Life always has a tendency to get in the way of things, but usually only temporary. I'm set to defend my Masters in a month and afterwards forcing myself to take a much needed break after 3+ years of academic stress..........After which I need to plan for the next chapter of my life (career landing, wedding plans,........) you know the works!!!! I'm both excited, but preapring myself emotionally and mentally for what will be a hectic remainder of the year.
I had original plans to start the illustration process for Rajin Edge of Darkness in June, but that was honestly me biting off more than I could chew and before I realized grad school would need another year to finish.
As a result the project and a lot of my other art stuff has to be put away for a little while to focus on other personal and job related goals. I need to get my travel and hobbyest bug out of me. Get away from my computer for a while after my thesis is done. Pay attention to my friends and family. Hard to predict when things will slow down for me. Funny thing is its been slow and steady up to this point. Stuck in one place in a routine of predicitability, but still busy as heck and barely had a chance to breathe. Hence a much needed break and getting myself into a new better routine that will allow me to do more with my life in more places. I'm hoping for when I get established and adjusted to my next "first" official chapter in life I can make time for all my art goals once more. I have to put my real science based career first since that's what's going to be putting food on the table until I get out there enough as a freelancer. Starving artists..........but may one day it will be a full time thing.
Either way once the dust settles in possibly several months towards next year, I can dive into my graphic novel project with full force. Especially when I will have a strong storyline foundation to build upon (after I get further with the behind the scenes writing and prep) and get ahead of all my skill set sharpening through my art classes, tutorials, and books I've been hoarding the past 5 years. Just too much that still needs to be done and polished up before the official illustration process can begin.
In no way is this a "REOD project is retiring" or "I'm moving onto something else" especially since I've already put too much work and excited energy into it since 12+ years ago when I had the motivation to want to do a comic series of my own. Its just right now everything is taking longer than expected and I have to focus my energy and time on the important life related stuff for now.