Hi there! Just thought I drop by to say hello. I hope all is well with you. Awesome colorful comic you have here. I'm also working on a comic, or to be more specific, a graphic novel. And boy, does story making takes considerable amount of time. XD
I was currently working on a storyboard at the moment, just formulating story panels and perspective and stuff before moving onto the actual drawing of the comic page. Just wanted to express from one artist to another, how rewarding it felt to be able to complete a chapter, and even look over on my progress. I haven't even posted any of it yet, because I'm generally a very slow artist, not very consistent since I do a number of other things aside from drawing. But, I've been slowly getting the hang of time management. It wasn't easy, but I learned that what worked for others doesn't really work for me, I had to figure out what does, and even learn to be innovative in my approach.
Looking at your works here, I'm very impressed, and felt encouraged to keep going with my creative process. Something that your work and many other artist's works constantly reminded me is that the creative journey is just as valuable as the destination. I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation that you're sharing your passion here on DA. I was just sitting here looking at people's art works, checked my "Deviant Online" icon, and thought I swing by to share my thoughts with you.
Keep up the awesome work. ^^ I'm not socially active here like I wanted to, since I started working last year, and I miss being active around here. But when ever possible, I try my best to reach out and connect with as many of you here as I could. I personally felt like it's important to be able to connect with fellow artist online, because we feed off of one another's creative energy and positive drive for productivity. I wish you the best with your creative works. What you have here is an awesome thing going for you, and nothing beats doing the very thing that you love.
My time online is currently limited due to my unstable schedule, but at the very least, as a skillful writer, it's been a pleasure to take this moment to share my thoughts and encouragement with you and with as many other artist online as possible. I understand how rare it is to get comments and feedback like this on DA. And there had been a time when users used to be more socially active. But in such a time as this, a socially shy individual like myself, decided to step out of my comfort zone, and learned to become the difference I had hoped to see around me. Since my turning point as a struggling artist, this moment right here... it's what I do.
I hope this has been encouraging for you. I'll see you around.
Thanks for the encouragement! Right back at you! It's incredibly satisfying to see each completed page, isn't it? When I started, I had no idea how much effort and planning went in to it, but I certainly learned quickly! There's just so many things to do, and I never seem to be able to do everything I want to in a day. But despite my shortcomings, that feeling of seeing a page completed is just magic! My motto is I don't have to get it right the first time, but I'm gonna get it right the last time. I can always fix stuff as I get better, and I'm never going to get better without practice. Post your comic! The world needs more heartfelt stories. (and speaking of pages...erm...I gotta get to work on those pronto don't I...)
It certainly is magic. I like your motto. That really is awesome.^^ I certainly would love to post it here and share it. I've been actually going by my intuition as to when to do so.
When you made your comic, did you simply just posted them on DA, or did you waited until you felt the right moment? Was it scary the first time? I guess I have all sorts of emotions running inside of me about my story. I'm not sure if it's because I feel nervous about it or what it could be.
my advice is: you'll never be ready enough, you'll never be good enough, you'll never be adequately prepared, let alone perfectly prepared, you'll never feel less nervous, you'll probably feel more nervous...but do it anyways. Because otherwise you're just feeling all those negative emotions and not getting anywhere. Bite the bullet. And work hard as you can.
I did not simply post on DA and then wait for things to happen, it doesn't work like that. If you think you see someone who has instant success...you're missing some information, look into the background, there's often much more to the story. I know I'm not doing the right things even now to get the word out...this is a really huge topic that creators in many fields struggle with. Biggest help for me has been to get better at art...and you only do that by being there, showing up, and working as hard as you can. It's never enough. But one day, you may just be the last man standing. Speaking of which, as an artist really focus on taking care of your drawing arm...I see so many guys take indefinite hiatus for medical issues. Make sure this isn't you. Have padding, work up to a full production schedule, do more things than just draw so you get full exercise to the arm (I chop wood and hammer hot metal for this, boxing might work, just something else to build strength), do not get overweight, do not 'work through' drawing pain and hope it goes away, practical stuff, etc. as an indie comic maker you're a combined visual artist, storyteller, athlete and marketing department. And probably more stuff that I'm forgetting. So start showing up, and fail and fail and fail, but grow with each failure. That's the only way I know to improve in this. It's not easy. But it all starts with taking that first step.
That's awesome advice! Thanks so much! Indeed, I certainly do exercise. Not as often as I would have wanted, but as a thin build person, I have manage to get a four pack. XD
One of the most challenging thing for me is finding balance in what I do, because I'm actually multi-talented. Aside from writing and drawing, I also play the keyboard and sing at my church, among other things. ^^ And so I have to find balance in improving my skills on the keyboard, vocal singing, and well, lot's of stuff. And sometimes the thought of which thing to focus on can feel a little overwhelming and I get a bit indecisive. There doesn't seem to be enough time in a day. Often times, I get interrupted from my attempts at my creative production and have to cater to other situations that pops up. For years, having to cater to other things in real life, has caused my art aspect to suffer allot. And it forces me to learn to improvise allot, which is what I often do on a tactical level. I'm talking about having to pretend to go to work on my day off, and finding a spot on the boat yacht to concentrate on my drawings, and only doing so on rare occasions so as to not create a familiar pattern for others around me to catch on. In many ways, I unwittingly became a "Ninja Artist" or "Black Ops" Artist. XD I like the concept of what I became, but having to figure out different plans and methods can be mentally exhausting. I get most of my sudden epiphanies from sharing interpretations and feedback on people's art works here on DA. When an idea hits me, I literally run off to do something. It's funny cause my folks already know that I have an idea and run with it. Sometimes in mid argument, I quickly forget the argument if they said a keyword that gave me an idea, I''ll stop to smile, and that person is like..."Oh crap you have an idea, haven't you?" And without explaining I nod my head and walk away to begin to apply what I learned. XD Kind of like seeing the bigger picture of things. I won't mind losing a couple of battles if I gain something much more valuable to run with. I'm what most people call me a "lateral Thinker" What ever that means. I looked it up a while back but I honestly forgot.
I don't think I'm that smart or clever though, just wise enough to be quick to see, listen and slow to speak. I love what you said about growing from failure. That is so true. I learn more from my failures than I ever will from my success. ^^
Thanks so much for sharing this with me. In some ways I was kind of on a similar track, but I do admit my fears when it came to my creative works. I've managed to overcome many inner demons overtime, but even so, there are some negative emotions that I do still struggle with. And honestly, this one here didn't really occurred to me as much until now. I will certainly bite the bullet, and strive to be the best that I can be.
I'm not sure how I'll get there, but, one step at a time, I'll get there somehow. Thank you so much. What you shared with me helped me allot. I need to digest this so it can be ingrained inside of me.