1. The other day I was watching the episode of Avatar where Toph’s old earth bending teacher (Master Yu) and the boss of the underground earth bending fighting thing (Xin Fu) were after Toph and I made a decision that they were actually a couple.

    OTP folks. OTP.

     
  2. annieerskineart:

    This is another character in my upcoming graphic novel. Her name is Technologic :)

     
  3. danielmackeyy:

    LSP Tattoo design | LUMP OFF

    Oh my gosh. I think I may know what I want my next tattoo to be if you’d be willing to allow it again :D

     

  4. It’s okay to fail sometimes :)

    Is anyone else new at making comics? I went through a bit of an experience that I thought might be good to share here.

    In 2010, I wanted to make a comic. I had several ideas that I really wanted to do but I was scared. I thought “nobody wants to read these” and “I can’t make a comic about superheroes, people will rip it to shreds!”. Instead, my writer and I thought of an idea that we were SURE would A. Have mass appeal, B. Make a ton of money, and C. Was totally going to become a cartoon series on TV.

    So we came up with Magia High.

    You can read the title and think “oh gosh how overdone is this idea” and you are totally right. Magic high school thing is done to pieces. Now, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think Magia High was leaps and bounds better than things like “Monster High” and “Ever After High” and “Sky High”. It had a lot of potential and we did take some risks (we had some gay characters, decided that our main character would not have a love interest, etc). However, in general, we were making the comic to make a profit. Not necessarily because we loved the story/characters.

    Don’t get me wrong, you should always keep profit in mind. Things like “how much will this cost to make?” and “if I get it printed, how much should I sell it for?” are important questions. However, we made this comic for all the wrong reasons. Kind of like when game companies think “what kind of game will make us the most money?” vs “let’s create original content that is awesome!”. Choosing the first path may lead you down a road of boredom and half-ass work.

    If you were to look up “Magia High” right now in google, you’d find a website, a kickstarter, some reviews, and holy crap I have a tumblr for Magia High? That’s new, I forgot about that. ANYWAY! What you would also find is a project that is unfinished.

    What I thought was going to be a long-term project pushing out 2-3 issues per year turned out to be a 1 issue a year project for 2 years. We went through multiple writers, last minute arts, etc. It was a stressful mess that is nobody’s fault but my own. After a lot of soul searching, I realized I just didn’t want to do it. I groaned at the idea of working on the comic any further. I hated having to take time to work on it. My wife told me that I should listen to my instincts. That if I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t have to.

    But I mean, I already had 2 issues that I spent over $2,000 to get printed. I went to conventions and advertised it a lot. I still get emails from people asking me when Issue 3 is coming out and how much their kids love it. It kills me. I spent a lot of time and money on it, why would I give up on it?

    Then my lovely wife reminded me of something “Annie, it’s your FIRST comic…It’s okay to fail. That’s how you learn…”

    So I failed.

    But I’m okay with that. I don’t feel as if I had given up on everything. Just one project in HOPEFULLY a long line of projects. I’m only 25, after all. I feel as if I learned a lesson. It’s okay to fail because now I know what I really want.

    I learned that, for ME personally, it can’t be about the money. It has to be about the love and the passion I have for the characters and the story I want to tell.

    Everyone is different and has different motivations. I just had to find mine.

    So remember, don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you mess up, you know what to do better later on. Figure out what works best for YOU.

    Good luck to everyone out there with your projects. I truly wish you the best of luck.

     
  5. smgoetter:

    Holy crap you guys!! Two thousand followers! That’s a lot of you guys! I’ve never done something like this before but I just wanted to do something nice and fun as a thank you to all you guys for being great. So here’s the thing.

    The winner of the giveaway gets:

    • A print copy (and digital pdf) of my comic Haircut
    • A print copy (and digital pdf) of my mini zine, A Bot in the Woods
    • A pen and marker sketch of your favorite character (something like the example above)

    I don’t wanna drag this out so this’ll be a short thing, the deadline is next Monday, September 1st. Here are the rules:

    • You don’t have to be following me, but hey that’d be cool
    • You can like and reblog and you get counted twice
    • No multiple reblogs, you’ll be disqualified 
    • You have to be okay with giving me your address 
    • I’ll send you a tumblr ask if you win, you have a week to reply back or I’ll choose another winner.

