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Thanks,

Josh
Hi all,

I've been working on two comics for almost a year now. One is more of a personal project that I'm working on with a local writer. He and I have been getting ready to launch a kickstarter, but we may end up having to post pone it until next year. The book is called Rock Slingers (formally called Busterville).

The other book is Steamroma. I'm now 73 pages into this project and I'm four pages away from finishing the second book. Each volume is over 30 pages. I think there are three more books. As far as I know I'll be working on all the books.

I'm also reading one of Terry Brooks latest books The High Druid’s Blade. So far I love it. I've even drawn some of the characters for fun.

Thanks,

Josh
I posted this on my blog last year and I thought I'd post it again.
 
If I had a time machine and could talk to my younger self.

Dear 12 year old self,

Wow, look how young I look, I mean you look. Look, first off, shut up. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Sorry, I’m old and frustrated with all the mistakes I’ve made, which you hopefully will avoid. Now, you’re going to make mistakes in your general life, but that will lead you to some of the greatest times too, so don’t worry about that. All I’m here to talk about is your art.

This might be a shocker, but you don’t draw comics for a living. You make some good money drawing part time, but I’m better off working a day job and drawing comics at night. At least that’s how it worked out for me. Maybe that will be different for you. You’ll end up meeting and seeing a lot of great talent throughout your life, but don’t get frustrated or turned off because you’re not as good as they are. They can be helpful in inspiring you to do better. They don’t have more talent, they have just figured out some things you haven’t yet and their art is the result of hard work and dedication. 90% of an artist’s craft is hard work, the rest is talent. Everyone has a little talent, what we do with it is the important thing.

Draw what you like, not what you think others will like. Don’t worry about everyone liking your work. There are those who will hate it, love it, and some will just not care about it. You don’t have to please everyone, and more importantly you have to like it. That’s how you grow as an artist. Do what you love and put in 100% of your effort into each piece. Finally, and this is an important one, be patient. Your time will come soon enough. Live life, be with your family, enjoy the time you have, and never stop drawing. Even if you’re not doing it seriously for a long time, once you do get back into it your muscle memory will kick in and you’ll be back in action in no time.

Let’s go back to patience. Every piece of art should be thought out and executed with precision. You should put your work down before you’re finished with each stage of its construction. Each time you come back to the drawing you’ll find something you can correct, make better or keep the same. This can help to mold your thought process too. You’ve always inked your work, from day one, so keep doing that. Keep experimenting with different kinds of brushes, nibs and pens. Once you get a feel for the style you love you’ll find the right tools for the job.

Lastly, you will not miss out on anything. Every missed chance you have to break into the industry will not be the last. There are always opportunities around the corner waiting to present themselves. You just need to focus on the art. Keep pushing your boundaries, from comic art to fine art. That’s right, you end up getting a fine art degree, but that comes much later.

Obviously I can’t tell my younger self this stuff, but I am reminding myself of what I’ve learned over the years and hopefully someone will read this and get something good from it.

Josh

The book I did the cover for is finally out. Please check it out Deap Snow - Narrow Path.

 

I have bought it and I'm reading it now. Hope you like it.

 

Josh

I'm just putting it out there that I'm doing a webcomic called Boosterville. We are at the very beginning stages at this point, but I was paid to do the first 10 pages and hopefully if things work I'll be doing this gig for awhile to come. I'll be posting regular updates on my blog at www.comicbookculture.com

Thanks,

Josh

After I finished my degree I was so relieved I didn't even think about moving into freelancing again. I just thought, "I'm finished. No more school." I've never been high before, but it has to feel something like that. Now my sights are set on making some good of this degree. Not that this degree is going to land me some great job, but I figure that it is a good motivator to make some money and pay back student loans.

I've done two book covers since my graduation now and I'm beginning to reach out to some of my old clients to do work. I may have some things lining up, but nothing concrete yet.

Anyone want a commission? Send me an email at artistjoshmills@gmail.com if you're interested.
 
Thanks,
 
Josh
 

  • Reading: Uncanny X-Men
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Drinking: water
It feels so good to be finished with this degree--BA in Visual Art. I started my first experience in college with this degree in mind, but ended up going for a career in a more stable work environment. 10 years after I switched my major and I finally felt it was time to get the art degree. This degree took me a little longer than I would have liked, 2.5 years. I could only transfer 70 credits, so I needed to finish 60 at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). I would have finished in 2 years if I didn't take that one summer off. Oh well.

Now I'm back to doing freelance and commissions.

Josh
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  • Playing: with my feet
  • Drinking: water
My last semester has began and while I had thought I might be able to coast through it, I was wrong. Lots of work to do, but I will enjoy these last classes as they are my last...unless I get a masters.

Josh
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  • Playing: with my feet
  • Drinking: water
Another semester has started and apart from a few classes I'm finished with my degree. I can't graduate until Spring of next year, because I have to take this professional seminar that is only offered once a year.

I'm working on a portfolio piece for Marvel, so I'll be posting that up as I get them finished.

Josh
  • Reading: books
  • Playing: with my feet
  • Drinking: water
I was just looking at my Deviant page and realized I haven't updated a journal in some time, so here we go. I'm finishing the semester, only to begin a new one right away. However, it shouldn't be all that bad, seeing as I'm doing one class at a time. Normally I wouldn't do a summer semester, because I like to take time off and rejuvenate, but I'm almost finished with school and I had to take one less class this semester due to my work schedule.  

