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Style vs. Genre

Posted by szmdavis on April 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

You've seen my work hopefully while being on this site, right?

Well, yes it's a manga style...yes....but let me make one point.


Thank you.

I am not one of those run-off-the-mill folks and make,,,dear God I hate this word "kawaii" stuff.  I don't mind those who like manga and such, but there is a line that you just don't cross. The it's way too much line. 

I guess there's this unspoken rule that if you draw a certain way that it means that you are the extreme version of whoso or whatseneva you're into. It's strange. So don't just a piece by art style.

Thank you.

Let the Groove Get In: Inspiration

Posted by szmdavis on April 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been a while since I posted anything on here. Well, now that I'm trying to find work I have to edit this site down by a lot. And lose a bit of geekdom that remains here.

Currently, I'm at a loss. I don't what to do with my drawings, to be honest... I'm scared to be rejected. My work is too main stream for alternative press and Too out there [in certain capacities] for regular manga companies. I feel as if I have to taper it down.

But that's to be expected. As well as the topic for this post:


Inspiration is elusive. You can chase after the little sucker because it's always three steps out of your reach. If your stressed, it's never there, if you too happy, it disappears. Inspiration is like a cat. It does what it wants when it wants and you wish you had inspiration trained like a dog so it would be so freakin' finicky all the time (hence my slight disdain for cats). Inspiration does lead to innovation to a degree. It's those 'Oh crap, I have to hug the toilet because I drank Super Dieter's tea at 5 in afternoon during the school week and now I'm up at 1 in the morning but WAIT! I figured out A new grappling techinque for a new style set I'm working on!' moments that make it worth while.  

At the same time, it the lack of inspiration that comes from working way too much and having less time to create that sucks. But that's it. Sometimes work creates work and...


See yeah! :D

Something Interesting

Posted by szmdavis on March 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

You know, everyone's heard the word 'stereotype' at least once in their lives (unless you live under a rock or something), but stereotypes aren't the thing that makes people take stupid actions and do dumb stuff to others. 

It's Stigma and Schemas. says Schema is the following: 

1. a concept, similar to a universal but limited to phenomenal knowledge, by which an object of knowledge or an idea of pure reason may be apprehended.

And Stigmas are: 


1. a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation.

2. a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease: the stigmata of leprosy.

3. a place or point on the skin that bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.

In simple terms, stigmas are violations of schemas. 

Whe someone decides to go against any steroetype (A red head who dies their hair black, a black person being republican, a peacock trying to be chicken....maybe not.) There are always problems, people will look at you like this: :)

And such. They'll gripe and everything else, but who knows, you might be actually up to something amazing if you keep on (as long as its completely legal). So schemas and stigmas are nothing but a bunch of crap unless they violate beasic social principles like don't rape people or kill folks or anything like that. 

Changing the World? Rated E For Everyone

Posted by szmdavis on March 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The world itself is very...odd. It's like trying to trap water in a box. Not all of it will be enclosed and at some point it will get out and return to it original form. So what about this idea of changing the world, leaving a mark that makes people, parents, peers and evebn yourself worked up in a tizzy. 

Part of it can be chalked up to Maslow's hiearchy of needs:" />


As for changing the world, we all have it but it's the very thing that scares us all. Miriam Williamson put it in the best way possible. This is the reason why although everyone can change the world, they and even myself don't. 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? .... Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. ... It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marginalizing (is that's even a word) is the way of many. Being scared to step on anyone's toes or to hurt anyone's feelings or that people willl speak or look at you in an ill-manner, is the very reason why the word mundane exists. M8undane does means being safe, it does, but in some cases it doesn't mean happiness. So whether you're a lawyer, or an artist there's only one piece of advice I can give: 

"Lazy hands and loud mouths bering in no money, but diligence does. Happiness and make 40K a year like a million and lack of can make a million look like 40K. Money is a hollow root in the tree of life, and in winter rots faster than milk in the summer."

In essence, WORK HARD at what you want to do (as long as it's legal!) and one day you will be paid for it.  Change the world in your way (by leaving a mark in whatever size you want), and don't put yourself to shelve everyone else's problems, unless you like that sort of thing. 

Welcome Welcome WEL and COME on in! :D

Posted by szmdavis on March 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I am currently XX years of age (I'm legal.) and just started creating my name for myself on the interwebs. Hmmm...what else...? Well...well!


Things I personally love:


Donuts (boxes and BOXES of DONUTS -heavy breathing- ) ...-ahem-

Mario games

Video game music from games circa 1985 to 2005

Osamu Tezuka...what a genius...created several different styles of drawings and made a genre. Need I say more?

Peaches and Cream...the song.

anything by Neyo

Miu-Miu fashion

Seveteen Magazine and Teen Vogue (practically my bibles)

Bravest Warriors (The Adeventure time I WISH would be on tv. I buy the comics almost every single month. Dedication? Yes.)


How I spend my time:

-Studying (The most mentally exhausting thing...EVER.)

-Reading comics, memoirs...anything I can get my hands on really.

-Watching TV (Gotta love Dance Moms and Young Justice)

-Playing video games. Currently crazy about retro Sonic games.


My Drawing style?

A work in progress. I wanna get hired and do self-publishing to get some titles under my belt and hopefully get some recognition for my creative style. If there are big money cash wads (or even mini cash money wads) involved, great! But it's not everything. I just like the entermainment...and drawing spoofs and other things. One of the perks of being able to draw anything decently.


As for where it derives Well, I orginally started out as a full blown cartoonist type and didn't have an actual genre or type I belonged to until I hit 7th grade. Then I went from classic cartooning to manga. I wanted to get better and thought that someday I would get some recognition for my drawings. So I set to work on creating a manga style. I drew Sonic Fan characters at first and furries then graduated to full manga in 9th grade. As for my manga style...I've been told that there are hints of Bleach in it (But I see my character designs coming from everything I've seen so far in like. Thick eyebrows = Mario , hot guys = Tales of Games and final Fantasy...etc.). In 11th grade, I craved for soemthing...more different. I wanted to make my identity, because to be good at drawing is one thing, but there has to be sprinkles on your chocolate glazed donut to stand out. Hell, probably even some Fruity pebbles and banana chips while you're at it. Anyway, I read Scott McCloud's (Will Eisner's second form...really.) trilogy of Comic ideology and such guides and Comics became my ninth class. I studied struture day and night, pacing while pacing, heck even when I was waiting for the shower water to heat up I was reviewing the six steps ro becoming and artist and found my niche. (Animist and Formalist that follows 2-6 on the steps. If you have know idea what I'm going about, then look up Scott McCloud Six Steps of Comics and ' ' Four Tribes of Comics. Find yourself.)


Lastly, I arrived at my senior year prepared for publication, but I was scared. Publishers are scary people, or so I've heard. I didn't want to have my creative freedom squashed completely or even touched. (Creativity is my baby.) But I didn't mind pullng back a bit and finally I started setting this web site (go free webhosting!) so I can post whatever from pencils to color (both traditionally and digitally) and the occasional 'OMG look what I found on the internet!' picture.


So please enjoy the website and CRACKING SKIES.

P.S Here's what I was talking about when I said the foru tibes of Comics. 

McCloud classifies comics artists in four "tribes": the classicists (like Alex Raymond), who value beauty and mastery of craft; the animists (like Jack Kirby), for whom art serves story content; the formalists (including himself), who experiment with the medium; and the iconoclasts (like Robert Crumb), whose foremost goal is to vividly convey reality.

And the Six Step Path: