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My new series, Will Draw For Food, where I talk about how I make it as an artist.

Episode 1: Compare your life to pixar:
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Bonuse episode: What do you want to do with your life? (Thank You)
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Episode 2: The Importance Of Relaxing
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Watch the videos, enjoy the videos (please?), share with your friends, and let me know if you like them. :-)

-J
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Symphonie No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New Wor
  • Reading: Do what you love, the money will follow
  • Watching: Dexter
  • Playing: Majora's Mask
  • Eating: Tofu
  • Drinking: Jasmine Green Tea
1/18/2010
Thank you so much for spreading my video around. "Compare your life to Pixar" has been viewed over 25,000 times in one week! You're all amazing and I am humbled by your kindness. Here are three videos for this week, as well as Compare your life to Pixar again in case you didn't see it the first time.

Please keep sharing my videos that you enjoy with your family and friends. Word of mouth is the best way for these things to grow. And you have all did an incredible job of it!

Illustrate Improv: Star Wars (Comedy):
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Will Draw For Food: What I Wanted To Be (Thank You)
blip.tv/file/3079457

Will Draw For Food: Compare Your Life To Pixar (Motivational)
blip.tv/file/3067253

Vlog 2 - Pixar Aftermath (Video Blog)
blip.tv/file/3084063
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Symphonie No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New Wor
  • Reading: Do what you love, the money will follow
  • Watching: Dexter
  • Playing: Majora's Mask
  • Eating: Tofu
  • Drinking: Jasmine Green Tea
Pass this around if you like this. I'm trying to inspire anyone I can reach! It's not for everyone, but I think it might be for a lot of us here at deviantart!

If you like it, let me know!! Don't worry, this video is shorter, a few seconds less of five minutes!

Edit: "Compare Your Life To Pixar" has surpassed 10k views in three and a half days! Thank you everyone. Spread the word to people who you think might appreciate it. That's more important to me than the numbers; seeing the kind and inspirational words!!
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Symphonie No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New Wor
  • Reading: Do what you love, the money will follow
  • Watching: Dexter
  • Playing: Majora's Mask
  • Eating: Tofu
  • Drinking: Jasmine Green Tea
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Symphonie No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New Wor
  • Reading: Do what you love, the money will follow
  • Watching: Dexter
  • Playing: Majora's Mask
  • Eating: Tofu
  • Drinking: Jasmine Green Tea
Update: Gross. But because people kept saying to do so... Here's a new twitter account



Currently I am registered on Ustream, where you can watch me work on illustrations. I have ideas for other projects, but I'm planning on hosting shows every week this month to try and raise money from the viewers, like try and raise about $50-$150 per show. If I manage to cap the donations at each show, doing four shows in December, then we've successfully raised $600 bucks! That would make me really happy


So the first show will be on Thursday, December 3rd, from 3pm-7:59pm eastern time. That means when I'm done, you can dash off and watch the comedy block on NBC, hahaha! :P
TO GET TO THE FEED, CLICK ON THIS LINK: I WILL BEGIN AT 3PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3RD


Alrighty. I'm totally burnt out. Get in contact with me if you have any advice and/or suggestions on what to do for this month.

Be well,
-J


  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Symphonie No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New Wor
  • Reading: Do what you love, the money will follow
  • Watching: Dexter
  • Playing: Majora's Mask
  • Eating: Tofu
  • Drinking: Jasmine Green Tea
The Holiday season is upon us, and if you've read my first update, I wanted to give 15%-20% of my profits to charity. However, I never really did anything with the site to make profits. The ads on the site are doing their job, mostly paying for webhosting space, and my internet bills… So they're allowing me to simply post online and BE online, but nothing more.


That is okay, life contains bridges. I'll explain. When I was sixteen (or was it seventeen?), I began to look into colleges. It was at that point I thought I wanted to be an artist, but I didn't know what kind. With art schools, you have to pretty much tell the school what your major is going to be and stick with it for the four years. When I got accepted in to the School of Visual Arts in NYC, I choose Illustration over Cartooning (two different majors) because I said, "What happens if one day I wake up and I don't want to be a cartoonist anymore?"


That sort of did happen. I don't want to be a cartoonist. However, it kind of evolved. I  want to be a storyteller. I really like creating entire universes populated with people. I love how they interact because something in my head told me to write it as such. Perhaps that is why I am working on a first draft of a novel on my free time, and not a graphic novel.


But Punks and Nerds is still around, and I'm looking into reviving Stubble in a way. I have realized that online comics is a bridge for me, and not the direction I want my career to go. I needed to be online to understand the importance of keeping a schedule, and be consistent in both writing and drawing. My drawing skill has improved a lot faster compared to if I never made a comic. I wouldn't have figured out I love writing stories from experience mixed with dreams and "What If" scenarios. If my name were to ever become big, it is important for me to learn humility and humbleness now instead of much later in life... Or not at all. If I couldn't handle negative feedback when I had an audience of 15-20,000 readers a day, how could I handle it if one day it got any bigger, and the haters grew too?


