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
kade sun of perdition, my first comic book outing
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
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
death vigil, adventure issue 1 will be finished in february, i will announce publishing very very soon
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...
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
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
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 AND 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)
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
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
Your art inspires me in so many ways, and this particular entry is one of the very few things that keep me going when I feel desperate because I feel like I never will be as good as I hope to become.
Just thank you.
we all hit our lowpoints, but it is then when we must not give up
Im always the mean one when I say that, but this keep pushing me to be better, to prove them im good to.
Im tierd of being in her shadow.
Everyday I draw, I hope to be good as you one day!!
however you can always say that you had your brain split in two like zaphod beeblebrox XD (just to stick with the hitchhiker guide)
I may ask a lot of questions but your work intrigues me and I am a little inquisitive when it comes to certain artists.
i do have some of my early stuff posred in my gallery under old stuff folder but i generally gavr all my old stuff to a friend
and i threw away my oldest stuff... this i am regretting as i would so lovve to make a progression through years collage piece
I understand your regret. I consider it an ultimate taboo for an artist to throw away the earliest work but I dont hold that against an artist when they make that decision
I hope you aren't tired of my questions but I have a couple more to ask.
As a small time artist with aspirations I'd like to know, what's it like to have such a large fan base as yours? Is it encouraging? Is it a little pressuring? I only hope to have my own one day and can prepare for it.
also in case my message seems jumbled. I'm typing off my phone and can't scroll to the top of my message to see if something was accidentally cut and pasted or misspelled.
I think i want babies from you
...no seriously besides the awesome content of this journal your style of writing and trolling is just awesome yeah srsly!!!
I have to admit when i found you before a few years (i think it IS already that long) that you are some kind of rolemodel for me like what I WANT to be dont know if I'll ever reach your quality though, but atleast I can say you helped me already tons, even though I probably havent seen any video or tutorial from you yet,because simply mentioning to think out of the box like in 3D terms already IS helping to get a better understanding that one shouldnt be too focused on information that purely 2D drawing can give....but that there is lots more to learn
thanks for that
besides its always enjoying to read your trollposts hehehe
are you interested in the quality of my boogers as well? XD for i assure you like anyone elses they are made of gold and have healing properties XD
I'm glad you didn't give up or anything. Isn't it funny how it's usually school teachers who tell kids that their art isn't good?
I've been calling you 'Batman' ever since.
Keep in mind this is not me bitching. I have a day job and spend all my time not there working at home too. so i understand the long hours and I am willing to pull them... something not everyone is willing to do. also that analogy about the wall was spot on . thanks for writing this entry.
Good old mindless monster killing. Give me another wave!
first it looks like it's so easy till you do it, it takes allot of time getting every single detail to work with what you have in your mind.
in my current state, i can call my self a good enough environmental artist, not professional but i am quite the nitpicker if it's about details.
i do have a really small suggestion, if you make a tutorial, could you show how to make the breasts of a woman look equal?
i always end up with 2 sizes and they always ruin the costume i am trying to make.