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yes... a fucking elephant painted an elephant!

dafuq did you paint today?????

get to painting! XD
  • Listening to: rhapsody of fire nightwish
  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
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so i'll probably take on about ten commissions before san diego. maybe more if time permits it tho not guaranteed. i will be doing it either in shaded pencil as i have rekindled my love towards it, or ballpoint pen, which is one of my favorite tools. prices will range from 70 bucks for a bust piece to 100 full body to 200 with full bg, to multiple characters which is negotiable. this is pretty much for people who can either come to pick them up on sand diego comic con or during my signing and sketching in los angeles

all of dourse on a3 boards. in croatia it is the closest thing we got to 11by 17 comic board. XD

anyhow, see you in san diego , well those of you who plan on coming. i will also be doing signings and sketchings in comic stores in los angeles. schedule of that to come soon

  • Listening to: rhapsody of fire nightwish
  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
  • Drinking: cofee
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alongside that , there will be issue 4 of Aphrodite 9. on that one i only do the art :) writing there is done by Matt Hawkins
aaand back to work, cyall, things to draw  things to write...HUZZAH!
  • Listening to: rhapsody of fire nightwish
  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
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okay, time for another journal

so i keep getting the same questions over and over again. how did i learn to do this.

i was self taught. by this i mean, i took the initiative and seeked out the knowledge, as no one was offering it.

i draw on average 8 to 10 hours a day, every day. by average i mean that some days its 6 and some 12


so... the argument.
i keep hearing this one. well i want to be a professional artist, but life is hard, i need to work, i don't really have the time....

let me put things in perspective here.
i used to work as a night guard on the beach. every single night from 8 pm to s6 am. after that i would go meet up with my dad who gouarded another beach to get a cup of coffee. we had a bite to eat, and then both went to haul and sell fruits and vegetables.
every evening i was drawing. when the sun set i sat under a street lamp and drew through the night.

every night. this was on occasion interrupted by a fight  with some  exceedingly drunk people who wouldn't take verbal persuasion not to throw beach property in the sea.

i drew, i drew constantly and relentlessly.

seven years of drawing got me to the point where i was hireable. it was then that i started getting paid for my work. for doing a job i wanted to do.

i kept working hard and i kept improving, and i will keep on doing the same.

it is like an rpg, you will grind, but you will unlock those new skills.


now listen, there is nothing wrong about treating this as a hobby, it is a wonderful satisfying hobby to have. but if you want to be a professional, be it a comic artist a game artist a n animator a designer... you will have to put in the time, you will have to pay your dues.

life is a bitch, it will do you no favors. all you can get out of it is what you are willing to fight for. it is a hard battle, but it is worth it.

see, at a certain point it truly is about this. what is it that you want to do in life, do you want to spend your life being slowly killed on the inside  by the job you hate while dreaming of your could haves, or will you fight for your dreams.

let me repeat this cause it bear repeating. it is a bloody fight, but the rewards are beyond amazing.

rest is up to you. seek the knowledge. in this thing you need no colleges, you need ambition, and thirst for knowledge. and knowledge my friends, at least in our line of work is a mere google search away, see in this work they dont ask you where you were schooled, they only ask what can you do, and how fast can you do it.

if your answers to that are, everything, and as fast as you need it....  you will get hired,


and if anyone asks where is art in all this very jobcentric rant of mine.....


art is living in its parents basement talking much about how big he or she will be.

this is about professionals!
  • Listening to: rhapsody of fire nightwish
  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
  • Drinking: cofee
so as many of you have noticed first one is up...in which i am dealing with a badass case of  pollen allergy. for the curious ones, the sound i keep making that sounds like i ate a chiuaua whole is me trying to scratch the back of my throat... and ears..and eyes..and brain at the same time...


aaaanyways,  im trying to figure out the themes for the next ones, to kinda give them structure, definitely on my list is reflectivity, details, and techniques  and crap like that

then ill definitely have one on some digital inking tricks

prolly gonna do some zbrush ones too, but dont expect to learn that much from me without actually trying shit out on your own too.

and again to remind you all, these are nothing but techniques. if you want to learn how to actually draw... then..draw. if you fail...draw more, if you are the best ever..draw more.... im just here to show you some tips n tricks XD

i mean sure, you might end up pickin up on some stuff from me. but there is no substitution to practice
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ill be there  giving out sketches like oprah gives out cars XD
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  • Reading: scripts by my writer
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aaand 11 years of work  finaly comes to fruition...

now to walk the full 12 issue journey.


and  to get it to here....whooo boy it took its steps
ooold ravine pages by nebezial
10 years ago this is how it looked....
and then got redrawn, changed and upgraded about 20 times, hundreds of pages discarded as i progressed
but now, it finally started. over these 4 years i have to get all twelve 160 page issues out... and the last one 200 pages

lots of work to do!
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  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
  • Drinking: cofee
just an announcement , this weekend im starting  on some video + audio tuts... expect rude dickishness if the walk it off you pansy kind! XD.  by that i mean , no tutorial will replace practice, it is meant to boost practice..so funtimes ahead!
  • Listening to: rhapsody of fire nightwish
  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
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so issue 1 is finally coming out this Wednesday and the reviews are pouring in

www.comicbooked.com/book-revie…

the-hammond-comics-blog.blogsp…

www.thegeekality.com/featured-…

ideologyofmadness.spookyouthou…

nerdculturepodcast.com/2013/02…

www.comixity.fr/2013/02/unspok…

aaand they seem to like it XD

buut for a democratic balance, i did find one  that pretty much reviews it as worst comic aver XD

adailydoseofrandr.com/2013/02/…


this is a very good thing. hype needs to be kept in check.

ultimately tho , like any other story, ravine is what you bring with you into it.
if you enter as a cynic, refusing to suspend your disbelief, it will be a pile of ass. same can be said for pretty much any story.

so good, reviews, bad reviews.. it ultimately doesn't matter, it is what you get from the story :)
i certainly do hope you enjoy it :)

update
nightxade.blogspot.com/2013/02…
3 out of 5 rating here, and i loved the review, because the writer of it gets the challenge of writing a new world. fantasy books always take that bit of a first read adjustment... hell. first time i tried reading the game of thrones i gave up after 60 pages.. same goes for hobbit... but fantasy... good fantasy, takes its time to spread its wings.. and when it does.. well....
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www.newsarama.com/comics/marz-…

soo..bloody..close....aaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhhhh
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soo... close...skips around giddily in the most undignified manner ever looking like a total dumbass
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  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
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a stupid thought... given the implied size of smaug in the hobbit movie... i cant help but to wonder.. is he made of ..like...pudding? see reason why i am wondering this is, either bard in the end shoots his one shot kill arrow out of a missile launcher.. or smaug is made of pudding

i cant wait to see the beast of a bow he ends up using XD
(and i loved the movie... it is flawed...but what isnt?)
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i dont usually like doing cross promotion. we both just kinda do our own things but damn it all if this is not the most awesome thing i ever saw XDXDXDXDXD

www.youtube.com/watch?v=owUIm2…

its a strange  dubbed version of one of her strips..and...and.. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD THERE IS EVEN AN EMAILING SOUND... and music .. and timed text appearing  with actual voiceover doing some pretty cool acting at the same time... and...


damn...XD

AWESOME!
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just in case this fever turns into a fullblown flu gonna post this one in advance

2012, you go to hell and you die.... boy this year sucked too many deaths in the family, and in the families of friends, here is hoping next one will be better

hope you have a great one!
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honestly... i am geeking out , smiling... and a little teary eyed XD
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it is a special feelign when a 11 years in the making project is finally about to hit the light of day

www.newsarama.com/php/multimed…

newsarama bigass preview. to you  faithful viewers it wont be big news cept  for the upgraded look of many pages...

which makes me think i could post a sort of an evolution overview of ravine with artistic development stages...could be fun


oh also for thoswe interested in how i make all this stuff and who havent had the cnace to see
www.youtube.com/user/nebezial1…

here is my youtube channel.  this week  i will be making a few short simple and efficient photoshop tuts
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okay, so next week i will have actual video tuts of my own with audio  showing some brush tips, but till then...
MY WIFE HAS HAD TUTORIALS ON THAT FOR OVER A YEAR AGOOOOOO!!!!

but googling how to make brushes in photoshop is soo tiresome ...

ugh...


so, here is where you find her video containing that stuff
fav.me/d3kj45x

and here is a folder full of here tuts on brushes and other stuff
calisto-lynn.deviantart.com/ga…

look through all of it if you want to learn some neat stuff.

then after actually trying some of it out, you will understand better how i do my stuff.

