Starving Artist's Sage Advice
I saw you using "mask layers" during your stream, and I can't really figure out what they are. I tried googling them but only Photoshop tutorials show up. But I think they kinda make coloring inside the lineart really easy?? :D


In Paint tool sai its called “Clipping Layer” xD So that might be why you couldn’t find anything. But yes!! It makes coloring 500x easier (at least for me since i color like a 3 year old).

Step (1): Select everything OUTSIDE of the lineart then Selection>Invert. 

Step (2): Then Fill the selection in with a color (preferably dark so you can see whats not colored)

Step (3): Set that color (BASE) below the Lineart layer then create a folder above the BASE, then clip it. Clip the entire folder to the BASE layer.

How it should look:

Step (4): Just create a new layer for the colors you want INSIDE the folder. If it is outside the folder its not going to “Clip” to the base and the colors will leak out.

Step (5): Shade and finish~

But yep that’s how I do it for everything I color unless its 1 layer stuff. You can get really fancy with all this Masking/Clipping, like I do with my effects all the time. Sorry if this is messy I left my tablet at home aha xP.

Hope I helped QwQ/

Hi, I'm starting to think I cannot learn art concepts on my own, it's just too difficult. I've been thinking of having someone mentor me, paid or not, I dunno what else I can do until I get access to classes next year. Do you have any advice for that sort of thing?

I suggest either going to local universities that have an art programme and either posting something looking for a tutor (Art students tend to always be on the look out for extra income) OR and this is the better bet, find an online service that connects tutors with students and post there asking for a drawing tutor.

If you can’t find someone through your own acquaintances and friends, that is.

Best of luck,


All these pages are 8.5x11, 300 dpi. Feel free to print it out in full size if you like physical copies

Comics and Comic Artists

Jake Wyatt- deviantart tumblr

"Welcome To Summers"


Suggested Reading/Books:

Scott McCloud’s “Making Comics” (entirely done in comic format)



Speech Bubbles Mistakes

Paint Bucket Resource

Storyboarding and Camera angles

What is DPI?

Transferring Traditional to Digital (Photoshop Tutorial)

How do you manage to work on mini-comics while still updating Judecca? It seems to take me ages to complete a page. Any tips on time management/speeding up one's process?


Hah well, I’ve only finished one other comic project while working on Judecca so far, which was my 50 page graduation comic (Into ja himo, coming soon [tm]), and my time management was absolutely terrible with it as evidenced by having to pull a month’s hiatus with Judecca last spring. I’m sort of hoping I learned a bit from that process though. Erm, tips, or rather opinions:

I’m naturally pretty fast at drawing, and I find drawing traditionally speeds up the process more, maybe this is true for others too. With my non-Judecca projects I generally focus on trying out new styles, getting a looser technique going. A Judecca page takes me from 6 to 10 hours to finish whereas these pages took me 3 hours tops. Granted, Judecca has a lot more panels per page, but I do think digital medium offers more room to just kinda zone out and go crazy with adding detail, whereas on paper there will come a point where you can’t commit any more to it imo.

Master cutting corners in stuff that falls into the “peripheral vision” for the reader like details in the background or body parts that aren’t in current focus, our eye reads a lot without us really ever “dwelling” on what its seeing. I’ve learned to save a lot of time by simply skimming a lot of the stuff with a vague gesture. : D  I think with comics it’s okay to priorise economy pretty high.

Uuph what else? I’d say give yourself deadlines for small portions of the project and commit to them, but I know a lot of artists get burnt out by deadlines rather than motivated by them. The truth is it’s pretty hard to get projects done when it’s not commissioned by a third party where you have no option but to get it done. It’s a little crazy to then try and juggle several projects simultaneously, so I fully expect this to sort of crash and burn at some point for me..  

All I can say is try to find a working style that most compliments your work efficiency and try not to get burnt out, the comic will always be there for you to return to if you get too tired and need to drop one of the balls for a while.



This kid here is Julian, he’s 2 years old now. He was tragically injured in a car accident at 6 months old, thanks to a drunk driver asshole. He’s been in a wheelchair ever since. The doctors he goes to now say they don’t have enough experience dealing with those injuries on such a young person. Shriner’s in Chicago offered a free evaluation, they just need to get and stay there which unfortunately costs a lot of money anyway. So there’s this fund going and even if you can’t donate yourself please just signal boost this and maybe it reaches people who can.  

(I’m trying not to be mad as fuck but seeing funds for shit like racist cops and potato salad reaching thousands and this fund going so slow is making it really hard not to get absolutely livid and throw stuff around.)

Guys, signal boost the fuck out of this. This kid has a shot at free treatment, and they just need to money to get to the Shriners hospital. 

AK’s Guide to Suits

An introduction to the finer details of menswear, and how to get them right in your… aw, hell, why am I describing it here? Read the intro!











Hey. Don’t just scroll past. Come back and watch this. You need it more than you know.

holy shit.

the time out of your day to watch this will not be wasted, I assure you.

By about the 2:00 I was sobbing.

I scrolled halfway past and then thought “okay i’ll see what it’s about”

Definitely the correct choice. Watch it.

They. Were. Wrong.

oh god the actual tears on my face

my english teacher showed us this in class the other day. When it was over, I looked around to see reactions. Half the class had these awkward, slightly uncomfortable grins, and half were staring frozen at the screen. You could really tell who this affected.

Oh my… You ALL need to watch this. Very little affects me the way this video did: literally shivers and tears. Please give this a watch.

It’s back!


Quick reminder, that we often try to catch up with some super artist that isn’t even real. You know, that one who can do absolutely anything, learnt it within a week, doesn’t need any sleep and is working on like a hundred successful projects at the same time. We’re being all sad and frustrated because we think we’re no good compared to that one super artist. But then, who is?

My nephew Jayden is very ill, and has been running a temperature for nearly a week off and on. It’s very worrying. If you’d please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers, I’d be immensely grateful.