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Wed Aug 4, 2010, 11:57 PM



I gotta be honest. I don't like dA FAQs much. They're usually full of shit nobody ever actually asked, and seem to serve a primary purpose of making someone look like people ask them questions.

Well, people do ask me questions. I like questions. Questions are cool. I also like to help, when I can! Questions facilitate that. Lately, people have been asking me the same questions repeatedly. I'm not annoyed! They have no way of knowing someone has already asked these questions. I'm not the type to kvetch over people paying good-natured attention to me. HOWEVER, I would like to save you the trouble of asking, and save me the trouble of answering the same questions over and over. If you want to ask me questions that aren't listed here, That's what Formspring is for.

FAQ


Q: What are your pet peeves?
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-When people assume that 'if you practice A, you must hate the idea of, B, C, or D'.

-An inability to grasp nuanced arguments; black-and-white thinking

-Tiny Anime Feet Syndrome (feet are the size of the hands or smaller; at an extremely low level of detail, and shaped like bricks)

-Art that has long, self-indulgent commentary by the artist that tries to tell me how I should feel about the image

-The idea that you can be a jerk about something just because you're on the Internet, because somehow being online absolves you of all personal       responsibility and moral obligation to be a good person

-When I am a jerk on the Internet

-Poorly drawn suits; especially given that they require minimal research to do well, and that it is so, so easy to find reference. Short jackets and badly drawn lapels are probably the worst (and most common) offenders

-For some reason, when people draw dress shirts with ties they leave this gap at the top where the two parts of the collar meet, draw the tie on way too loose, and show too much of the tie wrapping around under the collar - and this is not even when it's supposed to be a sloppy character. Bros, there is a button at the collar that holds it closed, and dress shirt collars are stiff enough that they don't flap everywhere, ESPECIALLY if they have stays (little plastic bits that make the collar stiff). If I'm supposed to think that this is 'sharp', I shouldn't be seeing any loose, soft collars, no gaps in the collar above the tie, and very little of the tie going under the collar.

-Being in denial about Anime Long Midface

-People not appreciating their 'fans'; and the concept of 'fans' to a lesser degree. It's presumptuous to assume that anyone who comments on your work likes it a lot, and even more presumptuous to assume that any of those people care about it enough (or about you) to be 'fans'.

-Military personnel as ideological pawns in a Red State vs. Blue State culture war. We are individuals and have our own political beliefs; do not use feel-good stock footage of us and our families in a jingoistic attempt to grant your side moral authority. You are taking people's genuine OMG MOM MADE IT BACK FROM IRAQISTAN FROM WITHOUT DYING moments and turning them into partisan grandstanding. Fuck you.


Q: Will you give me a critique?
A: Probably! I may not be able to get to it immediately, so please let me know if you have urgent needs. I can be reached by note here on dA, or via my email at metaphorfists @ gmail dot com.

Q: Can I give you a critique?
A: I don't see why not! If I have requested critique on a piece, it is open season and I really want that kind of feedback. Even if I haven't requested it, that doesn't mean you can't give it! You can give it at any time. The only difference is that I may not be able to make as much use of it, as the piece is either finished, or is not in a finished enough state to be 'right', and I already know that it is full of lazy mistakes (sketches, doodles, etc.) Sometimes I'll request critique on finished pieces because I'm worried I've really messed something up.

Q: What scares you the most?
A: Failure. The possibility that I may never overcome my flaws. Intravenous pain meds. General anesthetic.

Q: What advice do you have for young artists/artists in general?
A:
I can't get to the library/store, what are some drawing resources you'd recommend?
Professional vs. hobby illustrator
Books and inspiration
When is it 'cheating' to use digital tools?
What do you do when you don't feel inspired?
How did you learn to draw so 'realistically'?
What's the best balance between realism and personal style?
What if I want to get better at anatomy, but can't go to life-drawing classes right now?
Three Corny Tish-Tips For A Successful Life
How did you get so good at drawing men?


Q: What is Modus Operandi about/when will we see it?
A: Mana asks, 'what inspired MO?'
Modus Operandi is a vaguely sci-fi drama with a heavily political bent. It is a lot of thinky-thinky stuff and also some blowing shit up with telekinetic math-o-vision stuff. You could also say that it is about the balance of public power (the say you have in the lives of others) versus personal power (the say you have in your own life), and how illusory the whole lot can be, no matter how powerful everyone says you are. You could also say, 'it's complicated and I'm not sure how to distill it effectively into a single subject'. You'll just have to wait and see, I think!

