Before you panic. Not cancer, not a disease or anything like that. It’s just I was told that because I sleep 4 hours per night I have to sleep more. I don’t agree with it but I was forced to make a choice. I won’t go with the details, but let’s just say that it’s similar to the situation with the sandwich case Poland had to deal with the Soviet Union and the Third Reich.
Yes. The comparison I just did is an exaggeration, but I’m not the sort of guy that wants to filtrate his words to form an opinion. Besides, this is not even an opinion on politics.
So basically instead of waking up at 2:30AM I have to wake up at 4:00AM (and yes, I’m using the words “have to”). And fortunately I was able to be even more productive by uploading three comics in my social media sites (and this site of mine) with their respective rewards in Subscribestar.
Sure, the morning was productive, but not the afternoon, when I try to get things done and I get called “Daniel, do this”, “Daniel, do that”, I might become a little stressed (specially when I’m the only one with Word skills to write and put format to documents, to put an example). Not good. But it’s been one day, and I don’t know what’s going to happen the rest of the afternoons, so things can happen.
On the other hand, this week I won’t be uploading any comics, not even A Yurist Closet. However, the reason for that is because I’m planning to update the site. I have so much work to do, and due of the things I commented above. But I also have to be realistic and say that at least some of the all new features will come to the site. Features like making accessibility so much better and more links. And comic covers!
If I can’t make everything at the time, I’ll do it little by little while updating the comics.
If I can make another exaggeration, allow me to present the question: “Would you rather be killed by stress or by exhaustion?”
Since stress makes me feel worse, I prefer to be killed by exhaustion. Some of you may be surprised, but I prefer to be killed while doing something I love than to be killed while not doing something I love.
It’s been a wild week of updates. I released a new webcomic, I uploaded three times on different projects which one of them is the new webcomic: Alias from Purity, I decided to wake up much earlier so I could work in peace without anyone bothering me, and feels good having that momentum of work done, because after drawing several panels, mounting pages, and uploading these including the Subscribestar rewards, it gives you a more positive feeling when you’re sleeping than sleeping without having done all that work. The same thing goes for playing videogames or watching something, I enjoy the shit of it more after doing the work.
I previously talked about a schedule and about doing one panel per project every day, and keeping in mind that there are more webcomics in progress, frankly it’s not a very realistic way of keeping everything updated weekly, so I decided to try for another way: keep at least three comics updated weekly. And the next fanart drawings I’m planning don’t count to this number. When I was drawing this summer vacation I discovered some things about my skills and at each drawing and panel I made, my tracing went slightly faster.
A Yurist Closet will still be updated on Mondays (and Tuesdays, it depends of many things) at higher priority than others.
I have no idea which first words should go on this entry, but I can tell you that I’ve been planning (and writing) for several months.
In August 27 in 2018, I wrote this in Deviantart, Minds and Gab, but I’ll link it on DA because it’s easier to find. Long story short: I stopped making Purity R because it’s only half of the story, making things complicated and causing readers to not be interested on PR; and I stopped making Metal Girls Galaxy because I was way too ambitious with a specialized wiki with planets, factions… even the description of the nebulae and the average temperature of each planets (crazy, huh?), and because I attracted more readers in the Beta Comics (comic strips I made for practice) than in the later ones that focused more in the story.
The last point could be countered if I provide some statistics. Keep in mind that these stats are from last month, July 2019. The top numbers in the center (see pic below) almost reached 125 page visits with almost 25 visitors.
As I keep updating my other comics, that are A Yurist Closet, Geek Roommates and The Yuri Paradise, these numbers on Metal Girls Galaxy rise up.
I know it was a whole year ago since I left these projects, but I kept watching out for the possibility of giving Metal Girls Galaxy a comeback and continue -particularly since I started to draw the anime style on the eyes.
What about Purity R?
Given that the story is a complete mess without the infamous visual novel I made in 2012, people won’t care if I continue the project because they won’t know what’s happening if knowledge about the story of the VN is required. So continuing with this webcomic is pretty much useless and a waste of time. But I’m blessed that at least it was the comic that helped me develop my drawing style with human anatomy and draw more than stick-men and also be willing to get in new territory for learning.
I’m digressing again. Like I said before, I tend to do it lately.
But anyway, some people might assume that I prefer putting anime eyes because I received that feedback and because I like anime. Although these reasons are valid, the main reason I decided to draw anime eyes was because they were more expressive than the previous times I’ve drawn these smaller eyes. Sure, the smaller eyes can express on their own, but the anime eyes can display a wider range of emotions than the ones I’ve drawn previously. That’s the point.
So, if Purity R can’t continue, what I’m going to do about it? Well it’s simple. I’m going to start over again from the very beginning under a different title and under many changes. Many of these changes include changes on the main story (because I’m aware that there are things that are ridiculous even if it’s on fiction), a larger storyline, the constant exchange between 4-koma and traditional panels, and new characters.
In a nutshell, I’ll continue Metal Girls Galaxy and I’ll restart Purity.
