Be a dear and check out my friend Jordan Mello’s guest comic on my newly launched Skadi site!
i don’t know if i want to look like this, or that i just want hearts on my knees. i LUV this drawing so much.
Whoooooa, drawing from 2004 that I totally forgot about!
I love this!
I went and drew a Skadi pic during today’s livestream. This was a great practice on perspective. Thanks to everybody who joined!
A drawing I did for a friend of mine.
I’m selling a print of this in my new print shop…there’s a bunch of designs for sale so take a look! http://society6.com/KatieRice
Fan art for Strip Search! I drew a bunch of fellow cartoonists. Is this weird? Let’s not make it weird.
Another Arya Underfoot doodle. Season three is coming!!
(I’m making this re-bloggable by request)
“what advice would you give to an aspiring comic artist to help them find their style”
This is sort of a tough question to answer…personally I think everyone has a style that they are just born with, and the hard part is getting comfortable enough with drawing that it can come out and show itself naturally. By constantly looking at art we admire, we absorb bits and pieces of it without even knowing. It may seem slow and tedious but I believe it’s better than trying too hard to manufacture a style.
At the same time…there’s nothing wrong with purposefully experimenting with different techniques or trying new things that don’t feel natural to you. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is always a good thing…for instance, trying to draw realistically rather than cartoony, if cartoony is your normal thing. Or vice versa. Or after admiring a way a certain artist inks, trying to see if you can switch up how you ink to make things more interesting. If there is an artist you admire, try asking yourself what it is they do that makes you respond to their work, and think about those ideas while you are drawing. You can also research the artists you like, find who influenced them, and look at those drawings to get inspiration from.
I would advise not to copy surface elements of other artist’s work (sorry if this is starting to go off topic). I think everyone does it to some degree, but really it feels so much better to draw without the burden of trying to be like someone else. It’s important to remember that no one sees the world the same way you do- trust your own observations and draw things how YOU see them, and just keep drawing and drawing and drawing!
iansimsjam asked: I love your art! Is Tim Burton one of your artistic influences?
Thank you! I do like Tim Burton’s art a lot, but I wouldn’t consider him one of my bigger influences…maybe subconsciously? I’m sure a lot of stuff has snuck in without me really noticing. The ones that stand out to me would be Disney movies, which were almost all i watched as a kid, then Ren and Stimpy when it came out, then after that I was real into anime, and now I’m all into French comics (I still read manga though). There are also tons of modern artists that influence and inspire me as well…I follow most of their Tumblrs, so you should check them out!