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