I finally finish the new page of Mira's Quest and DevART won't let me post it! Just as well. I'm afraid it's safe to say that I won't be able to finish the first chapter of MQ by year's end. I'm just not as skilled in comics as I thought I would eventually be. The problem: lack of motivation. It's starting to feel like a chore and not a joy. I dunno. I don't wanna leave poor Mira story-less after all this (The story is half-written down already) but I don't want every single page I do have the lingering feeling that "It could've been done far better than that." or, "Blah blah blah, get to the good stuff already!". *sigh*.... I need to research more long-term comics and see what processes they take to pump out more pages and story at the same time. Anybody know any long-running webcomics or comic tutorials they could recommend?
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Hey I know this is an oldish journal but as a webcomic artist of Pompfiction for 1.5 years, and having majored in Sequential Arts in college, perhaps I could shed some light on the problem.
It's very common to struggle with the "obligation" of doing a comic vs the fun of doing it; this is a very common problem with dedicated webcomics specifically. I used to never produce a comic because it was never good enough to publish, but when I took a webcomics class at college, I had no choice! it was only after the spontaneous death of my professor of Webcomics, did I finally realize that I don't have time to waste! So I launched the webcomic and ran it for 1.5 years. There were many pages where I procastinated and felt like it wasn't my best, but you know what? You just pump it out to pump it out and move on. The best way to overcome that feeling is to keep going forward and do better on the next page! After a year's worth of the comic, i was able to look back proudly and say "wow, I have a 50 page comic book O_O" Sure, not EVERY page was my BEST page, but when I saw the project on the whole, it was worth it.
So yeah, just keep moving forward! But always, always, if the art is becoming an overall chore and it's not even worth it when you HAVE the big comic under your belt, then perhaps a dedicated webcomic is'nt for you, and that's okay!!! I think you have INCREDIBLE work here, dude, and you're fantastically prolific. Keep up the excellent work! I'd love to talk comics to you some time!
Aww man, that's heavy! My condolences! D: But you're absolutely right. Webcomics and comics in general are all about dedication, effort, and the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile. I think I feel better about it now. Even though this journal is a tad bit old, the feeling of being lazy and un-dedicated to something I've been gabbing about still wouldn't shake off my back. So really. Thank you so much.