MELLON

I do Storyboards for Archer on FX.
I make comic books for myself.

Atlanta by way of Kansas City.

Suicide Sisters vol. 1 Available Now.
but hey, here’s some #suicidesisters v2 layouts in progress.

but hey, here’s some #suicidesisters v2 layouts in progress.

sketching from a few days ago. #suicidesisters

sketching from a few days ago. #suicidesisters

Anonymous asked: You went to college right? Have you got any advice for someone about to start?

mercurialblonde:

I did go to college.  I even graduated.  With honors no less.  Still ended up working in lower wage jobs for about forever up to even now.

Make sure you don’t graduate with student loans or debt in general.  Don’t get a credit card.  Try and do as many internships as you can in the fields in which you are interested.

The only thing I got right about college was it didn’t really cost me anything, and I didn’t have any student loans or anything I had to pay back.

In the current economy a college degree in and of itself, is not going to get your foot in the door for most jobs.  Most jobs will want experience more than they want a degree per se, though they will use a degree to set your pay grade  if you DO have experience.

But yeah.  Don’t put yourself in a hole coming out of college, and the most important aspect of college in terms of utilizing it isn’t per se the classes, but the connections and internship opportunities.  If you don’t work those, you might as well just skip college and just read a lot.

I don’t know what your field of study is either.  Mine was English.  So I may have a more dim view of the qualities of it.  I think I got things out of college, but nothing that helped me immediately once I was out in getting anything like a decent job associated at all with anything.

I do use a lot of the critical skills I learned there in my professional writing career now.  And I basically gorged myself on books, movies, and music while in college—and that has certainly given me a base artistically.

But yeah.  That’s all I got.

I went to college to learn how to work, not how to draw. I don’t have a “degree” to show for it, as I went to the Kubert school and that’s a technical certificate. i spent 3 years learning how to work and how to structure myself to be capable of it once in the “real world” and then, when I was done, I made things and got them published and never looked back. (if I sound like It was easy after school, believe me, it wasn’t an easy thing to do. there were and will be really tough and hard times, but I got where I am on my terms, and learned/am learning from my choices).

no one in comics (or art/writing/animation in general, as far as I’ve seen) gives a fuck about a degree. only parents and corporate people that can’t tell the difference between a stick figure and a mucha care about degrees. I’ve seen people with masters degrees who don’t understand composition, perspective, and basic anatomy, and I’ve seen people who’ve never had any formal training do work at the level of the greats. the ability to accumulate debt is not a measure of ones ability to complete a task at a competent level.

so yeah. do the work to get the work. if you think a degree/school will get you where you want to be? do it. if somewhere you want to work turns you down for lack of a meaningless piece of paper and a massive amount of debt, do you really want to be there?

two different accidents on the way to work this morning.

two different accidents on the way to work this morning.

layouts. #suicidesisters

layouts. #suicidesisters

pen test.

pen test.

@jetpens and amazon orders.

@jetpens and amazon orders.

sometimes the chalkboard at work makes me laugh.

sometimes the chalkboard at work makes me laugh.

Haven’t posted much in a bit, can’t really show the boards for the shows I’m working on and the comics stuff isn’t really in a place to show off much.
So here’s a quick sketch I did to clear the head after storyboarding today.
Done in Sketchbook Pro 7.

Haven’t posted much in a bit, can’t really show the boards for the shows I’m working on and the comics stuff isn’t really in a place to show off much.

So here’s a quick sketch I did to clear the head after storyboarding today.

Done in Sketchbook Pro 7.