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so death vigil 1 came out...and i am bushed XD

seriously, this has been an awesome day...in more ways than one

first here are some more reviews...and holy crap is this not all of them XD

www.needtoconsume.com/comics/d…
www.comichype.com/2014/07/09/d…
nerdsontherocks.com/15999/
www.geekedoutnation.com/review…
www.rhymeswithgeek.com/death-v…
opinions.thefellowshipofthegee…
www.comicbooknews.co.uk/articl…
www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…
holynerdbrain.squarespace.com/…
www.thepopculturecompany.com/r…
sonsofcorax.wordpress.com/2014…
moviepilot.com/posts/2014/07/1…
brightestdaycare.tumblr.com/po…
boundingintocomics.blogspot.co…
imagesunplugged.blogspot.com/2…
thepunkeffect.com/?p=18478
bigglasgowcomic.com/review-dea…


and 2 interviews
www.unleashthefanboy.com/news/…
www.newsarama.com/21532-grim-r…

so far so good...so here i am now exhausted and finishing second issue for next months publication


buut then there are some additional good news.
the way things are going it is a good chance we will be publishing twitch

but then there is another big news which i wont reveal yet

thank you everyone who bought the comic and /or promoted it. you may have just triggered  twitch becoming a  published comic, no kicstarter no nothing. 

as soon as i unload death vigil 2 , methinks some nice video tutorials will be a nice way to show gratitude

till then,  death vigil 2 will be out next month, and as usual..as i am reminded to  say 
preorders in this business are EVERYTHING.

on ravine 2 front. it is being sent to print in a week so updated  date on it's publication will be announced real soon
metallifeeva.com/2014/07/revie…


meanwhile all is looking good on issue 2  hitting every deadline set!
love it when  a  plan comes together!
dare i say...WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

aaand there goes my masculinity ....byeeee! XD

first review of death vigil is out :)

www.unleashthefanboy.com/comic…
sorry for the journal spam...but damn it this is just nice to see XD

www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…

now off to finish issue 2 before 1 is out XD
ghost in the shell's motoko kusanagi


votes are closed now. there were a few  suggestions that were getting up there in votes as well, and i actually thought one of the others would win but ghost in the shell snuck by ..like.... an invisible  agent.... on a spidermech XD

you know,  about 15 minutes in we started joking about it here and came to a conclusion that i would probably end up  drawing, my little pony, kill la kill, or pokemon


dodged them bullets like the matrix XD
thanx everyone, tomorrow i will get to drawing it :)
it has been a good day, so....

after a long time i will do one fanart of anything on demand

you, the people :icondkrbaneplz: get to choose what i will draw
as long as it does not violate deviant art policy of course

just keep in mind, sailor moon is excluded this time as that won the last   one of these XD

start dropping in suggestions ,  i will keep this open for about 6 hours from now


by the way i should mention, i will actually count the votes  XD
also please look at the previous comments if you could and if you see your idea already suggested, please just +1 it, it will make counting the votes much simpler and it would be much appreciated :)
don't know why, it is just weird seeing myself making a page layout XD even i have to admit my methods are a bit odd


it is done! ron just delivered his final pass over my writing,  book 2 is headed to print

first of all my sincere apologies for everyone who waited for the book, it has been plagued with a series of bad luck events

you can see a detailed explanation for the delay here
ravine book 2 and an explanation by nebezial


so.. where do we go from here?
simple.. i am so friggin happy to get it done that i am going to do something   big

i will post the entire first book on deviantart+ 40 pages of book 2 

i will do so in the next few days  a si got to  get my  final pdf   from top cow...as i misplaced my original final pdf file
so stay tuned, there be dragons XD
first of the vigil by nebezial

so, this july i am starting death vigil, published by image/top cow. it will be a monthly series limited to three 8-issue arcs, so there is a definitive ending. with this i have learned some of the things about publishing independent comics, and i am planning a video  with some tips after i summarize my experiences. hopefully it will prove helpful for others to get their stuff published

but apparently rule 1 is promote preorders.  preorders are crucial for independent books as they define  the print  runs, and are crucial to the sucess of the book.. so.. as my  far more experienced friends told me to do....

death vigil is preorderable ...pretty much in any place or webstore that carries  US comics. 

you can find an extensive preview to issue 1 and much more here

nebezial.deviantart.com/art/de…

now, for some frequently asked questions

what about ravine? ron marz assured me that he will be done with his part of the work this weekend , so with just a bit luck we are sending book 2 to print next week. in fact once we do...i will make a big announcement here, alongside a bit of a surprise :)... A HEFTY..HEFTY SURPRISE

 what about twitch? ah yes...twitch. here is the deal, kickstarting  books like these is  a tricky business, complicated , anfd loaded with calculations... so here is pretty much how this stands
if death vigil is successful i get a free pass to go with twitch, no kickstarter no nothing, a full green light... so it pretty much stands on my shoulders and relies on my abilities as a storyteller to  capture the attention of the reader...

