For a long time I refused to begin the artwork for TTB until I was ready, I'd started sculpting a style specifically for it but I was never happy enough with it. I know that style change is inevitable in a comic but I wanted to do my best.
One day I confided in a friend of mine and she gave me the worst advice anyone could ever give to an "OCD" perfectionist.
"You can always re-edit the pages."
This advice did not help me one bit. Of course I'm not blaming her, I blame my own damned brain! And it's tendency to over think.
I did finally begin the artwork but her words echoed forever in my head! I always told myself there was no excuse or reason not to go over the previous pages whenever I improved. I lost count of the times I redid the first 10 pages, and I experienced a lot of tears and frustration while doing so, and if it weren't for my family who convinced me to upload the comic, I wouldn't be illustrating the 2nd chapter right now.. I would be redrawing the entire 1st chapter, just as I'd completed the darn thing.
My perfectionism helps me to improve in art but it can also be a burden. I'm super hard on myself, at times it can become overwhelming Q n Q;;
You might be thinking to yourself "What's the big deal? It's just a comic." But it is more then that to me, it is a project I've been developing tirelessly since 2011, it has evolved in many ways since it's birth and it's something I plan to see through. The journey will be a long one, but I have an exciting story that I wish to share so I will not lose my strength! I don't mean to sound like I'm gloating, I just know the story will be pretty neat @ - @;;
And so, I just wanted to thank you guys for reading this story and what's been presented so far and I do hope you enjoy it! It means the world to me you would take the time to give it such attention.
I'm sorry if I sound dramatic, I am just very passionate about what I do TT H TT To this day I despise the artwork for the first half of TTB chapter 1. I can barely stand to look at it @_ @;; But I must ignore my regret and keep moving onward! Your support certainly makes the effort more rewarding
It's hard for me to focus unless my brain really wants to (I can focus in general but with art I'm VERY impatient.) So far your style and the cartoon-ish style seems to work for me to work along with how I should be patient. Sadly I have Easy Paint Tool Sai and I think photoshop would really help me with coloring (unfortunately I don't know how to blend on it.)
I'm often told to take my time but when I do that, I lose a ton of energy very easily and I'm taken away on how yours is very simple and easy that you can get it done in not as much time as I thought! It looks so effortless yet it is a lot of effort in general!
Keep pursuing your dreams and I hope your comic comes out on a bookshelf one day as many volumes. I would definitely invest in your works to keep and any art books you make to learn from.
wow (kisses u for your struggles)
But anyway, I remember following a comic, which was being produced for years, and I started following severeral months after it started. I read through a couple of chapters straight, and then waited like everyone else. But it was only after it had finished I was looking at different pages together I realised they style had really developed. I hadn't even NOTICED : ) That characters outfits and everything had really been changed.
When you change you improve, and the quality of storytelling and character development can only get better as well (not that your's isn't already gold). I feels good to have witnessed and artist develop, like looking back over old work, it gives you a sense of how long you've been interested in this, and how far you've followed a story.
So, I guess to sum that rambling up, don't worry about having every single page beautifully perfect, with an exact style, once people invest themselves in something they usually stay invested. You're at a level I dream about, and even though don't want you to feel unsatisfied with your work, it's kinda nice knowing people further on than me have similar issues.
Hope you can actually make sense of all that. : )
I think instead of worrying about the art style of your comic, you should probably focus more on the dynamic and presentation. Honestly the art is magnificent and maybe one of the prettiest comic I've ever seen, but I can't help but notice that it lacks something when viewing. And it's not the art, it's the tiny lines that suggest speed and movement etc. Right now it's 'just' beautiful to look at but lacks some dynamic and tension created by e.g. non-uniform canvas sizes or overlapping pictures.
Here are some examples how other artists do it. off-white.eu/comic/page-158/ tryinghuman.com/comic.php?id=4…
However I don't know many comic-makers. There are probably other people among your watchers who could suggest you good ones, if you needed more examples.
Either way I think your comic could benefit from these small things.
I can udnerstand you do not like the old look of pages but.. meh, I reallly like them, and many ppl too, I am so so so sure.
and do not feel sorry for being passionate about your work, is something we should praise and support. Your progress is amazing and visible in every new art you are creating and really, I would read your comic in every style of these above.
and I believe already the story will be neat, for sure all characters seems to be, so it is worth reading for them too. I know the art style is important but it's usually nothing if the story is not captivating.
But truth be told your art style is for sure the first powerful magnet to give story a chance for people who do not know this project or you.