I had to take a pause from making stories and comics by taking a job with Apple, and then working a year at Rockstar Games, with a little bit of intern work at animation studios in between to understand that retail and corporate life isn't for me. I had to illustrate other people's children's books and magazine articles to learn that I feel more fulfilled making my own children's books, and writing my own stories. I understood all of that after I experienced it all. Through trial, I learn. I have to get my hands dirty. My calling in life is not going to be this website, this I feel. But it's a bridge to something else. It might be bigger, smaller, or the same size, but all of this is preparing me for happiness and satisfaction in what I do. By coming here and reading what I have to offer, you are helping me get to where I want to in life. Thank you very much for that, I mean it.


This is all related to the type of charity I want to raise money and give to. And let me explain that too: My grandmother died of Leukemia in 2005, at Punks and Nerds' peak. What was sick in the head was that I had more fans offer condolences than most of the people I considered friends at the time. I've honestly had people say things like, "Your grandmother's death means nothing to me" and "Everybody dies. It's not worth crying over, move on."


I do not care what kind of person you are, and if you think like that, that's fine. It's okay… But that is no way to talk to someone you call a friend, or at the least, someone who calls you one. But it was one of the harshness of realities I experienced. The family life opened my subconscious a bit, and made me realize I was taking my online comic life too seriously. I had to change mentally, become healthier within, mature, and understand that life matters too much than to become upset if there's people on live journal, that never met me, saying nasty things about me, simply because of what I post under my comic strip at the time (like this). Life is too special to stress out when viewership numbers go down. The amount of readers is only just a way for a lonely person to try and feel acceptance where it lacks in other places in life, after all.  I didn't have acceptance in some places in life, But I had acceptance in places that matter. Family and the close friends that counted. I know why all these things affected me the way they did, but we shall keep that story untold for now.


What matters is that the family situation changed things severely for me.


Back to the charity… I have heard my deceased grandparents' friends' grandson has passed away at 19, from the same Leukemia my grandmother had. Ninteen guys. That's our age group. Sometimes I think too logically, thinking that there is cause and effect for things in the world… But when a 19 year old passes from an illness… What is the reasoning? There is none.  He didn't have a chance to live life. My characters that I have created are living a fuller life than he was given. And that upsets me. Punks and Nerds has morphed into a story of growing up and learning how to deal, but it's something this guy won't get a chance for.


So that is why Punks and Nerds' charity will be towards Leukemia. Because my grandmother's death triggered a change in me to improve, and this kid's death is going to help remind us to live.


I will do research and the week after Christmas, I will give between 30-40% of any money I make during November 23rd-December 25th to such a charity. I cannot offer a bigger percentage because things I'm offering will take away from my schedule, and it will just help compensate for it.


Here's what I'm willing to do to help start revenue flowing for this:


1) I have a box of the original volume of punks and nerds. I will be comfortable in selling it for $4.99 + whatever it costs to package and ship it.  After paypal fees, that $4.99 turns into $4.55, so I will take $1.82 of that towards the charity. That is exactly 40%


2) I will draw you original digital drawings, starting at $5, going up to something reasonable (we're in a recession and you're not rich clients). I will give you a high resolution file of that for you to use the drawing as a print, or for a social network or something of that nature. So if you want something very simple, like I'm drawing Super Mario in each of his power-up suits, to practice coloring a different way, that would cost you $5, for an original drawing, something unique that you can use on twitter or facebook. For every drawing, 30% of that will go towards the charity.


3)I will put up a paypal donation button, after people have asked. I will refuse donations of $50 or higher. That will send you into receiving a refund. Send me something low and affordable, and I will divide 30-40% of that towards the charity.


4) If time permits, I will try and make an original print in which a percentage of that will go to the charity.


That's my plan, for now anyway.

Thanks!

-J</font>

  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Symphonie No. 9 in E Minor, &quot;From the New Wor
  • Reading: Lost Symbol
  • Watching: Dexter
  • Playing: New Super Mario Bros Wii
  • Eating: Tacos
  • Drinking: Jasmine Green Tea
09/07/2009


When I was much younger, I couldn't contemplate how an author could write so many books for a living. How on earth could they come up with so many stories? Won't the well run dry? I was working on a website back then... A... poke... website. ER. ANYWAY, That was a long time ago. But the point is, I thought that way before I wrote any kind of comics.

This site made me feel weird. I was getting attention for characters I didn't create. I didn't like the attention I got from it when I felt I could come up with my own thing. So I made a really bad comic and began posting it in forums. You see there had to be around 30 or 40 online comics back then... Maybe at max, a hundred. Back then, I could ICQ the cartoonists, and they'd reply, welcome to talk, before things began getting big... I'm trying to dig into my memory... There was a comic listing site called... Big Panda I think. Yes, I think I found that site and that led me to all the other comics. But I found this after I was making my own Joshbabes, awful, awful strips. So when I saw that there was a small online community of comics being made, I turned my forum postings into it's own website.

