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Posted by SourCherryJack - February 17th, 2021


Hello, I am currently approaching 50 days of my 2021 daily art streams over on twitch.tv/sourcherryjack . I'm planning on doing a giveaway this Saturday for my subs on twitch, in honor of 50 days in a row, if you're interested go subscribe on my twitch and I'll throw your name in the raffle.

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Here's the first giveaway I did for last month as part of a collaboration when I was hosted on my friend's stream. I definitely try to go all out on all of these, so if you're interested in potentially getting an original piece from me for the cost of a twitch sub, jump in!

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Plug aside, here are some of my favorite drawings from the past 47 days on stream.


That Wretched Bird

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Seeking Communion

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Mother of Monsters

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January Jesters

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DreamPop Canyon

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Bafloonery

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Communion With the Crimson Bovine

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Posted by SourCherryJack - January 3rd, 2021


Hey everybody, been a little while since I've made a news post. This year I'm going to try to be doing daily art streams over on twitch.tv/sourcherryjack I'm mostly going to be doing traditional art like ink, watercolor, colored pencil, I'll definitely be having a few paintings in acrylic and oil; and am going to try to dedicate a few days to getting more comfortable with digital painting.

It's a pretty chill time, feel free to drop in and say hi, or drop a request in the chat.


Here are the past two days drawings:

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Posted by SourCherryJack - July 2nd, 2020


The Art Portal has had a noticeable uptick in artists being scouted with traced art, and filtered photos in their galleries. Collage and use of pictures in art isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it must be transformative and recontextualized in some way. I'm gonna use this post to clear up some uncertainty in what constitutes a heavily referenced drawing from a traced drawing; as well as what constitutes a transformative work from one that is just using images you don't own and calling it your art.


Tracing

In the event that a submitted drawing is a one to one match with an existing image in its silhouette, and major details, it is traced. If I can stick it in photoshop and put a transparent image over it and all of the lines up perfectly, it is traced, there's no argument, the submission will be deleted, and there's a good chance the uploader will be unscouted from the Art Portal.

How can we tell?

There are a variety of red flags that arouse suspicion from Art Mods, one is post history. If a week ago the rest of a user's submissions had wonky proportions, no grasp of the fundamentals of art: spacial awareness color theory, anatomy, balance etc, and then suddenly they make a wild jump in quality and artistic knowledge; there's a good chance there is some funny business going on. An extension of this is if a user comes out of nowhere, with no icon and a bunch of professional grade looking art all uploaded in a short span of time.

Another red flag is if the technique appears automated; posterize tools and live trace tools in art programs create a very specific type of geometry in the way it breaks up colors and shadows, that artists, frankly, are not likely to do, it's not impossible that a person did it, but unlikely.

The last and possibly most significant is user history. If a user has a past of stealing art, or tracing, we're a lot more likely to believe its happening again and less likely to give the benefit of the doubt.

These are the main red flags we look for, then from those suspicions we go to google images and keyword search to see what comes up.

Don't trace, and don't use filters or art program tools that are basically tracing.


References

Using references is great and an absolutely necessary tool for any artist to be successful in learning to draw something. I strongly recommend every artist use references in their work and studies. Chances are most use of references, unless you are overlaying to get the broad strokes (still tracing), won't be a problem in the portal. But the best way to use a reference is to look at the example image and try to draw what you see as close as possible while using artistic license to fit what you want into your composition. If you're drawing a character like darth vader for example, use posemaniacs, or another more generic body reference and then work out from there and add the armor to the blank body you've drawn. This way you have a completely original darth vader with no question that its your's.

References are good, use them, but don't trace them, learn from them.


If you end up super close to your reference, you might also want to link your reference in the description, art mods are people too, and if we spend ten minutes hunting through google images trying to find your reference piece to check if it is traced we might be in a bad mood and make the call that it is too close and mark it as traced. Being straight forward does go a long way (for me personally at least).


Filters and Collage

This is probably the grayest area, but even then there are some clear lines.


  • Don't use images that you do not have the rights to, stick to photos you've taken, and photos clearly in the public domain
  • Don't just post a filtered image, that is not significantly altered, and it is just photography
  • The photograph should be a relatively small component of the piece as a whole, a sunset with a little stick man drawn on the floor isn't gonna cut it.


