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  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: The Damned Things
  • Reading: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques
  • Drinking: Water
So.....

I realize that I haven't posted a journal entry on here since December. Oops. Truth be told, I post much more on Facebook (The Art of Nick Mockoviak) and Instagram (NickMockoviak), so please follow me on there (I'm also on Tumblr and Twitter, but my IG and FB page both link to those two, so it really doesn't matter. Unless it's here.)

I've been on deviantART for 10 years. A decade. I have seen many changes on here, from all the (sometimes frustrating) layout changes, to the users on this site, the types of art submitted, and all in between. Some of the changes have been good, and some are puzzling. My feeling is that after this current subscription runs dry, I will probably let this spot fall to pieces. The main reason why I started this page was to promote my artwork and make connections with others in the industry of cartoons and comics. For me, the well has run dry years ago. I know that keeping a presence here is still valuable, but increasingly I find that my own use for said purposes is a battle in vain. As my buddy Jerome Moore would say, your mileage may vary.

I looked over my work that I have posted on here. It's fascinating to view the progress and evolution of one's work, especially over the course of 10 years. I went from black and white ink work to markers to watercolors- comic book characters to monsters to more monsters to animals and flowers- and whatever else caught my eye. Though I have never had a Daily Deviation, my work has not been "Hot", I'm not remotely popular, I don't do fan art of anime/manga or mash-ups, I work traditionally, I don't understand a lot of the "in-jokes" on here.....I have and always will continue to push myself to be more well-rounded as a person and an artist. I will continue to learn new media, new techniques, draw upon new subject matter, and experiment with all of the above, plus 3.

Maybe one day I'll get that Daily Deviation. Or I'll "make it" (which is a great documentary by the way). Until then, I'm going to carry on as I have.
  • Mood: Stumped
  • Reading: Spectrum 21
  • Drinking: Water
Wow...

In a mere 12 hours here in New Jersey, it will be 2015. By March, I will have been a member of this site for 10 years (damn!). What does this new year hold?

Who knows; I'm only along for the ride.

Cheers mates.
  • Mood: Stumped
  • Reading: Spectrum 21
  • Drinking: Water
Hello all-

Some questions for y'all to field:

- How popular are they? Do you find yourself doing a lot, a little, none?

- What do you charge for commissioned work on them?

Thanks,

~Nick~
  • Mood: Stuck
  • Listening to: "Stand Up and Shout"- Dio
  • Reading: Marvel Comics- The Untold Story
  • Drinking: Water
Hello everyone:

Seems like the theme of my journal entries this year is "been a long time blah blah blah". Again, I do come by every day to dA and scope the art landscape, seeing what new work lays on the horizon. Some thoughts on stuff-

- The new dA logo? Eh, the less said the better.

- Very slow year for conventions. I only did one and just a few in-store appearances. I had to step back from shows. I got burnt out and burned financially in 2013, so I laid low and decided to take a sabbatical. I will be doing some shows in 2015; which ones I don't quite know yet.

- Was nominated at my school for Teacher Of The Year. Obviously didn't get it, but still cool none-the-less.

- I post regularly on Instagram (NickMockoviak). I f you want to see some in-progress pics, check out my account and add me.

- Enrolled in a watercolor painting class this year. My work jumped in quality. Very eager to continue learning and growing.

- Still noodling away on my picture book.

- Do you ever feel that you find yourself falling into an endless pattern of looking for inspiration, motivation, "how-to" instruction, etc.....without ever actually making anything? Like, you become addicted to finding new things to motivate you like buying art books, prints- but you don't use that new found inspiration to produce? That's been me all year.


Here's to a productive 2015.
  • Mood: Stuck
  • Listening to: "Stand Up and Shout"- Dio
  • Reading: Marvel Comics- The Untold Story
  • Drinking: Water
Wow.....I think I walked into some cobwebs here. Goes to show how long it's been since I updated anything.

I do check dA every day; I just don't post as much here. I've gone into those reasons in various past journal entries, so I won't beat a dead horse. I've been sketching quite a bit and posting it on my Instagram account, so go check out what I've been up to over there (NickMockoviak is my username). And to call back to a post in March last year, I've finally stopped dragging my feet and started organizing my thoughts as to creating a children's book. I'm doing research on creating one and gathering as much information as I can so that the book(s) have a good chance at being successful. Again, no concrete announcement until I have some tangible proof of my efforts.

Hope all is well with y'all.

