Wow...the third month just passed. When did it become April?! 90 Comics and 31 drawing challenges behind me. When I started, I was dubious I'd make it this far. I thought surely something would cause me to miss a night and throw the whole schedule off, but...surprisingly, thankfully...nothing has. Some nights have definitely been much more difficult to draw through, but like anything, there will be good and bad days. Push through the tired and the wrist pain!
I have noticed a marked decrease in the time it's taking to complete comics for 2 reasons: my drawing skill and setting limitations. Obviously the skill will be honed as I relentlessly scribble my comics, but there's another skill underlying the drawing itself; setting realistic comic goals. Often I'll get huge ideas spanning frames and frames, which is a lot of time and effort. Before, I would do the whole thing, regardless of how long it took me. Now, I see that there's nothing wrong with breaking up a joke into parts and spreading them over a few days to give my eyes and wrist a chance to heal up a bit.
Of everything I've done, my favourite part is drawing hands. Hands seemed really complex to me at first until I broke it down in my mind to basic polygonal shapes. On a good day, I can play with this figure in my imagination and figure out how the hand will be drawn. I'm often my own hand model though every other day.
Shoe and foot foreshortening is difficult, too, which is ironic that the easier shape compared to the hand is giving me more grief. Something about it...I dunno. Perhaps my next drawing challenge will be all about hand and feet gestures to whip me into shape there as well. I haven't decided yet when I'll be starting the next drawing challenge, but I'll be giving myself at least a month off before jumping back into it. I have to admit, I was quite pleased with the work that came from the challenge.
A friend at work told me about blogger sites where images (comics) can be uploaded as well.....and for free. May look into that for the first year into my webcomic series (starting on my birthday!) before buying ad space for my own site. I shall cross that bridge when I come to it.
Thanks to anyone who reads this rag on anything that could be considered a basis. I don't think it's bad form to shamelessly (yet humbly) self-promotion; If you like the comics, tell your friends, share my gallery link, or print and mail them to your friends and family! I'm going to be trying to open up venues to start getting my comics to different places. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!