First of all… HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday.
It has been a while since I’ve posted something but it’s because I’ve been so busy, I wanted to try and complete the first draft of book one by the end of 2014 and I managed to do it, hooray! I haven’t released much art work since this was so time consuming but I have learnt a lot about my style and drawing techniques, especially when it comes to using photoshop since I’m more comfortable as a traditional artist.
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED
The image above shows my design idea for the lead character Agape; on the left is my 2013 drawing of her and the right is the 2012 drawing. Drawing constantly every day and editing on photoshop (bare in mind I’m an amateur) I was able to pick up on different tools, for example using Opacity. Imagine, I’ve been creating layers of colour to create tone when I could have easily adjusted the opacity. Silly I know but when you’re self taught little things like that can get you really excited ha! But hey I got there.
I started with working for two months on one chapter to just under a month. Reading has definitely helped with my writing, even though comics are more like a script it has helped expand on my vocabulary and the way I piece sentences together. If you’re deciding to write a comic, reading different types of books will definitely help.
The biggest mistake I have made was working consistently. When I say consistently, working 9am-12am almost every day with not much of a social life and a rocky sleeping pattern for a year and a bit. It is easy for passion and drive to keep you going but your health is very important, towards the end of the year my body started to give up I grew weaker and was prone to getting ill, mentally as well I must admit I had a couple of panic attacks towards the end and I realised it’s because I was mentally AND physically exhausted and the spirit inside me was screaming for me to slow down. I was very fortunate to have people around me to pick me up and knock some sense into me. When I start working on book two the motto will be the cheesy line of
‘Play as hard as you work.’
THE NEXT STEP
You’d think that starting the comic is the biggest hurdle to jump over, NO WAY. Deciding wether to find a publisher for your book or going down the independent route is the start of the second hurdle and what follows that are the steps to getting your work out there and having a physical copy in your hand, of course it’s easy to doubt myself but I know that if I stay doubtful and hold back I will regret it in the future. So I guess for now, let’s see what will happen next. The holidays are over, I’ve taken my much needed break so bring on 2015!
WISH MY LUCK and to everyone reading this out there, have a fruitful 2015 🙂