Hi Fabien. I love your work. I have a question. Are your comics available in English in the U.S.?
Thanks ! My very first comic book is available in english. It’s “the TIKITIS” written by Jerry Frissen. It’s available here !
And unfortunately Agito Cosmos is not available in english yet …
Hey there, my roomie and I have been following you and Gobi for a little while now and we lovin' you guys' stuff. Quick question for you in regards to brushes. I understand the idea that brushes don't REALLY matter in terms of making cool things, but in your case how picky are you when choosing a brush in whatever program you are painting in? Thanks in advance
Hey, thanks !
Brushes don’t matter but some brushes REALLY matter !Honnestly, I’m an awfull painter, when I have to take paper, gouaches, pastels… it’s a nightmare. Computers and drawing softwares saved my artistic life ! At first my digital work was very cold, I tried to change that when a friend gave me a set of brushes. One of them changed radically my work process. It forced me to let things go and to free my colour work.
Today, we can find a lot of incredible brushes, it’s insane !
My two favorites: http://digitalbrushes.tumblr.com/ (free and awesome)
Here is an exemple of 100%digital colouring (Kyle’s watercolour set) :
Kolb and Gadiou from Agito Cosmos !
how do you make the colours on your drawings so soft and warm looking? Like, Claude the werewolfs fur and clothes and everything. Sorry if this has been asked before, your page took forever to load so I just went straight to ask x
Honestly I don’t think there’s a method to know how to choose colour. It’s something that comes with work and sensibility. You’ve got to watch everything carefully, and when you’re moved by something special, try to analyse what pleases you in what you see.
One of my first esthetic shock about colours was “the sleeping beauty” for example.
Good luck and have fun !
Hello Mr. Mense! I really love your work and your style. You seem to also be extremely humble and hard-working, and I admire that. A quick question: How do you deal with "art blocks" or times when you just feel stuck or lacking in motivation? How do you keep your ideas fresh? Especially as a comic artist, when you have schedules to keep and deadlines to make. Do you have any advice for artists struggling to stay consistent and avoid really bad "dry spells"?
Sometimes everything is easy, evrything comes fast and it’s almost magical, like a transe… but most of the times work is work and you’ve got to struggle to achieve your goal.
And in the worst days, nothing comes, no ideas, no fluidity, it’s like you don’t know how to draw anymore. When that’s the case, I go out and I do something else. There is nothing to do.
There is another case of art block, it’s longer, it seems blurry and you don’t have any motivation to work on your projects. Working on long project can be exhausting, especially in comics. My solution in this case is to find quick pleasure on something else. I need to surprise myself. I usually start an illustration or a character design, totaly free, no story, no pressure, I need to feel the pleasure of free creation, I try some new style etc…Usualy it works and I come back to my project, happy to see my characters and my good old universe.
The best way to avoid art block is to avoid to stay focused on yourself, you’ve got to watch what’s going on everywhere else, what are doing other artists (tumblr is so great for that), see movies etc…
I was having a really cruddy morning, but looking at your art stuff has lifted my mood. Thanks so much. Your art is wonderful :)
That’s certainly the nicest thing I heard today. Thank you to ! (it’s a good boost for a long day of work) Cheers!