it’s so easy to find something you like and dive straight into it without knowing the costs and hard work it’s going to take.
Webcomics just happens to be like that too sometimes.
Sometimes you don’t know how much of a buffer is actually good, when you should start posting and how far you should plan ahead. There will be people to give you insight, even you can do your own research.
You will constantly be on the look out for improvement.
But you'll never tell yourself that it’s ok to take a break. - because if you do, you feel bad about doing it.
It’s completely normal to just stop what you’re doing and to lay down. You’re only human and it’s completely acceptable for you to just… stop. You want to take a break in the middle of a chapter? Do it. Hiatus out of the blue? That’s fine.
Shortcuts? Make them. Copy and paste panels? Go ahead.
There is absolutely no reason for you to break yourself over your webcomic. Make your little cheat sheets, make your models, save your backgrounds, copy and paste panels and make minor changes if need be, but make sure to take care of yourself.
Recently, I made about 4 or 5 pages from start to finish in a week because I was desperate to get ahead of my schedule for my patrons and I feel like working myself like that was a mistake, even though I don’t necessarily don’t want to work on my comic, I’m bored of the current scenario. I’ve looked at these thumbnails and sketches for so long that I just… I can’t wait to get it over with, I desperately want to work on it to stay ahead but I'm just not in the mood to do it. Since completing those pages I have yet to finish another one, I’m back down to 2 page buffer, basically one and it suuuuucks, but nothing like a good break doesn’t fix, right?
It’s healthy to take time for yourself and remind yourself you’re only human.
If you feel the need to stop, just stop. This isn’t a race, pick it up when you feel that rush of webcomic creativity and energy flow through you. :)
This is a very short article, in fact, this is kind of like my little break, a way to destress myself, but hey, what are ways you relax? How do you enjoy life without working on your webcomic and what advice can you give others, especially webcomic creators who can't stop working and feel bad if they take a break?
damehelsing at 12:00AM, Aug. 29, 2021
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