I was looking at your FF7 art (that I adore btw) and a question pop up in my mind....have you ever considered in drawing Zack, from crisis core? just for curiosity :3 hope you're doing great
YES yes he’s definitely planned to be redesigns with the others :> I love Zack, but more so in the original FF7 game, rather than crisis core. I know he’s a bit of a blank slate int FF7 but CC really painted him as an anime trope kind of guy which didn’t totally appeal to me ( although his design about halfway through the game excellent so i will be taking notes from that).
I (actually) like it a lot, aside the 3D transformation sequence and the overall low-budget animation (two frames jittering back and forth …eeeeh). It was much better than expected and the story beats were really well done. Usagi and Mamoru feel like real people with a strange power they don’t understand, rather than cartoon parodies of a magical girl romance.
I’m thankful that they ditched the over the atop, animu, short-hand-for-real-expressions stuff from the manga and the 80s anime. It was probably the most annoying part of the old series (aside usagi herself, though so be fair she gets better in later seasons). I’ve seen a lot of complaints about the chibis and ‘comedy’ being taken out of the new show but I’m stoked they’re gone. It wasn’t funny, it wasn’t cute. Maybe to my 11 year old brain loud noises and constant screaming were hilarious but now it comes across as tasteless, cliche, and trope-y. I never found her to be lacking expression or felt that her reactions were out of character— to me they were just more.. human. I mean, unless everyone runs around being caricatures of real emotion.
Anyways… i’m enjoying it, I’m excited to see mamoru as a real person and not .. whatever the hell he was in the original show. 8)
So sorry to hear about your father, I'm sending my best wishes for you and your family. Don't rush it, take care of yourself, and know that anytime you need it, your followers are here for you <3
Thank you so much. A number of friends, fans and family have offered support and condolences and its incredibly sweet. I’ve responded to most of them privately as it’s a private matter but i still want everyone to know that i’m so appreciative and thankful to have this network online to reach out to. I’ve never seen your faces or met a lot of you but it doesn’t seem to matter in times of need.
Thank you and hopefully I get to thank all of you in person someday.
So… My father has just passed away. He had been sick for a very long time. It was horribly stressful and difficult for my family to deal with for all these years and then to suddenly have it all over is really …
its going to take adjusting to.
I just wanted to let you all know what was up. I might be hard to reach for a little while but i’ll try to get back on track soon. Thanks to everyone for being understanding.
Hello! I was wondering if you have any updates on your Amaranthine project. I'm one of your backers on kickstarter, and I was just wondering... you all seem pretty active, and the site says that the book was supposed to have been released May 2013. Has there been delays? I just wish to know. Thank you.
There has been many delays, most notably Stephan became extremely sick right after the project wrapped up on kickstarter and delayed it by a year. The reason my activity has been so high on art sites is because I’m getting all my commissions finished and out of the way before starting on Avi again. Normally i would have done the commissions hand in hand with the comic but i was hired last august at a gaming company, which is allowing me to pay off my debt and survive. This new job is taking up the time i normally would have spent on commissions.
So yes, basically, we are behind but we fully intend to finish and release the book (with a few extra perks to all our patient backers) but I have responsibilities and work that i owe commissions who bought pieces before the Avi kickstarter.
So while this is not ideal… its the best i can do for the time being. I truly appreciate your patience and the patience of all my backers.
Your work is gorgeous. I love how you emphasize length in your style, so that all of your characters have very elongated, graceful features while maintaining proportion and believability. I'm currently hunting for more about Falls D'Ange because it looks fascinating. I look forward to following you and seeing more of your lovely art!!
Some how this ask got completely burried !!!! I am so sorry this is insanely late ahahah but thank you very much, you’re compliment is really lovely ;; FDA is a side project of a side project… so its a bit more uncommon, but hopefully you’ll be able to track the stuff i do have down through the tags :>
i'm so sorry to ask but I wanted to be sure! Is it you that draws and steph's corrects and does the paper..?? Im sorry if that sounds wrong! I'm not trying to be rude but I do not know the words for it. I think you both do an equal amount of work and it always looks amazing because you are both very talented artist I look up too!
