19.09.16 by Jeff

Constructive Criticism: Share Your Work

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After all the responses last time, thought it’d be nice to do this again! Every week I get lots of emails asking for feedback on work and it’s pretty overwhelming and impossible to get through them all. The Monthly Reader Submissions posts exist for this very reason (so if you want to submit work please continue to share your work through these posts).

I wanted to try out a slightly different post here, one dedicated to providing people with some constructive criticism and feedback on the things they’re making. If you’re brave enough to share an image and link of your work below I will try to provide you with some feedback but also, and more importantly (because there’s only one of me), I’d like to invite other readers to give some polite, helpful, insightful comments to those submitting as well! It’s really hard to step outside yourself and see your own work with fresh eyes, and having a bunch of different sets of eyes provide feedback may help you improve.

Ideally the feedback is honest and direct (but not mean), and people in this community can actually spur each other onto to create stronger work. I realise this is a delicate balance to strike especially on the Internet so we’ll see how it goes.

To submit work or provide feedback open up the full post (either by clicking on the post title, the image above or the link at the bottom) and scroll down to the comments section. Please read the guidelines below!

 

Guidelines:

1. If you share your own work here, please also leave some feedback for others that have posted work. It helps the community!

2. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

3. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough. This is not about curation, it’s the way our commenting system is setup.

4. If you are providing feedback for someone please remember: Constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involving both positive and negative comments, in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one. The purpose of constructive criticism is to improve the outcome. (via)

 

SUBMIT WORK / PROVIDE FEEDBACK

16.09.16 by Staff

Giveaway: Tom Gauld’s Mooncop

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London-based illustrator and cartoonist Tom Gauld probably doesn’t need an introduction. His work has appeared in outlets like The New Yorker, The Believer and The New York Times. He’s also been doing a weekly series of comics for The Guardian’s Saturday Review since 2005 — a collection of which became his second comic book, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack (2013).

His latest masterpiece, Mooncop, is similar in tone to his first graphic novel, Goliath (2012) — a deadpan retelling of the Bible story. Set in a future where the idea of living on the moon isn’t just a possibility but a reality so passé that the one remaining policeman has little to do other than watch the last few colonists move back to Earth, Mooncop brilliantly side-steps obvious drama, focusing instead on things that are far more mundane and all too relatable.

Mooncop hits stores September 20th! Thanks to our friends over at Drawn & Quarterly, we have two copies to give away! They also put us in touch with Tom, who was kind enough to tell us a bit about his process, how he stays motivated and what had him laughing so hard he had to stop drawing! Check out the full interview below and share your favourite book or movie set in space in the comments for your chance to win!

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30.08.16 by Staff

Booooooom Giveaway: Pictoplasma NYC Conference Tickets!

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Pictoplasma is headed to Mexico and New York! Pictoplasma Academy will be in Mexico City October 25th – November 1st! Hosting inspirational lectures and daily workshops revolving around the theme of character development, the week-long program is designed to help a select group of participants further their personal style across a variety of mediums – from drawing and illustration to sculpture and visual storytelling. The deadline for applications is September 22nd. *We previously reported it was the 1st, but it appears there is still time to submit!

Following the Academy, Pictoplasma heads to New York City for a one-day art and design conference. Held on November 4th, the jam-packed program includes animation screenings, panel discussions and inspiring talks by artists like renowned illustrator Jean Jullien and GIF-wunderkind Julian Glander.

We’ve got 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway to the NYC conference! So if you can get yourself to New York (or you already live there) simply hit the “Read More” button and leave a comment below! Tell us about your favourite animated character, and why you like them. We’ll pick two winners in two weeks.

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22.08.16 by Jeff

Doodle Hunt Winners + The Big Doodle Reveal

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A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Doodle Hunt with Society6! It was a lot of fun seeing all the tweets and stuff from all the hunters! A quick FYI, due to the small hiccup with the mailer we’ll be emailing every single one of you who found all the doodles with a little extra thank you for participating!

What a fun way to bring together the Booooooom and Society6 communities! Special thanks to our official Doodlers, Sara Maese, WishCandy, and Nicole Xu for creating some really terrific artwork for us (to hide)!

And now, here are the Doodle Hunt prize winners:

(2) Main Prizes: $500 Society6 Gift Cards:

Kristine V
Jonah C

(5) Secondary Prizes: $100 Society6 Gift Cards:

David A
Sam H
Phil R
Lucy R
Maria G

Congratulations to these lucky hunters, and thank you to everyone who participated. You will all be contacted via email, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Now for the big Doodle Reveal, have a look below at all the amazing artwork that we commissioned for the Doodle Hunt! Thanks again to the gang at Society6 and to everyone who participated, this was so much fun for us, hopefully for you too!

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19.08.16 by Jeff

Booooooom x Society6 Doodle Hunt Officially Ends!

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Important news for everyone taking part in our Doodle Hunt with Society6! There was a little hiccup with the final mailer that went out today so we’re extending the hunt until 12 midnight PST on Sunday 21st to give a bit more time for those of you still hunting!

We’re also adding another 5 x $100 Society6 gift cards to our current prizes to make sure more of you are rewarded for all your searching. So there will be 1 x $500 gift card for first hunter to find all doodles, 1 x $500 gift card and 5 x $100 gift cards awarded (through random draws) to other hunters who find and submit all doodles but are not first!

Doodle Hunters submit by sending an email containing all 15 images to: doodlehunt@booooooom.com.

We will be responding to all your Doodle Hunt submissions and announce winners on Monday!

04.08.16 by Staff

What Instagram Would Be Like If It Ran on Windows 95

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Moscow-based creative Misha Petrick’s brilliant gifs hilariously capture what Instagram would be like if we were all still using Windows 95. More images below!

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03.08.16 by Jeff

Booooooom x Society6 Doodle Hunt Officially Begins!

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Today we officially launch our biggest Doodle Hunt yet! We’ve teamed up with our friends at Society6 and commissioned 3 artists (Sashiko Yuen aka Wishcandy, Nicole Xu, and Sara Maese) to create a bunch of drawings that we could hide on Booooooom and Society6. There’s 15 drawings in total, and the first person to find them all gets a $500 Society6 gift card! Just a little something to help you grow or start your art collection!

So what if you find them all but you aren’t the fastest to do it? At the end of the Doodle Hunt there will be a random draw for another $500 Society6 gift card (these prizes are no joke!) and any Hunters who found all 15 drawings will be automatically entered in this draw! There will also be some smaller prizes for just participating!

The Doodle Hunt closes August 19th. Doodle Hunters submit by sending an email containing all 15 images to: doodlehunt@booooooom.com.

Good luck and thanks for hanging around on Booooooom!

 

 

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HINTS + IMPORTANT INFO

All 15 drawings have the same blue border as the image above (each drawing is numbered 1-15).

5 drawings are hidden on Booooooom in posts dating back 6 months from today.

5 drawings are hidden on Society6’s blog, dating back 1 year from today.

3 drawings will appear in future posts on either Booooooom or Society6’s blog, published between today and August 16th.

1 drawing will appear in the Booooooom Secret Email Club.

1 drawing will appear in a Society6’s mailer.

We’ll be giving some hints on Twitter on @Booooooom & @Society6 throughout the Doodle Hunt!

 

 

 

 

02.08.16 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Colleen RJC Bratton

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A selection of fiber work by Brooklyn-based artist Colleen RJC Bratton. More images below.

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