Category: Shop Talk

Shop Talk: Pure White Backgrounds for Product Photos

So you’ve made a lightbox and you’re ready to take product photos. You’ve got your seamless white background and good lighting, but the products still have some gray areas around them. How can you make the background pure white for consistency? If you have Photoshop, it’s no problem. First, open up your unprocessed product photo…. Read more »

Shop Talk: Surefire Ways to Avoid Plateauing & Improve Your Craft Quickly

When it comes to fitness or weight loss, there are numbers you can track to keep yourself motivated and improving at a consistent rate. If you’re an artist, however, it can be hard to gauge how much you’re improving over time. It’s much easier to plateau and get stuck in a artistic rut. You know… Read more »

Shop Talk: Takeaways from 24 Hour Comics Day 2013

24 Hour Comics Day has been over for a little while now, but I thought I might explore some takeaways from attempting the project. It’s important to reflect on any new project you attempt in order to improve things next time around, and I certainly feel like I’ve learned a lot. To recap, I was… Read more »

Shop Talk: Launching Our Monster Hunter Gunner’s Guide

First off, let me remind that you that our Monster Hunter Gunner’s Guide, which I have been covering the progress of for the past many weeks, is officially on sale. I thought I might take some time and write about the steps we took between finishing the guide and actually launching it in our store…. Read more »

Shop Talk: About Writing & Staying Inspired by Ray Bradbury pt. 5

This is the last part in my series of takeaways from Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing. Previously we talked about passion, inspiration, time-wasters, and work, work work! Today’s final installment encourages you to stop thinking too hard and work on your project without any hesitation. On Doubt & Trusting Your Gut “Self-consciousness… Read more »

Shop Talk: Monster Hunter Gunner’s Guide Cover Process

I wrote up a process post on the cover I made for our Gunner’s Guides. You can read it on the Culty blog! I hope the insight is interesting to people. The process itself is rather simple, but it takes a lot of time to get each individual technique right.

Shop Talk: About Writing & Staying Inspired by Ray Bradbury pt. 4

This is the fourth part in my series of takeaways from Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing. So far we’ve covered paying attention to your passions, inspiration and avoiding time-sucks. Today we’ll examine different types of work we encounter, and why work on its own isn’t a bad thing (in fact, when done… Read more »

Shop Talk: About Writing & Staying Inspired by Ray Bradbury pt. 3

This is the third part in my series of takeaways from Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing. Last time I gave specific examples on how to find inspiration and keep it maintained. This time we’re going to bring the focus inwards and do a little self-examination. Getting in the Way of Your Own… Read more »

Shop Talk: About Writing & Staying Inspired by Ray Bradbury pt. 2

“…my Muse has grown out of the mulch of good, bad, and indifferent.” This is the second part in my series of takeaways from Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing. Previously I talked about how I ended up with Zen in the Art of Writing, and how we often downplay or ignore things… Read more »

Shop Talk: About Writing & Staying Inspired by Ray Bradbury pt. 1

I once watched a TED talk about inspiration, and how it hit a writer so hard that she would hear it coming as thunder in the distance – so great and powerful that she dropped everything to sit down at her desk and let the inspiration flow through her. She herself was just a vessel… Read more »