15 Years, I Keep On Duckin'

Amelius at 12:13PM, Jan. 6, 2019



Oh what a coincidence, that my newspost day should fall upon the date of my 15th year on this very site! So naturally, on this anniversary, I'd like to open up and reflect on how the Duck has left a major impact on my life and work.

Every year ...



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Imitation Flavor

Amelius at 10:14AM, Dec. 30, 2018



The first thing you need to know before we get into this discussion is the following: You can't copyright a style. It's true! Copyright protects an artist's expression of an idea, but not the ideas themselves, the technique, or procedure in making that style. Keep that in ...

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Convergent Creation Part 2

Amelius at 12:21PM, Dec. 16, 2018




Last weekend we discussed that strange phenomenon of independent creation, where there's more than a passing resemblance to another work but it's not a case of plagiarism. Interestingly, not long after I posted that I saw not one but two instances of independent creation being brought up (though ...


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QUACKCAST 402 - Audience expectations with characters

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Nov. 27, 2018


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We're all back together this week and we're chatting about audience expectations for characters versus the intentions of the creator. Which is more important? Well it's a bit of a ...



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Quackast 390 - Imprinting on your characters

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 4, 2018

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We nicked the idea for this Quackcast from a newspost by Emma Clare. What we chat about is the unintentional process of giving your characters you own traits or even traits of people you know without realising it: Every time you draw an expression for your character you're ...

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Rule of Thirds

Banes at 12:00AM, July 26, 2018



When most people take a picture or draw a picture, the natural thing to do is to photograph or draw the subject in the center of the frame.

But one of the big tenets of visual composition is the RULE of THIRDS.

So pretty much, the frame is divided into ...





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Collaboration - An Unexpected Love Letter

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 20, 2018



Time for a change of pace! I don’t usually like to do a lot of these types of articles but this topic might benefit from a touch of experience. So bear with me and my small trip into self-indulgence.

Some of you might know that I am actually part ...



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Quackcast 369 - Propaganda and agendas

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 10, 2018

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This week's Quackcast was inspired by a newspost that Banes made about propaganda. We used that as a jumping off point to talk about political messages and social agendas in creative works- when it's deliberate and when it's not. Tantz Aerine made a great point that ...

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Diminishing Returns

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 28, 2017


Emotional Charges and Diminishing Returns

Many writing methodologies suggest mapping out the emotional change of each scene. The scene either starts positive, and goes to either negative or “extra positive”, or starts negative and goes to positive or “extra negative” by the end of the scene.

So if a lovelorn ...




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Dialogue

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 10, 2017


Last Thursday I talked a little about writing a scene, in terms of the change that happens, what the character wants, and what obstacle is in the way of achieving that want.

But what about dialogue? Eh?

One way to help define what's going on in a scene is ...




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