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Rest and review

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 18, 2019

Considering how many steps there are in creating comics, planning, plotting, writing, scripting, sketches, pencils, inks or colours and everything in between, it’s important to build in some time for review. Now this seems like a logical step. But when deadlines, self-imposed or otherwise, loom, this step is often by-passed.

I’m a perfectionist who also has a spot of impatience when it comes to getting things done. I like to do things in one go so that it’s ticked off the to-do list. Whilst this makes me prolific and quick it doesn’t always make me accurate. To be accurate, you have to take time. When I begin to become tired and, in turn, sloppy, I now stop. I don’t push through.

This might mean downing tools for the night or going for a walk to get some much needed oxygen and sunshine. Other times it means putting the project down for a few days so I can come back to it with a fresh perspective.

If you constantly find yourself without much time, try adjusting your deadlines and goals. Building in rest and review time is important to any project as it raises the chance that the product will be better quality.

Do you take enough rest? How often do you review your work? Let us know in the comment section below! And join us on Sunday evening for our Quackchat at 5:30PM(EST)!

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hushicho at 1:21PM, Oct. 19, 2019

You're so right, it's important for people to accept their limitations and take adequate rest so they don't burn out. So many beginners and new creators burn out spectacularly right after they start, and it can affect them for the rest of their lives. It's best to accept your limitations and just do what you can. It's also a hard lesson for artists and perfectionists especially, but we all must accept the small imperfections, or else we'll be stuck in the cycle of fixing or redoing things again and again instead of telling new stories and doing new things.

bravo1102 at 8:41AM, Oct. 18, 2019

I am constantly reviewing. I know I constantly make little errors so I have to be on top of them.

Banes at 6:52AM, Oct. 18, 2019

My comics are really slow to come out, very poor in quality, but I'm charging $10,000 for each page. This is the model I feel will work for me. Great article, and great image!

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