    That’s pretty simple, right? Go go go

    (via smgoetter)

     
  6. annieerskineart:

    I drew a picture of my wife and me. We’re using this for our wedding reception invitations :)

     

  7. Birthing Hips…

    I posted a character design for my mutant tiger girl to a comic creator group on facebook and I was met with a guy who claimed that she wasn’t feminine enough and that her hips weren’t female because they weren’t wide enough to give birth.

    Because, you know, the importance of designing female characters is to make sure that they are birth capable. And, you know, being a mutant tiger woman, she is expected to have perfect HUMAN anatomy. And, you know, if I’m going to make a superhero comic, I have to make sure her boobs are at least a size D, her hips are nice and curvy, and her arms are slender.

    The thing is though, another person pointed out that my character either had too short of legs or too long of arms (they were about equal in length) and I felt that it was a very fair comment and I replied that I would work on fixing that. I’m not against critiques but there are some that are just odd and don’t make sense. In this particular instance, I wasn’t being asked to change something that didn’t make sense. I was being asked to change something based on one person’s preference because they obviously didn’t like certain female body types (fictional or no).

    Luckily, enough people jumped on board agreeing with me over him that he eventually stopped commenting about “you all need to learn your anatomy”.

    The drawing, btw. While I totally agree there is always room for improvement, the lack of traditional feminine characteristics (slender arms, hourglass figure, etc) was intentional. She’s a super strong tiger chick who couldn’t care less about her looks.

     
  8. annieerskineart:

    Check this out :) This is the main character of the graphic novel I’m working to create :D

    Her name is Sam and she has super strength, enhanced reflexes, some gnarly claws, and other tiger-like characteristics.

    Want more info on this one? Let me know :) Give me a follow if you like her ^.^

     

  9. I hope by the time I have kids who watch TV…

    …that there are children’s animated TV shows with LGBT couples and the public doesn’t deem it “too risky” for children. =/

     

  10. Commissions to help with Honeymoon Costs!

    Hey everyone!

    I’m trying to save up for my honeymoon and am hoping to get a few commissions to help boost us along

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    I can’t commit to any long-term projects but as a professional character designer, I can help bring the image of your character to life! Or if you just want some fanart, a cartoon version of yoruself, etc, I can do that too ;)! If you are interested, simply check out my portfolio here:

    http://annie-erskine.daportfolio.com/

    Feel free to send a message to annie@ioniccomics.com letting me know which art style on there you like that could work for your project and we can do some business  Bare in mind that different drawing styles can have different coloring styles so if you like the linework on one drawing but the coloring on another, let me know.

    As for pricing, it depends on a lot of factors. The complication of the project, size, amount of characters, etc.

    Thanks in advance!

     
  11. In light of the state of affairs our country is currently in, this video is even more truthful than it was before.

     
     
  12. annieerskineart:

    A random bear character I thought of today. Cool no?

    Like it? Give it a reblog :)

     

  13. Hey guys! My good friend Jeff is doing a kickstarter for his awesome board game! Support independent creators! Donate to this kickstarter for this AWESOME independently created game! It’s really easy to pick up and super fun :D

    If you can’t afford to donate to it, don’t worry! You can always REBLOG to help! Thanks!

     
  14. coelasquid:

    wannabeanimator:

    Studio Ghibli | 1985 - 2014

    After recent rumors of Studio Ghibli closing their animation department and the low box office numbers for When Marnie Was There, it was time to make an appreciation post for a company that has created true movie magic again and again. So, thank you, Studio Ghibli. Hopefully it isn’t good-bye just yet. Studio Ghibli is no longer producing animated films. So here’s to you, Ghibli, and everything you’ve given us.

    I feel like I’m gonna cry.

    This makes me beyond sad :(

    (via batlesbo)

     

  15. Was anyone else simultaneously happy but disappointed with “Princess Day”?

    I feel like they played it up a whole lot in advertising and stuff but then it wasn’t really that huge of an episode. Mind you it’s not the show’s fault that the advertising guys got WAY too excited over it but still. Kind of a let down >.>

    I did like seeing Peebles and Marcie texting each other though :)