I feel so sorry for my comments whose are not even helping, or anything, I was always ambitious to be the best human I can be, and I am failling on the past years so many times it makes me feel torn apart, maybe that's why I am not commenting, I no longer know. I feel bad for saying only a nice things to ppl too because I am starting to feel that they consider me fake or too nice. I am a human with many many weaknesses.
I am so sorry for every time I made you feel bad/sad , I am terribly sorry.
It's a piece of art you put a piece of yourself into! Your time and heart-blood!
(People who don't do art probably will never understand...)
I tend to do this with everything I write or draw, and it is only lately I've been able to get past it by reading things like this or posts by Jason Brubaker about his own mental trials and tribulations making his comic 'Remind' (check it out).
I'm also listening to a screenwriting podcast from the Hollywood writer John August dealing with perfectionism (Episode 156 if you get the chance to listen).
I think the key is to remind yourself to enjoy the process and not worry about the outcome or opinions of a few critics. I'm sure you have a lot more stories in you beyond this! (This one is wonderful).
As a comic maker myself, indeed, one of the biggest holes you can go into is wanting to go back after improving and redoing those pages. Do not, because there is a sense of FINISH and beauty in finishing and LEAVING it to be finished. That was your best at the time, and it is unfair to undo all of that now. It would take forever for you to even get to the end with that mindset! You artwork was good before. It is even cooler now. Never look back! Keep going!
I can understand the hesitation of starting something very well. For some time, I too have wanted to start a 'comic' of sorts to share the story that's been brewing in my head for years now. However, I'm nowhere near as good as anyone here, nor has my style developed where I want it be (whatever style that might be). I'm far too lazy and totally unmotivated to get better, but I can at least play with my little story as long as I want and continue tweaking things. I might even dare to say that I envy you for moving forward and getting your story worked on and shared for us to see.
Anyway, please continue on with your story! Don't let the previous pages (which you always clearly work so hard for) pull you down and slow you from making more pages. We are loving it! Thank you for sharing it with us as well! <3
But you gotta just keep sharing otherwise you'll be stuck in the same place forever.
Personally, what helps for me is knowing that if I don't like how one frame turned out, I can always move onto the next.
As long as the frame gets the story across, it doesn't matter if it's not 100% perfect--just that it serves it's purpose.
Anyway, best of luck with Thicker than Blood!
Also, the first chapter is AWESOME! *smacks you lovingly* 9 H 9 Though if there is ONE thing I would point out that really gets me from all the changes so far... his lips really got more delicate over and over. ISSY! Don't try to make it hard for me to smooch him, because if I don't find his lips to kiss, then I certainly know where I can find his dic- *gets shot* alsdkfjalskdfhalskdjfsldfhsdf
I get this "OCD perfectionist" thing! D: I had this at some point and I had to conciously start not giving a fudge sometimes. My teachers said I was perfectionist to an unhealthy level because small things could stress me greatly. It's stressy, felt like I'd never finish things D: began wondering... if it took me x number of months to get chapter 1 done, who long will finishing this take me? Damn... I should give up. Bye. But... things eventually turn fine
Happy that you're happy now and you are accepting the way you are (plz don't cry over it anymore! D: ) Really looking forward for the next chapters!
And yeah, going through with something /knowing/ you're going to go back and change it later is a mood kill. Granted, it happens when you improve and you wanna replace older pages with your new skill so they're more updated but that's never the best advice to go by. It's like buying a product, knowing it has a short life and shrugging your shoulders saying "Well, I can always buy a new one" Because you shouldn't have too.
You know what helped me? I was asked to do a webcomic as if drawn by one of the characters in the webocmic. A character that cannot draw worth beans but thinks he's awesome at it. I was terrified at first, but as I got into it, and drove myself nuts with ugly lines and a total lack of perspecive, I realized how cathartic it was to just go with it. …Not entirely sure if you can use that method, but I guess I'm saying it will get easier as you go. I also tell myself 'it's the best of my abilities right now. If in a year I look back on it and say 'uggg,' THEN I can think about re-editing' (to satisfy the 'it's not right!' part of my brain, and to keep the rest from going bonkers).
The style you finally chose looks amazing, though, take a deep breath and keep going. ^-^ Your story, both personal and artistic, has inspired me to start working on one of my comics again, too! And wait impatiently for the next page of yours. Or a book. You should totally make a book when you have enough pages (but not when you're 'done', or you might drive yourself insane ), it would be gorgeous!!
…wow, I didn't mean to write an essay, sorry! ^-^;;
p.s. I usually lose interest very fast when reading comics, and yours is one of the only two that I've loved and wanted to keep on reading ; u ;