Keep in mind that some of these characters have the design slightly changed and drastically changed. And honestly I’m using these pics I’ve drawn with the anime style as an excuse just to test the WordPress feature of uploading several pics at once.
First here you have the ones of Metal Girls Galaxy:
And then the ones of Purity, or the name I’m going to change:
And on a final thing I have before I log off, here you go, characters I’m planning for something else:
“And who are these people?” you might ask. Well, that’s going to have to wait.
I’ve been lately updating less with each passed week, which is a thing that shouldn’t happen and I’m completely guilty about; and at the same time, I’m really looking forward to getting back to the old schedule (which is one update on Monday, another one in Wednesday and another in Friday, in case you’re new to my projects).
And I must confess that I’ve done unnecessary breaks to the point that my “be on fire” feeling -so to speak- started to decrease, and therefore my productive input was decreased as well. That’s the start of the burnout and even laziness. Every artist at least knows these two different feelings, and hopefully they know that these terms are not the same. Burnout is the exhaustion after you finish working on your page, panel or even an entire web page configuration, and then you have nothing to aim for, and laziness is when you say “I rather not do that at the moment“. I’ve been having these two issues mixed and it’s a mess, specially when living in a noisy place (which more reason to get up and to work at night, mid-night, and early morning).
I’ve lately got new ideas for new webcomics and some of these have potential (form my point of view at least). The issue is, that even if I put one or even more new webcomics I’ll have even more work piled up and with the job I’ve got it’s going to be very, let’s say, hectic, it could lead to more stressful days that also could lead me to write rants like in this one in one of my pages of The Yuri Paradise. And I don’t like ranting about my private life, and in retrospective, the fact that some parts of my private life went in the way to my personal projects was the reason I wrote it because I thought that was one hell of a day. And I’m not saying “hell” in the literal meaning, it’s just the expression.
Right now, at the moment I’m writing this, I have A Yurist Closet, The Yuri Paradise, AsFoxger Comics and Geek Roommates in progress. And I had three potential ideas for weeks and two of these were an adventure/comedy one and a hentai (yes, another hentai) but then I thought in something: I thought in mixing these ideas together and the final result would become into the adventure/comedy one, dismissing the hentai thing. That actually helped me because 1) These ideas were similar with each other and 2) I won’t have to worry about two more webcomics instead of one.
With that in mind, that leaves me with the third idea I got… but I won’t say much about this one. I prefer it to be a surprise. 😛
I’m digressing. I tend to do it often. It’s a bad habit I got.
My schedule has always been chaotic, and more than ever it’s been a mess, so I’ll go to the point: I’m going to do the schedule of one panel per day, for all projects. This doesn’t apply to A Yurist Closet and AsFoxger Comics. That way I won’t be delaying anything and if this goes well, my input will increase with the time and if I draw faster, I may be doing more fanart or even better, add one webcomic or more.
Joe Rogan said something like “Write down everything you wanna do”. I think I’m going to apply for this example.
As you know, I decided to get my stuff together a while ago (actually, a month), when I announced that I need to make a few major decisions, in Deviantart, in Minds, and in Gab.
I won’t go with the details, but after deciding to stop using Facebook, Tumblr and Patreon, my mind went on a perpetual state of fear, and despite it’s a very common thing to be afraid of something constantly, it’s not a healthy state to be for days… hell, even for months. I kept asking myself “What do I do in order to showcase my art, if Facebook monitors your PC history, if Tumblr doesn’t allow porn anymore, if Patreon can delete someone for political reasons…?”, while it’s good to ask myself these questions, I never attempted to search engine it.
Despite everything going on, I still managed to continue with my webcomic A Yurist Closet, practicing with a more anime style doing fanarts, revising (in secret, everything has to be said) how to continue my adult comic A Yuri Paradise… and yet I don’t feel like I have like a website that I consider a home for me. Not exactly a home replacement for my actual home, but like an artistic home for an index for all my works, a lighthouse for everyone who is curious about my drawings and comics…
A major problem I was having while I was sharing my projects is that every site I have (without asfoxger dot com) has their own audience, and while I use this website, the main purpose of it is to showcase my creations. But nothing else.
So, from now on, I will be sharing my updates here with every entry. Each update I make on DeviantArt, Minds, Gab, and some site coming soon -that I don’t intend to share yet ;)- I’ll post here so people visiting here (because there are people visiting this site regularly) will know when I posted something.
Also, I’ve set up my new SubscribeStar account so you can donate monthly (if you want) in order to support me. If you can’t give me money for some reason, you can always help me by sharing my work with others!
Lastly, I am very grateful for you, my fans, watching my work. I may make mistakes, but I’m always looking to go forward. In the past, I couldn’t get three webcomics working at the same time for issues related to time and emotion factors (there are many issues, but these two are the main ones), however, thanks to a new mindset I recently acquired, I believe I can keep four webcomics updated! And it’s thanks to you who motivate me to keep drawing and keep looking forward.