Hi! If you guys are interested in buying Sh2jw’s doujinshis, especially the third book, End of an Era, please let us know. We can help buy them for you at Super Comic City (and other BBC Sherlock and other fandom titles a well) but we need to estimate how many copies we will need to buy. Thank you!
Our challenge for April is to imagine Sherlock characters in alternative professions to their usual canon profession! You can choose any character or characters in Sherlock (any version, BBC, RDJ, etc) for the challenge.
You could do a profession swap with another character or give the character an entirely different profession. You could use your profession or dream profession as a guide or choose something you think suits the personality of the character you choose.
Entries can feature one character or a number of different characters (if multiple professions and characters fit into one scene).
Entries should include a scene of the character engaging in their profession rather than characters simply in a uniform etc (especially if the profession depicted doesn’t have a highly stylized / recognizable profession).
Before starting on your piece, please read the full guidelines under the read more.
… which I think encapsulates just about everybody, so I hope the scope of my post won’t be too narrow! ;)
There’s an interview that Kristen Stewart did at one point or another, and she’s talking about women, and this is what she says: "If you looked at a girl wrong now, I would fly across the room and kill you. It’s like I feel so, so, so protective of a certain thing women have." Which is an amazing sentiment (I feel about the same way, really), but I also feel the same way about new artists. I would literally fly across a room and kill you if you looked at a new artist wrong.
I think almost everyone picks up drawing because they find some joy in it, and I think some advice that more experienced artists give robs people of the joy of drawing and the joy of being part of a community and the joy of learning and sharing resources. That’s okay because I know that we all have different goals and we’re all on separate journeys when it comes to art, but since I have such a positive-oriented approach to art, this is the form that most of my advice has taken … mostly I’ve just thought back on the advice I’ve given and just summed it up into three points that are most important to me:
Take all advice you consume with a grain of salt! It’s okay to disagree with advice from other artists - yeah, even the advice I’m giving right now! When I was new, I used to take everything I read from the mouths of artists as gospel. While most artists dispense advice with the intention of being well-meaning, often the most popularly endorsed advice can be the most damaging. I make it no secret that I have always hated the popularly endorsed advice that you have to ‘learn the rules before you break them’, because as an artist now, I don’t regret the times that I spent self-indulgently doodling, I regret the miserable times I spent trying to draw ‘right’ before having ‘fun’. But maybe that’s just me. Which is a really good lead up to …
There isn’t a ‘right’ way or a ‘wrong’ way to draw - whatever feels right for you is the right way. Although what I really want to say is that you can draw however the fuck you want, you can draw whatever the fuck you like, FUCK EVERYBODY. This is advice I most often espouse and have been doing for years and I STILL feel so dangerous saying it, isn’t that ridiculous? I just don’t feel art is a ‘complete step A before continuing to step B’ or like an ‘insert tab b into tab c to create d’, like, making art isn’t a linear progression. If you WANT to learn the rules before you break them because YOU find that is fun and it works for you, then you should go for it! But if you’re the opposite of that, you should go for that too, it’s fine!! if you think that’s what is fun and that’s what is helping you achieve your goal, whatever that goal may be, then hell yeah, do that. There’s nothing wrong with that.
We are all each other’s biggest resource and we should support each other.It’s okay to ask other artists for their brush settings. It is okay to ask other artists for tips, and tricks, and tutorials.
As artists, we are also well within our rights to say no to each other!! But don’t you dare dress it up as though you are only concerned about the welfare of the artist on the other end. I am so sick of that!! You cannot tell me that as a new artist, you never downloaded or set your brush settings to the same settings your idol. You can’t tell me that 20 seconds into drawing with those brushes, you realised that brush settings wasn’t going to be the thing that was going to get you closer to emulating the quality of art you admired. If you don’t want to share your brush settings, or become a walking tutorial base, a quick ‘I’m sorry, I don’t share my settings right now/I don’t have the time to make a tutorial!’ will suffice, cut the condescending ‘well, giving you my brush settings/making a tutorial won’t work/help, you should EXPERIMENT, you need to TOUGH IT OUT LIKE ME, you need to GO THIS ALONE.’
I think it’s really, really sad because we do inspire a kind of ‘lone wolf’ mentality among artists - I am EXTREMELY hesitant to ask even my closest friends about the tools they use or the techniques they employ. I feel guilty and I feel shamed, like I’m cheating. I’m not cheating. I’m asking for help. I want to learn. I want to experiment with new tools and what better tools to experiment with than things I have been seen endorsed?
But the mentality is just so ingrained - that other artists think that asking advice from each other is lazy and a way to seek shortcuts - that it is an absolute hell nightmare being unable to ask for help and to share advice and to talk about techniques. So I need as many people as possible to know that it is okay to use each other as a resource. ASK each other for hints and tips, GIVE out resources if you feel comfortable. You can always, always say no, you are not obligated to do this, but nobody needs the patronising talk about things they would realise within about 5 seconds even if they did think that way. Yeah, whatever, it’s clear you can’t paint the Mona Lisa with just the same brush Leonardo Da Vinci used but I really feel there is no actual harm in trying. There is no reason you need to make somebody else feel awful just for asking for advice, and there is no reason why you should feel awful just for asking for advice.
heyyyy guys i running low on funds so i’m opening up sketch commissions hell yea!!
$15 is for 1 character, if you’re interested in adding on more it’s an additional $6 per character. also please keep your requests sfw!! …..or at least only slightly nsfw because i don’t really have a private place to do my art and i don’t want to be drawing full on bumper to bumper stuff in my living room hahahhh.
for more info / questions you can message me here on tumblr or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. when sending an email to me for a commission please remember to put these in there:
name / url (opt. you don’t have to, it’s just easier for me to contact you if you don’t respond to my emails)
characters / descriptions / references
base color and shading: yes / no
extra characters (and how many?)
any extra notes you’d like to add about the commission such as a date you need it by or specific preferences
ahh ive confused myself at this point so im going to stop typing. even if you’re not interested in getting a commission i’d be extremely grateful if you’d reblog to spread the word! thank you!! ♡