And I found myself, at fifteen, in 1999, writing back comic strips. Coming up with my own ideas. I think right around this time, Keenspot was being founded, or was a few months old. Online comics began popping up more and more, and within a few years, well, you all know. It's its own world now. There are thousands of these things, and you have to be either really good, really lucky, or both, to get any worthwhile attention.


But that's not what I'm writing about right now. I'm saying I was young when I first made my strips, and by 2000, something changed. An idea popped into my head, Stubble, about a boy who would I put in a roller coaster of a life. The premise was this, originally; Life is bad, and give him some hope. Then when life is getting better, make it worse. Then make it okay again, and then even worse than before. Keep doing that.


Stubble evolved massively since that first idea. In the end, Stubble is about understanding your place in life, even if you are different. That there is a purpose for you, even though you might know it. Clint, a pale, purple-haired, stickly figure, and yet herculean in strength. Just because he looks a certain way doesn't mean he is a certain way. And through his example, he has inspired other characters in his world... And through that, he inspired people who read the story, and saw them in him. And all was well.


Each year of Stubble was like its own story. Year one was Clint, the loser, being a life saver, and no longer the loser. Year two gave him an enemy. Year three showed him that he was beginning to turn heads, with Elyssa, while Josh's character had his own story. Year four was a matter of dealing with your good and evil halves. Year five was learning to accept life for what it was, and why because things might seem bad, it has to be that way (even though reality is a lot more harsh), Year six was the grand finale, why we are put here, and year seven, the epilogue, what happened to everyone afterwards.


But I didn't run out of ideas, the well didn't run dry. I had an idea for a young adult story. About a kid who was a prince and--- I can't share the idea just yet, that's on the back burner. The idea of a person who passes on, and finds out that there's an entire society after you die. And then that character trying to move up in the social after-life ladder. The story of Mike and Brad. I even had an entire graphic novel idea of Bruceman struggling as a superhero. That story idea is being incorporate now in Quarterlife. The story of an artist, a semi-biographical story. The story of a gambler. Punks and Nerds: Quarterlife was originally a story for different characters, but I thought bringing the old gang back was more appropriate, even.


The stories, you see, they just don't stop. Once I write one idea down, something new comes along. And when I was writing Stubble, a few fans said to me, "I love your comic. But I love your writing more than your drawings." And I was in an art school when I read that. I felt very worried that I was doing something wrong. But now that I'm older, I just feel... Addicted in coming up with entire UNIVERSES of original characters doing things that I come up with. And then sharing it (Well, sharing as in making it available to the public) with others... It's such a rush for me. I'm being creative still, but instead of drawing pictures for magazines, I'm coming up with entire worlds for you to paint in your heads with the brushes I describe and give to you.


So, I'm writing a novel. It feels like it's on the right path. It feels good. It's not going to be beautifully written, as if I'm some epic poet, using big words, and tons of metaphors to describe the gust of wind blown after a butterfly flaps its wings. Instead, It's going to be a light, fun read. Something that, hopefully, pray to god, makes someone enjoy that they would read a few pages in bed before they sleep, or that they take it to the beach. Maybe they read it, then pass it to a friend, so they can both talk about it. That's the kind of writer I want to be. I don't know if I wrote this in an update in the past, but I said, I want to inspire. I want to come up with stories that inspire. I think doing such books that have this fun idea, and then shows its purpose in the end, as well as children's books, that I'm on to something.

And then just you wait in see, when I'm old, with glasses and a mustache, the parent company I made the characters for, will get bought out by Disney, and my characters would be featured in Kingdom Hearts 23.


Or maybe that last part is just Marvel.


Be well, and I'll see you around.

-J
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Symphonie No. 9 in E Minor, &quot;From the New Wor
  • Reading: Positively Fifth Street
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Playing: Doom
  • Eating: Burrito
  • Drinking: Jasmine Green Tea
It's a blog. About my days. But they're illustrations/sketches of what I experienced that day. So I'm feeling good about this site. I don't plan to spend much time on the sketches, and I might not be able to update everday. However I do know I will update more than once a day, depending on the day... So it will counter balance each other. I think it will be fun, and I think it will be a good way to keep myself productive in the art world, when I have no assignments to do or I'm feeling lazy.

So please visit it, maybe visit it everyday! ;-)
These Things I've Done: An Illustrated Blog
  • Mood: Eager
I always enjoy seeing others take on characters that came from me noggin'.

I found GrainGnome's work after skimming through Street Fighter illustrations and thought he had a real fun look going on. Then I noticed that he was offering free commission sketches so I said, "Okay I'll bite. It might be fun to see your take of my characters. Most importantly, have fun doing it!" So he agreed immediately, and happily came up with this:

Mike and Bruceman. I'm actually pretty impressed he got certain things on the characters down just by looking at a few samples and then running with it.

GrainGnome! Here's hoping a bunch of new people that are reading this will find respect in your work like I did!

Fav his work, add him to your watch.. Whatever, he'll appreciate it!!
-J
  • Mood: Content
Hey guys, I have the main page of Punks and Nerds 2 sort of ready to go. Basically I'm going to be setting up the PHP code tomorrow, but this is what it should look like for now:

Check it out!
-Josh
  • Mood: Wow!