Hello faithful readers! I wanted to give an update on the Astral Chronicles, since I’ve been spotty on updating it recently. Even though I know the story and know where it’s going, it can take quite a while to go from “this is what needs to happen” to visual concept to something-I-don’t-hate drawn to “inking” it via tablet to piecing together a full page to published.
I could list a whole lot of things that have been standing in the way of me feeling like I have that sort of time, and without feeling I have the time, I don’t seem to even start the process. I won’t bore you with excuses. But at other times, I’ve had weeks of art drawn and story crafted. I’d like to get back to that, which might mean taking a short hiatus on posting any of it – rather than posting every other week or randomly like I have been.
Also, because I have the story pretty well sorted, and because I would like to progress the story faster than a page-a-week has allowed for, I am considering going to two posts a week instead of just the one. This might lead to me changing up my process a little bit, and I also feel like it might simultaneously lead to slightly less quality in the art (not that such would be noticeable) and slightly better quality in the art because I would be working on it more. But I’m also wondering if I can move the “inking” step to actual paper… my problem was that my technology at hand wasn’t working well for converting sketches into inked finals, short of doing so digitally.
Anyway, that’s what I’m thinking. Short hiatus, coming back with a vengeance, all that. I’m sorry I’m not breaking at a chapter end! Also, I would like to integrate in a webcomics functionality to the site, so that it’s easier to navigate through the story from page to page. Time to step this up!
So let me know in the comments below – what would you like to see from me for the Astral Chronicles? Any questions or advice on my process? Favorite plugins for comics? Talk to me, dear readers!