January 17th, 2002
This first update of the new year presents fan art that aren't created or colored by special Photoshop
effects... Not at all from what I see. These artists, both amateur and pro, have submitted
fan art utilizing the simple, yet powerful, pencils, markers, crayons and pens. They prove that you don't
need to have CG-ing skills to be artists! Oddly, these are also the oldest submissions of the backlog I'm still finishing, so everything works out
perfectly here for my mini-rant, hehe. I apologize yet again to the artists, since I noticed that there was even Christmas fan art submitted!
Thank you for the holiday cheer. And again, a very happy belated holidays everyone! I'll get the other November-December fan art up soon after
this update. I promise this time, so you can stop asking me if I had died. =P
On a different note, lately I've been receiving questions like "How can one become a good artist?" or
"How can I improve on my abilities..?". Along that line, an interesting suggestion was made that I start
critiquing everyone's artwork. This really sparked my interest as I strongly believe that receiving help
and thoughts about artwork will help an artist improve in his/her future work. Now while I like the idea, I
don't think handing out critiques to every single person would be in everyone's best interest... plus, it would take me forever to get you an update here!
So, I've come up with this: there 'might' be a special Fan Art Critique and Criticism sub-section that would be
separate from this main page. All usual updates will be done with the addition of a page presenting an artwork
and my critique of the piece. This is all up to the fan artists, though. Those who 'want' a critique would
simply mention so in the e-mail sent to email@example.com when submitting fan art. I will not critique without
the artist's permission. So, what do you think? Any opinions on this and any suggestions as to layout will be received with open arms. I'll give an example of this on the next update. =)
Anyway, before I run a long and very wordy rant on some other randomness (like squirrel ninjas and a cookie with time travelling powers), I'll leave it at that. As always, send all fan art
to firstname.lastname@example.org, of course. And, please read the
FAQs as always for guidelines on submissions! See you next crime... er, time!