So what use of photographs are allowed?

In short; significantly altered photos. This can extend to painting scenes over photos in a way that is clearly distinct, photoshopping more trees into an orchard isn't what we're talking about, maybe inking black and white fantastical trees or trolls or something like that would be cool though.

Cutting out scraps and collage making on painted backgrounds is alright. (@yurgenburgen is a great example of how to transform and recontextualize photos in a way that suits the Portal)

Another acceptable way to transform, I forgot the user, but a while ago in the art forum an artist used an image of a Sea Doo and cut it up in photoshop and created a mech from the cut up image.

These are what we mean by transformative uses of photography.


Filtered photographs as backgrounds in general is tricky game to play and its acceptance is a bit sketchy all around, the way I personally police it is if the background pulls away significantly from the original work on display, it is not okay to use in the portal. What that means by its nature is so vague and difficult to explain, I understand it can be frustrating, but that's the nature of the beast, there's no clean answer to this and it is overall better for the drawing if the artist draws their own background.

To try and explain this: If you have a picture of a mountain range in the far off horizon of a drawing with a foreground and middle ground you yourself drew that's probably alright, but again, its sketchy and other mods can have different approaches. Character drawings with a heavily filtered background might also get a pass, but again, it brings down the quality as a whole and you're better off drawing your own background. It's a case by case basis, and again, sorry no clean answer here.


I can't speak for all of the art mods, but this is how I moderate the portal when it comes to traces/references/photomanipulations.

If you feel your work has been unfairly deleted for any reason you can pm me and I can probably give you a reason why, or failing that, find out from the mod who did delete it why.

We aren't here to punish people or crush hopes and dreams, we're just trying to keep the work in the art portal original, as intended.


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Posted by SourCherryJack - December 28th, 2018


Just kidding.

I'm gonna keep posting art. See you in the future. 

Carry on. 


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Posted by SourCherryJack - February 20th, 2018


Rummy posted one of these the other day and I found it to be a great read and a lot of it resonated with me since it was pretty close to my experiences with this wonderful corner of creatvity and dick jokes on the internet. This will be a truncated mini bio of Newgrounds and me, its still long as brevity isn't soemthing I'm good at.

So flashing back to when I first found out about this site, in the very early 2000's a friend showed me Madness on funnyjunk it had no mention of Newgrounds anywhere and I had forgotten funnyjunk and was trying to find it again to show another friend when I rean through all the other flash sites, albino black sheep, ebaumsworld etc. Eventually found it and its sequel! I was playing all the browser games, my friend and I fell in love with Halo TSAH (and still regularly quote bits and pieces here and there). 

I never engaged with the community and didn't have an account until I was thirteen in August 2009. I had always been the kid drawing comic characters and rip offs of whatever movies, games etc in dedicated spiral notebooks, I still have the stacks and stacks of Marvel heroes, Spawn, Jak and Daxter and so on into infinity rip offs that I drew and redrew. Then came the Meat-Heads a parody attempt of military shooters that were so popular in the mid/late 2000's I thought I was gonna blow all the art forum peeps away (at the time I had no idea it just recently launched). 

I made my first thread "The Meat-Heads by Jack" and posted the bic pen scratch that was Meat-Head #1 with the promise of posting 110 of these super soldiers. The response was not quite the praise I was expecting it was mixed with a lot of niceties but some harsher words mainly telling me to improve and the infeasability of having 110 characters (very valid points) I was not prepared for criticism and responded like you'd expect a 13 year old to. Excuse after excuse saying "I'm doing my own thing if you don't like it get outta my thread." 

I fancied myself a writer more than an artist when I was thirteen and fourteen (teenagers are an annoying bunch aren't they) but I stuck around the art forum and continued drawing and not being super open to crits, but the stellar art of people like M-vero (now daverom) Hyptosis, e-m-b-r-i-o, and then Bizarrojoe's whore threads, among other activity threads, kept me coming back and in there. Then after about a year and a half I notcied I had been improving a lot; so I was drawing more and more and noticed I was enjoying it more, I was getting involved in collabs (man I miss those) engaging with the community more and commenting on other art threads. I would try to branch out into the General and Videogame forums but the art forum was my home on this site. The Art Forum Stickam chat was what solidifyed it, I was an artist. By the time I had hit fifteen I knew I wanted to go into illustration in some capacity, I was a reg in the chat made friends with some killer artists and great people - Aigis, Lovingthedark ( now radiodark), Ornery, Test-Object, ThePsychoSheep, Bigjonny13, Turkeyonastick, and so many others. 

