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April 1



Project Journal - April 2014

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 1, 2014, 4:34 PM

So glad Spring decided to show itself at last. It's my most creative season...

I certainly made up for lost time in March. As of today, I'm on Dance 1 - Page 10 of Jet Dancer's graphic novel. Considering that I went back and got rid of one old page and replaced it with two better ones, that's not too shabby for me. Commissions pretty much slowed to a crawl, and to be honest I'm a little grateful for it. I wanted to focus on my own stuff, and I'm doing it.

I made a Facebook page for Jet Dancer. Not really sure what compelled me to do it aside from folks on FB liking the idea, but here it is:… There's nothing on it you haven't seen before--yet, but my FB audience is very different from my dA audience, so it was worth a go. And hey, it's already got more likes than my (admittedly ignored) Jet Dancer group page here on dA has members. :shrug:

This brings me to a conundrum. I want to keep working on the Jet GN naturally, but doing so means posting less. This tends to make it look like I'm not doing anything when I'm actually working hard. One idea I had was to post snippets of the book as I do them...something I'll likely reserve for the FB page in the future. As for what I'll be posting on dA, well, I wonder. I want the book to at least be worth considering purchasing when it's done, so I don't want to give the whole thing away online...but I also don't want to wait for however long it takes to finish the book to have something worthwhile to post.

Maybe I should make one day a week "RPB Day" and draw another one of my somewhat-famous Random Practice Babes for you guys...take a break from drawing comics about superhuman warrior women so I can draw pinups of...superhuman warrior women. =p

I'm considering using that new fangled Patreon thing for the Jet Dancer comic. I don't know if I want to go through the hassle of making another webcomic site (that didn't work out too well for me when I was doing it with Nia Black) but I also don't want to be posting so scantily over the next months, year, however long it takes to finish Jet's introductory story.

Anywho...what's everyone else up to these days?

Dancing in Freefall by Dualmask Jet...Alluring by Dualmask -BrandX- by Dualmask Hot Mage by Dualmask My Beloved Weapon - Nia 2012 by Dualmask -Kyanos- color by Dualmask Christiana 2012 by Dualmask Fallen One by Dualmask When a problem comes along... by Dualmask Shining Fighter - Full Color by Dualmask
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Lindsay Stirling
  • Reading: The Bible
  • Watching: Sword Art Online
  • Playing: Ys: Memories of Celceta
  • Drinking: Coffee
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sodacan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nia Black.... wondered what happened to her.... At any rate, I'm liking the work here. Balance is key. I know I only know you from here but you strike me as one with a lot of creative interests (as well as skills) and focus may be at times an issue? I have that problem myself and its landed me where I'm currently not doing any work out of having to reorder other parts of my life. It kills me everyday but I know when I get back to it, it will be with a much clearer idea of exactly what I want to do with it.

This is good stuff here so I hope works out for you.
Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, Nia's ship has sailed for now. Put her novel out there, the webcomic fell through so for now, she's on indefinite hiatus. She may return to port someday, but not now.

Things are going well enough lately. I can honestly say I'm more focused than I've ever been now that I'm putting serious work into Jet Dancer's graphic novel. I do miss the instant gratification that comes from posting images more often, but I'm learning what it means to have single-minded determination and focus on one project now. Had to teach myself to stop worrying about whether it's the best choice (probably isn't) and instead just focus on making a choice and sticking with it. I've done a lot more work than I'm showing, and I'm more proud of myself with every finished page.

Thanks for all the support!
wbd Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think a "break day" is a good idea from two perspectives. The first is as you noted, to let everyone know you're still here and still working hard (it also helps to prevent erosion of viewers). The second is that it will be a nice break from comic work- I know I appreciate breaks when they come, as the variety helps me to be more creative.
Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The only problem I have now is that I've become so accustomed to working on the comic, that any deviation from it feels like I'm not properly utilizing my time. It's a weird feeling.
Randommode Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know how you feel man I have been struggling with Madeline and the TV Show, and it's tearing me into two- eventually I am going to have to let go of one side... ugh XD I am dreading it 
Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Even though I made my choice, every single day, I struggle with it. Is it the right call...should I do something it worth my time...but I'm letting those thoughts play on repeat in the back of my mind as I just keep it moving.

How is the TV show going anyways?
Randommode Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dude I would suggest you pray until you feel right. Even if it takes hours to do. Then you will right about it, I had to pray for awhile after the problem I had a while back..... XD And it was what I needed. 

Sigh the show is just a slew of problems everyday, right now I am trying to get plastic to sand out smoothly so it looks like metal, I keep trying different things and looking stuff up, I will get it I am sure lol. But I don't stop trying. You just have to plow thru sometimes. 
Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist prayers keep leading me to the same thoughts. I don't believe making comics is the be all end all for me. I have far too many creative interests to stop at simply making books. But I can't ascend until I overcome challenges within myself, and one of them is sticking to my commitment and finishing what I start. I need to see if I can do this to completion; otherwise, no matter what I try, I'll always abandon it when it gets hard. And I'm tired of being a quitter.
Randommode Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean :) 
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