i have done this on some occasions...so who knows XD

with some luck i will go full  self written material... and then well...i have fun plans. 

oh and next week video+audio tutorials coming. set everything up and just gotta clear everything from my backlog till this wednesday so my ranty accented english can grace your ears...TILL THEY BLEED!!!!! XD

Oh also , next week we'll be doing second round of  features, but more on that when i post that journal :)



okay after people asking ans suggesting, so here are some online shops that offer preorders on death vigil, more to come as this is jsut the ones i googled now, feel free to drop me   some links if you find more, i'll get more from my  peeps at top cow on monday


directly from top cow store
www.thetopcowstore.com/Product…

online shops

forbiddenplanet.com/?tag=stjep…
www.archonia.com/comicshop/en/…
www.tfaw.com/Profile/Death-Vig…
www.tfaw.com/Profile/Death-Vig…

for europe i personally have  been buying from archonia so i know them to be very reliable and professional, if you know any other webstore  feel free to tell me :)

more updates to come 
okay, a foreword  first. as this thing is just starting up i realized going through the suggestions that this is too chaotic. by that i mean that there are many reasons why i should feature a majority of suggested artists here

so then it hit me. after this first promotion, next journal will be a different one. we are going to go by different categories, one week we'll have traditional artist week, other a comic artist, another a crafter, a sculptor, manga, animation and so on

so if you haven't gotten  featureyd yet it is jsut because this first run has been far more chaotic and in need of a structure. a structure we will from now on have.

so this week i will have this journal on. next week we will do suggestions for...hm...oh let's go with  my own teritory to start the categories. comics
next week we will start with sequential comic artists- not pin ups, i mean people posting actual pages
we'll do pin ups too. choices will be based on the storytelling skills for this one

but all in due time. so this first very random list is  gonna be  just all sorts of artists
and after that we are going  structured. meaning  better chances for people to be featured, hell i may extend the features above 10 so be patient, if your favorite has not been listed yet, as i am still looking for the best way to do this :)

so without  further ado, a very random list for this first week, filled with some skilled people :)








:iconmanuroartis:
this artists craftsmanship in bone is....mindblowing. bone is difficult to work with, i know, back in the day i tried.this artists work is a masterful example of the craft



:icon6kart:
magnificent gallery of generally fantasy work, showing the skill of color use and volumes which surpasses mine. his works have a very Blizzard like feeling colorwise while maintaining a very traditional artwork feeling to brushwork



:iconfightpunch:

amazing designwork and execution both in 2d and 3d, anyone interested in design, and zbrush , i recommend giving his gallery a look




:iconfunkymonkey1945:
magnificent gallery full of both amazing studies showing mastery of both volumes , and color as well as mastery of general form of human vbody

while at the same time featuring some amazing and adorable fanarts. seriously nija turtles ones are just awesome




:iconluisapreissler:
a very skilled and constantly improving artist. it is an awesome thign to be able to look through someone's gallery over time and her handling of color and volume is steadily improving which in my experience is a good sign of an artist to keep an eye on!



:iconbogdan-mrk:
great illustrations and studies...if a little bit poor in numbers. and not just views, i mean actual numbers 46 deviations in 6 years? move your lazy ass!
but other than that , artist shows great skill in treating volumes, motion, and great mastery of color.



:iconpheberoni:
all there, great mastery of characterwork, form color gesticulation and expressions, so really someone i  as a comic artist can recommend



:iconalamoscout6:

um...yeah...i...quit!    XD  but really, it comes down to this, if you like drew struzan style poster work... and i usually hate these kinds of comparisons... oh just go ansd see it


:iconplusnine:
true skill often means doing something in a deceptively simple way that still makes a piece look just...right. his gallery does contain nudity, fair warning. however the thing that blows my mind with his work is how his skin rendering is so deceptively simple any yet often conveys more depth than all the rendering in the world would. just one of those things where one might go; i could replicate this....and then fail endlessly.