After being a member of the community for so long when I heard about the pico day 2015 meetup I knew I had to make the trek. I flew out on my own for the first time from LA to Philly and met Radiodark, Kashi and Orn and had a great time met tons of people (all too briefly though). Got to meet brother/sister in ink Linda-mota and Yurgenbergen - my two favorite inkers in this place, racked up a sketchbook full of everybody's little scribbles I could. I remember the feeling after that weekend I was supercharged, everything felt amazing my creative energy was at an all time high and I just felt like Newgrounds was made of magic, having faces to a lot of names and business cards really turned the site into an almost tangible force in my life and I cannot put words to how incredible it is that so many creative and weird people are united here in their love for all sorts of random shit, but also that DIY spirit that doesn't exist in the same way on bigger sites like tumblr and is completely absent in the 'LOOK AT ME' world of instagram. Also its just crazy talking to people whose voices you've heard in countless flash animations and then realizing after talking to them - wait, THAT was redminus, or stamper or hearing Johnny Utah across a room but not knowing the source and investigating the source so you could get a scribble. Or walking up a staircase and bumping into Tom Fulp. BLEW MY dumb little mind 

The next year I began doing super in depth reviews and critiques of art (still available pm me!) and I suppose it didn't go unnoticed as I was made an art mod which I try to still fill out my moddly duties but its difficult with life in the way. ANYWAY I went to Picoday 2016 for Newgrounds 21's birthday more of the magic was there as in 2015 I met test-object (accidentally kicked his shin while gettin that hug) and TOAS, great times, great people, Tom remembered most of my name - still gets me hot and bothered thinking about. I got to tell rikert to his face how amazing his forms are there are countless little moments I'll hold onto from these two weekends and cannot thank Tom and company for hosting them because they really were fantastic meet ups and celebrations of all things NG.

So Currently I am going to community college and will be transferring next spring or fall (depending on how my units shake out) to an art school, Cal State or UC with a major in illustration or fashion design here in LA and I have Newgrounds to thank for that. While I was always the kid doodling in the back, the art forum gave me the critiques, the support and the community to improve. Not just to improve but to pursue learning more and get better at not just drawing but understanding art and branching out into using photoshop and illustrator, I got direction from NG. The Art community was my art teacher since I hated art classes in highschool and always felt they focused on shit I didn't care about or presented information in a way I couldn't relate and get excited for. As dramatic as it may sound Newgrounds gave me not only entertainment but it gave my life as a whole direction. I have no idea where I'd be without it I probably wouldn't be an artist I wouldn't have any artistic skill I'd be a boring motherfucker. So thank you Tom for this place because without I'd just be another guy who can't draw for shit. 

 


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Posted by SourCherryJack - February 8th, 2017


Its been a while since I've done one of these, almost a year in fact. A lot of stuff happened all over the place since then the big world stuff obvioulsy but also on the smaller scale of my personal life. Overall it was a pretty good year for me which is always good.

 I think last year saw the most creative output I've ever had judging by quantity and overall quality which feels good, I'm hoping to to top it this year and so far its not looking so bad. Unfortunately motivation has been hard to come by lately especially with all the distractions the past few months have had to offer, I lost the past week and a half to Titanfall 2 online which was fun while it lasted but the more I think about it the ore embarassed I am of it because I haven't sunk so much time into an online game by myself for a while and it just feels gross to have neglected art for so long. But I'm back to it now and am going back at it with some loose plans and some mostly written scripts I'll hopefully be able to turn into little comics or zines. There are a lot of doubts I have floating around about where I should go with my art, I'm trying to keep up with personal studies and staying on top of improving which I definitely need but beyond that obvious need its difficult to exist as an online mostly presence while staying only traditional, the problem is I don't enjoy the digital process and I want to have fun doing art especially if I am going to pursue it but that's irrelevant for the most part considering the only way forward really is to embrace digital and I know that. Its very frustrating and I'm sort of just venting at this point. Regardless I guess we'll see. 

