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I want to improve. Feel free to critique me. Heavily if that's needed.
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Chakra, Battle of the Titans . Are you ready to unleash your true power?
The seven Chakra Heroes CY, Lednacek, Kuma, Motyl, Hielo, Orca and Cheetah must find and protect the powerful Destiny Sword from the evil plans of their cunning opponent, Jackal, and his army of Zodiac Demons.
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"Chakra: What if?"
What if Led had C.Y.'s powers? What if Orca was part of the Zodiac Demons? What if the seven Heroes were none other than Red and his pack?
This is "Chakra: What if?", where you can disrupt and recreate everything you've always known about the comic! Unleash your sheer creativity and show everyone your imagination!
"Chakra: What if?" is the new contest about the Chakra comic, where you have the chance to win great prizes and have fun at the same time! This contest is going to have three main themes. You can join each theme
Find the full set of questions HERE: [link]
1.) About me as a person</u>
1-1.) What's your name?
Here on deviantART, I'm known as Arven. You can call me Arvy or Arv if you want, too.
My full length pseudonym on the web is Panthera Arven.
1-2.) What's your REAL name?
Well, my real name is Maura, but I don't like it that much I prefer Arven much better!
1-11.) Are you a professional artist? When did you start drawing?
Hell NO! I'm not professional, and I think I'll never be. I've been drawing ever since
I have memories. I have drawn my first "wolf" at the age of four. But it has been just
a leisure activity since then. Only five years ago, when I joined DA, I began to actually
focus on improving. I have remained a hobbyist however.
2.) About me as an artist
2-2.) What do you use to draw?
For my comics as well as all my other pictures, I use a box of 120 Caran d'Ache Supracolour Soft coloured pencils. [link] (I have the metallic box though, not the wooden one) [link] [link]
For the lineart, I use any pencil I can put my hands on.
For the inking, I use five Staedtler Pigment Liner markers. [link] [link]
Supracolours are exceptionally versatile pencils. They are produced by Swiss brand Caran d'Ache, and they have a rather soft and slightly waxy lead, ideal for blending and gradient-shading. When water is poured on some pigment, this turns into watercolour. On one side, this is great, because it doubles the fun and utility of these pencils, but on the other hand, watch out! If you're working with Supracolours as pencils, keep away from water! Also, make sure your hands are dry. Even the sweat from your fingertips can mould the pigments. The full 120-pencil set is around 240 euros.
Pigment Liner are in my opinion the best markers on the market. Fast-drying and water proof, they last long and come in many variants. I have five different markers, each with a different tip thickness, ideal for illustrating which characters are close by (thicker lines) and which are far away (thinner lines) in a scene. Each marker is 3,50 euros.
2-11.) How long does it take to finish a page?
The whole page making process can last up to 12 hours, which I usually distribute over 2 or 3 days.
2-12.) HURRY UP AND MAKE NEXT PAGE THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING MEEEH! AUGUAUGHHAAAAAAA!!!11!
Well, I am glad that you're enjoying the comic, and the fact that you can't wait for each page motivates me even more to make the next. But please, don't demand it. I find it extremely rude. In a second, it minimizes all the hard work I put into my drawings. Seriously, I post a brand new page, and all you manage to write is "Make next page NOW!"? You have no idea how frustrating that is. Like I said in the previous question, it takes me up to twelve hours to complete a page, and beside that, I've also got private life: university exams, laboratories, seeing my friends, and resting. Yes, I rest too. Moreover, I've never missed an update in the past year, ALWAYS posting a page every Saturday, and when I knew I wasn't gonna make it by that week for any reason, I'd warn everyone in advance.
So, again, I'm very happy that the comic makes you excited. But please, respect my timetable and don't demand the next page. Thanks.
2-18.) Your art is great! How did you reach your level, and what can I do to become as good as you are?
Okay, first thing first. My art is NOT great. I've got a long way to go before I actually become good. Anyway, I do admit I improved since I joined DA. I will be glad to tell you how I got from this level [link] to this [link] As I said, I began drawing seriously only after I joined DA, almost four years ago. Since then, I practiced and practiced. I drew every day, and I failed. Yes, you heard me. Failing is included in the process of learning. If you don't make mistakes, you don't improve, because you don't learn from your mistakes. Practice drawing figures from different angles and in different poses. Draw an animal performing a specific action, then ask your friend to guess which action the animal is performing from your picture. If they understand your pictures, it means you're on the good way. But don't stop there, keep practicing. Keep repeating the same exercises until you get what you want. If you give up once and think "this pose is too hard, I'll never master it", you're done for. DON'T. GIVE UP. EVER. Also, don't think of yourself as perfect. Self-depression is not good either, but I'd say something in the middle will do: "okay, I'm at a fair level, but this is not my best. I feel I can do much better." Have the sense of admitting that you made something wrong. Accept critique. And when someone points out that you made a mistake, don't eat them alive. Try to follow their suggestion. You'd be surprised to see how much Chakra has improved just thanks to the advice I received from other Deviants
Again, I'm not even half the way to my full potential, that I'm sure of. And if I could reach a certain level and have a certain improvement, you can too. It's not immediate and it's not easy. It takes patience and practice, but it's absolutely not impossible From the bottom of my heart, good luck!