:iconjimbobox:

amazing use of color and form combined with  a generally cool style in the great tradition fo udon studios crew
holy hell that was aaa lot of suggestions

as such i  will have to change the approach to features

1 i will feature 10 at a time, with each being followed up by  what i liked about the artist's work

and 2

i will pause  on the next suggestions journal till i  get the suggestions from this one  out of the way :)

but as i plan on this ti be a somewhat long term thing, have no fears  we will be doing this quite often :)
idea time!

every month i will open a suggestions thread for artists you think are good and should  get more attention but really  dont get the views ...and trust me, i have seen artists whose skills i can only envy having far less views ....faaaaaarrr less than me

even though they are actually superior to me in many aspects.




so this is the idea.
every month i will post a suggestions for a feature  journal

you post suggestions of artists you think should be featured
generally we are looking for people under 500k views  but it is not a rule

from the suggestions i will choose 5  most suggested  and feature them for a week.

we will be doing this every month 

in this we all win.. as i too will find more people to follow XD

so roll out the suggestions!
this gonna get good!

ps NOT limited to comic artists! 

pps....well f%&k! this escalated quickly XD

might have to rethink the amount of people  featured per journal.... maybe 10, cant overdo it as i am planning to actually write what i find good about their work
aaand finally the official image comics july solicits are out and alongside many great comics... my li'l pile of  undead necromantic fun!

www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…

so if you wanted to get it, there it is, coming out in july, and i will keep you updated and well teased with upcoming issues material as by the time issue 1 hits...i'll be finishing issue 4 XD

SPAMALOT!

and for those anxious about ravine issue 2 ron is wrapping ut his rewrite of  it all finally and i am hoping that in a few days my next journall will be... F&/KYEAH WE SENT IT TO THE DAMN PRINT!

so stay tuned for that XD
DON'T PANIC!




okay, so a slew of questions that i am pummelled with  made me do this.


so here we go.

WHO IS YOUR DADDY AND WHAT DOES HE DO?

i am stjepan sejic, a comic and videogame artist designer 3d modeller illustrator, and a comic writer.

yeah... i have a few hobbies XD

in my career i have drawn the following comics

arcana comics
kade sun of perdition, my first comic book outing

top cow
darkness levels  1 issue
first born event  3 issues
witchblade.. 30 +issues
broken trinity 3 issues
angelus 6 issues angelus pilot season 1 issue
first born aftermath 1 issue
artifacts about 15ish issues
aphrodite 9 8 issues and going!
and a crapton of covers


dynamite entertainment , a crapton of covers

zenescope entertainment a crapton of covers

marvel a bunch of covers





comics i draw and write

ravine- epic fantasy 1 issue out, 2 about to be published
nebezial.deviantart.com/galler…


teen witchblade, adventure/comedy  being finished, and issue 1 will be posted here in it's entirety  before and of march before top cow handles the kickstarter

nebezial.deviantart.com/galler…

death vigil, adventure issue 1 will be finished  in february, i will announce publishing very very soon

nebezial.deviantart.com/galler…

sunstone, erotic romantic comedy currently in pre print stages and available for reading (at your own  risk) on my alternate account shiniez



from videogame work i usually just do stuff with a local based croteam helping them out with designing and modelling for serious same first person shooter games from which i did work on
serious sam hd , and serious sam 3



HOW DO I WORK SO FAST?

18 years of drawing 8 hours a day every day.

simple ,. huh?

in short i was not born this way, if anything i learned to draw out of spite XD
true story, i had a frient in high school who was skillwise generations above me, it wasn't even funny. being a competitive easily challenged lil dumbass i started trying to draw like him. i was doing nicely, advancing and all that...

till my teacher went.. you are improving stjepan, but you will never be as good as your friend is...

OH-NO-YOU-DI-NUT!

we proved him wrong haven't we...yess we did preciousss.... and with no permanent damage  to our sanity, right stjepan?
you said it stjepan!


anyhoo you can see me doing some of my stuff here
www.youtube.com/user/nebezial1…




WHY DON'T I DO MORE TUTORIALS???

ahem... yeah.. thing is.. i am self taught... and my methods are weird. i tried explaining most of them in my video tutorials... with allergies DEAL WITH IT!

but really the problem is, i was never taught this stuff,  so i lack the method of teaching. for a while now i have been planning out and outlining the structure for a series of relatively short  videotutorials, so they will be coming   this year.  how useful they will be remains to be seen


WHY IS RAVINE 2 LATE?
detailed explanation here with an update 
nebezial.deviantart.com/art/ra…

 after all this ron marz who helps me out with the final rewrite on the book lost his mom this year so that  ended up delaying it more but it is about to go to printer in a few days so i will happily announce that  when it does


ARE :iconnebezial:AND :iconshiniez: THE SAME PERSON?
very much so! as the  deviant id blatantly points out XD

WHY DID I HIDE IT AT FIRST?

certainly not out of any embarrassment XD it just amused me...

