Top Ten Articles – June 2017

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Well, it’s the end of the month and that means that it’s time for my usual “Top Ten Articles” post. This is where I choose ten of my favourite articles about making art, making comics and/or writing fiction that I’ve posted here over the past month and link to them. As usual, there will probably also be a couple of honourable mentions too.

All in all, whilst this month’s articles started out well, I had some mild writer’s block near the end of the month – so, there were a few badly-written and/or repetitive articles. Still, hopefully, this will pass.

Anyway, here are the lists 🙂

Top Ten Articles – June 2017:

– “Three Ways To Take Artistic Inspiration From Anime And/Or Manga (If You Don’t Use That Drawing Style)
– “Two Ways To Find Your Own “Version” Of The Cyberpunk Genre
– “Three Cool Art Tricks I Learnt From Films, TV And/Or Computer Games
– “Three Ways To Make The Lighting In Your Artwork Look More Interesting
– “Three Advantages Of Hyper-Detailed Art In Webcomics
– “Three Ways To Make Better Filler Episodes For Your (Story-Based) Webcomic
– “Three Ways To Make A Webcomic Update In A Hurry
– “Four Basic Ways To Preview Your Art (or Webcomics)
– “Four Awesome Advantages Of Watching DVDs Whilst Making Art
– “Two Basic Ways To Learn New Artistic Techniques

Honourable Mentions:

– “What GCSE ICT Taught Me About Making Art
– “Two Basic Ways To Cover Up A Failed Painting (Or Drawing)

Top Ten Articles – May 2017

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Well, it’s the end of the month and, as usual, I thought that I’d post a list of links to my ten favourite articles about art, webcomics and/or writing that I’ve posted here this month. I’ll also include a couple of honourable mentions too.

Although there were more reviews and rambling articles than usual near the end of the month (and I almost missed including articles on two occasions due to scheduling errors when I prepared this month’s articles quite a while ago), I really like how at least a third of this month’s articles turned out 🙂

Anyway, here are the lists 🙂 Enjoy 🙂

Top Ten Articles – May 2017:

– “Three Ways To Find Your Own Aesthetic
– “Three Ways To Blend Different Genres Of Art
– “Three Things You Can Learn From Failed Comic Plans
– “Four Basic Ways To Give Your Webcomic A Visual Upgrade
– “Four Reasons Why Artists Don’t Always List Their Inspirations
– “Four Reasons Why Shorter And/Or Segmented Webcomics Are Awesome To Make
– “Three Sneaky Ways To Cram More Stuff Into A Webcomic Update
– “Four Basic Tips For Making Detective Comedy Comics
– “Three Ways To Make Better “Uninspired” Art
– “Three Basic Ways To Get More Out Of Your Image Editing Program

Honourable Mentions:

– “Five Free Sources Of Inspiration For Cyberpunk Artists, Writers etc..
– “Why “Detailed” Art Is Often Less Detailed Than You Might Think

Top Ten Articles – April 2017

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Well, it’s the end of the month and that means that it’s time for me to create my usual list of links to my ten favourite articles about making webcomics, making art and/or writing fiction that I’ve posted here over the past month. As usual, I’ll also include a couple of honourable mentions too.

Surprisingly, there were a lot more writing-related articles in this month’s group of articles than normal, mostly because I was preparing last year’s Halloween stories at the same time as I was writing the articles that were scheduled for this month.

Likewise, this blog also celebrated it’s fourth anniversary this month too 🙂

Anyway, let’s get started:

Top Ten Articles – April 2017:

– “Four Things I’ve Learnt From Running A Blog For Four Years
– “Two Very Basic Ways To Give Your Webcomic A Consistent Look (Without Being Boring)
– “Three Ways To Deal With The Downsides Of Getting Better At Making Webcomics
– “Three Causes Of Weak Endings In Comics, Webcomics etc…
– “Four Important Things To Remember Before You Start Your First Webcomic
– “What Does The Expression “Kill Your Darlings” Mean ? (Plus, An Exclusive “Deleted Scene” From One Of My Short Stories!)
– “Four Reasons Why Stories, Comics, Films Etc… Can Have Alternate Endings. (Plus, An Alternate Ending To One Of My Short Stories 🙂 )
– “Four Quick Tips For Writing Fast
– “How To Take Inspiration From Other Things (Whilst Writing Fiction)
– “Four Quick Tips For Writing Very Short Horror Stories

Honourable Mentions:

– “Four Basic Ways To Recycle A Webcomic Story Arc
– “Three Ways To Know When To Finish A Comic Or Story Project

Top Ten Articles – March 2017

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Well, it’s the end of the month and that means that it’s time for me to collect the usual list of links to my ten favourite articles about making art, making webcomics etc… that I’ve posted here over the past month (with a few honourable mentions too).

Although there were far more reviews than usual this month, I quite like how at least a few of the “proper” articles turned out.

Anyway, here are the lists 🙂 Enjoy 🙂

Top Ten Articles – March 2017

– “Four Freaky Tips For Addding 1980s/90s-Style Comedy Horror To Comics
– “Three Tips For Making Art That Looks Like It Was Made In The ’90s
– “Three More Tips For Remaking Your Old Art (Plus Two Art Previews)
– “How To Recognise And Use Cool-Looking Colour Palettes In Your Art
– “Three Easy Sources Of Artistic Inspiration
– “Five Tips For Creating Realistic Dream Scenes In Comics, Stories etc..
– “Three Simple Ways To Chart Your Artistic Progress – Past And Future.
– “Three Simple Ways To Improve A Comic/ Webcomic Plan
– “Three Ways To Deal With Production Troubles In Webcomics
– “Three Instant Sources Of Webcomic Story Arcs (Plus, Comic Previews)

Honourable mentions:

– “Five Basic Things To Remember Before You Use Watercolour Pencils For The First Time
– “One Sneaky Way To Include Plot Twists In Your Comic Or Webcomic (Using Verticality)

Top Ten Articles – February 2017

2017 Artwork Top Ten Articles February

Well, it’s the end of the month, so that means that it’s time for my usual list of links to what I consider to be the ten best articles about making webcomics, making art and/or writing that I’ve posted here over the past month (and possibly a couple of honourable mentions too).

