SC COMICON – March 21-22

HEROESCON – June 19-21

Wow, that’s a short schedule.

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This is why I have twitter. I’m not one for words, so sometimes I leave my blog sitting untouched for half a year.  But if I need to share an inane thought that no one really needs to know, by golly, I will shout it from the rooftops in 140 characters or less.

Here’s something not inane:  I’m going to have a table at SC Comicon in Greenville, SC on March 21-22!  I didn’t have a table last year because I found out about it somewhat late and had a lot going on, but I did go for a couple hours on that Sunday and it was awesome!  It’s hosted by Borderlands, which also happens to be the comic shop I frequent most.  It’s really exciting to have a good comics-focused convention in my hometown.  Hopefully I’ll get to see you all there!

Ruby Red is still on hiatus, though I am working on the pages.  I’ve actually updated that blog a couple times in the past couple months, but the short story is that I want to put more effort into the details in the artwork, but that takes longer, but it’s a free web comic so y’know, yeah.  There’s also other stuff and things that distract from the main point, but I am not walking away from RR until the story is finished.  I’m just stubborn like that.

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This is where Kiara and I will be at HeroesCon – table AA-623:

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I will be offering pencil and ink commissions, and there will also be prints, books, and buttons.  Come and find me!

Posted by pjeanniejean | 17 June, 2014 at 02:47 | Conventions | No comment

HeroesCon is coming up, and I will be sharing a table with Kiara again!  Copies of Ruby Red will be available for purchase, as will prints and commissions and buttons.

As of right now, we will be at table AA-623!

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Meanwhile, I am working on the next pages of Ruby Red.  The hiatus is going on a little longer than I anticipated, but Ruby Red will be back soon enough.  You can follow me on Twitter or Tumblr or Facebook if you want to be kept up to date on the progress of the comic (admittedly I don’t update facebook much, but I will with the things that matter).

See y’all at the con!

Posted by pjeanniejean | 8 June, 2014 at 21:05 | Comics, Conventions, Ruby Red | No comment

NashiCon is coming up in less than three weeks!  What!  Kiara and I will be at Table E.  E stands for Excellent, Extraordinary, Excelsior, Exterminate–wait, sorry, scratch that last one.  The point is, we’re awesome and you will be too if you come around to see us.

We will also be sharing a table at HeroesCon in June, though the table number remains a mystery as of now.

Ruby Red will be going on hiatus during April and part of May, after this Friday’s comic.  However, you’ll be able to buy a physical copy of issues 1-3 (pages 1-63) this summer, after HeroesCon.  Copies will be available at both conventions, too.

This weekend is Winthrop’s Senior Design & Illustration Show!  Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it, but they have fantastic work and their speaker is Nathan Yoder, so it is going to be a fantastic evening for those lucky enough to go.

The days are getting longer, literally.  Goodbye, winter.


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Posted by pjeanniejean | 2 April, 2014 at 23:26 | Comics, Conventions, Illustration, Prints, Ruby Red | No comment

I will be in artist alley at NASHICON in Columbia, SC on April 19-20!  I’ll be sharing a table with another lovely artist, Kiara Williams! I am super excited!

I will also be at HEROESCON in Charlotte, NC on June 20-22!  I will keep you all updated as I find out more information. I have no idea what my table number is at either con, or what all I’ll be selling (obviously prints, sketch commissions, and physical copies of Ruby Red, but what else? Buttons? Bookmarks? My firstborn child? Any suggestions?)


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Posted by pjeanniejean | 2 February, 2014 at 01:01 | Comics, Conventions, Illustration | No comment

Happy (belated) Halloween!

So my birthday was on the 18th, and over the past couple weeks I’ve been buying myself a few presents here and there. I got the first volume of Lackadaisy a couple weeks ago, which is beautiful. Today I went to my local comic book store and bought Sandman: Overture. I also bought the first volume of RASL and the second of Saga. I’ve yet to read the latter two, and now I wish I hadn’t read Sandman because I have to wait until December for the next one. This is why I normally wait for collected editions. But this art, you guys… go look at this art.

As for my own comic… uh… well, I will definitely be back on the 11th, but I have not had time to do anything other than catch up. But it’ll be fine! It’ll probably be fine.  If you aren’t caught up, you can read it at RubyRedComic.com.

 


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Posted by pjeanniejean | 2 November, 2013 at 00:51 | Comics, Ruby Red | No comment

What are fonts and typefaces?

The distinction between font and typeface is that a font designates a specific member of a type family such as roman, boldface, or italic type, while typeface designates a consistent visual appearance or style which can be a “family” or related set of fonts. For example, a given typeface such as Arial may include roman, bold, and italic fonts.

 

How do I install them on a Windows PC?