at first i was merely curious to see how fast would the account's popularity rise without any help of my main account

but then... it got funny

 i had people making alternate accounts to follow shiniez , and then from those accounts telling me that if we were the same person i should just say it...

irony was too good not to troll XD

and then the game of avoiding flat out denial begun XD

it had one rule. be ambiguous

answer the questions  usually like this,
Q: are you and shiniez related in some way?
A: oh yes i taught him EVERYTHING he knows....(true)

ooor

Q: are you shiniez?
A: it would be a little crazy if  i was able to do all of this work, the monthly comics, the covers the fanarts the joke pieces the  videogame work ... and be shiniez at the same time, wouldn't it?  (again..true... i am a little crazy XD)


a few people in the notes figured out that these were actually non-answers so they actually demanded a yes or  no answer XD

to which they got an immediate yes with an explanation of the game, and we had us a good chuckle
but after a while the damn shiniez account exploded beyond anyone's wildest expectations

cause my name actually means stephen  in english! by nebezial




CAN YOU TEACH ME HOW TO DRAW?


it is an old cliche of saying i can't teach you this, you must learn this....

in this case it is true.  while i will be providing more tutorials drawing is a matter of practice.
it is a matter of breaking down wall after wall only to be facing another wall

i will paste here some replies i have given on this topic



as for learning to draw we all pretty much start the same way. we take stuff and copy, we adopt measurements and  understand things through repetition. you are training both the arm and the mind yknow

as arm becomes  a finely tuned tool so does a mind become an organized collection of specific knowledges, rules measurements and structures. and the more you do it the deeper the understanding becomes.

unfortunately the major discouraging element is the nature of learning itself.

it is the wall to wall progress that often defeats people and makes them either give up or settle.

by wall to wall i mean, you learn something but for the life of you you don't see any progress beyond that. and you are beating against that wall chipping away at it's stone... never knowing just how close to a breakthrough you are.

that is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of it all, but over time i have learned to take solace that every punch thrown at any of those walls  chips away some of that obstacle.



brain is an amazing machine. once things start linking up you are not learning merely linear, you are learning exponentially  radial. by that i mean while you are focused on learning one thing you are also learning 20 other things  without even focusing on it.

learning to draw means prioritizing certain informations in your mind.  these are then connected together  into a rudimentary machine of drawing so to say.

now, as you learn more you are upgrading the machine, but upgrades are affecting every aspect of the machine.

imagine it like this. you learn drawing a face and you connect this  new folder of facedrawing knowledge to your main drawing network.

link is there but it is basic.

then you practice,  and you strenghten that link, but in order to truly make that facedrawing  folder permanent, you start crosslinking it with other folders such as expressions, volumes, skin tones, subsurface scattering, each knowledge exponentially increasing the initial facedrawing folder of knowledge.

this is why  high level  drawing seems like magic, but ask anyone and they will tell you the story of that sudden flow of insight  past which breaking down the advancing walls becomes a second nature to an artist.  we know that any progress is ultimately a matter of  work

lots...and lots  of work


there was a time   when if i was to see what i can do now i would consider it absolutely impossible, flipped the table said fuck this shit and left...

i know better now XD





but yeah.. i will try to make some tutorials that will hopefully help




this is all i can think of for now, if i remember more stuff i should write, i will update this thing :)
Painting Creature Fur by NateHallinanArt

i felt like doing this because not only  does this fella do great work...

but works smart, using  the resources  within the program

remember kids! very often when people tell you not to use specific tools...it merely means THEY haven't found the ways to use them  :)
what ever you celebrate may it be happy and merry for you any your families and friends!

for me... my new years decision that i might actually try   to uphold is to further work on killing my remaining cynicism.

i have been fighting hard to destroy it and  hopefully it will die in 2014 XD
cynicism is an attitude that sees only problems and gives no solutions. it is a poison that spreads fast and has a way of ruining  the days of many people....

i can feel that shit creeping up within me way too often and  i will not stand for it! XD

anyhoo.. back to  work for me cya!
so  here are my superspoilery opinions of these movies ---

just opinions, there is no more validity to them than   to anyone elses :)

so, let's start with frozen....

i made a huge mistake before frozen...huuugeeee mistake.
i listened to that let it go song....

now, what follows is an example how one small thing  can snowball into a huge friggin thing... see what i did there ? snowball?
so i listened to that song.. and ..um.. it sounded  glorious... but it also sounded like an anthem to coming out of the closet.... i mean, i deal with subtext a lot. and even i have seen people see more in my own writing than i intended. rarely but it happened.  so subtext is hardly a new thing ...