Also the art forum bums me the fuck out, man. 


Posted by SourCherryJack - May 10th, 2016


Pico Day was awesome I had a ton of fun, it was great seeing all of you people that I saw there the hype for future years is cranked up to eleven, hope to see all of you there again and meet the people I didn't get a chance to. 

Moving on, here's the sketchbook scribbles  I got from all you super cool dudes and dudettes, I sort of left it around and it must've gotten buried somewhere unfortunately, but thank you so much to all of you that got to it!

Page 1 @zombie-pimp @mysticskillz Love the teeth, Zombie. It was great talking to you while you drawing it, even drunk you kicked some ass on those tits, Skillz!

Page 2  @yurgenburgen @superphil-sh @yakovlevart All you were awesome to hang with, all of you are killer artists and all of you on one page is a thing of beauty!

Page 3 @ornery (inert) @Turkeyonastick (sticky hands ToaS) Great times were had by all!

Page 4 @sillybeans and missed the name, but thank you!

Page 5 @rikert Awesome drawing, dude, love the eyes and figure, it was surreal scribbling beside you!

Page 6 @radiodark Already can't wait for the next Dark + Test + Jack collaboration

Page 7 @cryburger pretty sure this is you, didn't see you do it, but I'm happy you did, man!

Page 8 @wellingl @itsmacklin I don't think I had an opportunity to meet either of you, but thank you for leaving some drawings for me! Pointy and round looks like somebody's gonna get popped!.

Page 9 @almightyhans Awesome talking with you man, couldn't have asked for a better welcoming man to HQ. Surprising to find out you live so close to me too!

Page 10 @fgijonc Cool talking with you man, looking forward to seeing your work in the future!

Page 11 @EVanimations @Son23 dextheswede long haired dude I can't remember the name of, but talking to you was great dude, looking forward to your Flintstones anime (pretty sure you were that guy)!

Page 12 @dreaminerryday @barnhouse hanging with you guys for a bit was great, you guys got some sick looking work.

Page 13 @Bowz @supardanil @mosh-bit-cartoons Thank you guys for all the sick drawings, great talking to the dude I learned to draw bears from haha!

That's about it I think, I can't believe I didn't get a drawing from @test-object! What happened there man!? At least I got some hugz. Same with @mattyburrito great conversations dude, goodluck going forward with everything!

Great year everyone, thank you @TomFulp for Newgrounds and giving the community such a great day to meet up. Without Newgrounds I don't know if I'd have even gotten into Art and now I'm seven years in and couldn't imagine life any other way. Go Team!


Posted by SourCherryJack - May 5th, 2016


I figure why not do another on of these updates, maybe I'll make it a monthly or bi-monthly thing.

So the semester just wrapped up, very cool no hard classes this time so its not really too much of a relief, mostly just good to have more time to work personal projects. Pico Day is in two days so I'm pretty psyched for that, I'll be hopping on a plane tomorrow afternoon and arriving late in Philly the same day. Last year was fantastic and expect this year to be even better. Hopefully I'll have a little drawing up tomorrow for the day, we'll see. 

For the next month I'm gonna be going hard at the paintings, I have a gallery show coming up at the end of May, so ideally I'll have ten paintings done by then. right now I've got four, so fingers crossed. Segueing into that I'm now streaming painting on twitch sporadically so drop by and say hi sometime; I'll probably be dropping updates on here or in my art thread when I'm streaming. So far the experience has been pretty good, I need to get more involved with the community there though. I'll also be making prints of a select few of my illustrations so if there's a piece in my gallery that you're cuckoo bananas for let me know and I might add it to the list of prints. 

I am still doing art reviews/critiques by request, and please by God if you're going to request one provide me with a link to A COMPLETED PIECE you'd like me to critique. I can do general reviews of your art as a whole, but really I prefer to go indepth on one piece because I'm able to really get in there; whereas when I speak generally about a body of work I miss things or aren't as critical as I'd be with just the one,  or select few even. The art forum would be better suited if you want a breakdown of your work as a whole plus you'd get multiple.

