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Draw it Again - Nova by will-Ruzicka Draw it Again - Nova by will-Ruzicka
So back in 2007 I did the image on the left for the cover of Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga vol. 5 for which myself and writer, Erick Melton, won 'Best Horror Story' for our comedy romance story called at the time Gagaku Berceuse, and would later be changed to Ghost Ensemble.

While putting together that lineup I posted a few days ago, I was going through a lot of old art for it on my machine and found this one. Decided it would be fun to update the picture and see if I've gotten any better. There are still flaws, but I like the new one.
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kimnarsete Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
The lighting on the hair in the second one is more subtle and beautiful
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. I hope the second one is better in all regards, actually. XD
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mishihime Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really amazing. I remember reading about the Rising Stars of Manga Contest when it first started and I always wanted to participate, but of course I was too young and too... bad at the time. Did things work out for you after the contest? I heard a lot of comic artists, refuse to sign contracts with big publishers and go indie because a lot of them got screwed. I've heard a lot of interesting rumors about Tokyopop in general, did you enjoy working with them?
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Things kind of unraveled after winning a chance to do a series. Mostly because of my own unease from talking to other artists who had completed their three books that were then sat on by TP and never published. I was also growing tired of where I was in life and in my career, and refocused my attention on school which has led to me working for Nickelodeon on Legend of Korra... So I guess personally things worked out well. But I'm a little sad I never made the time to finish or even really begin this piece.
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mishihime Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I wish I could have seen what things were like when you were building your career. I have an interest in manga and anime too, especially character design and concept art but i'm not sure what my focus should be, so I have delayed going back to school. I never thought i'd be good with animation and that i'd be better suited for illustration. However, I find myself developing stories myself more and more so perhaps I should pursue animation? The problem is that no one seems to respect or take my anime (or cartoon) drawings seriously compared to my semi realistic work. I know many artists in the past who have felt they need to give up cartooning altogether in their portfolios. It really is disappointing. However, it is inspiring to see someone with similar interests succeeding and working on a very popular and well produced animation like Korra. Congrats to you for getting such an amazing position. You must have a really impressive portfolio.

It's a shame you are so busy with work that you have no time to satisfy such a long developed personal project. I can understand that feeling well. Perhaps, one day when you find yourself with more time you could do a short one shot abridged version of the story and print it independently. I bet you could even run a kickstarter and go all out on the project, even with your old buddy if you really wanted too.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
My early days starting out were not very glamorous. I worked in an office to barely pay my bills, and during lunch breaks and free time after work I would try and draw the comic books I was working on with my friend. It was slow going and not paying very well. I used to tell myself I couldn't make it in animation and there was nowhere for me. Mainly because I liked drawing in an anime influenced style and people told me I would not be wanted.

I would say to you, draw what you like to draw and set goals. Large goals and smaller goals that lead to that larger one. If you want to work in animation, set that as the large goal, and then set smaller goals that lead you there. If anatomy is tricky for you, take a lot of life drawing classes and do lots of practice on that. Study youtube videos of people moving around. Then choose your next weak point and focus on that. Take classes, try out for internships.

As for the comics... I do like the idea of resurrecting one or two of my old comics and maybe doing it as a web thing. But I just don't have the time for it now. And I would need to consult with my colleague who wrote them.
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TheNELL Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The outlines look much improved - I like outlines which have a translucent blend with the adjacent colour scheme. I also think that fabric manufacturing has improved so form fitting clothing had probably changed composition of the clothing of the characters a lot since half a decade.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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TheOctopusMan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
What was Ghost Ensemble about?
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
A borderline shut in attending a music college learns to live his life after falling in love with the ghost of a dead Japanese girl whose spirit is attached to a Shamisen he received as a gift.
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Hakuru15 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Artist
in 2007 she was HAWWWT now in 2012.... TITTIES!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wait, she's not hot anymore? O.O!
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Hakuru15 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Artist
oh she's still hot, I'm surprised her tits show XD
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well... I DO like tits, so...
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Coffee-vee Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I say you've improved quite much, yeah? :la: Love the glow in 2012 XP
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I really like to think I've been improving with my new job. Nothing like being surrounded by other artists of equal or greater skill level to help you improve.
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Coffee-vee Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It seems you have, no problem! You have really gotten better, just like most striving artists -w-
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pimphand Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow nice, I love seeing progression stuff like this. The newer one has some great little details like the instrument putting pressure on the thigh..and it looks that way as well as where it contacts her breast. The face has more feeling as well and I like the different style of painting used on the new one.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I like squishy parts on ladies, and realized I missed an opportunity to draw that in the original. XD
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strikes-twice Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The progress of art is amazing, you've come a long way!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I work with a bunch of people who make me feel like I haven't improved much, though. >.<;
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strikes-twice Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, at least you have motivation :D Better that than to feel top-dog and never work to improve yourself.

From what I can see you've come a long way!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Totally agree! And I have a habit of comparing myself to people better than me anyway. So I guess I'll always feel inferior? O_o;
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strikes-twice Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think the best artists almost always feel like they have massive room for improvement, I know Adam Hughes does :D
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Adam Hughes? I guess... But, can't imagine too much more improving he can do... maybe branch out and try different styles?
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strikes-twice Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Who knows, but I'm sure he got that good always trying to do better!
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andehpinkard Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thats definately a good evolution artwise, man
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thank you very much, sir!
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andehpinkard Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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KNADIO Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I like the 07 one better! Js!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
What?! O_o;;

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KNADIO Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Maybe it has to do with what materials are pleasing to eyes but I must admit I do see improvement!
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redyoshi18 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
As the years go by, everything changes. And it's far from over. Isn't that the wonderful thing about life? It's a constant journey, standing still for no one.

Would you say you're happy with your own artistic journey?
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It could have been better earlier on... but the journey is getting better.
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jeffreylai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Filmographer
Improved much you have!
(I really like that painterly style too)
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, Master Yoda.

Also, might I add, you've been kicking much ass with the animation things recently.
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jeffreylai Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Filmographer
Thanks! tho I sorta wonder what exactly I could do with this skill (esp in NZ..)
I guess it's just nice to have!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Move to the US and get into storyboarding? If I could animate that well, it'd sure make my job easier... and my animatics look cooler.
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jeffreylai Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012   Filmographer
that sounds kinda cool!
maybe i'll do some storyboard studying.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You totally should.
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SeiberSaiban Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
She got a mark on her boob over the years.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
she was supposed to always have a mole on her right breast... I just usually forget about it.

I have a bad habit of forgetting small details. back when I drew furry characters a lot, I was always forgetting to draw tails on them.
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SeiberSaiban Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
That's okay, heck even nipples aren't even drawn.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
must have gotten colder since 2007... actually, it was going on the cover of that book back then, so I wasn't sure if I could get away with it. I apparently was the only one to ever have actual nipples in the book up to that point, but there's a difference between interior art and exterior.
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Went from pretty good to "GREAT CAESAR'S GHOST!" Ha. Well done, sir. The evolution of greatness :deviation:
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Why thank you, sir!

Wondering if I should post the revised image by itself.
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Why not? Go for it. :highfive:
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ArtBleed Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, I always love to see how art skill evolves over time. This is great.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Same. I'd been wanting to do one of these since I saw Chris Copeland :iconkweli: do one on his page. I was worried I hadn't improved since then, though.
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ArtBleed Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually did one but I didn't think it was fair to compare them, since the original wasn't coloured in. I don't think I ever coloured in any of my old art. Maybe I will put them together tho, be interesting to see style difference from 97 to 2012.
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