(This first half of the journal is a bit of a life update. Feel free to skip directly to the BIG JUICY NEWS by scrolling down!)
Why hello everyone!
It's been a while hasn't it!
Quite literally actually, as I haven't written a journal since April last year!
I've seriously been that busy.
As a matter of fact, you may have noticed me getting a bit inactive on DA lately, and you aren't wrong:
I was forced to leave my account running on autopilot over the last couple months, due to just how jumbled up real life has been getting. I started scheduling submissions so that pages could upload automatically while I was away, but most importantly, I lost touch of you guys. I realize that I haven't replied to very many comments at all lately, and I'm seriously sorry for that. People literally started wondering where I'd gone. I lost commission opportunities and missed out on interesting discussions.
As a few of you may know, I got my first job as a pharmacist in March 2017. This was quite far from where I live, so for a good chunk of 2017, I left home early in the morning and came back late in the evening, too exhausted to do anything art-related after that. Later this year (October 2017), I had a chance to swap to a new job in a pharmacy closer to where I live. This gave me a bit of a breather, as well as some newly found motivation for art. Then came the holidays, during which I was literally always working, including the weekends. Now that January is coming to an end, things are slowly starting to calm down a little.
Still, I'm hardly ever home anymore, and rarely get time to work on my art, which frustrates me. My biggest dream is still to turn my art into a job, but I have this terrible feeling as though I'm slowly losing sight of it, every day that goes by.
It's a horrible, scary thought haunting my mind, and it's been with me for a while now, fueling my anxiety.
That, coupled with some family troubles and an overall shitty mood, contributed to making 2017 my worst, toughest year yet.
Many times over have I thought of giving it all up, both work- and art-wise.
And with the new year, I resolved to change for the better.
I had to resort to all my willpower in order to continue working on my comics, which I love doing above anything else! Especially now that I have recently celebrated my ten years on DeviantART!
That is a huge, huge milestone, and I never would have persevered this long had it not been for you guys. It's been one hell of a ride thus far, and I don't want it to end anytime soon!
Which brings me to the second half of this journal:
THE BIG, JUICY NEWS!
No doubt here, 2018 is off to a fantastic start!
As a matter of fact, along with my 10th DA anniversary, we've hit another important milestone: OUR $250 PATREON GOAL!
Check for yourselves! www.patreon.com/arven
First off, thank you so so SO much! You have no idea how much that means to me! Your continuous support never ceases to amaze me.
When I first set this goal, I made you guys a promise: If the goal was hit, YOU would get to decide which of my two comics updated weekly.
Well, a promise is a promise.
You guys know the drill by now:
For ten long years, I have uploaded one page of Chakra per week on Saturdays, and one page of Africa twice a month, on Wednesdays. Africa is the youngest of my two comics, but it quickly overwhelmed Chakra in terms of support and sheer number of readers. Over the years, I've received countless requests to upload more often, with people wishing that Africa could update weekly instead of Chakra.
Well, thanks to our loyal Patreon supporters, now is your chance!
I will soon create a poll (which will be available on every major website I'm on), where I ask you which of my comics should update weekly, and which should update twice a month.
This is a crucial, crucial change for me. While I love both my projects equally, an eventual change of such proportions in the schedule, after ten years of routine, sure is a big deal.
On that matter, before you make your choice, I'll need you to keep these things in mind:
1) Out of my two projects, Chakra is the one that's closest to completion. Swapping its schedule from weekly to twice a month would mean it will take longer to finish (we're talking years here). Keeping the schedule as is would allow it to end sooner, leaving room for new projects to come after it once it's completed.
2) Swapping Africa's schedule from twice a month to weekly would require a while to adjust, so if this change does end up happening, it won't be immediate. For a few more months, the schedule would be left as is, until I'm finally ready for this big change.
So here you go! Make sure you give these points a thought before making your choice on which comic gets to upload weekly, and which gets to upload twice a week. Are the comics' schedules going to swap? Or are things going to stay the same? The choice is yours to make.
Keep your eyes peeled for the polls coming shortly, on my main websites (DeviantART, Patreon, Facebook, Twitter). You're welcome to vote on each of them.
Whichever choice you make, I will forever be grateful for your immense support!
This big, game-changing announcement was possible thanks to your help, and I will never forget it.
If you feel like joining the family, you're welcome to support me on PATREON!
Whichever comic is chosen to update weekly, Patrons get to read pages in advance!
Thank you a ton again, and have a fantastic 2018!