I'm sure there's a bunch of other stuff going on but that's all the stuff that is relevant to here so have a wonderful day, maybe I'll see you on Saturday. 

 


Posted by SourCherryJack - March 31st, 2016


May as well give some insight into what's up, if you're on my user page you might be interested. 

General stuff: I currently go to community college (cheap yo!) my major is fashion design, though I'm not very good at it (I put a sewing needle straight through my finger on an industrial machine last year, fun story) so I'll probably end up changing that to illustration or something along those lines. With school I've been trying to get a good registration date so I've been unable to get any General ed's so I've been taking mostly art and German classes and a few fashion classes, I've actually learned a lot, got into some new mediums and learned techniques on the art side. I feel like art classes are bashed a lot here on Newgrounds - and I used to be of the same mind, but when I got to more specialized classes rather than general art I found them to be much more useful. 

I play hockey every Sunday (roller, ice is money, honey) that's a lot of fun, if you've never played I'd strongly recommend giving it a shot. Lately I've been trying to learn how to play Street Fighter V, the first in the series I've ever owned. I kinda got caught up in the hype with that one. I've always been a Tekken and Mortal Kombat player, Street Fighter never appealed much to me and I'm still not in love with it; it doesn't help that all the character designs except Chun Li's standard and Dhalsim  are super duper Fugly, seriously what the fuck, Ken's face. Other than that I've been chipping away at Bloodborne's the Old Hunters DLC but progress is slow most of my free time is spent painting or drawing. 

Miscellaneous: I like, and frequently draw Jesters, cats and crescent moons as well as, to a lesser extent Insects (just the neat ones though praying mantis, moths etc). Ink is probably my most used medium historically, though lately I've been favoring markers colored pencils and oil paints. I got a thing for socks, all the many pairs I own are at least knee high with some pattern or design, usually argyle though I've got some really neat Le Chat Noir socks. I strongly favor vertical formats over landscape when doing art. I also favor asymmetrical hairdos. 

I STILL DO ART REVIEWS BY REQUEST just pm me with a link to a SINGLE FINISHED piece of yours and I'll give you an in depth review to the best of my (I'm gonna brag here) quite adept abilities. 

I made this post because I've been on Newgrounds for going on seven years now and I figure I may as well properly introduce myself, if for some reason there's anything else you want to know about me, feel free to ask away. 

 

 

 


Posted by SourCherryJack - February 27th, 2016


I haven't made one of these for a while, not since the art review request announcement, I'm gonna chalk that up largely to a failure. Some people requested reviews and I am happy to have helped them, but for the most part not a ton of people have made requested, which is understandable. What isn't understandable though is how the "please link me one finished piece to review" was so hard to grasp apparently, but whatever. 

Anyway, as for an update on the status of myself: all has been going largely well; drawing has been steady; commissions have been moving through from time to time; personal life has been personal; and yet here, on Newgrounds, I really just don't know. I'll be going to Pico day this year as I did last year and am very much looking forward to that, but the art forum and the art section, the places I've called my home on Newgrounds for the passed six years or so, have just been annoying. I don't know if I'm just cynical to the changing tides of how artist try to make a living (chances are your patreon can go fuck itself) or if I've just hit a tipping point with fan art, or if it's just that all or most of the people I consider friends have stopped posting so much over the past few years, or if it's just all of the above forming up into a mass of disappointment, but the place just doesn't feel like a community so much as a disjointed mess of a bunch of people throwing out follow me links to their social networking sites full of cartoon  tits n asses asking for cash. Not to forget the heartbreaking lack of any support for any community activity that doesn't involve monetary gain, I mean, the "your character my style thread" has been dormant for months and every time I, or somebody else try to bump it, it quickly falls back away after a post or two, not to mention the other activity threads that don't even catch on for a second post and trying to start a new activity thread is about as encouraging as something that isn't very encouraging at all. . 

All that I know is that the art forum probably isn't in a much worse off state than it has been for the past year or so, but that's just the thing. I think I'm just finally out of juice for this place, I try to keep posting and giving advice where I can because I have learned so much from this place, and I do believe I have some valuable knowledge to impart, but I have been feeling less and less like my efforts to engage are worth it. 

So that's where I am right now, hope you're doing alright.