Still thinking about this? I've another suggestion: instead of a book, how about packaging up individual tutorials and selling them digitally via tutsplus.com? This would allow you to throw together working resolution files in cpt and psd formats with masks/objects/layers intact and not have to worry about editing to fit the space constraints of a printed manual.
But mainly you'd get paid for each tutorial along, so you'd be less overwhelmed trying to complete an entire book before seeing any return on the effort.
OMG yes, ecstatic yes! I probably have no grounds to tell you anything, even so here’s what I think: I’ve shelled out a ton of cash over mostly useless tutorial books that essentially said "PRACTICE MORE" and also looked up countless free online ones that said the same, if anything I'd want it to be extremely detailed and helpful about all the sorts of things you explain so well at conventions that actually make sense. if it's just a giant glossy paper book with your pictures and a couple words I’d be disappointed, and if it's just a book with a ton of text that essentially tells me to practice I’d be even more so; I've seen and read tutorial books like both of those and neither are usually helpful. I don’t expect you to remember though I’m the guy that hung out with you during last year’s comic con asking questions while you drew commissions and I learned more from you in an hour than in a dozen books, if you explain those kinds of things with some easy to follow illustrations it’d be one of the best books I’ve ever seen; I often kick myself for forgetting the things you showed me and wished that I had some reference to look at again and remember how what you’ve explained worked. It’d also be great to see a muscle related section like your ibuki muscles drawing, during cons you've explained muscles and anatomy in ways I’ve never thought about and never seen anyone bother to talk about, simply seeing the anatomy is different than you showing why it’s like that, which is something you do well.
I also agree with KingNot about publishing online, I'd eagerly pay 10 bucks for a tutorial from you, and if you're worried about piracy I guarantee one of the first 10 people who buy your book will rip out the pages and scan them and it'll be pirated in no time, if even terrible tutorials are tossed around the net yours probably won’t be an exception. The way I see it most of the people that are big on pirating wouldn't buy it whether or not they couldn’t download it anyhow so they're kind of a moot factor. ( [link] there’s an example of what I mean. Thanks Penny-arcade!) Although it's easy to download “How to draw” books I still have a bookshelf full of them. Ultimately people will buy your book because of how they think and feel about you and your art, if you sign it for free that's even more incentive for fans to get it, otherwise you're just another tutorial out there in the sea of millions of other ones. Also have you considered a video tutorial? I’ve seen a lot and they seem pretty easy to do and can be really helpful as long as you avoid that sped up video with you dubbing over it, that can be annoying because the artist tends to end up rambling if they do it that way instead of being involved to what’s being drawn; it might be worth looking into since making one’s got to be easy to make these days. Sorry I’m long winded, I imagine if you posted the poll you wanted some feedback aside from fan boys screaming, I just want to help you in some way like you’ve helped me and everyone else. :3
Publish it to non-DRM .PDF Sell it online via a PayPal option, possibly also submitting it via Amazon.com. You can make it cheaper (like $10) but keep the money, no dead trees, and zero or small (other's sale site) fees.
Why let the publishers take the lion's share and maybe pay you something if you sell like Steven King? Sometimes they even sue artists/authors for initial 'advance' + legal fees back if they don't sell well, or so I heard, double check the contract if you do go that route.
I'm working on a book (among several projects) and I'm going to go direct to the web. Of note, a book on arts and crafts focusing on making custom "Bookmarks" in various techniques. I'm in the process of cataloging examples and going back and getting permission or using alternates for the project. Originally it was just a hobby, then I decided to put it into one of those "How-to" craft books.
We are dealing with a sucky economy and frankly most of the "Industries" and much of the "Artists" (Music, actors, illustrators, writers) have forgotten that it all is a form of "Busking" (guy playing flute on street corner) that's very glorified. The real scandal is if you pass a guy playing a banjo on a street corner and drop in a few $ you pay him far more than if he was a "Pro" and you bought his $18.99 CD... Also, many people have thought "What if I have to move...to smaller quarters...?" A pdf can be fit on a HDD, jump drive, or the "Cloud" in case of a move and with no DRM (that hackers break in a second) they won't worry about transferring it to their next laptop when they might lose a 'recipt' or the company might no longer exist.
Anyways, just my opinion and what I'm doing with my stuff. (My music, the book, some games, etc. That's why I've been so quiet on DA this last year) But I'm not as good an illustrator as you either...
Be nice to hear your opinion on this matter and my project... If you walked by someone in a bookstore and they'd (on their own?) clipped out some of your art and made their own custom bookmark for a fun DIY project would you be flattered or mad? If I asked you if I could use a picture or two of your works (with credits, weblinks) among my examples would it be OK?
---On $, I'm on a strong "Shoestring" so my policy on this project is it's "Well, free advertising" if I only make a couple hundred or less. But-if it catches on and I get thousands or more I'll keep a list and go back and send a bunch of money notes so the contributors get a reasonable fee. Some like it, some might hate it, so I'm telling ahead of time.
Have you ever considered having it ring bound instead of glued? I found a copy of Anatomy for the Artist (the big yellow book) that was spiral bound. It was awesome to be able to lay it flat as you draw. Might be cost prohibitive though.
jeremycoatneyFeatured By OwnerMay 7, 2010Professional Writer
To lay flat without breaking the spine.
That's what would be really nice from reference books and tutorials. I'd love to be able to afford an anatomy drawing class or something, but I'd like it even better if when I actually try to practice drawing from a book it didn't try to close on me all the time. >__<
I don't care if it's glossy, I'd just want it to be usable as a reference resource.