and then next week you will hear my charming lovely voice ranting about photoshoppin XD

should be fun, and seriously, my voice is ooh so sexy XDXDXDXDXD... with a slight hard r  russianish accent XD

you know hov ve keep varm in croatia.... ve play...hm... diablo XD
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tetsuyo nomura is one pervy guy, and i know my pervy...

im just saying that the shiva sisters from final fantasy 13 is one pervy concept... its two chicks..that you ride on.. and guess what , if you put your girlfriend behind you, one of the shiva sisters is eatin ass....

i....just...wow..    back to drawing
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WARINING- EITHER READ THIS COMPLETELY OR DON'T BOTHER, AS THAT IS ONE OF THE  CHARACTER TRAITS THIS  JOURNAL IS ABOUT!


okay, so after a swarm of questions many of which left me with my jaw on the floor... i realized something...

people are afraid of pushing a button to see what it does

okay, to backtrack first. i am self taught in photoshop, had no books had no tutorials, had a borrowed i think 7... dunno which was before cs2 when i started,  i learned it by ....pressing a button and seeing what it does

i explored, i tried stuff out.

i had no teachers no schools no education on this stuff

i saw a button i pressed it.

that is how about 9 years ago when i first decided to try and apply digital coloring to early pages of ravine, i was dabbing paint on a page. i came to the point where i had to paint a waterfall. so , just for fun i tried putting scattering on the foam brush i made, a simple thing. and i was gonna see if smudge could be scattered. it had a weird side effect. it blended colors. i went on playing with the settings, till i realized that unchecking spacing completely eliminated the smudge brush lag, and turned it into a blender.

from there on i worked through the method of trial and error to develop my own approach in digital work. and don't even get me started on how many people told me i was doing it wrong back then.  but i persisted

i knew what i needed, i needed a balance of speed and quality that would enable me to tell stories the way i wanted to tell them. i worked smart!

now to the basics. i get a bunch of questions about techniques, people wanting me to make tutorials on the most absurd things...

and then it hit me... you lazy  unmotivated  wastes of effort!!!!!

you don't want tutorials, you want skills on a platter!

IT DOESN'T WORK LIKE THAT!

see, next week my usb microphone arrives... regular one don't work on my laptop, and then i will finally make some real and important tutorials

but that wont help you! see its not about tutorials, most i can teach  you is a few photoshop tips and tricks. what you lack is the relentless motivation, the competitive spirit! YOU LACK THE FIRE!!!!!!!!

what i do is not magic, it is a product of 17 years of persistent practice. 8 to 10 hours a day, . 8 years of that time i had no internet, i had no tutorials, i had no books, but i looked around, i drew from porno magazines... i was the only teenager i knew who bought those for drawing...too... XD

nowadays you have the internet, all the information readily available, want anatomy, google it, want reference google it, want porn...yeah.. you got that on speeddial don't ya?

see, , idf you really truly wanted to do this stuff your whole life, you would take it seriously enough to take the first step.to take that initiative. you can have all the tutorials ,all the books in the world, but if you don't put in the time, it wont help you one  bit.

see, i'm not gonna stop till i drop.  there are far better artists out there than me,  superior in skills, speed technique, you name it...

i cant allow that....

but also, i want to tell stories. i want to keep drawing them, that is my fire, that is my drive. and between that and my natural friendly competitive spirit, i have the fuel to go on.

so ask yourselves, do you feel the desire, can you forgive yourselves if one day you are working in some shitty job   thinking of what ifs. i can tell you this, it is the best job in the world, when you wake up and cant wait to draw something new

i went through shit and no exit hell to get to where i am, i had no contacts, no  open doors, no connections. just fire and perseverance, and trust me if i made it  so can you

so yeah, tutorials are coming, but the rest ladies and gentlemen is up to you!
  • Listening to: rhapsody of fire nightwish
  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
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unfortunately description of the story is outdated  and fails to mention that ron marz is handling the final rewrite to tweak my croatian butchering of english language XD


also pagecount is wrong, it is 140 pages

first issue is 10$

after that 15
for each issue. that on average brings you a series of fantasy graphic novels  of 140 pages each.. later some even more..cough
value to eny comic reader is i think obvious, every 4 months you get one issue, that in pagecount equals over 6 standard 4$ issues that are usually done.  my idea is a simple one. i dont want to drain people for the small floppy issues and have forced cliffhangers every 20 pages.
i want to make a true full blooded fantasy story, and for that, i need me a nice pagecount XD

but no worries, its loaded with dragons n stuff XD



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  • Eating: much less
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