~Nick~
  • Mood: Stuck
  • Listening to: "Stand Up and Shout"- Dio
  • Reading: Marvel Comics- The Untold Story
  • Drinking: Water
Hi everyone:

Man.....I should attempt to keep this place updated. I just realized that I'm 10 pageviews away from 100,000 views. Took me over 9 years to do it, bit hey.....that's something right? Perhaps 2 years ago it would have been a bigger deal to me, but now.......meh. I do appreciate all the views and comments and likes and such. In a way, deviantART has pushed me to become a better artist. Being on here has forced me to constantly create, engage with fellow artists, network, and inspire me with TONS of art posted every day. For that, I will always be thankful for being a member of this website.

In my 9 years here, I have seen shifts in who posts, what gets "hot", and who leaves. I have 591 watchers...though I doubt many of them are active on here anymore. I most likely have 10 active ones and the others have gone by the wayside. I sometimes wonder why I'm still here on this site. I guess out of a sense of loyalty? Beats me.

Does it surprise anyone with what is "popular" on here? I know I have posted on here several times about this, but it never ceases to befuddle me as to the whims of the denizen of dA. I see what's "popular" and the "Daily Deviation", and most times I shake my head. Soft-core nude pics? Melted crayons? Pseudoreasonings for DDs? Am I really now the old fart of this site? Maybe I should take a picture of my markers and post them...they might get me pageviews, as opposed to a drawing done with said markers.

You may agree with all of, part of, or none of this rant. Just some observations and braindroppings from an old dAer.

~Nick~
  • Mood: Approval
  • Listening to: "Stand Up and Shout"- Dio
  • Reading: iPad for Artists
  • Drinking: Water
Man, it's a lllooooooooonnnggggg time since I've been on here. Is anyone still out there?

Anyway, here are the places you can find me:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheArtOfNickM…
Tumblr: nickmockoviak.tumblr.com/
Twitter: [@]nickmockoviak
Instagram: instagram.com/nickmockoviak

And of course, still here on dA.

Be good!
  • Mood: Approval
  • Reading: Spectrum 20
  • Drinking: Water
Hi everyone:

Yes, I am still here. My art postings have mainly shifted to Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter. I feel that DA has served its purpose for me. I don't know how much more active I will be on here.

As well, I've been in a weird art spot as of late. I reduced my con schedule dramatically this year to just one (might go up to about three). I don't have any real motivation to create anything, yet I do want to create. Been more "meh". It's a horrible mentality, I know. I guess I've focused more on my job, and that has taken some drive from me.

That's about it for now.
  • Mood: Approval
  • Reading: Spectrum 20
  • Drinking: Water
Well....

I have made it 30 years on this rock.

Fock yeah!!!

Now....I should get some art going, eh?
  • Mood: Approval
  • Drinking: Water
Hello all:

Man, it has been some time since I last posted a journal up here. As with many artists, I have turned more to Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and now Instagram to post my work. That doesn't mean that I won't post here, but I really feel that deviantART has shifted in terms of what or who gets noticed and attention. I post much more frequently on Facebook and Tumblr, so if you like my work and are on those sites, I would recommend you follow me there.

This year has been an "okay" year. In terms of going to cons, it wasn't my best year. I lost a lot of money at shows or barely broke even. For 2014, I don't plan on attending a lot of shows as I begin to shift my attention elsewhere: primarily on doing printed work. I have some scripts for comics that need some illustrating, as well as working on my own book. Hopefully everything pans out for the best.

In terms of skills, I feel that this has been one of my better years. I focused on developing my marker technique and I feel that it shows in a lot of my work this year. I would like to work on other techniques and incorporating different styles into my work; to break the mold and create some fresh art that challenges me.

As far as my activity on here goes..........again, I plan on keeping this account active. Who knows- maybe I ditch everything and stay here, but I see less and less posts. The goal is to have my own website. We shall see.

Have a happy (fill in the blank)!!!

~Nick~
  • Mood: Approval
  • Listening to: UFO- "Rock Bottom"
  • Drinking: Water
Hello one and all:

Before I begin, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of my art, be it with comments, faves, or watches. As I continue to push myself and my skill set, I encourage all with their critiques and comments; as that is the way one learns and grows.

