Ohh can we get a link for your inspiration side blog? I would love to follow you on there

Anonymous

Okay I’ve been keeping one in relative secrecy for a while now so I guess go ahead check out all the pretty posts I’ve hoarded for nearly two years! Please be warned I spam there frequently and I have no tag system. And it’s seriously just an infinite scroll of pretty pictures, absolutely nothing deep going on…

Do you know if any of your DW artwork will be available to buy at the Doctor Who 50th event in London next weekend?

knitted-mittens

If you’re talking about the Doctor Who Official 50th Celebration at London ExCel on November 22nd-24th, then YES! The Big Chief Studios team will have all of my licensed Who prints for sale there!

For those who can’t go (like me ahem), the prints will also be made available online after the event! Some more info here.

You are such an amazing and inspirational artist, like wow all your work is breathtaking. You probably get hundreds of asks like this but the chance you may see a nice message and it makes you smile outweighs me not typing this. Anyway, stay amazing, and keep blossoming with your drawings ^_^ xoxo

Anonymous

I JUST GOT THIS MESSAGE and I just want to thANK YOU ALL ANYONE WHO HAS EVER SENT A NICE ThING I’m sorry I hardly ever reply it’s just that I like to keep them around in my Inbox forever (kind of like holiday decorations that I annoyingly never take down)

Hi, so, I have an art assignment to do this firts week and i thought i could try doing your art of eleven, the one he's looking up, ya know. and I needed your permition. It's not going to put it on the internet or anything it's just school stuff. So pleeeease help me out??!

Anonymous

Guys, I must reiterate because I’ve been getting a lot of asks about this recently for some reason - it’s always okay to copy my art for educational purposes! Copying master works (not that I’m a master OTL but oof you know what I mean) is a great way to learn and I did it in school all the time - but of course it is absolutely essential that you don’t deceive your teacher(s) or audience about the source of your work! So just be sure to always credit your inspiration!

I stopped by your art show today, it was great! It's really cool to see illustrative art in a NY gallery, and your paintings were amazing. Congratulations! That rain though, haha.

rizplease

Thank you so much for coming (and to anyone else who attended my show on Friday), it was such an honor!

Oh my god THE. RAIN. THE RAAAAAAAAIN. Guys. You don’t understand. During the three hours of my show (all day in fact), there was an actual tropical storm outside. LIKE LITERALLY A TROPICAL STORM IT HAD A NAME (“ANDREA”) the trees were whipping around and I GOT A FLASH FLOOD WARNING ON MY PHONE and iT WAS LIKE SUDDEN MONSOON SEASON IN NEW YORK CITY.

I FELT SO BAD BECAUSE PEOPLE STILL SHOWED UP BUT THEY WERE SOAKED TO THE BONE, everyone looked like drowned rats and it’s not like I prepared 200 towels and hot tea or anything because HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW. (I knew there’d be rain but it wasn’t until an hour before the show started that the Flash Flood warnings came in…)

And the next morning, of course… bright and sunny. Not a cloud in the sky. SUCH IS MY LIFE.

Seriously though, thank you if you braved that weather. Thank you so much. I cannot even express how much it meant to me!

Arghh I really hope that’s not what anyone actually thinks… I get the “BRUSHES??” question almost every single day without fail, but the reason I have a hard time answering isn’t because I’m trying to ~protect my secrets~ or anything. (That’s totally silly, especially as I believe that the idea that specific brushes would make your art any better is… highly questionable at best.) It’s because the brushes I use aren’t mine to redistribute. As in, aside from fiddling with program defaults I hardly ever make my own brushes - I trawl the internet for free (or if warranted, paid) Photoshop brushes that other hardworking creatives make available. I cycle through many brush sets, delete the ones I don’t like, and what I end up keeping comprises my current “brush set.”

This presents a couple of problems in terms of sharing. I would feel bad about uploading my brushes because they aren’t “my” brushes. I didn’t make them. It’s like that unspoken rule amongst online stock artists - free to use in your art, but don’t claim as your own. You’ll say I could just credit, which I’d love to do, but the thing is I’ve tested so many brushes and combined so many sets that I don’t remember who made what anymore. I didn’t have any reason to keep track. And even then, not sure the original makers would appreciate me redistributing.