MO should launch October/November-ish, unless I turn out not to be good enough to produce work of sufficient quality.


Q: What kind of art education do you have/what art school did you go to?
A: I have had as much art class as most other kids. I took art class in middle school, but haven't taken it since. I have not been to art school; the closest I got was living incognito in the Ringling College of Art and Design dorms. Life is a mystery.

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:iconlazysmirk:
lazysmirk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Your FAQ only perpetuates the belief that you are an articulate and intelligent individual.
Get an education, douchebag.






:meow:~♥
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
NYORO~N~**~*~*~*


bak
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FrankRMB Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student General Artist
I don't like formspring that much. I alwatys have a problem with it when I add on my question and it never got on there. Even after a day, it still didn't get on.

I think that your tutorials and manuals help answer alot of my questions that I weould about to ask you. Your THAT intuitive.
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sometimes it takes a long time! Formspring is glitchy. :c I've never lost a question, though.

Well, thank you. I hope stuff I make continues to uh, not be useless!
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Arcturion Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
-Military personnel as ideological pawns in a Red State vs. Blue State culture war. We are individuals and have our own political beliefs; do not use feel-good stock footage of us and our families in a jingoistic attempt to grant your side moral authority. You are taking people's genuine OMG MOM MADE IT BACK FROM IRAQISTAN FROM WITHOUT DYING moments and turning them into partisan grandstanding. Fuck you.

This, feck yeah. Overall, your words are made of win and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter. Oh wait, I already did, nvm. Carry on the awesome.
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I miss your drawings, man.

Thanks!
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Arcturion Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Busy sergeant is busy. -__- I have been doodling and sketching but nothing really worth uploading to dA though. Gonna have to change that, thanks!
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DrValentine Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Q: In which mode are your wheels?
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I regret not having an appropriate emote with which to respond to this.
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DrValentine Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
:chainsaw: :headbang:
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LuchaWhore Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student General Artist
Q: Are there any forms of traditional art that you are interested in, or you particularly enjoy?
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:iconheysawbones:
heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I like some modern art. I mean actual modern, not post-modern.

I like Greek and Roman sculpture.

I enjoy working with soft pastels, ink wash, graphite, and Copics. I don't know if that counts as traditional.
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LuchaWhore Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Student General Artist
those count :D
I mean basically anything that isn't done with a computer program is counted as traditional.
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said-the-flounder Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
nice answerin'! all I can say is, what bugs me even more than underdeveloped feet are ENORMOUS anime feet. I happen to see those a lot more than the tiny feet (though I used to be the tiny foot drawing person :))
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have never seen that!
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said-the-flounder Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
haha I bought an Idiot's guide to something-or-other and every. single. illustration. was that.
but yeah, i only wish i could give some examples. :P
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TheDude-In-NavyBlue Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for posting this FAQ. I agree with a lot of what you say, especially in your link about being an artist professionally vs being an artist as a hobby. And your advice on what to do when you can't get to a figure drawing class sounds like some of what I'm doing right now. I've been studying Bridgman's book throughout the summer when I can, and I'll draw some of his drawings to get a feel for the proportions, and then apply them to my own drawings of people that I gesture draw while waiting at my bus stops. I think my one of the things I'm having the most trouble with is drawing more loosely, and not worrying so much about the details. You may or may have not answered this already, but what can I do to break this habit so that my gesture drawings don't end up being so stiff with no weight or personality?
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I haven't mentioned it!

It can help to worry more about the gestures and overall forms. Resist the urge to start drawing in individual fingers, or skin folds. Just draw loose approximations of where legs, arms, heads go. The key is to go general, to specific.
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TheDude-In-NavyBlue Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! That will definitely help. I always get caught up the most in the hair and the clothing folds...
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mild-marrow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
I know it wasn't your intent, but reading this makes me think, "you know, you're an okay--you're okay."
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:iconheysawbones:
heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I hope that's a good thing!
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mild-marrow Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
yes it is. sorry, it's hard to express without tone of voice! XD
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Enydimon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
-The idea that you can be a jerk about something just because you're on the Internet, because somehow being online absolves you of all personal responsibility and moral obligation to be a good person

Thank you for this!
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dorkbait Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
AUUUGH YOU DIDN'T POST THE RECIPE.