There are several ways, but this is what I do (on Windows 7):

  1. Click the start menu button.
  2. Click on “Control Panel.”
  3. Click “Fonts.”
  4. Open the folder where you’ve saved your new font (usually the download folder) and paste it into the Fonts folder.
    • If your font is in a .zip file, you’ll have to unzip it.  You can either use a program like Winzip (which has a free trial you can download repeatedly), or you can right-click the file, go to “open with,” and open the .zip file with Windows Explorer.
    • You should probably close any running programs while doing this.
How do I install them on a Mac?

Clicky clicky.  Or clicky clicky here. I don’t own a mac right now (boo) so there’s no specific way I go about it.

 

What’s the difference between TrueType, OpenType, and PostScript fonts?

If you just want a font that prints well and is easy to read on the screen, then consider using a TrueType font. If you need a large character set for language coverage and fine typography, then you might want to use an OpenType font. If you need to print professional quality print publications, such as glossy magazines, or you need to do commercial printing, PostScript is a good choice.

And here’s Adobe’s slightly longer but still brief explanation.

 

Where can I get free fonts?

There are lots of free fonts out there, and if you’re as broke as I am, you are thankful for this.  I usually bookmark places I find, so I’ll share a few of them here.  Some of these are websites of font-creators, others are sites that aggregate content from other sites.

REMEMBER:  Even though these fonts are free to download, it’s up to you to double-check the license agreement for every font you use.  Some are free to use for commercial use, others are free for non-profit or independent projects, others are non-profit only.  Most creators will have their agreement either on their website or included in the .zip file as a .txt document

And if you want something that’s completely free and unique, you can always hand-letter.

If you’ve got any other sources or tidbits of information, feel free to add them in the comments!

(cross-posted from DA)


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Posted by pjeanniejean | 8 September, 2013 at 12:30 | Links, Resources | No comment | Tags: , , , ,

Today’s comic is up, as is Ruby Red’s web site!  I’ll be adjusting it here and there, adding and revising pages, but you can now keep up with the comic there instead of on my dA page (and I’m also uploading slightly bigger images than what’s on dA).  We’re currently in Issue 3, which has seven more pages left.

After that, I’m taking a short hiatus from updating the comic.  Reasons:

  1. I’ll be finishing up with Issue 4 shortly, but I want to get a little further ahead in Issue 5 before I start posting again.
  2. I want to do a short comic.  I’m not sure what it will be yet, or if it will be related to Ruby Red, but I need to stretch my creative muscles.
  3. I’m starting a new job at a costume shop, so I know I may be a little exhausted for the next couple of weeks while I learn the ropes.

So, I’ll still be making art, and probably uploading it too, but sometimes you just need to take a break.  I will still be around though and you can always give my email inbox a little attention if you’ve got any questions.


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Posted by pjeanniejean | 2 September, 2013 at 17:19 | Comics, Life, Ruby Red | No comment

We’ve started the third issue of Ruby Red. From now on you get to see work that was actually created this year.

I ordered a small postcard print from redbubble to check their quality. While I can’t say anything about their larger prints and other products (such as phone cases), the print I received seems to be pretty good quality. It’s very close to the colors of the original, perhaps with a very slightly pinker tint. But I think that’s something you’d only notice if you’d stared at the original piece for hours on end. I’ve got another painting in the works that will be up as a print soon enough.

Also, I made a links page for my tumblr and figured it’d be something to post here, in case anyone wanted a rundown on how I’m using social media:

MY WEBSITE– My art website. You can contact me through here, see my professional portfolio, or take bets on when I might actually update the site’s blog.

DEVIANTART– Another place for art. Most (but not all) of what’s on my website is here too, and this is where I post sketches and other nonprofessional art. It’s also currently where I post my comic, Ruby Red.

RUBY REDCurrently on deviant art, soon to be on a subdomain on my website (the one at the bottom of every page). Now on its own subdomain at my website! Updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

REDBUBBLE– Where you can buy prints of my work. I don’t have everything up here, so if there’s anything you want as a print please ask me and I will do my best to make it available!

FACEBOOK– I’ll update about projects I’m doing as well as post art here.

THREADLESS– I like making T-shirt designs sometimes.

TWITTER– This is the quickest way to get in contact with me. Be warned: personal opinions abound (including on such things as politics, religion, etc).

INSTAGRAM– Mostly cats.

TUMBLR– I mostly just reblog things that I agree with or that I find funny. Sometimes I post art. I also post personal opinions here (mostly in the form of reblogs) so you are warned. I try to tag my reblogs and non-art posts so if you’re only interested in art, you can use the tumblr savior add-on to block certain tags.



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Posted by pjeanniejean | 11 August, 2013 at 07:35 | Comics, Links, Prints, Resources, Ruby Red | No comment

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