3.) About Chakra</i>
3-2.) What inspired you to draw Chakra?
I was inspired by Playstation 2 videogame "Okami". That game is amazing, it has such a great plot and brilliantly thought characters, everything about it is just awesome. After I completed the game (and after crying at the very last part ), I could already see episodes from an epic adventure in my mind. Slowly the plot evolved into a spin off story of Okami. But I wasn't too convinced with it, and later, the plot took a different path from the game, so that today, there are only some references to Okami here and there, but the plot, characters and events are original. I did, however, keep the "inspired by Okami" tagline on the cover, as a thank you for the amazing inspiration this game gave me.
3-9.) Is *insert name of character here* going to die/come back to life/get married/have children/become a tomato/etc.?
I'm sorry, but I can't reveal upcoming plot details about any character. Just stay tuned and read the upcoming pages, you'll get to know eventually!
3-17.) Would you change something about the Chakra Gang if you had a chance? Appearance? Personality? Role in the story?
My, yes I would! If I were to go back, I'd totally change Led's design to a simpler one, for the reasons I explained above. When I started the comic, I didn't care about his fur, but now, I realize he's a pain to draw all the times. About a role in the story, I'd probably have given Oniken more attention. Sure, he is going to have his share of attention, but I feel he could do a lot more for the comic.
4.) About Africa</i>
4-1.) What is Africa about?
Africa tells the story of a female leopard, the struggles and challenges she has to face every day and her rivalry with a male leopard who threatens to take her land. Raised and educated the way of the leopards, Africa has learned that living alone is the best way of life, and that depending on someone else is a sign of weakness. This belief she has will be continuously tested, and she will have to prove herself to demonstrate its validity. Could a leopard actually live in a pride?
4-5.) Does this mean you're going to stop/delay Chakra?
Hell, NO! For absolutely no reason I'm going to stop or slow Chakra. Africa is still in the making, I'm currently defining character designs and filling the gaps in the plot. This requires time, and I'm unlikely to actually start the comic before next spring.
4-8.) When is the comic going to start?
To be frank, I have no idea as of yet. Although I am very excited about this new project, keeping two comics at a time is hard, and as I said before, I have exams and private life to deal with, too. As for a release date, I'd say the first page will come this summer. Unlike Chakra, Africa will be updated twice a month instead of once a week.
5.) About my art policies
5-1.) Can I use your art on my blog/facebook/website/whatever?
Since you asked me, I'm likely to say yes, but will always carefully consider each situation. If I happen to find my art on your website without you previously asking me, I'm going to report you. Please respect my art policies. I am an open and disposable person, but I don't tolerate people taking advantage of my disposability to do what they want with my art.
5-2.) Can I use your poses/comic pages/art in general as a reference for my pictures?
Yes you can. I'm flattered that you find my art helpful, and I give you permission to reference anything you want from it.
But please notice, REFERENCE does not mean TRACE. You should not simply copy-paste my work just because you can't get the pose on your own. On the contrary, you should STUDY images to understand WHY I made them that way/how I achieved that pose. This is what art is about. Tracing is not art, it's stealing.
Also, please, if you are going to use my art as reference, I'd appreciate if you gave me credit.
I reserve the right to report any art used without my permission or properly given credit. Thank you.
5-3.) I see you have fakemon in your gallery. Can I use them for my comic/roleplay?
Once again, if you ask me first, I'm very likely to say yes. The fact that it's on the internet doesn't automatically make it yours to use.
5-5.) Can one of my characters appear as a cameo in your comic?
I have been asked this many, MANY times, and sadly, the answer is no. As I already said before, I did use to accept cameos in the comic at first, because the plot could do with some more characters. But now that the plot has been decided and that the comic has gone on for over 100 pages, it can no longer be modified. STILL, nothing prevents you from creating a character. I'll be glad to add it in the 'cameos' folder in #Chakra-comic, and it can have its own place in the domain of my comic, even without directly appearing in it.
5-10.) Can you watch me?
Okay, this is not referred to a Deviant in particular, so please don't take it personally. But if I had found your art matching my interests, I'd have watched you long ago. What do you use your 'watch' button for? To follow Deviants whose art you find interesting and appealing, right? Well, so do I.
"But Arven, you're mean!"
Am I mean for expressing my opinion? I didn't say your art is ugly or bad. I just said it doesn't match my interests. Why do you even bother asking the question if you can't handle a negative response from me? You could have simply written "Watch me." without the question mark in that case.
"That does it, in this case I'm not watching you either!!11!"
Do as you wish, I won't be the one to stop you.
5-12.) Do you do requests, art trades, collabs or commissions?
Sadly, I have stopped doing requests and art trades long ago, and I reserve collabs to special occasions. I simply haven't got time for them. I do, however, accept commissions. They are closed at this very moment, but will reopen soon.
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