Anyway, here's today's main presentation:

The Bucket List. Ya know, I never understood what a "bucket list" was until the movie of the same name came out. Soon after, I saw all sorts of "bucket lists" popping up online and people listing what they wanted to do, or where they wanted to travel to, foods to eat, whatever. I never really sat down and thought of an actual "bucket list" for myself. Little did I realize that I did have one- I just never ascribed the term "bucket list" to my art goals in my life. Without further delay, here is my Bucket List:

- Cover of G-Fan magazine
- Work featured in Spectrum
- Official Garfield artwork
- Develop my own IP's, be it a comic book or picture book
- Official cover for Marvel or DC, or any major comic book publisher
- Official Godzilla artwork
- Official Universal Monster artwork
- Be on a sketch card set

I'm sure this list will grow over the duration of time, but it's a start. Do you have a Bucket List?

Be good y'all.
~Nick~
Hello Boys and Girls-

Going to drop some thoughts from my grey matter........
What blows my mind is how some artwork you make resonates with people. At times, there seems to be no rhyme or reason for what people like. You can damn near kill yourself making a piece that will barely get noticed, yet fart out a doodle in 5 minutes and be met with praise. The flip side is also true where you hit on all 8 cylinders and people really appreciate your work. T
here's really no gauge of what's on target and what's not. I re-activated my Tumblr nickmockoviak.tumblr.com/ and have posted my art on there. The Doctor Who villains sketches were a hit; the actual 10th Doctor drawing hasn't gained any ground. I posted my Godzilla drawing there a few weeks ago and nothing.....until earlier this week. Exploded with likes and re-blogs. It's boggling what tickles people and what dies on the vine.

What's your thoughts on "brand loyalty"? Will you use only a certain brand when it comes to your art supplies? I feel that to a degree we all have our favorites of something. I've been pretty partial lately to ShinHan Touch markers. Does that mean I don't like Copics or Prismacolor? No, but I'm all-in when it comes to my markers. Same with pencils, erasers, paper..... I think after some time, you start to develop a relationship with a brand. I don't have a problem using other brands, but hey- I like what I use for a reason.

Don't be shy- share and engage in dialogue.

  • Mood: Approval
  • Listening to: Crickets chriping
  • Watching: WWE
  • Drinking: Double Cola
Hello all:

It's been some time since I wrote a "Growing Pains of Art" journal. This topic has been on my mind for quite some time, so indulge in my ranting and musings. Feel free to add to the conversation.

Inspiration versus perspiration. How much of each is needed to propel yourself forward and create? There are pro's and con's to each. With inspiration, your creative side is easily  stimulated and productivity increases. Exploration of different techniques and styles is greeted and encouraged; your work grows and output increases. Anything from music to headline news to other artwork can be the source for inspiration. But as we all know, the muses can be fickle. Waiting for inspiration to come can be a long duration and a frustrating experience. So what is one to do when that is experienced?

Perspiration. Work. Just hunker down and do it. Creating isn't just waiting around for some spark to ignite your imagination- you have to DO it. Sit down, open your sketchbook, and draw. It won't be all masterpieces, but the gears will turn and once that happens, the motor will run and you will go forward. The drawback to this is that sometimes the work is meaningless. Even with getting yourself on a schedule, your output may be more arbitrary and without guide. It may be that what you do becomes a chore.

So, what's the magic formula to make it work all the time? I don't know. Personally, you need a healthy dose of both. Getting warmed up and doing "meaningless" scribbles can let your mind wonder freely, thus opening up that channel of creativity. If you're in a creative mood, everything flows much better.

As Jerome K. Moore is apt to say, "Your mileage may vary."
  • Listening to: Metallica- "Some Kind Of Monster"
  • Watching: Paint dry
  • Eating: Fiber One stuff
  • Drinking: Water
Hello all:

I will be at the Baltimore Comic Con (making this my 6th appearance) in Artist Alley table 201. B'more is a special show, as it was my first ever convention as a guest, so I treat it as my "home" show, my Wrestlemania. I will have prints, blank sketch covers, sketch cards, and of course will be accepting commissions. See you there!

~Nick~
  • Listening to: Metallica- "Shoot Me Again"
  • Watching: Time slipping into the future
  • Drinking: Coke
Hello everyone-

For selling your work online, where do you feel is the best place to do so? I have an Etsy set up, but my feeling is that illustration might not be the best place to sell such work. I have heard of Storenvy- has anyone tried that? Are there other places that are better situated to sell comic art/illustration? Any tidbits are welcomed.

