My favourite books would be way too long a list. But just off the top of my head: Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake, The World according to Garp by John Irving, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren, The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch, The Hobbit, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins and The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.
Also of course the Moomin books, Abel’s Island by William Steig and Where the Wild Things Are.
Movies is an easier list: Brazil, Rushmore, Ghost World, The Adventures of the Baron Munchausen, Tideland, Beetlejuice, Spirited Away, The Night of the Hunter, As it is in Heaven, Black Cat White Cat, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Shining, Edward Scissorhands, Time Bandits, Princess Mononoke, Luna Papa, Departures, Drowning by Numbers, and I do suppose I should count Amelie in this list as well.
Comics: Ghost World, The Wrong Place by Brecht Evens, Hell Boy, Tin Tin, Persepolis, American Splendor, and then there are a few friends and contemporaries who never cease to amaze and inspire me like: Roman Muradov, Emily Carroll, Steve Wolfhard and Laura Park.
I feel like I’m coming up short here.
I’m sure there are tutorials out there that can do a much better job explaining all of that than I can right here. But playing around with the different layer settings will do it.
For the textures themselves, I usually just mess around with paint and ink on paper and scan those.
Gosh, what could it be? It surely wouldn’t be right up there in the url?
Actually, it’s not boring at all. I think we just want to see it!
Still it’s a shitty situation to be in. Is this person trying to gain personally and financially from copying you, or is it just a 13 year old with a lack of original ideas?
If it’s the 1st case, then the best way to go about it would be to contact this person and tell them you want them to take it down. If that doesn’t do it, I’m sure the service through which they’re selling their fraudulent wares would be able to help you out.
If it’s something like the latter situation, all you really need to do is write a polite email.
Brutal and cold, please send us some blankets and may be some cans of food? We’re down to our last tins of peaches and we’ve only one jugged hare left.
Still, hard work, politeness and a good portfolio will get you somewhere. Just as a job on the side will get you rent.
Edit: Just a clarification, telling you, or anyone who just got out of art school to get a job on the side is not meant as a comment on your talents. Truthfully, the chances of finding lots of work straight out of school are sort of slim. Apart from that I also think that not diving straight into a career might actually be sort of good for you as an artist (if you’ll allow me to use that word).
One reason is that it means you have some time to develop your work outside of the environment of school, something that can take some getting used to and is in a way just as profoundly influential on your development as your time in school.
Another reason is that having a side job (dog walker, dish washers, waiter, etc.) gives you an amount of financial self sufficiency, so that when you get an assignment in your preferred field you have the luxury of actually picking something you want to do, not something you have to do because you want to eat this month.
Eventually that may also help in building up a portfolio of things you can be proud off, which can lead into the career you want.
Really, I can only speak for myself, but I believe that it’s much better to be actually making things you’re passionate about, even if that means fewer jobs and having to wash dishes/walk dogs/wait tables for a while, rather than lots of work you’re only halfheartedly interested in.