Not especially, and I think I feel that way because getting caught up in jealousy is unproductive and completely not conducive to improving my own work.
I’m pretty comfortable with the fact that there are lots of people who are far more skilled than me and much more experienced . There always will be. And I think that’s amazing.
I LOVE images, and I love good draughstmanship. When I see sensuous, sinewy line quality, bold composition, delicate visual tensions, or a beautifully unified palette, I get embarrassingly excited. If an artist is better than me or produces work that moves me more profoundly than what I can put out myself, I always want to see more and more of their work.
A major reason why I make any pictures at all is because I like to find images and certain factures that make me fall in love - I’ll feel inspired and humbled all at once, and I’ll dedicate myself to try to understand and communicate what inspires me about an image.
Like, if I see an image and I love it, I’ll want to figure it out. Is it the composition? The lighting? The application of line? The texture? To me, it honestly feels a little like developing a passionate crush on a person - you spend a lot of time trying to figure out what they’re all about. You let them speak to you, and you really try to pay attention to all their little details. Then you fumble around trying to express your burgeoning understanding of them, and even after you’ve moved on, a part of them stays with you in the way you see the world and express yourself.
I once fell in love with a triptych by James Jean called “Poor Thing” when I was seventeen. I don’t think our work is in any way alike or comparable - he’s skilled beyond me by leaps and bounds in a pair of seven-league boots. But there’s this figure in the center of the triptych that is a sort of waif-like, wounded angel statue, and I loved her. I adored the way the whole figure made a subtle S-curve and how Jean accentuated the shadows in the folds of her lips into a distant and cherubic smile. I am still totally enamored by the way that figure echoes a Mannerist ‘odalisque’ and a Chic Young Sunday cartoon strip character at the same time.
And you know what? I find that occasionally some of that will sneak into my work because I had such a strong attachment to it.
I don’t really find myself to be ‘jealous’ of other artists. If I can identify something that they have that I like, it just means that my observational skills are good enough to clue me in on where I fall short and how I can improve. And if I want to eventually be where they are now, it just means that I am really into where they are.
And I guess to proffer a suggestion to the jealousy thing, I think it’s really great to produce self-indulgent work, no matter what the teachers tell you. Find and surround yourself with better work than yours, and love them enough to be able to understand them with your hands (as an artist or a draughtsman) and not just with your eyes (as a viewer).
Then make work that you like. I promise you will improve and that you will eventually become comfortable with how your work progresses if you just keep working.
I’ve been working on a short comic about love, and I’m pretty excited since it’s almost all done!
So I just found out today that, due to company reshuffling, I’m going to be out of my current job at the end of May.
As we are moving very soon within the next two months or so, plus all other living expenses and whatnot, finances are going to be pretty tight on my end.
I hate straight-up asking for donations, but I can offer these $10 drawings. They’re black and white, fairly detailed, inked and scanned and sent to you at hi-res, 300 DPI files.
If you are interested, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be as detailed as you can in your description of what you’d like me to draw. Limit one character, full body. Another character can be added for $10. If you would like flat colors, it’s $5 extra. I accept Paypal only.
Also, any signal boosting would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you so much.
lots of love,
My awesome friend Wendy is doing some commission work to get her through an unfortunate job situation. Go check her out!
A little present for my dear friend over at Angry Girl Comics.
I redid the frames. This is much more in line with how I’d like the pages to look. Now to go back and do this to all of them…
I guess I didn’t really stop at the princesses, either. ;)
A sampling of the Abridged Fairy Stories Zine
(c) Trungles 2013
Here are half of the current finished illustrations for the zine.
Some of you have seen it already and saw the preview pdf. Just so you know, I’m adding to it. I’m trying to get it to be at least sixteen princess and accompanying text, so that’ll be upwards of 30 pages.
Afterward, I’ll print it and distribute some randomly in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. We’ll see!