Wow, thanks to everyone who shared their input on my previous journal.
Really, I may have read up on a ton of advice in the past but what's the use if I don't put it to practice?
In addition to that, I believe that you can learn a lot more from shared experiences, hence the reason for my previous post. At face value I am frustrated
and impatient - thinking that all the research and beating around the bush makes me go back to square one. It really makes me feel like I've wasted valuable free time.
But behind the mask I needed help and reassurance that all the effort I had put into crafting a story so far for 'Ashworth' was not a waste a time and because of your insight into your own experiences of creative writing and your own personal encouragement towards me it really helps.
I think what I will do is find something that can relate to me as fuel to creating the next story. If that doesn't work I want to write the stories that I'm interested in telling to the audience and, as some of you have noticed, my approach is more 'character driven' followed by context.
The other thing that I must point out is that I know where my strength truly lies as an artist when it comes to sequential art - and that strength is being able to articulate the stories I'm interesting in telling based on already existing worlds or story works.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a prominent example. I don't have to worry about coming up with the world, characters and premise, I will instead focus all my energy on how to make the elements work together to create something refreshing for the fans, and I think it works best in both ways - sticking closely to the canon universe or deviating from it.
Why did SA2 Fan Comic work out? Why did Tails Away still continue to be complimented from fans of old and new from time to time? It's because I know I've create something interesting for fans that is timeless, it's by no means a blockbuster, but it's story that's fun, entertaining and can connect at an emotional level (my fans tell me this).
Why doesn't Grand Hunter get mentioned as often as my fan-comics? It's because it's a got a terribly weak story, confusing armature, and no conclusion to the story.
Having said that I have no regrets on working on Grand Hunter because it's been an experience that I can use to improve on for the next story.In order to advance one must know their own strength and acknowledge their faults, and to really accept it.
This is why I feel that in the next five to twn years - the key to getting the best out of my story for this 'Ashworth' character is to practice more sequential art through collaboration, in other words using people's scripts that I'm interested in working on and utilise all that I've learnt so far from the Academy of Art university to bring the script to life and to the best of my ability. I'm not a good story maker but I believe that I have what it takes to illustrate that story in a compelling fashion.So to kick start it I'm going to attempt two projects
i) Silver the Hedgehog story exclusive to Sonic the Comic Online (written by Seumidh MacDonald) - 10 pages, to be released in August 2015.
On top of that I'll be working on the Sonic Boom: Unwrapped
comic series for practice and recreation.
I'll tell you now that I'm really lucky - the beautiful part about my life, from a recreation standpoint, is that I have the luxury of connecting with fans, even today, through the power of my artwork, community initiatives, and shared life experiences. This is how I made some of the coolest friends on the planet and some of them remaining my closest.
Anyways enough dabbling on I also want to make an effort to contribute towards
's awesome XDRAGOON series
by doing alternate covers for each issue. I'm working on Chapter 28
as we speak:
Chapter 28 will be available this coming Friday and from what I've seen of his latest work it's improved a lot in terms of his sequential art, line art quality and rendering. Do check it out! This is his official cover for Chapter 28 where the Dragões and the Morphs fly back to their home planet and are expected to face new adventures and mysteries!
Oh and one last thing to mention.
On top of the Ashworth story (which I aim for it to be a bit more grim in tone), I want to create a story for the other character I really like which is Captain Jack Blue - his stories will be more adventure spirited, sci-fi mercenaries/soldiers of fortune ala Firefly/Guardians of the Galaxy vibe
. Here's an exclusive drawing of him done by a friend of mine who drew it during Comic Con in 2011 - god damn doesn't he look awesome (and sexy XXD).
So yeah I'm writing this down for the record. Let's hope I stick to the plan and achieve some comic makin' goals in the next 5-10 years of my life!