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Howdy Folks!

I get asked for advice about being a comic book artist. A lot of the folks who ask are usually here on Deviantart and most of the questions are pretty much the same. So, instead of constantly answering the same question over and over again I thought it would be cool to do a weekly blog here at the Draw Dogs group page that will provide some insight into the journey of becoming a professional artist (comics or otherwise).

  At the beginning, I want to state that the advice I am giving is SOLELY based on my experiences and the knowledge I've gained from other professionals in the comics industry of whom I have associated with. Every artist's experiences are different, but some things are universal. I will do my best to spotlight those universal truths that run constantly throughout the comics industry and label them as "advice". Just like all "advice"...to quote Jim Valentino...Your mileage may vary!

So, with that said, let's get started!
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                         Aspiring Artist Advice #1 -
           To the question: "I haven't heard back from editor A. Should I email him or talk to him at a convention?"

   Don't bug editors! Submit your work properly and just leave them alone! No editor likes to be harassed. Especially by people who aren't even good enough to be working professionally anyway. They like your stuff, they will contact you! If they don't, keep improving your skills and produce work for other companies (or self-publish) until they do.

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Hope that's a good start. If you're an aspiring comic book artist and want a question answered please feel free to send a note with the question you have in mind and I will do my best to answer it in an upcoming blog.  

Until next Thursday!
-Ray
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remy007 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Can you advice on my art. ?? I sometimes get simply lost and dont know what to draw. Please suggest me what should i draw.???
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drewerd Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
I am kid of mixed on this. I believe you are and should send a follow up email in 3 to 4 days. Now i am not saying harrass but explaining you know they are busy and you are just following up. I would never do it everyday or even follow up more then once. I think following up does show you intent and the seriousness you are taking in your art.

I think one follow up email is okay. The editors at the big 2 are super busy and you email could get lost in the crowd.
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mannywolf359 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Well heres something maybe ou can answer for next week.

Im heading to MegaCon in March and Im trying to put together a portfolio for any publishers to take a look. Now I asked Paul Pelletier at free comic book day is it frowned upon if I use established characters in my portfolio? I found a cool 4 page Superman/Batman script that I think I could stretch to six and I dont want to draw DC characters and present the portfolio to Marvel if it looks bad. So whats a good way to approach putting together sample pages?
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RAHeight2002-2012 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Artist
Yup. This is a good one! I'll make this one next Thursday's blog.
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mannywolf359 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
awesome!
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Supajoe Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, definitely agreed--I had to retweet that! I've known too many guys trying to break in that can't conduct themselves in a professional manner. They don't bother to spell check their emails, and follow up with editors/publishers daily. That's not the way to get ahead!
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thejeremydale Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Amen.

- jeremy
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