OH MY GOD sorry for the longest and ultimately most unhelpful post ever. To make up for it here’s some information and a list of great free brush sets that I may not necessarily use anymore, but I know I downloaded at some point (keep in mind I use Adobe Photoshop and all info following pertains to that program only):

FIRST. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. I actually use Tool Presets, NOT Brush Presets. For those who don’t know, a tool preset saves information for a brush such as color, opacity and flow, so you don’t have to adjust it each time you switch. You should definitely learn to use and save your brushes as Tool Presets because they speed up productivity and are pretty much better in every way.
Z-PS-Brushes-V6 and Z-PS-Brushes-V2 - so, these already come as tool presets (.TPL), not brushes (.ABR), they’re equally easy to install and I can vouch that both sets are amazing.
fox-orian’s Essential Illustration Brushes V3 - this is the original set where that famous “hexagon” brush I use in some of my works came from. Got a lot of questions about that brush…
Tony Hurst’s Tones Brush Set No.1 & Tones Tool Presets - I’m not sure if I use these sets anymore but they’re all useful and have great texture.
DITLEV’s Digital Watercolor - I’m pretty sure these brushes are huge and therefore sort of lag on my computer, but they do have a wonderful watercolor-ish effect. I use these sometimes for color blocking.
DanLuVisiArt’s Brushes - A very famous free brush set, probably the first result on deviantART, for good reason. One of the first I ever downloaded, I still use some of these, it’s an amazing set for digital painters. Highly recommended for beginners.
sandara’s Brushes - Another highly recommended set for beginners. Simple, basic, very useful.

Okay… tl;dr but hope that helped in the end! And like I said - the best “brush advice” I can give is to be proactive. If you’re feeling sick of your current set, wipe it and really spend some time testing out new brushes. DELETE the brushes you know you’ll never use (not only do the suck up your computer’s resources since you have to wait for all that shit to load, they are distracting.) Keep yo’ shit ORGANIZED. And most importantly - don’t FIXATE on the idea that only “good brushes will make my art good.” That’s total bull. Brushes are ultimately tools for your art, they are useful but they won’t make up for actual artistic understanding. A great watercolor painting is great because the artist painted it well - you don’t look at it and go “oh, it must be because they used Winsor & Newton watercolors.” Many digital painters create incredible things with the defaults. In the end it’s up to you to push your resources to the limit!

YOU CAN DO IT
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What attire do you prefer people to wear to your "Moments" show? Formal, semi-formal, casual, whatever we prefer..?

Anonymous

Wow I didn’t even think of this hahahaa please wear whatever you’d like oh my gosh!!

Note that the show itself is open for three weeks (June 7th-28th), and if you’re in NYC you can come and look at the art during any of the gallery’s hours (I just won’t be there.) The reception on June 7th is really not a big deal and just an excuse for everyone to hang out and meet me if they want. It’s NOT a formal occasion, it’s a small gallery, so just come and have some refreshments and drink some cheap beer (unless you’re underage, then you can have soda) while you judge and ridicule me and ughhhh seriously, I’d be honored to have any of you!!

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Hello! Are you going to be going to Fanime next weekend? And if so, where can I find you?

ladyofthewhitetree

Hello! I unfortunately won’t be at Fanime. I actually can’t leave the house until I finish work for my show on June 7th… not even to see Star Trek

Since we’re here, this is my 2013 con/event schedule, subject to change:

MOMENTS" Solo Exhibition (opening reception)
Bottleneck Gallery, Brooklyn, NY – June 7 – confirmed

Anime Expo (artist alley TABLE C30)
➶ Los Angeles, CA – July 4-7 – confirmed

Bay Area Sherlock Con (special guest, artist alley)
➶ Santa Clara, CA – August 17 – confirmed

New York Comic Con
➶ New York, NY – October 10-13 – maybe

Please note that before this year, I actually have NEVER sold at a con before (AX will be my first ever. I am a n00b.) So please be aware that I will probably massively unprepared and understocked until I get the hang of it… but… come say hi anyway! :)

As an independent artist making money from your own prints and things, how do you do your taxes? Is it hard? How do you calculate secondary distributor things like Society6 earnings? -The Boring One

Anonymous

Short answer: Yes, I pay taxes on everything I earn… such is life. I keep track of expenses vs. income all year, and have more knowledgable people assist me with the actual tax paperwork.

Long answer that is still short because someone already explained this better than I could: Read this very helpful Taxes for Freelancers guide by illustrator Kali Ciesemier!