Category Archives: Illustrations

A Monster of a Book Cover

© Aaron Shively 2011

Yep, I’ve got a book cover for my short story collection.

You may be wondering to yourself… Why does it say ‘we’ and why in the hell is it only ‘compiled’ by me?

Wonder away. The introduction to the book will answer all the questions. Too bad you’re going to have to wait until editing is finished. HA HA… HA HA HA… ah, crap, I think the devil has rubbed off on me.

That’s illegal and unsanitary. You may want to get a napkin.

I meant you.

Preposterous. I’d never masturbate on another person unless they requested it.

… There’s nothing I can say after that, really, there isn’t.


Something New


Which will be edited as soon as I can use more than my phone…

Oh, what’s that?
With what did I make the image?

I’ll give you a hint… it sorta rhymes with bone.

Alright, stop giggling at the word ‘bone’.

This is for myth, per my usual concept desgin train of thought.

Since I can’t edit the image caption on my phone, it is © Aaron Shively, 2011.

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LEARN TO DRAW IN 1,029,398,382.24012 EASY STEPS!

There are a lot of great videos, tutorials, books, and classes out there that teach you how to be a great artist and more specifically, a great illustrator… Well, they try.

They tell you that in a couple of weeks, you’ll be drawing like the pros and have the ability to make money from your own artwork.

But we have to look at this like adults, like businessmen/woman/hermaphrodites/transgender/asexuals.

The problem with their claim is that if it was actually working, they wouldn’t be doing it. Competition is everything to an illustrator… Sure, some of them have contracts, but they all want to be in demand for a long time. The quicker new artists reach a certain level, the more artists that reach that level at the same time, the higher the chance for one of their styles to become the next big thing. If you’re a comic book illustrator, for example, you have a style… Even if it’s not actually yours. The ‘greats’ have their own style, which influences others for years… If a great really had the capacity to teach a less talented person how to become as great as they are, they wouldn’t be great for long.

To become great at anything, you have to study, yes… But contrary to popular belief in our compulsory schooling society, you don’t have to study in an institution. They help, yes… They help with guidance, help and they also give you a mindset of seriousness. It becomes a ritual. The school becomes your temple. Read the rest of this entry

Boyd Project update – phase 2

No one ever gets it absolutely right the first time… not if they work with humans who have a vision.

My friend has a vision.

He told me that my drawing was a “total piece of pig-snot wallowing monkey shit”. I may be paraphrasing.

I am paraphrasing, he said nothing of the kind.

© Character, Boyd Dodgen 2011. Image, Aaron Shively 2011.

I did, however, redesign it and he’s much happier with this version.

Most of the difference from the previous one is style… but there are some physical changes in the character that really stand out.

What do you think?



Errrrrr…. Poop… yes… poop… SO WHAT IF I SAID POOP! IT’S MY FILLER TEXT!!

– Aaron Shively

Javier’s T-shirt design

So, the main character of Imagined Nation is a tad different from your normal comic-strip character. I’m trying to fit with current styles rather than making it really universal (a risk, I know). The first strip, the one that’s been posted, is a bit misleading as it covers every major show of his stylistic personality.

He’s a Mexican-American emo/punk metal enthusiast who’s made friends with his room’s bogey men…

I never make it easy for myself. 😉

© Aaron Shively 2011

This is the design for his  T-shirt which he always wears (sorry, I am going with the basic mechanism of the character always wearing the same clothes… there’s a joke in there about it..)

I’m almost done with Javier’s character design… will post soon.

-Aaron Shively

New Imagined Nation Title

With my history working with both digital medium and print, I’ve gathered a bit of knowledge of how things should be.

Values need to be discernible in full color, grayscale and halftones so the project can be displayed on all printing levels. It needs to be readable at the scale it’s going to be displayed. It needs to be engaging and derived from the subject matter (don’t make a horror book with peppy, happy cover art unless your horror is meant to be ironic). All of these things seem to be no-brainers but when you peruse sites like DeviantArt, you tend to see how young artists become engrossed in the matters at hand, namely creation of the piece itself, that they forget common sense. I have been victim to my own zealousness as well.

Having said that, I’m rather happy with this:

© Aaron Shively 2011

I shouldn’t have to explain what this is. If you have to explain to what story a certain piece of title art belongs… You’ve failed…

I’m hoping, above what I can obviously see, that I succeeded.

I’m reinventing the artwork, trying to keep the stylistic material I enjoyed and throwing away the things I didn’t like so much.

I’ll be posting more. I’ll probably be posting more tonight, in fact.

Hope you look forward to it!