I don’t want to alarm anyone, but we’re ten pages deep into this story now. Crazy! And I’m afraid you’re going to have to cope with the constantly shifting arrangement of the rigging, number of staysails, detritus on deck, etc. until I figure out completely and exactly what the Blanco looks like. Maybe by the end of this story I’ll know how to draw a boat?
I had to take on a bunch of commissions so that we could settle up with the taxman and so I have to keep my head down and finish all the work I owe folks this week. It looks like I’ll probably have to do the same next week as well, since I won’t have all this stuff done by tomorrow.
But if you like, here’s a look at some of the stuff I’ve been drawing!
I can’t promise just yet that I’ll do one of these every friday but I’m gonna do my best! I’ve been meaning to do some fanart for Tod for a long time, after the stuff he drew for me at Rainfurrest. So here’s Sparrow and Ginger, two of the protagonists from his
comic worldbuilding project, Ekwara.
Also it’s been forever since I’ve done an open thread, huh? Well, five straight weeks of updates, I think it is safe to open this post up for comments. Thread locks Monday morning!
Do you remember how I disabled comments ages ago? Probably not, because I removed comments long before this comic had any kind of a readership. But now I want to try a thing; and that thing? Is comments.
Rather than have comments on individual comics, though, I am going to steal a page from some of the blogs I read and have an Open Thread party, wherein we can all talk about whatever, whether it’s the comic, or what your holiday plans are, or anything else.
I’ll tell you what I want to talk about, though, is commissions: I had a very interesting conversation with the Blotch duo the other day wherein they told me that if I wanted to make any kind of a decent living on my artwork, I need to stop taking them. And it makes sense: I spend so much time trying to get commissions done in order to make ends meet that I have no time at all to work on the comic, which is what is largely responsible for most of the interest in my work these days. So that’s something for me to think about.
I don’t think I’m ready to stop doing them completely, and certainly I am going to complete my existing queue, but I think that going forward, any commissioned work I take will have to be done with the understanding that I intend to sell prints of that work, and will be selected according to its viability for print sales. (And on the subject of print sales, it certainly wouldn’t hurt if I spent a bit more time preparing the ridiculous backlog of work I’ve completed over the last few months for printing so that I can make them available.)
I do have a bunch of ideas (like, a whole bunch) for themed collections and illustrated stories, and single pieces I’ve been wanting to do, which I just couldn’t budget the time for. The idea of stopping work on something that’s paid for up front to focus on stuff that might sell in the future is kind of scary to me, and honestly I expect I’m going to have to find a nine-to-five again until I figure out exactly how this is all going to work, but it’s been my experience that when I work from my own imagination and draw to my own tastes, that’s the stuff that always winds up resonating with other people. And for that reason, I am optimistic!
Anyway. That’s what’s going on with me. What’s going on with you? Do you guys want some possible worldbuildy spoilers about what’s going on with this boat? Because I am prepared to dish. Comments are open until Sunday night; I’ll try to be as active with the responses as possible!