WE CAN NEVER SPEAK AGAIN.




jk, jk bro.
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you're interested, I have some recipes that will make your head spin like Linda Blair.
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SquidPrince Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Considering you've never been to art school you're pretty badass dude. :U
Just sayin.
Also anime has ruined me and I have a hard time seeing my anime long midface but I'm almost certain I do it. CURSES.
Though I do love links to help me with things so I'll be all over those.
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have looked at your gallery, and it seems your not-anime noses are of an appropriate length. I think you might wanna focus on shape instead!



fff it ain't no thang, thanks for stopping by. ;_;!
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SquidPrince Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Can do!
(Also of course I stopped by I watch you from the deviantart bushes. My eyesight is bad so I have to use binoculars though. )
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When you say Art that has long, self-indulgent commentary by the artist that tries to tell me how I should feel about the image</b>

Do you mean commentary like

"Species X was an open-water filterfeeder that lived in tropical ocean in what is now Norway. It preferred such and such temperature, and pH. raddraddaradda It was preyed on by Species L, O, and Y, but went extinct due to hunting by Vikings, because Norsemen thought their headshields made for adorable helmets."

?
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's not telling me how to feel at all, that's just information. That's fine.

I hate it when it tells me about how deep and profound it is and how meaningful all the symbolism is. You also have to use a lot of loaded words to do it properly.
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nessperez Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
That point hit close to home with me. It's one of my greatest nitpicks about the art world. I even wrote a ranty essay about it ([link]), not that you care.But you summed it up much better :3

Also, oh boy, I asked one of those formspring questions *u*
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, you mean like those commentaries that talk about how wolves or some other charismatic megafauna are oh so superior to humans because they make the (mediocre) artist feel all warm and erotically squishy inside?
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:iconheysawbones:
heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
No.

Think more along the lines of a piece of fine art.
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmmmm...
I hope you aren't thinking what I'm thinking...
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:iconheysawbones:
heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
I don't know what you're thinking.
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, when you mentioned fine art, I suddenly had this horrible brainfart of "Mona Lisa porn"
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:iconheysawbones:
heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ha ha ha oh lord no. No, not at all.
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Placebo-remedy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
I approve.





:iconimsopinkplz:
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evilengine9 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
-The idea that you can be a jerk about something just because you're on the Internet, because somehow being online absolves you of all personal responsibility and moral obligation to be a good person

-People not appreciating their 'fans'; and the concept of 'fans' to a lesser degree. It's presumptuous to assume that anyone who comments on your work likes it a lot, and even more presumptuous to assume that any of those people care about it enough (or about you) to be 'fans'.


oh my god, are you me?

These two sort of go hand in hand for me.
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
I AM NOT YOU though given our bizarre proximity, ONE HAS TO WONDER. dem police got me for expired registration by the IHOP, not shitting you. I was terrified at first because I had NO clue why the hell someone would be pulling me over. Also, it was night. How can they even see?

I was never impressed with the whole Internet Tough Guy act. It's weak sauce. A person with real intestinal fortitude doesn't need that kind of apologist BS; they can regulate their behavior. Not to say that I (or anybody else) is 100% successful.

The fan thing is... it's not mystifying. I was going to say that, but it's not. I want it to be. I want it to be this totally foreign thing that I don't understand at all, so I don't have to see people I know do it, and get smacked in the face with what I suspect are their really negative, counter-productive thought processes.
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No-Named Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like you. :D
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
:iconrlyplz:
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No-Named Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconyesrlyplz:
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JessMaz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
"The idea that you can be a jerk about something just because you're on the Internet, because somehow being online absolves you of all personal responsibility and moral obligation to be a good person"
I love you so much right now... thank you for saying this!
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I feel pretty strongly about that. I'm not perfect, I mess up and sometimes I'm an ass. But I try not to be.
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breathless-cessation Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
"-When people assume that 'if you practice A, you must hate the idea of B, C, or D'."
Can you explain this a little bit more?
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, I draw what I draw. Some person assumes I hate anime because of this.
I talk a lot about structural drawing. Someone assumes I hate all other methods of drawing.
I do representational work. Someone assumes I hate work that is not blatantly representational.
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breathless-cessation Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Gotcha. "I play classical piano therefor I must hate jazz piano."
That kind of thinking?
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heysawbones Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Eeeeexactly!
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breathless-cessation Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Ohhh okay, we're totally on the same level now. But it really only bothers me if people practice A and DO hate B, C, and D.
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