we are talking about a song that says

don't let them know don't let them see , be the good girl you always have to be
conceal don't feel don't let them  know... well now they know...

and  this is just some of it... there is  this vibe of a sexual liberation in the song if looked at it from a certain angle yknow.

and yes, i know, i am probably just seeing something that isn't really there...
i thought the same...

then i saw the movie.

again as i said.. spoilers and opinions here

i cant help feeling that this was what happened AND YES I AM PROBABLY COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY WRONG!

writers came in with an idea , let's make a first gay princess.... disney execs froze.. did it again...
and went.. no,. make them sisters and just go wild on the subtext..
i think they were initially written in as friends or something....

because once you get that viewpoint in your head.. holy crap do you start seeing it XD
anna's song about  finding the one has her enacting paintings that show her what she should be doing to the point that she mimicks them .. this is the normal relationship you should be looking for.

anna and elsas coronation conversation has all the tension of a couple that broke up and realizes it was a mistake.
anna's rushed marriage idea comes after being once again hurt by elsa, so in a way she works to make her jealous... mission accomplished.

elsa running away sings the let it go song .. which is just..  oh my... google it if you are curious  XD

kristoff is the most tacked on male protagonist i have ever seen. you could cut him out of the friggin movie and not even notice it.. hell, snowman is more crucial to the plot XD. he just feels like a cop out. since we cant have the girls together, make the most  tacked on male love interest XD

elsa hitting ana in the heart, lashing out and hurting her, constantly running away from her own feelings...

and the ending.... oh the ending... where the act of true love is between elsa and anna...


AGAIN, CALM DOWN! XD if you didn't see it like this,  it doesn't make me in any way right.

personally i blame that damn gorgeous song.... it put a friggin seed of  stupidity in my head and i watched the movie with this weird what if thought... and when you look for things .. you will probably find them. just ask any conspiracy theorist XD

but , i absolutely loved the movie, well except for kristoff, nice character but felt tacked on even if i wasn't seeing things in a slightly skewed way XD



aaand hobbit...

ooh hobbit...

friggin hobbit....

 i was asked do i think it a good movie or a bad movie? my answer is, it is a great movie that felt it was short so it ate a bad movie... so it certainly got longer... so there is that.

again.. spoilers
i liked the first hour  of the movie aaalot.  tho as i will repeat over and over again... i had issues with the padding when it cost us some genuinely fun and clever stuff like conversation with beorn.

but i guess that would leave less time for legolas....okaay so i may be a tad bit ticked off by all the legolas

anyhoo, movie was good. but then it took a legolas in the knee...

coincidentally , my wife and i were rolling in laughter when kili  took an arrow in the knee... we were nerding out like crazy XD

honestly my biggest gripe with legolas was not him  putting dante from devil may cry to shame as he took on  a squad of orcs and came out unscratched the first time.

no...

IT WAS THE GODDAMN LEGOLAS TAKING UP  HALF OF THE DAMN MOVIE'S CLIMAX!!!

now, dont get me wrong.. i was nerdgasming about smaug... who was a wyvern not a dragon in this one...
loved everything about him, his conversation with bilbo was a thing of glory...

but then  the climax happened...
and we were  jumping from  dwarvers and smaug reenacting their favorite scooby doo episodes ( thanks  to my wife to giving this vague annoyance a definition)  and legolas flat out cleaning the city of orcs...

and it felt dragged out, and it felt beyond unnecessarily padded.

again, let me reiterate. it was a good movie.. it failed to be a great one  in my opinion.


keep in mind i am in no way a person in whose taste you should be trusting in any way. i am perfectly capable of turning off my brain and just enjoy silliness...
so if you disagree  , i'm sure  you have good reasons.

in a way, this being the internet and all we aint gonna be changing each others minds here

would i recommend these 2 movies. oh yes. liked them both a lot :)
today you will get to see me draw something you probably wouldn't expect....

anything for a dumb joke!

huzzah!
so i just got another one of those, and i dont mind them. a bit of deviantart silliness....

however.. i do believe a new trend needs to start XD

you have been punched in the face chain message XD
send this punch in the face to 12 others or the kitten gets it! XD

yeah.. my brain is in a stupid place right now XD
my friend ron marz  does these  charity things every year  and gets comic artists and writers and sculptors to donate artworks  to be auctioned off   for  poor kids to get some toys

anyhoo these are the pieces i donated
my bic is mighty! by nebezial

superman and darkseid...um...wait...no by nebezial only thanos from this one


here are the ebay auction links for those interested
www.ebay.com/itm/Hellboy-artwo…

www.ebay.com/itm/-/23109955029…

there are quite a few more pieces from other artists there, so have a looksee :)