How much are you going to value the input and participation of yours fans?
A lot. Fan input is absolutely crucial to this project. There'll be a forum eventually, so to anyone who joins I'd encourage discussion of characters and plotlines, whatever that may be.
What are your favourite and least favourite parts of making your own project?
Favourite - characters, writing the stories, dropping hints/red herrings of new plot twists & watching peoples' reactions when they see it.
Least favourite - the explanatory work. Ugh. I just want to get into the action but I know I have to explain how they got there is the first place. It's a pain.
What do you use to make your art?
My artwork is mostly hand-drawn, or occasionally sketched in OpenCanvas. The lineart, colouring and shading of the main characters is done in Macromedia Flash 8. Background colouring and special effects are added in Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. If you're looking to achieve the same effects as Photoshop but can't afford the software, I'd highly recommend The Gimp. It's a free download that allows you to touch up your artwork without resorting to stealing software.
Do you do art trades/commissions?
Due to lack of time I only ever do art trades with close friends and if time permits me. However, if I need the money I will sometimes open art or plushie commissions.
Commissions are currently CLOSED.
Who taught you to draw?
I pretty much taught myself. Since my school focused on the academic studies rather than artistic, I dropped art in favour of German and couldn't pick art up again when I decided German wasn't for me. It wasn't until I was eighteen that I started drawing properly again. If you have a love for the arts and the opportunity to take your skills further, please please PLEASE do so, or you may end up regretting it like I did.
Can I use some of your art?
If you mean for non-profit means such as wallpapers, forum avatars, icons etc, then go for it. I'd rather there was a 'copyright JJ Shippen 2005-8' on there somewhere just to prevent anyone getting in trouble. However, if you use any images on this site for the purposes of making profit & selling them (t-shirt transfers, Italian Charm images etc) I will not be happy in the slightest, as this will breach copyright law.
Can we do a link exchange?
Sure thing :) As long as you have a webcomic of appropriate content. Muse Academy is PG-rated, which means it is suitable for just about all audiences. I reserve the right to not agree to a link exchange if your comic has excessive violence, sexual content, foul language & other inappropriateness.
How do I link back to TheMuseAcademy.com?
Just take your pick of the available buttons on the links page and below and, to save bandwidth and keep TheMuseAcademy.com young & pretty, save it to an image-hosting site. Photobucket.com is perfect, and has been invaluable to me in the past. To put the button on your site, just type in the following code: