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Comic page discussing accidental art tangents by AdamWarren Comic page discussing accidental art tangents by AdamWarren
A one-pager I wrote and drew for the Image Comics magazine Image+, in which I responded to a previous one-pager by my buddy Brandon Graham (as excepted in the first panel), a comics artist who feels very, very differently than I do about the topic of accidental tangents in comics artwork. The piece is way, way wordier than I like to do nowadays, but I had to cover a lotta ground in one page. Still, I should've gone with less text, regardless. Oh, well.

This page was drawn a few months into my Instagram life-drawing kick, so for this kinda-sorta autobio piece, I goofily decided to keep drawing the physically ideal bodies I was photoreferencing, then tacked a self-caricature head onto said bodies. (I'd sooner set myself on fire than ever photoref from myself.) Made one comical error in the self-portrait image, though: Somehow forgot that my beard is rather notably far from completely dark nowadays. (As in, "Salt 'n' Pepa's here, and they're in effect.") Oops!

BTW, the aforementioned Instagram loaded with life drawing, from which I'll occasionally post pieces over here: www.instagram.com/adam_warren_…
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ga82briel Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  New Deviant
Whew, I needed to read this! Thanks for posting!
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:iconasyoung87:
ASYoung87 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
Good and interesting lesson. I'm a writer, not an artist, so when I learn something from another field of art, it' cool. 
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Alysandir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Shortly thereafter, Brandon and Adam squared off in Thunderdome. 
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bubuBORG Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice little lesson on good composition.  Thanks!
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:iconpr-slater:
PR-Slater Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
i love you so much
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:iconneillustrations:
Neillustrations Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Good points!
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:iconbar1scorpio:
bar1scorpio Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
New Adam Warren self portrait is a Creepy Pasta character.
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:iconohthehumanityplz:
Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You look way different from your early caricature appearances. Guessing you're going for more of a chibi/emoji look?
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PSX2010 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL, Western Manga! XD
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:iconhellstroem:
Hellstroem Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017
Adam is also a bearded lady?

Nice and informative, cheers!
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Zefram Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Informative piece. Back in Kubert School my teacher called the one you describe with the "arm-pipe" the Gestalt Method (referring I believe to the Gestalt principle of Grouping, though I think they were incorrectly applying as a label when in reality it incorporates a tremendous range of artistic tricks one could potentially use to lure one's eye, not just tangents). I think I filed it away as one of those tricks that's very easy to use, and very hard to use well
 
Will there perhaps ever be a collected edition of these pages for artists to peruse for advice? 
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PanSpec Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
Pretty damned awesome.




AND educational!
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chaos6x9 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Adam looks good in a bikini.
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butterfly-dragon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
👍
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devasthedeath Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017
wait, you have a beard?
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:iconkomikino:
Komikino Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brandon is THE MAN! So is Adam... LOL!
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Rasgriz-1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Totally not "only" faving this for the awkward but appealing chic-body panels. You make a solid point and as a viewer, these have been distracting as hell, for better or worse. 
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chuck-piresART Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017   Digital Artist
Huh. .  .   Advocating on the behalf of tangents, huh? Yeah, I'm gonna have to side with you on this one. In my early days of drawing I used to shoot back at people who'd call me on them in my art " that's where that stuff would be!!" Like somehow I'm not in charge of my own drawing. Lol. 

I loved reading this tho! Funny and informative :)
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:iconzephre:
zephre Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
terrific and educational!  Well done!
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GuyBcaps Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So... there are no actual tangents in this comic page, because they were all intentional?
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:iconomny87:
Omny87 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
This is one of those things I've always known about but never knew the actual name of. Thanks!
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Kais86 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
This is "HATESPEECH".
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wolfpax181 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
Can you do all of my past school lessons like this?  I would remember them so much better if a yelling head on the end of an arm delivered the end of lesson.
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
Nothing a little Just For Men won't cure, Adam.  Nice work and very educational.
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Four-Skulls Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I managed to see all of those but the "bump-up tangent".  I mean, it just looks wrong, but I'm not sure I see the tangent exactly?  Is it where the figure is bumping against the word balloon/frame?
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chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Against the word-balloon, the edge of the panel, part of another figure... anything where the line almost but not quite makes contact.
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Four-Skulls Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, yeah I can see that now, thanks.
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SuperCreepsinmpants Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Student Artist
nice body

ps think you for the pointers for comic book story telling
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:iconsuperjustinbros:
Superjustinbros Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a fan of this art style.
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peachypululu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
Is that h3h3?
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:iconshaunc:
shaunC Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017   General Artist
I sit on the fence for this subject... 
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:iconjc-did:
JC-DiD Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want a winter hood cap that says "Adam Warren" ;)
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
I want one as well and I think Adam needs to sell one. Immediately. *throws money*
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Saphin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I've never heard of comic tangents until now. Maybe because I actively try to avoid doing things like that when constructing the composition of my workpiece. Now I'm going to be obsessively searching through all my work to see if I've accidentally done it!
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MadMosquito Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This... is so weird to look at D:
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:iconmarkirwin:
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a hilarious and awesome teaching tool. Love it amigo!
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HANVII82Arts Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very useful/helpful tutorial ~ thank you and nice to see you here again :D
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Skytower Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
Works well in or out of the context of the discussion.
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
YAY!
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Kasumidoll Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I miss your Dirty Pair comics =D
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