At the pace I’m currently producing comics I will literally be dead before I finish AHS, not to mention other comics I want to make. That’s why I really have to find ways to draw more efficiently. I planned to hire someone to help me with inking / coloring, but the Patreon revenue would have to be a lot more for something like that to be feasible and that is not happening with my slow update schedule.
I look at a lot of webcomics to get ideas and I noticed that my eyes kinda slide off of some sketchy comics or comics that are purely lineart. So I’ll be experimenting a bit with the art in the next few pages to avoid this issue while still being faster. There’s still some hope my health situation improves with physical therapy etc. but I’m not betting on it at this point.
Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know what’s happening.
It’s been around five months since I injured my shoulder. At first I stubbornly kept drawing through the pain, but soon decided to put the comic on hold in order to rest and let the injury heal. However, after all this time it still hasn’t gotten better. I guess it’s safe to assume this will not go away on it’s own, and might even require surgery. Sadly, x-rays didn’t show anything, so the next step will probably be an MRI the coming weeks.
Anyway, I can’t just not draw. Doing nothing has wrecked me even more mentally and physically. I gained a few pounds, my place is a mess and I’m crying a lot. If rest is not helping me recover, I might as well draw.
I think the dream of doing the comic in color is well and truly dead now. Even the newest b/w page made my shoulder feel like a sea of fire. I’m not sure how far I can scale back the detail without readers hating it. But maybe I can find a more efficient way of doing things that won’t look half bad. I’ll still do some colored pieces every now and then, like the one at the bottom of this post.
That’s it for now. I will update the comic when I can, just don’t expect too much of me.
Earlier I wrote about my health issues and the fact that at least some of them are probably caused by bad posture due to crappy setup, or at least they are exacerbated by it. In response a few readers have donated money, to help me afford something that might make for a more ergonomic setup. I mentioned looking at the Yiynova MVP22U as one possibility.
One reader in particular (who wishes to remain anonymous) dropped quite the bomb on me, which means I’m now well on my way to being able to afford it! That actually made me cry a little… I didn’t even ask for donations! You guys are great ;_;
If any of you want to donate, you can, but please be aware that even if I am able to afford a super ergonomic setup right now, I still won’t be able to draw right away because of my health. Still need some time to recover. My recent visit to a doctor was completely fruitless by the way…
So, now that I am well on my way to afford something nice, it might be a good idea to step back and explore my options a little. The MVP22 is nice, but apparently Yiynova will release three new models really soon. It might be a good idea to hold on to the money until then.
It also might be an idea to investigate some tablet-pcs like the Surface Pro or the Cintiq Companion etc. I recently un-retired my old EP121 and drew a thing with it.
Here, have a sporty watercolor Mina!
The thing I really like about tablet-pcs is the ability to move them anywhere. They’re not tied to a desktop because there’s a computer in there, but that’s also one of the drawbacks. The only reason I retired my EP121 in the first place is because it’s getting old. It only has 4gb ram and can’t be upgraded beyond that. I need at least 8gb now that I work in color. Newer tablet-pcs are roughly twice as powerful as the EP121 and should be able to handle my workload without problems.
I’ll compile a list of options I’m considering soon. I did a lot of research into Cintiqs and their alternatives in the past few months and hopefully it might benefit others as well.