Journal Entry: Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:38 PM
Last year, was both the best and worst year of my life thus far.
I managed to get my first girlfriend. I met quite a lot of people whom I talk to quite regularly. I connected with some people whom I had met before but never really had any sort of a relationship of any sort with. I became a better person. And most importantly, I finished Book ONE.
As a person, as a human, I have grown tremendously over the year. With my mom being unable to work because of her severe arthritis, I've been taking care of her inbetween working on my comic projects and everything else. That, and relationships between 'friends' and I have come and gone. Such a thing is normal. But people, whom I had thought previously to be quite good friends, turned out to be very shitty people. I've grown smarter, and within that, I have gained immense trust in very few people. I now know the difference between friend and acquaintance.
I became a lot more critical of my art this year as well, and have been cracking down to try and improve. Because 2012 was in a way, my first year as just an artist (instead of being a high-school student and artist) I had more time to dedicate to such things. The beginning was weak, because I was working midnights, and had no motivation at all to work on anything art related. Creatively, I was destroyed. There was a lot of downtime in that year, and I'm working on fixing that problem.
A resolution I made is that I would do 2 pages everyday of Book TWO until whenever it was finished. I realize, however, this is not feasible. The way I work is so completely sproatic in the sense that, I could have a huge creative outburst, and put out 3-5 pages no problem, but then a few days later, struggle with even getting one done. This is normal for artists, and while I'm able to push past it, I find that I'm not doing my best work when I do so. This is not to say I'm only going to work when I'm super inspired, but it is to say that I will allow myself breaks while working on it. Ryu's Krew, in all intents and purposes, is a labor of love. While it is something I have been doing for 5 years, come this February, it was all started because of my love of the comics medium, and my love of Greek Mythology/Sci-Fis and everything. I felt like there was no good stories like that (or any at all).
My art is constantly evolving, and I'm loving the progress I'm making. I'm finally getting to a point in my style where I'm comfortable, and I'm able to draw something without freaking out about how bad it sucks. However, I am not content. I hope I never am content, so that way I always have that motivation to improve.
A few things I'd like to do this year.
-Attend my first con as a guest, to where I can get a feel for the atmosphere in hopes of getting a booth at a future con
-Finish Ryu's Krew: Book TWO
-Start and make significant progress on other comic
-Make a few shorter comics, possibly do an anthology
-Grow and learn a lot about the art of comic-making
-Continue working out and being healthier
As a comics-artist, I'm still very much an amateur. There's a lot of techniques I still quite don't understand, and my storytelling techniques are something that definitely needs work. But at this point, I am, as I said before, pleased with what progress I have made. I always said I wanted a dark cartoony style, and well, that's exactly what I have.
I'd like to get done with Book TWO by early September at the latest. I'd love to get it done way before then, but we'll see how things go. If I can get a book out each year, I will be very pleased. As far as the other comic goes, I'm still in the design process, and am trying to figure out exactly what direction I want to take it. All I'm saying is, because of this comic, there will be a general universe in which BOTH Ryu's Krew and this new comic will be taking place in. As these are going to be my main comics.
I'd like to thank all my friends and family, those who have purchased a copy of Ryu's Krew: Book ONE and supporting me with my dream. I hope to get my name out there, and have those who read it enjoy it, and find themselves inspired to create. As someone who has spent 5 years on one idea that really, in all honesty, shouldn't have happened (after re-making it 11 some odd times), I can tell you that no matter how hard, no matter what you think is impossible, probably isn't. You just need to push past it, because nothing worth it in life is ever easy. Remember that.
And to those whom are also working on comics or other creative projects, keep working on it. Keep going at it, no matter how stressful it gets. Remember, the moment you get it done. The moment you see it finished, hold it in your hands (or listen to it or whatever), remember all that you put into it. There is, in all honesty, no better feeling.
Listening to: No Wisdom Brings Solace - SybreeD
Reading: Penpal - Dan Auerbach
Playing: Team Fortress 2 (ryuskrew)