Right now I'm working on some pages for one of the big time comic companies, who have asked me to work on a submission sample of their own. I had a few pages they saw, but they want me to try their sample script. If all goes well I'll get to do some paid work for them. I'll try to post a few pages this month of the sample pages I'm doing.

I'm too tired to think of anything else to write.

Josh
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  • Playing: with my feet
  • Drinking: water
So I'll be at NDK all this weekend. If you're going to be there please stop by artist alley and say hi. I'll be with Squidworks. I'll be doing another panel this year on Pinup Anatomy Secrets in the Aspen room.

Check out this link: Squid Works at NDK

Here is the link to my Pin-up Anatomy Secrets.
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  • Playing: with my feet
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Back in school and another full load ahead of me too. I told myself I wouldn't do three classes anymore, because I'm working full time, drawing comics and I have a family. So, what changed? I changed my degree first off. For the better. I'm finishing a degree I started out doing way back when I started going to school. I changed from art to engineering a while ago, because of various reasons. My jobs have always been dealing with technology or machining and I figured getting an engineering degree made sense.

However, jobs change, but one thing that hasn't is my love for art. I have had jobs from machinist to computer technician and that likely will never change, but one thing that stays the same is my love for art or more specifically comics. So, I'm finishing a degree in visual arts. I'm pretty close to finishing, so there isn't a lot of work to do. However, time is always a factor, so I will likely have three years before I'm finished, because I'm going to school part time.

I'm excited for this semester. I'm taking advanced drawing, some core VA course and a 3D-Studio class. Nine credits in all. Fortunately I was able to get a lot of my classes transferred from other colleges I've gone to in the past. Three to be exact. I majored in art for a year before I changed to engineering and that was a long time ago, so I wasn't expecting to get so many classes excepted. Obviously the math and computer science stuff didn't help, which I had a lot of, but no problem. I still think all those classes were very helpful in my career in IT.

Okay, time to study.

Josh
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  • Playing: with my feet
  • Drinking: water
I'm almost finished with the pencils for A Rose for A Rose and then I'm going to start on Space and Time. I've got another project lined up to start after Space and Time with some friends at college. Hopefully I can get that one started soon and start posting some news about that, because I'm really looking forward to it.

Josh
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  • Reading: books
  • Watching: TV
  • Playing: with my feet
  • Eating: food
  • Drinking: water
Hello all,

I'm in school again. I have a degree, but I guess I want another one. O_O I'm also working on the new SyFy story called A Rose for A Rose (written by Mike Poaloni and art by me), which is a remake of Beauty and the Beast; and I work full time in IT. It seems like a lot, but I use google calendar to keep me on track and I even have time to spend with the family. I just have to not watch TV and sometimes not sleep.

Back to work I go!

Josh
Hope everyone has a great birthday for Jesus Christ.
I've been thinking about why my art isn't up to par. That is, my work seems to be okay, but isn't taking anyone anywhere they haven't already been, if you know what I mean. After I draw a page I'm like "this is pretty good." A few days later it's like the piece is something completely different. I'm seeing everything clearer and more importantly I'm seeing the mistakes I'm making.

I've told myself I won't go back and fix a piece, because it is what I wanted it to be at the time. If I keep going back to every piece I'll never get anything done. Sometimes, though, I really want to go back and redraw it. Time leaves me with little choice in that matter. Bottom line, I have to move on and hope I can fix those mistakes on the next piece. Some times I fix them, but I think they end up coming back down the line.

I think it has to do with rushing through a piece. I know what I want to draw and then I want to get it done. I either get board with it or I need to move on to the next piece, so I rush it. How do I not rush through a piece? I've forced myself to slow down, but that doesn't seem to help. I still feel like I want to get it over with, rather than feeling like it is something worth doing.

Josh
For the fourth time in a row I've done the 24 Hour Comic Book Challenge. This time I did it with no plans at all, which left me with little time to think about something good, but I think it turned out okay. I might even continue the story next year. It was physically more demanding for me and I'm not sure I'll make it next year, but I'm still recovering, so who knows what will happen next year.

If you want to see the whole thing you can go to my facebook page and look at the album.

My facebook page: www.facebook.com/artistjosh

Josh
  • Drinking: Coffee
I'm going to be sitting with Squid Works at Nan Desu Kan this weekend and today. I'll also be in some panels. I think one of them is a draw off. It should be fun.

I'll be selling some of my books too. Sketch book and Outbound Volume 1. A few other books I've been apart of too.

Hope to see you there.

Josh
  • Drinking: Coffee
I'll be sitting with Squidworks in the small press area. I will have a banner up there, so look for that. Please stop by the booth to say hi. I'll be selling some of my comics and doing sketches when I can.

I'll be at K-14 in Small Press.

Here is a banner that I'll have up at the booth.
josh mills,comic,sdcc,san diego comic con,art,comic art
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  • Reading: what I type
  • Watching: computer
  • Playing: work
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  • Drinking: Coffee
My brother and sister-in-law just had their baby this morning and I can't think of a better day for their son to be born.

Happy 4th to everyone!

Josh
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  • Drinking: water