~Nick~
  • Listening to: Metallica- "Shoot Me Again"
  • Watching: Time slipping into the future
  • Drinking: Coke
Hello:

These days, I am much more active on Facebook and by default, Twitter. My Art Page The Art of Nick Mockoviak www.facebook.com/TheArtOfNickM… is where you can see a lot of in progress pictures, convention sketches, and other work not posted here. If you're active on Twitter, my FB Page feed is linked to my account, so you get to see what's up. As well, I've re-activated my Tumblr page www.tumblr.com/blog/nickmockov…. Still working on it, but I'm on there...again.

I will still post here, but mainly finished work. If you do enjoy my work make sure to "like", "follow", or whatever function you do to follow my work.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheArtOfNickM…
Twitter: NickMockoviak
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/nickmockov…
Pinterest (forgot about this one!): pinterest.com/nickmockoviak/bo…

Thank you, and feel free to stalk me wherever fits you most.

~Nick~
  • Listening to: Metallica- "Shoot Me Again"
  • Watching: Time slipping into the future
  • Drinking: Coke
Hello everyone:

I will be at the Boston Comic Con this weekend, set up in Artist Alley table 855. I will have prints, sketch cards, blank sketch covers, and always will be available for commissions.

See you guys there!

~Nick~
  • Listening to: Metallica- "Shoot Me Again"
  • Watching: Time slipping into the future
  • Drinking: Coke

Hello everyone-


I will try to keep this as organized and as succinct as possible. I have complied my markers and have made comparisons with them on different papers using different factors. As well, I have broken down each marker component that one might want to consider when purchasing.

Without further delay, let's get this show on the road.

Copic
  • Available Nibs: Bullet, Chisel, Brush, Calligraphy
  • Replacement Nibs: Yes
  • Refillable Ink: Yes
  • Body Design: Square (Original), Oval (Sketch/Wide), Cylinder (Ciao)
  • Odor: Low to none
  • Color Selection: 366 plus ability to create custom colors
  • Accessories: Empty marker and ink bottle for custom colors, airbrush system for Original/Sketch markers, Carrying case/wallet
  • Price: Single marker prices from $5.49-$7.99
  • Availability: Wide, can be found easily online and in big chain art/craft stores
  • Color Vibrancy: High
  • Ink Bleed: Very little if any
  • Blending/Coloring Notes: Very easy to blend, colors lay in translucent layers. Can appear streaky and need multiple layers to achieve flat areas. Chisel and brush tips can wear out easily from excessive use.

ShinHan Touch
  • Available Nibs: Bullet, Chisel, Brush
  • Replacement Nibs: Yes
  • Refillable Ink: Yes
  • Body Design: Square (Older model), Square with aerodynamic design (newer/brush)
  • Odor: Low to none
  • Color Selection: 204
  • Accessories: Carrying case/wallet
  • Price: Single marker prices from $3.40-$4.30
  • Availability: Narrow, available online at select merchants
  • Color Vibrancy: High
  • Ink Bleed: Very little if any
  • Blending/Coloring Notes: Easy to blend, colors lay in translucent layers. Some chisel tips have a drag resistance, therefore making the swipes streaky. Brush nibs can wear out easily from excessive use.

Prismacolor
  • Available Nibs: Bullet, Chisel, Brush
  • Replacement Nibs: No
  • Refillable Ink: No
  • Body Design: Cylinder, newer models have lip on caps to prevent rolling
  • Odor: Low
  • Color Selection: 200
  • Accessories: Digital Color Coordinator (enter digital values in either RGB, CMYK, or HEXcode to find closest matching marker color), Carrying case/wallet
  • Price: Single marker prices from $3.49-$5.99
  • Availability: Wide, can be found easily online and in big chain art/craft stores
  • Color Vibrancy: Medium High to High
  • Ink Bleed: Medium
  • Blending/Coloring Notes: Easy to blend, colors lay in translucent layers. Chisel tip is very durable and can be used to achieve three different line weights. While marker is not refillable, you can "recharge" the marker by removing the nib and placing 91% rubbing alcohol into the barrel. Color opacity is easy to achieve.


Spectrum Noir
  • Available Nibs: Bullet, Chisel
  • Replacement Nibs: Yes
  • Refillable Ink: Yes
  • Body Design: Square
  • Odor: Low to Medium
  • Color Selection: 168
  • Accessories: Carrying case/wallet
  • Price: 6 pack for $14.99 (not sold in singles)
  • Availability: Narrow, available at some online merchants and in-store at AC Moore
  • Color Vibrancy: Medium to Medium High
  • Ink Bleed: Heavy
  • Blending/Coloring Notes: Easy to blend, can achieve a smooth transition due to saturation (recommended for larger areas). Colors lay in semi-translucent layers. Repeated layering of colors in same area causes ink to spread and bleed. Nibs wear out easily from average use.


