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

2017 Artwork Top Ten Articles March

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

2017 Artwork Top Ten Articles January

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

Top Ten Articles – November 2016

2016 Artwork Top Ten Articles November

Well, it’s the end of the month and this means that it’s time for me to give you a list of links to my ten favourite articles (with a few honourable mentions too) that I’ve posted here about making webcomics, making art and/or writing fiction over the past month.

Surprisingly, I actually wrote all of this month’s articles within the space of about fifteen days. Usually, it takes me a little under a month to write a month’s worth of articles, but I was feeling unusually motivated.

Although there were a few repetitious articles and short articles posted here this month, I feel that the quality – on the whole- has actually been reasonably good. In addition to this, there were also a surprising number of articles about making webcomics too.

Anyway, here are the lists. Enjoy 🙂

Top Ten Articles For November 2016:

– “Four Ways To Get Motivated To Make Comics (And Stay Motivated!)
– “Three Basic Tips For Creating A “Realistic” Setting For Your Webcomic
– “Four Reasons Why Cyberpunk Art Is Really Fun To Make
– “Inspiration Is A Compromise- A Ramble
– “Finding A Main Cast For Your Long-Running Webcomic
– “Four Basic Ways To Find A Name For Your Webcomic Series
– “How Many Panels Should Your Webcomic Updates Have?
– “Three Basic Tricks For Adding More Varied Art To Your Webcomic
– “Why Gutter Colours In Comics Matter More Than You Might Think
– “One Quick Way To Banish Writer’s Block If You’re Making A Webcomic

Honourable Mentions:

– “Lettering In Webcomics – Handwritten Or Digital?
– “Four Reasons Why Self-Portraits Are Better Than ‘Selfies’
– “Three Cool Painting And/Or Drawing Techinques That I’ve Learnt Recently
– “One Way To Draw Backgrounds Through Rain-Covered Windows

Top Ten Articles – October 2016

2016 Artwork Top Ten Articles October

First of all, Happy Halloween everyone 🙂

Since it’s also the end of the month, I’ll post the usual list of links to my favourite ten articles about comics, art and/or writing that I’ve posted here over the past month. I’ll probably also include a couple of honourable mentions too.

All in all, many of this month’s articles were slightly rushed, due to the fact that I was busy with a couple of comics projects this month. Still, I quite like how many of the articles turned out.

Top Ten Articles – October 2016

– “Clever Artistic Trickery In Old Horror Comics- A Ramble
– “Four Things To Do If You’ve Missed The Heyday Of An Interesting Genre
– “Why Regular Webcomics Don’t Often Include Innovative Designs – A Ramble
– “Three Ways To Deal With Making Pessimistic Webcomic Updates
– “Can Knowing Less Make You More Inspired?
– “Four Ways To Find Creative Projects That “Almost Make Themselves
– “Three Advantages To Setting Your Zombie Story Or Comic In Britain
– “One Easy Way To Make Webcomic Story Arcs More Accessible To New Readers
– “Three Things To Consider When Deciding How Topical Your Webcomic Should Be
– “What Does Artistic And/Or Literary Inspiration Have In Common With Computer Game “Modding”?

Honourable Mentions:

– “Should Your Comic Characters Age In Real Time?
– “Why Are There So Many Webcomics About Computer and Video Games?