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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.

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Something New


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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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Working Design


I want to push this site to it’s very limit. That being the case, I’ve activated the other sidebar and separated navigation from my links and other activities section. Give me your opinions on how it looks and feels!

– Aaron Shively

Nikko’s whip ring and a thought on characters.


Characters are important to me. Literature gives allowances for poorly designed characters. You can argue with me, but it’s true.

You never see them.

A normal novel has intricate characters with great back story… ok, let me rephrase… a good novel has intricate characters with well-developed back stories. But compared to visual mediums, like comic books, the development stops at certain stages. Going further, to time-based mediums (animation, video games, film), you have a high degree of effort being put into every movement and facial tick a character has. Read the rest of this entry

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

Is that? No, it couldn’t be. You’re right, it’s not.


As with all things, practice is necessary to ensure that artistic skill remains intact… More so, when one is lacking in skill, one must go diligently into the unknown and force oneself to focus on the underdeveloped area.

What is mine?

Well… I’m not sure. I’m a crazy summ-bitch and I really just want to be the best there is… so I’m constantly practicing at EVERYTHING, be it figure drawing, perspective, writing, mathematics, science, corn-holing (midwest term, look it up), what-have-you.

Today, I went to focus on some pencil sketches of ‘industry standard comic figures’. You know the types… You have the women, the giant breasted, fluid and dynamic celebration of soft curvature, with their lovely poses and tight little… er… sorry… You get the idea.

Then there’s the big burly men (Some Norse gods, sometimes cast as black men) with giant pecs and rippling abs leading down to the delicious cut of… wow… didn’t see that coming.

Anyway…

© Aaron Shively 2011

I started sketching and this little chickety popped it.

Most of you will probably not know who she is.

If anyone does, please come forth so you can claim your prize and I can dub you the BIGGEST LIAR ON THE PLANET!

HA!

GOT YOU!

IT’S AN ORIGINAL CHARACTER!

I WIN!

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!

But, she does look like a character that’s pretty well known in the Marvel world, Rachel Summers/Grey.

She was a Phoenix host in the late nineties when her mammy wouldn’t accept her cause she was bitching about some odd stupid non-continuous future having the possibility to come true… You get this a lot with Marvel.

I was sketching and nearly completed with the line weights (the thickness disparity in the lines that can signify multiple things, like shadow and movement and other things that you have no knowledge of) when I took a look at her and thought… All be damned, it does look like her.

So I decided to color her up to be in a mock phoenix outfit (definitely nothing like what she actually wore) and there you have it.

It’s a small pic and I err’ed on some of the coloring (sue me, that’s not what I was going to go into the industry for anyway.) But it’s pretty good for the less than an hour it took me between drawing Power Puff Girl porn working on my major projects…

Hope you enjoy her, because I’m not really one to go by industry standard. My women aren’t generally this robust.

Claire sure as hell isn’t.

– Aaron Shively

AesthetiCSS


I abhor being ‘one with the crowd’. It pervades every aspect of me and what I do. I was raised to be independent of both other individuals and as much of society as I can be… Through life, however, I have been forced to succumb to some forces of help in places because, regrettably, I am human.

Yet there are still certain parts of my overt psyche that I refuse to allow to be dependent or so normal that they can be called ‘average’. They almost entirely live in the creative portion of my brain.

This blog is an extension of them. Read the rest of this entry

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