Chartpak AD
  • Available Nibs: Chisel
  • Replacement Nibs: No
  • Refillable Ink: No
  • Body Design: Cylinder
  • Odor: High
  • Color Selection: 100
  • Accessories: Carrying case/wallet
  • Price: Single marker prices from $2.82-$4.40
  • Availability: Wide online at big art suppliers
  • Color Vibrancy: Medium to Medium High
  • Ink Bleed: Very Heavy
  • Blending/Coloring Notes: Easy to blend, saturation can be used to create smooth transition. Recommended for large areas (backgrounds) due to high bleed. Colors lay in semi-translucent layers. Repeated layering of colors in same area causes ink to spread and bleed. Nibs are very durable and can be used to achieve three different line weights.

Overall Notes:
If you're a marker snob and need the best, I would lean towards Copic or ShinHan. Both are nearly identical when I tested them. I've done many work with both and have been pleased. If you're impressed with all the gimmicks, go with Copic. If you want quality but at a good price, go with ShinHan. To me, Prismacolor are the old "stand-by"; they have never failed me and are the ones that to me scream "Illustration". If you're on a tight budget or need markers for backgrounds, I would say Spectrum Noir. They do have a high bleed and can get splotchy, but for the price it's what you expect and pay for. I will say that the Spectrum Noir Colorless Blender is the best when it comes to lifting ink away. Chartpak's odor is enough to cause migraines, but can be useful in coloring in large areas or getting different effects from the bleed.

Which is the best? That's a matter of opinion. Whatever you can afford, have access to, feels right in your hand, blends easiest with your paper, etc. I'm a marker junkie, so they all have a place in my studio and work.
  • Listening to: "Somewhere Far Beyond"- Blind Guardian
  • Watching: Time slipping into the future
  • Drinking: Coke
Hey everyone!

Wow......time sure does keep marching on, regardless of if we want it to or not.
I want to thank everyone for the incredible response to the Doctor Who series. I really did not anticipate such a positive response, so my thanks to all of you for checking out my work, faving it, commenting, and all that good stuff. I keep this up because you guys feed my desire to keep improving and challenging myself.

With the school year ending (man, it was just yesterday that it started!) and summer camp starting, I will shift my focus to commissions and prints for cons. Right now, I will be attending Boston Comic Con August 3-4 and Baltimore Comic-Con September 7-8. If all goes well, I might end up at Rhode Island Comic Con in November as well. I can't say how active I will be on here, but I am always on Facebook with my Page (The Art of Nick Mockoviak www.facebook.com/TheArtOfNickM…) posting in-progress pics and other work I don't post here. I am also working on blank comic covers, so I will post some of those up here to give you a taste of what I've been cooking.

As far as the children's book and comic strips, those have stalled out. They're not dead, but placed in the queue docket. Believe me, once they're on the board, it'll be onwards and upwards.

If I don't see you on here, I'll see you on Facebook!

:headbang:
~Nick~
  • Playing: With the dog
  • Drinking: Water
Hello everyone-

First, thank you to everyone who has added me to their watch list, both old and new. It's great that people like my work enough to follow it and see it grow.

More and more of my activities have been on Facebook. If you haven't added me as a friend yet, or "like" my page The Art of Nick Mockoviak www.facebook.com/TheArtOfNickM…, I encourage you to do so. I post all of my artwork there, as well as convention sketches and other commissions not posted here. I will still post here and stay active, but more and more of my energy has been on the Facebook and Twitter (NickMockoviak).

Some status updates on projects: the concept for the children's book has been pretty much figured out. Now I have to do the hard part- writing it. This is going to be the hardest part for me, but should be rewarding in the end.
As well, I've been working on some ideas for comic strips. Dunno how it's going to ultimately shape up; might be two separate strips.

As well, I'm working on getting my Etsy store up and running. I'm aiming to have it a go by June. I'm working on some artwork to put up there, mainly sketch covers, sketch cards, and commissions. When it's live, I'll let you know.

Prepping for some cons later this summer. Have some ideas in mind for prints, so that artwork will find itself here as well. :D

Be good, and I'll see you soon.

~Nick~