This blog is aaaaaallll mine. hahaha, we do a lot of work together, but everyone on DapperOwl is my (Hunter’s) work. :>
sorry for asking questions about projects still on the back burner, but are some of your redesigns for FF7 characters inspired by the games unused concepts of them? I noticed your ideas for Vincent have elements of his first draft persona where he wasn't a turk and the party had no idea he could transform at first.
The concepts are largely inspired by my own headcanon’s for the character’s roles and personalities, as well as Amano’s promo work for the game. Vincent’s wasn’t drawn from any particular FF7 related work though, and specially not unused concepts for him haha. I didn’t even know such a thing existed!
So I am planning on (finally) creating my webcomic. I wanted to know, is there anything I should know about webcomicing, since it's not something I have ever done before and I don't even know where to post it properly?
Man, a lot of things you’re just going to have to learn with trial and error. : / Its not an easy road that’s for sure! I would recommend posting it on smackjeeves and updating regularly… do those two things and you’re almost guaranteed some margin of success.
Hello Hunter! I'm really sorry if you've received this sort of question before, but who/what are some of your inspirations and influences?
I have so many…Its really hard to make these lists… I think i made one somewhere before but I can’t for the life of me remember. Anyways, I guess I can label a few artists.
CLAMP, Barbucci Canepa, Didier Cassegrain, Alphonse Mucha, Akihiko Yoshida, Hyeung Tae Kim, Yoshitaka Amano, Adam Hughes, JC Leyendecker, Coey + Shy, Brom, Yukiru Sugisaki, Ian McCaig, Phobs, Stephan McGowan, Eric Freitas, GrandYoukan, Jon Foster, Steve McCurry, Alexander McQueen, Claire Wendling…. and so many more. x_x
Oh my goodness, I LOVE your Loki sketches. Perfection. :) You're an artist I very much admire and your work is constantly inspiring me to work harder with my own drawing. I have one question. Your style is so unique and developed. Do you have any advice for artists who are struggling with their own styles and way of drawing? I've been drawing since I can remember, but I still struggle a lot with consistency in how I draw. Thank you for being amazing! It would awesome to hear back from you. -Em
Having a style is something you need to research and study and repeat over and over again to get right. A lot of amateur artists and otherwise believe it’s just something that happens if you do art stuff enough, but I couldn’t disagree more. Sure, if you don’t practice or consciously think about your style, something will fall out of your pen and onto the page, but chances are it won’t be nearly as interesting or focused as it could be. Sometimes style can evolve and grow over time with enough repetition, but i find that’s the slow way around.
Every artists’ style is born from what they love that surrounds them everyday, then looking at these things and stealing bits and pieces. What I would recommend is looking at the styles you love and looking at the real life objects / people that you love and adapt the parts of what you love into your work. Practice how they do that one thing (example: I love CLAMP’s work with hair and fabric… i mixed that with Alphonse Mucha and other varying artists from around the world to get where i am now. I’m still finding new inspiration for fabric and hair and i incorporate them when I see it), and do that thing over and over again, with everything, all the time. Learn how they do it, study the forms, re-draw the forms. This is part of learning how to draw what you see and as you learn to draw, style will present itself and you can either take it or leave it. I would hazard to say that you can’t really find your style proper until you’ve found out how you draw. I’m still figuring out how to draw and my style is still following behind my knowledge, always a few steps back from what i’ve just digested.
And then.. just when you’ve got something.. you’ll want to change again. Style is ever changing, even within the same day, so let it and just do your best to learn. Happy mistakes happen so its really not the end of the world if something doesn’t turn out just how you imagined. It will be frustrating as hell though, and that’s when dedication comes into play.