Frequently Asked Questions
What programs/software do you use?
I use Adobe Flash for my animations, which is good in that it can be used to create interactive mediums like games/apps as well as animations. ToonBoom is an animation specific program that is quite popular, and though I have not used it very much I plan to do more work with it in the future. I use Adobe Photoshop for my Digital Paintings and image editing, though there are popular cheap or free alternatives with less complicated features which are great to learn on. I edit my videos in Davinci Resolve.
What can you tell me about digital tablets?
I work with Huion who produce tablets ranging from high end LCD tablet's for professional use to devices appropriate for students or beginners and people on a budget. I recommend having a look at their website and learning a little more about their tablets, I have made various videos promoting and reviewing Huion Tablets on my channel and you can search 'Huion' on the Jazza channel to find specific information on the latest models.
Will you do freelance work for me? (Animation, Drawing, Logo, Illustration etc)
Unfortunately I am unable to complete any art, animation or design freelance work at present. This includes any of the above types of work that involve art, drawing, animation, design etc. My full time job is working on the YouTube channel, and this is incredibly demanding, so I am only able to take professional enquiry's regarding my role as a YouTuber at present.
How do I convert my flash animation to a video?
To convert my .swf files to a video format I use a program called Swivel. It’s free (made by newgrounds) and is insanely good! You can get it here: http://www.newgrounds.com/swivel – it even upscales the projects you do, so for example, if I make my flash project in a 16:9 ratio at 800×450, I can use Swivel to convert it to full HD in 1080p.
How do I view your eBook on my mobile device or tablet?
Unfortunately I’ve not yet been able to get the download to work easily on some mobile devices (particularly Apple). The way to do it at the moment is to download the product on a computer and extract the PDF book, then upload it to your iPad or mobile device manually and into an app that reads the format (of which there are many, including an official one by adobe).
Will you give me private art lessons or tuition?
I would love to have time to do private lessons but unfortunately with running the studio and the channel I am unable to accept private students. I hope my tutorials and ebooks are of some help and that you continue to grow as an artist.
Will you look at or review my art?
I would love to have time to review artists individual work but unfortunately with running the studio and the channel I am unable to do so.
How can I be an artist?
Becoming a professional artist is not an easy road. There is no one way or sure fire path to success but one thing that you must adhere to is hard work. People who treat it like a profession even when they aren’t being paid and try consistently, taking every opportunity to improve their skills, have the best chance of success. Remember it takes doctors and lawyers 6-8 years of daily study and it’s the same with art. Keep practicing and put yourself out there in the art community!
What tablet can I use on a budget?
A good substitute if you are unable to get a tablet is, for example, a second hand Wacom Bamboo which you can get from ebay for about $50 or less.
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An Important Message From Jazza
I would like to thank you so much for you continued support, interest and positivity within this arty community. While we will - *without exception *- read all of your emails, we are sadly no longer able to respond to individual queries about equipment, video topics, project participation, advice or even just lovely kind words. We get literally hundreds of emails each day, and we kept going, answering everyone, as long as we possibly could. We have a FAQ page and are developing it further. Rest assured your email will be read (although it may take us some weeks) and we may be able to respond, if we possibly can, however up until s littel while ago we have responded to everybody and sadly for us this is no longer possible. I am anxious that you not feel less loved. You are loved and so appreciated by myself and the Jazza family. In fact you are the most important part of our channel and we wish we could spread ourselves thinner. The time you took to write to me is appreciated and I will be taking your suggestions, comments and stories on board in all I do. This is an amazing channel full of kindhearted, creative people.
Thank you for being part of it,
Jazza and the Jazza Family
I can't import the Photoshop Brushes/they do not appear to be compatible with my version of photoshop!
The main reason customers think this is that you are still trying to import them through the BRUSH menu but the instructiuons direct you to import them through the TOOL menu. I made a video showing how to use these brushes at the start of which shows how to import them:
You need to access the TOOL (not brush) presets via the windows drop-down menu or in the interface as shown in the video while the brush tool is selected.
I hope this helps, let me know if you have any further trouble!