With all of the teaching and crazy fluxuating schedules of the summer, I've been pretty impressed that I've been able to colour these pages as fast as I have. Granted, this last scene has been light on the painted background, but the common goal of almost all comic artists is to get faster at our craft and I'd like to think I'm starting to reach a more reasonable pace.
But seriously, every comic artist always feels like they work too slow. An Indie artist can easily take an entire year to finish 100 pages, and that's on the high end. This year I will finished a little over 50. It's a little depressing when I think about it, so I try not to think about it too hard.
I recently learned how to play Dominion. I'm a huge fan of turn based strategy games, and in particular board games, so Dominion is right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I haven't played enough to really understand the nuances of it's strategy like when I play Settlers of Catan. I love competitive Settlers, I've played in a few tournaments and they've been highly enjoyable.
Now that I'm finished nerding up the place, I hope you enjoy this week's page. Starting in September, I'm going to start making some desktop wallpapers and other incentives in exchange for small micro donations. I know that donations often come off as a little trite, but every little bit helps! If I can cut down on some of my teaching hours, I could easily update more, and I thought donations would be a nice way to say, "Hey, if you can or want to help out, awesome. If not, don't worry, the comic is still here for you to enjoy and I still appreciate you reading". Well, because that's how I honestly feel :D
I don't know how I managed to get all my commissions done, plus teaching, plus this page. I have been sitting in front of this computer for literally 4 days straight. I took a bit of time last night to go for a walk and make some super delicious pizza, but that was mostly for sanity.
I wanted to also announce that Cloudscape Comics has released two new ebooks, Exploded View and 21 Journeys. Each ebook sold gives a portion to every contributing artist, so this is a great, inexpensive way to support Wei and myself. If you get a chance, check them out. I'll probably make a separate blog post so that I can directly link to the download, but that will have to come a little bit later after some other pressing business!
Thanks for reading!
I'm actually kind of excited. For the first time in a long while I'm really ahead on this comic. Making these pages is a hard process, from the script to thumbnails to pencils to inks and finally painting and lettering. Sometimes I feel like I'll just be slogging along, one page a week, for years. For the last little while I've buckled down, tried to streamline the colouring process (which takes the longest) and really get some pages done. Now I'm ahead!
Of course, next week I'm doing summer camps and most likely won't be able to finish a page, so back to square one >.< Still, it's nice to know that I can get two pages done a week if I put my mind to it, and I'm only 22 pages in. I've mentioned before that I really want to make this my profession (you know, indie comics), so I can promise that, barring extreme emergency, that there will be at least one update a week. If I get good enough to add another one, I think it will be like my birthday all over again!
I've had a couple of requests for more comic related podcasts or video casts, which I would love to do, but it has fallen off the grid with this hyper focused production. Video casts are hard to set up, so I think I might fall back to audio casts (with an overlay so I can put them on youtube, probably) once a month or so. If you have any particular topics you would like to see covered, leave me a comment!
Oh, and thanks for reading! I always appreciate it :)