Hey Evan! Curious about your work, and if you're fully supporting yourself on just your artwork, or if you have to work a separate job to continue making your work. It's inspiring to see you put out work the way that you do, and being an artist myself I'm definitely looking for pointers on how to keep yourself going as an illustrator who can support himself on his art alone. Thanks for the wonderful art, every one of your updates brings a smile to my face!
This is my full-time job! I’m very fortunate to be able to have it as my main thing, but it is hard and inconsistent, which is part of why I am spreading myself thin over several things at once most of the time. Thank you for liking what I do!!
I always struggle with Advice questions, because the audience I have that allows me to be self-sufficient mostly came to my work in a very different internet. Things are different and always changing, but: make as much work as you can, make the work that is uniquely important to you, and keep abreast of wherever internet culture is at the given moment re:spreading the work around. Don’t think of yourself as owed anything, don’t compare yourself to other people, just make your stuff and make it easy to find. Also for illustrators in particular, I still think webcomics are very important as a platform to publicly develop a voice and get people invested in what you’re doing, even if comics aren’t necessarily your end goal.
I was going to make my own little SPX-map but this one’s better and it has a good number of SPX’s Webcomic Contingent listed as well. That’s me along the back wall with Benign Kingdom compatriots Becky and Frank!
Thank you Topatoco friends for making a swell map.
If you’re around I hope you can make it to SPX it’s one of my favorites!
Your work on The Wizard of Oz is amazing and I can't wait to see it finished! It's got me itching to return to my own classic-children's-lit-adaption project. Are you planning on any of the other Oz books once this one is complete? (Just curious, since there are so many Oz books.)
Very unlikely! I have only read the first two, but I feel the first one stands on its own way better than as part of a series. Also any sequel to something as dreamy and weird as Wizard of Oz couldn’t help but over-specify and nail down all the charming stuff of the first book. So I am trying to present the one book as its own thing. Also it’s a huge amount of work and I got other stuff I want to do.
The second book of Vattu is DONE with page 572!!! By my current estimate, there will be four books in total, so we’re around halfway done right now. This thing is huge and it boggles my mind to think too hard about. Thank you SO MUCH for reading.
A few things are happening…
halfway done with a comic that will take me 8 years to make apparently
Have you ever thought of bringing Rice Boy or Overside in general to the realm of animation? I've always wanted to see a Rice Boy animated movie!
I would have no way to do this and i got into comics at first because it was a way for me to make my own thing and do it alone and relatively efficiently. Adaptation would be fun if that were to happen, but the likelihood of me being involved in any but a token position is small so I’m not gonna get too excited about the possibility
anyway if you want to option any of my comics for film get at me
Hey, Evan! I'm a massive fan of your work, and your storytelling style has been a massive impact on my own creative process. I was wondering if you had a particular method/tool that you use in order to flesh out your characters whilst still in the conceptual stages of development. I'm in the really early stages of writing a comic about a trans magical girl and the world she lives in, but I'm worried my characters might be a bit shallow. Can you help me out at all? (please and thank-you!)
I don’t have a specific way that I do this, but characters for me normally start in planning stages as some kind of simplistic archetype, to be changed and second-guessed as they move through the stories, in my head beforehand and in the final project. Just writing dialogue, even if it ends up having no place in the story, is a good way to figure this out, for me. A character isn’t anything in a vacuum, like any part of the story.
I feel like most of my major advancements in writing have been because of second-guessing my every decision and letting that be a productive rather than a paralyzing process.
Man, your perspective is amazing! Have you got any tips on how to improve at perspective in drawings? Or what books to possibly read that might help? Or is it all in drawing from life?
I don’t think there’s much more you could learn about linear perspective from a book than you could from a wikipedia article. The basic notions of one- and two- and three-point perspective are pretty straightforward, and my approach has been to approximate them and not use rulers or anything except in the most dire situation. The main thing is to know when something looks off and to know how to fix it; I think people can get too caught up in following the geometric rules. It’s a balance, like every part of representational drawing.
There’s some quote by Dürer (maybe???) that I can’t find, but goes something like “linear perspective is to be learned and then forgotten”
Very few people actually believe it would be okay to oppress LBGT people if it weren't for "gay penguins". It is an argument that is used in the context of accusations of unnaturalness being thrown at queer people, nothing more.
I cited it as an example of the attitude I see a lot of relying on empiricism as a means of determining morality. I totally agree that that sort of statement is usually used in reaction to the queerness-is-a-choice attitude held by many. But it is frustrating that the anti-gay-rights side has dictated the terms of the entire argument: obviously it’s NOT a choice, but for either side to focus exclusively on whether it’s a choice or not pathologizes queerness and we should avoid it.
TLDR the penguin thing is a limited simplistic example (twitter) but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all be mindful of the ways we are framing this argument. give no ground and don’t let the bad guys dictate the terms.
I am writing this on my phone and watching soccer at a bar maybe not in best spot to have this sort of conversation. anyway I hope I make sense