the frankly biggest, and only, regret i have about devoting to a comic project long-term is it takes up most of the drawing/creative time, and it generally means every extra art project or even a single piece is time sacrificed from a coherent updating model on the comic.
So every time there’s that itch to create, you either scratch it and have it affect your comic updates, but most of the time you simply let those moments slide in favour of comix, all those potential moments of new breakthroughs. :E In this sense I envy people who stick to non-sequential works or only dabble to comic-stuff. More roads to follow and less commitments to keep you from experiementing I guess. Of course that’s not to say there aren’t long term rewards or development in comic-making, on the contrary, but its in different areas and a lot of the time on the expense of short-term gratification.
I can’t remember when I last had time devoted to a big-scale illustration or really went out there with technique or diverse themes. I just remember a bleary infinitum of comic panels and phtoshop hard round brush.
this started as a footnote but became a massive paragraph: The more effort-conscious I’ve become with the making of coloured digital comic, the more unclear it feels to me whether there is a creditable enough difference reader feels between a very roughly stylisized & fast-made comic, vs. carefully smoothed over, +20 hours/page products. Do we even care? It might be nothing but the author’s own obsessiveness. In this sense I’d like to advice people starting out their own comics to really consider whether they feel like they can commit to the workload they put on themselves for the next, maybe 5 years. Often times I look back at my own 10 minute b&w sketches and feel they don’t necessarily lack any qualities that my +1hour illustrations/comic panels have. If Judecca was made fast and furious, would it be at page 150 now, going to business with the juicier bits of the story, and you readers would be enjoying the ride just as much. I don’t know. Worth thinking about, for future projects, both for you and for me.