What would those classic characters—such as Jazz Jackrabbit, or Cool Spot above—have looked if they were on TV, starring in Saturday morning shows? German comic artist Dirk Erik Schulz gives us the answer by reimagining 24 of them in that exact style.
Hey Dirk, How are you? I thought I'd ask you something that I've asked about 10 years ago. I know that even though you don't "directly" follow my work on DA or tumblr, you'd still check on me from time to time. So what I want to ask you is this, what are your thoughts on my work so far since 2010 and what are the short comings that you think I should improve and or focus on?
I feel good, finished the colors on Axe Cop - Aemrican Choppers issue 2 today and I can get back and focus on own art and commissions now.
Hope you feel better too.
To cheer you up a little bit. I look at all your stuff, I don’t comment of fav a lot on deviantart and tumblr. But not because I dont like the art, but because I am really lazy to click on the heart or fav button from time to time.
To your question.
I know you wanted a very honest critic some years back. And I gave you one.I feared I kinda blew a bubble with it or kicked a bit too hard.
My main arguement was, that you need to be sure if you wanna continue it and you didn’t gave up and you moved forward.
Looking back from this day to what you do right now, I see a lot improvements and that you really got a lot motivation and a lot more output. The work will improve you, slowly or fast, matters how you see your own flaws or what goals you wanna reach.
However, Like what i told you years back, the poses and form qualities still need improvements. You still have the prob that some poses don’t really work with the line of action and appear slightly stiff.
The best works are the ones with your bird characters. There you seem to get a lot more into the work and you kinda know more of poses and getting a fluid feel.
At the end I would repeat myself too much and I don’t wanna kill your motivation here.
Keep on track and learn and work more.
I wish you the best and good luck in fixing the flaws!
I'm sure you have many questions but I look to you as a huge influence when it comes to art. I was wondering if you could share any tips with me about one thing I have been struggling with. That is Foreshortening and poses in general. I have been stuck in that loop where I have been only drawing portraits and need to get out of it. I understand if you don't have time to answer me but I thought I might as well make an attempt to ask you.
You have a very loose and ‘carless’ style to your stuff, so you either jump straight into the work and try out poses and foreshootening till you FEEL you like it.
Or you go back to anatomical lessons. Since you ARE very loose and you seem to ‘not’ understand the body structure at all, thats why you are afraid of poses. So start from the basics and/ or attend life drawing classes.
I cannot give ya a straight tip that will help improve your work. But time and hard work improves everything.
Hi, I wanted to say 'hi'. Been a fan for some time now and you know I couldn't help but notice a lot of people talking about professionalism and wonder. I've worked at shabby retail places, done running jobs for studios, sold at expos, worked at a creative studio at London and well I didn't see much professionalism anywhere. And that the best anyone can do is to be a hermit in their own house and create the art they want! So three thumbs up from me and keep having fun! Have a lovely day! Ciao!
You mix the word ‘professionalism’ with actual skills, which is not the same. You count as a professional when you worked in your field and earn money. But you can still be a unskilled professional. But today you can go anywhere with the right friends, connections and the illusion that you are actually good. But people have a very different view on quality, so be carefull who you call unskilled or unprofessional. When they make money, then there is no doubt in their skills…
Heya Mr. Themrock, you don't have to publish this if you don't want. Your art never fails to cheer me up on a bad day, or make a good day even better. Your characters are interesting and your style is just so energetic. Thanks for being awesome.
For all the new watchers who don’t know me. I am Dirk E. Schulz, E. stands for Erik. I am not related to Charles M. Schulz. Or maybe I don’t wanna admit it?
I am german and people fear me, because I eat humen. I am 30 so too uncool for the young folks and too young for the old hacks.
I draw cartoons and that was probably the reason why you started following me. Or for my butt.
I hope you have fun and soon I will enjoy to piss ya off by submitting parodies of your favourite shows. If not, well enjoy my original stuff, like the Swefs, Themrog and whatever show I might still develop.
I worked on Axe Cop and Hot Rod Creeps. My latest work was storyboarding for a Flintstones DVD special and am in talks for the new Looney Tunes show.