Anonymous asked: I'm really pumped about that Women Warriors zine!! I'm sorry if this has been asked already and I missed it but do you know if it will be available for order online later for those of us that can't make the con?
Good news! It looks like there mayyyy be plans for online orders later on—both Roxie and Abby have put up posts with tentative plans to that effect, so stay tuned to their tumblrs for updates! (my fingers are crossed!)
nadlythenarwhal asked: I am a really big fan of your work! I love your clean lines and crisp colors, and I think you stage pictures really well. I suppose I have two questions. First, how/when did you develop your artistic style? I'm desperate to get mine. Second of all, if you use computer graphic programs/tablets, which one do you recommend for a beginner?
Hi there, thank you!
I think style is something that continues to develop—my work now looks different from the work I had when I graduated (and the work I had as a senior was different from the work I had as a sophomore), but that’s not a bad thing, it’s only natural.
The best advice I got style-wise was not to worry about it! If you keep drawing in a way that you enjoy, over time, all the pictures you create will start to naturally form your style—like figuring out the mean from a sum of numbers. Be patient with yourself.
I don’t know if I have any beginner-specific recs, but I use a wacom intuos tablet, which has always worked for me, and I’ve heard good things about the Monoprice tablets too (which are cheaper, and seem to have better sensitivity than the Bamboo). Program-wise, Photoshop may not be super easy to start off with, but it’s probably the most important graphic program you should know, and the only one I use!
justinrripley asked: I love the pieces you've made using informal subdivision! I was just wondering, is there any incorrect way to divide your page? I have only read the basic theory about the golden spiral and compositional errors (your tutorial on composition has been especially useful!), but I was just wondering if you use some type of planned method to create the subdivisions? Or is it totally random? Thanks!
Aw, thank you, I’m happy to hear that! And yes, there is a certain way to make an informal subdivision—it was developed by Andrew Loomis, and he included instructions on how to do it in his Creative Illustration book (newly reprinted!) I included a scan of his instruction page in my first i.s. post—check it out here and make one yourself!