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QUACKCAST 577 - The Agony and the Ecstasy.

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 5, 2022

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Creation is a process with a lot of ups and downs: Agony and ecstasy! The easiest way to think of it is a simple inverted parabola- you start of feeling good about your idea and its potential. As you work though you feel worse and worse about it till you get to the nadir of the curve, then things turn around and you start feeling better and better about it as it finally comes together and you finally manage to finish it!

For most of us though the reality is more complicated and the longer you work on a piece the more ups and downs you have during it. This could occur during a single page, a single panel, an entire chapter or the whole comic. It takes me ages to do a page so I go through this process with every stage of the page creation- thumbnails, 3 different layers of line art, background drawing, and the colour process of every element of every panel.

The downs are pretty bad but the highs of creation are wonderful and that's what you're always chasing because creation feels good. Yes, drug addiction is an obvious analogue, but any experience that makes you feel good is similar; from surfing, to sex, to love, to watching a great TV show, or doing a lot of exercise. But creation is what we're doing here and I think it's superior to most activities because in the end you've midwived something that didn't exist before into reality and hopefully that will go on to inspire others.
How's your experience of the lows and highs during the creation process? Maybe for you it's all high, all lows or just neutral?

NEXT WEEK: The return of BANES!

This week Gunwallace gave us a musical theme to Lord of Seasons - This is a requiem for a lost empire. Mournful cello builds a soaring subterranean tomb that we as listeners observe as the music leads us inexorably on through the twisting caverns and galleries. We feel uneasy and uncomfortable as if the spirits of this lost place are restless and hateful. Throughout all there is an impending sense of dread.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy -

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Featured music:
Lord of Seasons - - by ArmandoB, rated M.

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ejb at 11:22PM, April 7, 2022

Ha! It's a theory you guys presented in the episode! It had to do with pre-planning and capturing initial inspiration and what not.

Ozoneocean at 7:25PM, April 7, 2022

Haha, it's the worst! What's a "Puke the honey!" outlook?

ejb at 12:05AM, April 6, 2022

The middle, 'ugly stage' of a piece is ALWAYS a painful slog. Even knowing that going in doesn't lessen the despair. I'm gonna have to try to adopt a "Puke the honey!" outlook.

Ozoneocean at 10:04AM, April 5, 2022

Hahaha, you two are the best :D

EssayBee at 9:10AM, April 5, 2022

The title of this article has put "Achillies, Agony and Ecstacy in Eight Parts" in my head. That alone makes this a good article (and the content is good too)!

Tantz_Aerine at 6:08AM, April 5, 2022

With this font for a title it now totally looks like a Barbara Cartland title.

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