show us some stuff and we'll see if we like it."

    I realize there's a lot of room in between those examples and every project could be different, but hopefully you know what I mean =)
    Usually I'd get a description from someone in the art department like:
    An R2 unit projects the image of an alien smuggler on the wall of a Rebel base. A handful of Rebels look onward with interest.

    or maybe:

    A lone stormtrooper tries to saddle a horse-sized, iguana-like creature in the desert of a nearly barren world. On a ledge above, behind the trooper, a hooded bountyhunter watches the scene undetected.

    and sometimes I'd receive something like this:

    A female jedi cuts her way through a metal door marked: "Weapons Locker."

    Sometimes more information, sometimes less. If I had questions, I'd usually just call or email them a question like this if I thougth it necessary:

    In illustration #2 (with he female jedi cutting through the door), does it matter if the jedi is a human or can I make her a Twi'Lek or something else?

    That's pretty much how those kind of things are done normally.
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    Loston, you wrote:

    -Raphael Kolinsky Red Sable Series 8408 and 8404 Brushes. I like both series of brushes, preferring the #3 and #2 brushes from each series. Brush inking is my preferred method of inking.

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    I want to buy two brushes, I can't buy all four, which two would you recommend out of the Series 8404 #2 and #3, or the series 8408 #2 and #3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Corona View Post
    Loston, you wrote:

    -Raphael Kolinsky Red Sable Series 8408 and 8404 Brushes. I like both series of brushes, preferring the #3 and #2 brushes from each series. Brush inking is my preferred method of inking.

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    I want to buy two brushes, I can't buy all four, which two would you recommend out of the Series 8404 #2 and #3, or the series 8408 #2 and #3?
    I'd go for the 8404s, #2 and 3, Ace. In the beginning, you might want to rely more on your #2 to produce thinner lines, but once you gain more skill, you'll want to do more with a #3 because the #3s hold more ink in them. Therefore,less dipping, and more time inking on the page uninterrupted.
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    Thanks for your help Loston, my brushes just came in the mail today. How should I care for them the first time I use them?
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