Journal Entry: Tue Apr 30, 2013, 4:26 PM
I know it's been over a year since I last worked on Alembic Grimoire, and that I've promised to do more on it. The thing is, I hit a dry spell a while ago with where I was going with it, and I got critiques from people complaining about the storytelling of the last pages I did.
Well... I shouldn't have listened. I let too many people get involved, and too many cooks spoil the pot. This is especially true with comics - people will make misinformed or uninformed judgements on your work if you release it page by page. I took the comic in a direction that really showed who the characters were, and that was going to play into the storyline and add more emphasis to some of the actions therein, but I was told it was "moving too slowly."
I'm going to continue it as I see fit, not revise or rewrite it. Cassie and Anstice are going to have their argument. They're going to have to deal with each other and the huge strain between the two of them for the better good. It'll play into some character development that you'll see pretty quick.
I'm working on the scripts again after so long, but I don't know if I'll be able to do many pages soon. I'm saving up for a new cintiq 13HD, because I don't like the lines the 12WX produces compared to my old intuos 5. The 12WX is based off intuos 3 technology, and mine is pretty worn down and needs repairs.
I know I'm kind of jumping the gun by announcing that I'm working on this, but, well, I feel like it needs to be said so I have to stick to it. I've been depressed lately because of the carpal tunnel, and I need something to remind me that I'm doing work and doing something people enjoy, because I feel pretty useless. It's just how it is. I'm hoping to get a hydrocortizone shot sometime in May to fix the problem, but I want to get ahead and ready to produce more comics stuff as soon as I can.
Also, college hasn't really given me much time for art, and it's really been hard. I love drawing, but I can't afford to because it's a detriment to my grade. I started going to college to try to improve my comics craft by pursuing a degree in design. Needless to say, I'm rather good at working with text now, but my drawing hasn't improved much, and it's not what I wanted.
I'm going to see if there's some sort of comics group or something nearby. Does anyone know of any comic artists/writers groups in the Arlington TX area?