Unfortunately, due to being busy with a couple of upcoming webcomic mini series and due to the hot weather at the time of writing some of this month’s articles (I write them quite a few months in advance), the best articles posted here this month mostly seem to come from the beginning of the month. Still, here’s hoping that March’s articles will be better.

Anyway, here are the lists:

Top Ten Articles – February 2017:

– “Four Awesome Ways To Fail Properly At A Creative Project
– “Three Inspiring Things To Remember When You’re Having A Totally Uninspired Day
– “Four Very Basic Tips For Making Heavy Metal Art
– “Four Reasons Why Tenebrism Is One Of The Coolest Types Of Art ( Both To Make And To Look At)
– “Three Ways To Use The Backgrounds Of Your Webcomic To Stay Motivated
– “Three Tips For Fine Tuning A Comic Idea
– “Three Possible Reasons For Emotional Tone Shifts In Comics (Plus, A Comic Preview)
– “The Five Stages of Making A Webcomic Update (Plus, A Comic Preview)
– “Four Reasons Why The Noir Genre Is So Interesting For Artists
– “Three Tips For Dealing With Moments Of Low Enthusiasm When Making Webcomics

Honourable mentions:

– “Three Very Basic Tips For Compact Storytelling In Comics
– “Three Reasons Why Webcomics, TV shows etc.. Can Go From Self-Contained “Episodes” To Longer Stories

Top Ten Articles – January 2017

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Well, it’s the end of the month and this means that it’s time for me to collect a list of links to my ten favourite articles about making webcomics, making art and/or writing fiction that I’ve posted here in the past month. As usual, I’ll also include a few honourable mentions too.

Although there were slightly more reviews than usual and although I was busy making quite a few comic updates for next month, there were actually some surprisingly complex and interesting (to write at least) articles posted here this month 🙂

Plus, I think that this is the first time in a while (or possibly even just the first time) where all ten articles in the main list are all list-based articles 🙂

Anyway, here are the lists 🙂 Enjoy 🙂

Top Ten Articles For January 2017:

– “Three Ways To Deal With The Feeling Of Loss After Finishing A Highly Inspired Creative Project
– “Three Basic Tips For Adding Sub-Plots To Your “Newspaper Comic”-Style Webcomic
– “Three Quick Tips For Making Story Arcs For “Newspaper Comic”-Style Webcomics
– “Four Fiendish Tips For Writing Dark Comedy In Webcomics (Plus, A Comic Preview)
– “Three Quick Tips For Adding Funny Sci-Fi Comedy To Your Webcomic
– “Three Ways To Make Your Art Look More Like What You Actually Imagine It Will Look Like
– “Three Strange Tips For Improving Your Backgrounds If You Paint Or Draw From Imagination
– “Four Logical Reasons Why Other People Seem To Like Our “Failed” Paintings (Or Drawings)
– “Three Ways To Deal With The Creative Project Ideas That Refuse To Be Made (Yet Continue To Haunt You)
– “Three Practical Reasons Why Creativity-Based New Year’s Resolutions Are A Very Bad Idea (And What To Do Instead)

Honourable Mentions:

– “Making A Landscape Painting Using A Mouse And MS Paint 5.1 … Can It Be Done?
– “Salvaging A Painting With Digital Editing (Plus, An Art Preview)
– “Four Downsides To Making Webcomics That You Might Not Know About (If You Haven’t Started A Webcomic Yet)

Top Ten Articles -December 2016

2016 Artwork Top Ten Articles December

Well, it’s the end of the month (and the year) and that means that it’s time for me to give you a list of links to my ten favourite articles about making webcomics, making art and/or writing (ok, this month’s articles were mostly just about webcomics) that I’ve posted here this month. I’ll also include a couple of honourable mentions too.

All in all, this month’s articles were a lot of fun to write, although I certainly had my uninspired moments (and there were a few rambling, short and/or repetitive articles here this month). Still here’s hoping that January will be even better 🙂

Anyway, here are the lists. And have a wonderful New Year 🙂

Top Ten Articles – December 2016:

– “How Often Should You Update Your Webcomic ?
– “Three Very Basic Ways To Use Nostalgia For Inspiration In Webcomics
– “Should Your Webcomic Include A Group Of Recurring Main Characters ?
– “Three Causes of Crappy Webcomic Updates (And How To Deal With Them)
– “Knowing When To Abandon A Comic- A Ramble
– “Finding The Emotional Tone Of Your Webcomic – A Ramble
– “Five Ways To Make Your “Newspaper Comic”-style Webcomic Instantly Accessible To New Readers
– “The Three Basic Types Of Webcomic Panels (And How To Use Them)
– “For Hilarious Punchlines In Your Webcomic, Just Know Your Characters
– “Three Benefits Of Making Seasonal Webcomic Updates

Honourable Mentions:

– “Cyberpunk Colour Schemes – A Ramble
– “‘Similar’ Art Mediums Can Be More Different Than You Think – A Ramble