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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!
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  • Reading: Spectrum 20
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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.
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  • 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?
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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~
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  • Listening to: UFO- "Rock Bottom"
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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.

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  • Watching: WWE
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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
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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~
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  • 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~
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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~
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  • 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~
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  • Listening to: Metallica- "One" (live)
  • Playing: With the dog
  • Drinking: Water
Greetings everyone-

So, it's halfway through March (!) and man.....things are moving like they always do- too fast when you need time to slow down, and never slow enough to get your act together. That's what I've been doing since the beginning of the year: getting my act together. Not just on the art side, but all-around. I've managed to shave 17 pounds off my frame and run my fastest 5K last week, and damn- that makes me proud. I've got a banged up knee and wicked tinnitus, but trained smart (and hard) and accomplished something I thought I couldn't do. Next on the list: Run For Your Life in June, possibly a Color Me Rad run in July, and the pay-off: Tough Mudder in October. I've been lax this week with my training because I had my wisdom teeth removed, but it's time to get back on the wagon.

With my art....I don't know guys. It's certainly progressing- to where, I couldn't tell you at all. It's scary, exciting, dangerous even. To me, I feel like the concoction has almost all the ingredients; just a few more and then time for it to ferment. What's the game plan for all these animal sketches and other sketches coming down the line? I'm looking to collect all of them for an art book of some sort- most likely a sketchbook. So while this has been going on, I've been ever-so-slowly figuring out two projects I would like to get off the ground this year: a children's book and comic strips. Again, I don't want to give you (and me) false promises that I can't keep and make announcements that ultimately amount to nothing. Once the projects are tangible and have stable form, I will elaborate on them in detail and jam them down your throats. :P For now, they are still scribbles and notes.

There is one thing I want all of you to do for me: keep me accountable. Ask me every once in a while about the progress of the projects. No need to be a dick and harass me everyday, but like once a month ask about them. It will keep me motivated to work on them knowing people are interested. And hey- ask me about my fitness too. As I stated a couple of journals ago, we're in this together. Let's help each other out.

Now, I've got some sketching to do. Be good and take great care of yourself and each other.
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  • Listening to: Halestorm- "I Miss The Misery"
  • Drinking: Water and Mexican Coke
Hello everyone-

Thank you all so much for the faves and comments on my animal series. I really didn't expect a lot of response from them (as much of my work doesn't have much response), but the support has been very reaffirming to me.

Thanks again, and I hope to keep up the good work!

~Nick~
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  • Listening to: Halestorm- "I Miss The Misery"
  • Drinking: Water and Mexican Coke
Time to plug some show appearances! I will be at the Comic Geek Speak Super Show in Reading, PA on April 6th and 7th. Two weeks later I will be in Beantown for the Boston Comic April 20th and 21st. I am taking pre-con commissions- $75 for 11"x17", $40 for 9"x12", and sketch covers (price TBD). Message me for details.

See you out there!
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  • Listening to: Halestorm- "I Miss The Misery"
  • Drinking: Water and Mexican Coke
Some thoughts I would like to share with everyone: for me, the biggest battle with my "inspiration" for creating art has been me. I have this huge trepidation with "what if"- what if I drew this picture this way or that way, what if I used this composition, what if this succeeds or fails?- and so on. I sit and speculate on these "what if?" so much that I don't do anything. That has been my biggest drawback.

I have had some fantastic discussions with many artists about this- Jon Riggle :iconjonriggle: the most- and have come out wiser and ready to throw down. I would like to pass on some encouragement to all my friends, be it visual artists, writers, actors, musicians, etc:
- Establish a set of goals for yourself. Something achievable that will give you a sense of accomplishment, something that is progressively more challenging, and one "big" yet plausible goal.
- Get yourself on a schedule/routine. It's working out, but instead of reps or cardio you focus on making something.
- Accept that you will have good days and bad days. You're not a failure for being "uninspired".
- It takes time to adapt to your routine and to develop the desired skill sets. Don't quit.
- Don't be afraid to go in a different direction and challenge yourself. That's how you grow and develop.

I type these words not just for you, but also for myself. Let's all remember and push for greater heights, together.
Hey everyone:

Does anything else have issues from time to time with doing art? Like, you can't seem to motivate yourself or commit to making something? I've been feeling less and less motivated to sit down and create anything. I don't know exactly why I feel this way, but I've allowed myself to get distracted and not make anything.

Anyone else feel that way, or have?

~Nick~
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  • Listening to: Machine Head- "Who We Are"
  • Drinking: Water
Greetings all!

Let's see how many people respond to this: I will do one (maybe two, depending on response) 5"x7" color head sketch for free.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Here's what you need to do: comment below and make sure you "like" my page on Facebook between now and January 23. (www.facebook.com/TheArtOfNickM… I will then collect all the names and pick one at random.

Good luck!
~Nick~