When producing a webcomic, it is good practice to stick to an uploading schedule. Not only does this mean that readers know when to expect the next installment of your story, but it also helps you plan around the general activities of life. So here are some tips to help you plan and schedule your comic.
Be realistic with how much time it takes to make a page/episode
When you start out creating comics, particularly your first project, it’s going to take some time to put a page together. The time it takes to put together an update depends on whether you’re creating a short comic strip or a longer form narrative. Take note of how long it takes to write, rough sketch, ink and colour your pages and be sure to allow for that time in your scheduling so that you can balance it around your life.
If you need help keeping track of time, consider a time-keeping app like, RescueTime. This lets you know how long you’ve spent on a program or app and can help you get a more accurate idea of how long you spend creating a comic.
Create and keep a calendar
It is very easy to lose track of the days, particularly as your life becomes busier. For me, I keep a simple desk calendar that I scribble on. This includes my work schedule, comic activities and social events (as I realised I was double booking myself a lot). By keeping track of when you are releasing your next update as well as other commitments you will be less likely to miss deadlines.
Find a balance between your quality of life and your art
Dustin Rogers of Dustinteractive said,
”One thing I had to teach myself is that it’s okay for a comic to be less than what you consider perfect,”
Finding a balance between perfectionism and getting the work out is imperative if you want to do webcomics long term. There will be times where the artwork or writing will not be perfect and that is okay. Agonizing over every detail will not only cause you to burn out over your project, it will also take you away from your life in general.
Remember to take breaks
You’re going to exhaust yourself doing major comic making marathons. On average, you can only concentrate on work for up to 3 hours at a time. Make a habit of getting up every 2-3 hours and going for a walk, cuddle your pets or even stretching or breathing. Doing an activity that increases your oxygen flow is incredibly beneficial to not just your work but mental health as well.
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Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 14, 2019
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