Every so often I get a bad bloody nose while I’m sleeping, but I always try to keep my sense of humor when they happen.
There’s a priceless relic within the abandoned fortresses that were built on the backs of these behemoth cloud dragons and the Goblin Treasure Hunter is ready to find it! He just has to hold tight to the back of his trusted swiftwing Skyknife to keep up with their migration.
Since Tumblr isn’t the ideal format for horizontal work, I decided that the best way to post this piece would be to include a few detail shots and the palette as well.
An illustration based on Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow”, from her album Same Trailer Different Park. I’ve had this illustration in the back of my mind for a while, but all the pieces finally clicked together when I re-listened to the album yesterday.
sniffcatnip-hailkitten asked: Hi, my name is Abigail and I was just curious as to what you thought about the comic art major at MCAD? It is my dream to go there and I just want to get as much insight as I can.
Hey Abigail, I’m actually still going to MCAD (hopefully that makes me even more helpful). I was leaning off of social media for the last bit, so sorry it took me a bit to respond to you. Hopefully this response is thorough enough to merit the lateness.
First of all, I absolutely love MCAD. It was the perfect place for me to go after school and even though it’s incredibly expensive, it’s still one of the cheapest and best art schools in the country.
The comic program is incredibly solid, especially right now. I’ve had two incredible teachers since I came to MCAD (Zak Sally and Bob Algeo). I’ve actually only taken comics classes with them because I love their classes so much. I’ve grown so much and developed so far beyond what I thought I wanted for myself.
Kind of a side note, but I always feel the need to say that amount of money it takes to go to art school has some serious consequences. I’ve had some good friends who’ve had to leave MCAD for multiple reasons and it’s always incredibly sad when it happens.
Just in my experience the people who do best are the ones who are:
- Highly Motivated/Can Deal With A TON of Stress- Art school is a lot of hard work. Unless you are a god/goddess of time management you will probably be pulling all-nighters (or be like me and be pulling many all-nighters).
- Are Looking to Make Friends- Some people don’t want to engage in the social aspect at all…which is one of the biggest reasons to come to art school. I wouldn’t be half the artist I am without the friends I have. And if you’re worried at all about making friends, all it takes is being friendly and putting yourself out there just a bit and you will absolutely will find people you click with. Since coming to MCAD I’ve become really good friends with livertaker, brandohughes, annmakes, and johnwilinski. We call ourselves Desu Desu Kappa and we watch anime all the time like the huge nerds we are. We also make a bunch of zines and draw eachother dumb things on our birthdays. If I’ve gotten anything out of MCAD, it’s my excellent friends.
- Have Some Solid Family Support- Not just financial. When you go to art school your family has to have your back enough to watch you struggle and find yourself. There’s people who are able to make it through art school all by their own energy (these people are incredible!!!), but it’s much more common to have at least one supportive family member.
- Searching for Ideas/Rather Than Technique- Technique is something you can learn outside of art school. Honestly you can Google most technical issues and find a decent answer. If you’re planning on going to art school, you’re going to be learning how to expand your mind outside of the box. You’re going to be trying to figure out what makes you tick and how you can use that to improve your work.
Anyway I hope this is helpful to you and none of this has scared you off too badly. Despite all the stress, I love MCAD! We have barbecues, zorbing, dances, and all kinds of events year round (which I help out with as a work study in Student Affairs). It’s pretty much home to me now and I couldn’t imagine not going. Hopefully I’ll see you here!
Young Scratch in Presentando La Loba Luchadora!
I finally made the superhero comic I’ve always wanted to make! It’s time for me to take a break and work on some smaller projects, but hopefully I’ll be able to do another Young Scratch comic in the near future.
Just posted a PDF of my Experimental Comics final on Gumroad. Here’s a description of it:
This short horror comic documents the evening a teenager and her father discover they aren’t the only ones living in their brand new house. Available for free and featuring 19 pages of original story, this comic is guaranteed to unnerve you for the rest of the evening.
The Goblin Treasure Hunter has been sent into the Jungle of Eternal Night to retrieve the crown of a fallen king. He just has to make sure he doesn’t slip!
I’ve had this short character study in my head for a while and finally had the time to do something with it this week. Also glad to be coloring my pages again, since my work always looks a hundred times stronger when I do.
My Goblin Treasure Hunter friend got into more trouble than he bargained for when he tried to take a book from an evil wizard’s personal collection.
Another Goblin Treasure Hunter illustration, this time featuring our little guy out in the desert about to realize this treasure isn’t worth it.
Trying to get back into the swing of working now that TCAF’s over and summer break has started, so I decided to do a quick illustration with my Goblin Treasure Hunter character. Had a ton of fun and I think I’ll be doing a few more of these while I plan out the comic I’m putting together this summer.
I’m in Toronto! If you’d like to meet up and hang out for TCAF feel free to tweet @chasingcomics.