My order for Shilin’s Carciphona book 4 arrived today! I’m excited to see what happens next. The packaging is so pretty, I don’t want to take the book or card out yet.
Carciphona Vol. 4 by Shilin Huang
I’ve purchased and read the first three volumes and I like the flow of the stories and art. Shilin has developed a great sense for presentation. I’ve always admired her perseverance and style. It…
aw thank you for your super nice comment! I’m glad that you like my work and that it motivates your own :D GO GO GO
Am I the only one who feels like it’s a terrible, exploitative thing to get 30+ guest artists for a book that’s being sold for personal gains?
There is no mention of a charity and about 80% of the work is guest art, meaning the guest artists are the selling point. I am willing to bet that the guests didn’t realize this would be the case. I personally have nothing against having guests, but only if they’re an added bonus and not the bulk of the book. Moreover, the guest artists weren’t paid (aside from a copy of the book/goodies) and profits probably aren’t going to be divvy’d amongst these 30+ artists.
Essentially, the “main artist” is going to make thousands of dollars off these artists.
The most frustrating part of this is that the contributing artists are likely going to let it slide on the basis of preserving the relationship with the “main artist.” To them, it’s not worth the scuffle since they only contributed 1 piece each. In fact, I expect some backlash from the contributors for even bringing this to light. But I don’t care at this point, even if the artists I respect hate me for this.
This is such a blatant manipulation of the artist culture I love so much. I can’t support this project because I support the contributing artists.
If this were committed by a random entrepreneur, it would NEVER be considered okay, so why is it okay if it’s a popular artist?
if I could get a dollar for every time someone tells me “oh I didn’t know YOU were the artist! I just took your art off google and used it for my phonecase/sticker/stream/whatever”
it really boggles my mind that people try to sell my art as their own too… like wtf dude. i can’t imagine what its like at a convention, do people just seriously nod and say “yeah I drew that”???
thats why in a lot of conventions, especially conventions that care less about the authenticity of who they put in the artist alley, people have to ask repeatedly “you’re the artist? you drew it? you drew the whole thing?” And let’s not even talk about what the actual merchants in dealer’s room do
I’ve overheard enough conversation of people walking pass the alley saying “these are just all merchants” or people looking at stuff on my table thinking I’m just the cashier, or more outrageously when people ask if I’m the artist, then ask me about the medium, and when I say computer they’d just assume it means taking stuff off the internet and putting it together, forcing me to actually say yes I PAINTED this on the computer with a tablet pen
it depends on the con though cus most anime cons are airtight about only allowing in artists they can verify. Some bigger, non anime cons just take your name and your money and doesn’t care who actually uses your badge and sits behind your table
I’ve been getting a lot of questions these days from those setting out to do something big, in the form of “I want to publish a comic and I don’t know where to start” or “I want to make a living with art and I don’t know where to start”
It is certainly logical to not know where to start since making a comic and succeeding in making art into your career are huge tasks that involve a LOT of steps, steps that are not necessarily linear. The problem of making such a general goal like “I want to publish and sell my own comic” is most people think “ok I gotta write a story”, then think “fuck how do I write”, or “ok I’m going to draw some pages”, then think “fuck I can’t draw” and feel stuck.
The solution to that is just to make smaller goals.
If you go to google.com and type in your goal and you can’t find a clear answer, your goal is too big, vague and general. “How do I publish a comic” won’t give you anything helpful unless you already know how to complete the step of “draw a comic”. “How do I make a living from art” won’t give you anything useful unless you already know how to complete the step of “create a diverse portfolio catering to the company you’re applying for”. On the contrary, “how do I do 3 point perspective” or “what file format do I need for offset paperback printing” will give you exactly the answer you need for the goals of learning perspective or printing a book.
If you feel like you don’t know where to start to “learn to draw”, make a smaller and specific goal, “learn to draw a specific thing”, “learn to copy photographs”, “lean to draw young children in a specific style”. If you’re still lost about how to do that, make an even smaller goal of “learning photoshop basics” or “learning lighting and shading” Keep doing this until you know exactly what to look for to get to that one small goal. Focus on that and try your damnest to disspell self deprecating (aka absolutely useless and unproductive and most of the time untrue) thoughts like “it is taking me 2 years to learn to draw and I still need to do ___ _____ ____ and ____ to get to the my end goal, whereas other people just do it so easily, I’m not meant for this”.
Smaller goals do not mean settling for less. Smaller goals do not mean defeatism. Smaller goals do not mean you don’t have what it takes and you should give up while the time is still young. Smaller goals mean clearer vision and better plans.
It’s so easy to make grand final goals and it’s so easy to feel like making a minor goal of “being able to fluently draw the male anatomy” is too insignificant or settling for too little or not cool enough sounding when being asked what your goals are. But in the end you will only be able to work effectively towards the goals you actually are capable of logically seeing a path to.
(this applies to everything by the way, not just art, you’ll notice you already do this for basically everything else in life, it’s just that it’s so much easier for people to feel helpless against these situations when it comes to art)