I have a process when I finish a comic chapter. I stop. I breath. I pace the house. I go over the future parts of the script, if it’s written, and revise according to what I changed as I drew the chapter. Then I format the just-finished chapter for Smashwords, Kindle, Drivethru Comics, etc. Then I pace the house some more. Usually I stay up for 24 hours working on it.
Then I take a week off.
It’s just really important to take that time to avoid burn out.
Then the magical day comes – that day when I begin revving engines to prepare for another chapter run.
Step 1. Open the script, skim a bit to remind myself of things or make more changes. This is probably the most important part. I’m all about consistency, the art of foreshadowing, and other things.
Step 2. Separate the right chapter from the entire script and put into its own document that will keep track of page numbers, once again going over details.
Step 3. Print said chapter, put it into the Holy Book of Heavenly Bride, and set it on my desk in preparation for the next day I’ve set aside for Heavenly Bride work.
All of this takes a while. But it’s done. Chapter 7 starts soon.
Someday I should like to have part of that be “send scripts to penciller and get all excited while waiting for the first pages to come back.” 🙂
This isn’t much of an update, so you know. Enjoy School House Rock at the start of this post.
I have had a bit more time than usual of late, so I’ve managed to get slightly ahead in the Heavenly Bride update game. Which meant that yesterday I was able to draw the final page of Chapter 6, schedule it on the website, and this morning I was up at 3:30 AM working on the 2012 Christmas wallpaper… wanna see a sketch?
As is my habit when I finish a chapter, I took a look at just where in the story I was and to my delight I’m about 1/3 of the way through. I was so ecstatic I couldn’t concentrate for at least an hour and had to pace the house to walk it off.
I’ve always known Heavenly Bride wasn’t that long a story – I mean you can only go so far with a romance without it turning into the never-ending soap opera of doom. I’ve always been unclear on just how many chapters it will be, though. I think I’m looking at somewhere between 20 and 24 chapters at this rate. Not bad at all.
Someone said recently that Heavenly Bride’s occasional color was “random” and “annoying” so one of my biggest hopes is that by the end of the story you, the reader, will understand just why the color and appreciate it for the artistic statement I’ve chosen it to be. =^-^= I don’t want Heavenly Bride to be just like everything else. I’m not into the cutter cutter statement.
When I began this project I strove on purpose to do something with some sort of artistic flair – something that said “Comics can have deep meaning. Comics can be written for more than the window-licking sheeple.” I have no idea if I’ve managed to get anywhere near that goal. I only know I’ve managed to make the opening better for a lot of you and “boring” for the rest. Which I think is par for the course.
I hope you guys are enjoying where I’m at in the tale. Chapter 7 is going to have something pretty serious go down, something that can end friendships and destroy self-esteems. And that’s all you’re getting from me today.