Yes, I put The Descended on hiatus. That doesn't mean I'm not working on the comic at all. It just means I'm not working on it as much as I need to in order to continue be called an active webcomic. I'm still doing things, and in fact, have mostly drawn the sketch for the next page of the comic. But I'm also doing a bunch of other stuff. For instance:
-MatthewJA is giving me a crash course in how to code things, so that HOPEFULLY, I can make more progress in customizing the site.
-Even without his help, I've discovered a few tricks. For instance, I'm adding alt-text to as many places as I can (as an example--all the standard pages on the navigation bar you see on top should have them), though I'm still trying to figure out how to do other places (characters/about/extra/links, all of them being extra pages) and trying to do more than simple parlor tricks. (I have some buttons I want to add in, and am honing in on what must be done.)
-I've begun expanding my influence to other places. You already know about TVTropes (and how I've left there, thanks to my suspension and continued destruction of my page), but others are being used as well, visible at the bottom of the page: among them, top webcomics (a biggie), InkOutbreak, and Top100 all spring to mind. (I briefly got up to 41 at one point for there!) Are they ideally placed, no, but see above; I'm learning about these things slowly. But there's more. I've got a shiny new twitter account, along with a corresponding tumblr. Have absolutely noooooooo clue how to USE them, mind you, but I have them all the same!
-I realized a bad habit I have when reading a webcomic I'm not familiar with: I can't remember what it's about. :P I have to check the comic profile to get what it's about, otherwise I'll often forget, have to work it out myself, and be left slightly slow to catch on. My about page as it was kinda dealt with that, but not very well. So what did I do? I updated the About page, and added bits from the Comic Profile for help. It's not perfect, but I think I like it!
I still have a to-do list a mile long, though. Everything from the background (that tree is kinda lame) to updating the info on the characters page and adding new art to reflect new appearances and all that. Finishing the class abilities and uploading them all, cleaning up the Setting section and finishing the worldbuilding required to complete it, and redoing the inspiration page all come to mind. Oh, and then there's also the Links page. There are a TON of absolutely beautiful comics on ComicFury. I read close to 30-40 a day (no exaggeration!), and I love them all. You'd never know it by how short my Links page is; I owe it an expansion so badly.
But I think most of all, what I need to do is to draw. That's the one piece of advice that everyone keeps saying: to get better, you need to draw, draw, draw!
Wish me luck on my continued endeavors!
I've been feeling absolutely exhausted as of late. Dangerously tired, in fact. It's obviously been influencing me to go to bed sooner, which results in less work being done, but...it's begun to spread, and in fact when I say "dangerously tired", I mean actually hazardous to me I-could-fall-asleep-while-driving tired. My mental awareness during the day has been plummeting just as much (if not more) than my awareness during the night. It needs to stop, which means I need to do whatever I can to get more sleep and hope (pray, really) that I recover from it.
What does this mean?
H-i-a-t-u-s. The dreaded six-letter word. Producing my comic might be causing me actual serious physical harm, so I need to stop doing it. I got advice saying that I need to reduce my workload until I've recovered. And I don't like it, but...they're right.
I can pick the comic up later after I have gotten better.
I can't pick the comic back up if I end up physically disabled (or worse, dead) if my neglecting getting better leaves me seriously damaged.
I don't like it. I don't like it at all. I feel like a failure. Every fiber in my body is telling me this is the wrong choice, that I shouldn't be giving up like this.
But I need it. I don't want it. I don't want to stop, I want to keep updating, to get to the level of talent I dream of getting at. If I don't keep practicing, I'm not only not going to get better, but I'll just end up getting worse. But even so much as practicing my art is spending time that needs to be conserved for silly things such as sleep.
I always joke that sleep is for the weak.
Well, I guess I'm just about the weakest guy ever. :/
Sorry, but I don't have anything at all done. (I could make excuses all day long, but needless to say...busy week, on top of my body playing catchup. :P) Not so much as a sketch, and in my current process, I sketch the page, scan it, and digitize it. I could throw filler up, but the simple fact is, I'm going to miss this update entirely. I've got nothing to show. My apologies.
I'll try to make it up to ya, though. There are a ton of good threads I've been meaning to gather advice from. Everything from color theory (something which if you read the author's notes on a couple of my pages--the Nathan reward sketch included--you'd see to be one of the things I'm worried about) to making realistic wrinkles in clothing to formatting pages to dynamic posing for action scenes (this is a biggie!) to varying facial structure in my characters (a HUGE concern of mine!) to pacing.
I'm not going to turn it into an obsession, but I'll spend a few hours taking good notes. With luck, you'll see an improvement in the next page, though this is probably a gradual change to slowly be implemented with time. Still, this is my pledge to make up for the missed update by bumping my artistic skills up another notch.
Released here is my reward sketch, and it just occurred to me how I could improve on the reward sketch:
By naming all of my subscribers.
Time to embarrass you all! :P
pantstall was my first subscriber, and a massive thanks to him.
Sakurina12 was the first to support me upon my return to ComicFury, and I have to thank her as well.
ThatPaintLover, you're an awesome guy, and I wish I could support ya more, since you were one of my earliest supporters and commenters.
As was NastradumasGotYou, so thank you.
spiralmc marks the first person (I believe, anyway) to have subscribed to me without me having first supported them (I know I supported pantstall, ThatPaintLover, and NastradumasGotYou, at least), so I guess in a way holds the honor of being my first original fan.
Centcomm, your work is awesome. I deeply respect your talent and experience, and your encouragement has helped me get this far.
Kors, you are an awesome, awesome writer, and clearly are developing a talent as an artist. Keep up the good work, man.
zachdewd, you're cool, bro. That's about all that need be said. ;)
TheOneBlueGecko, you are an awesome teacher. Wise, knowledgeable, deeply calm and soothing, and always supportive.
RG2Cents...what do I say to you? I really enjoy your comic, and it's nice to read. I enjoy your commenting, so...I guess all I've got to say is "Thanks".
Boo810, I wish I saw more of ya.
TrAgEdYMangaKA, your style (while incredibly terrifying) is really, really awesome. For the genre of your comic, you've really nailed it with your black and white art. Thanks for supporting me, and I wish I could comment on your comic more. Am enjoying reading it, though!
mheanne27, you are easily among the best manga artists out there. I don't know what happened to ya, but I miss ya.
Malosis, seeing your growth as an artist over your time here has actually been one of my greatest motivators to work on my own comic, because I know that I'm in that same boat, that I need to keep working and keep improving, just like you have. Seeing how well you do it, despite the hardships in life, makes me realize just how much I can accomplish. Thank you for continuing your work.
kwbarrett, you're a real pro. Seriously, you have the writing, designing, and art of a professional in your comic, and it's awesome to see you having supported me.
randomvtwo, nerdface, and MooingMoe, I must once again apologize to you three. I should have bundle-loads to say to each of my subscribers, but for all of you, I'm drawing a blank. My sincere apologies. You're all awesome, and deserve better than this.
Last but not least...xianyu118 missed the 20-subscriber mark, but he's number twenty-one, so there's that! I thoroughly enjoy seeing the characters and worlds you build, and think that you're getting better at your drawings, so keep it up. :)
(Actually, I couldn't confirm it was the flu. The flu test came out negative, but I do have flu symptoms. But anyway...)
A fever of 102 (I'm better now) has pretty much left me bed-ridden. This means I'll either get a lot more or a lot less work done than normal. I'd put my money on a lot less. :P
I probably won't be releasing a new comic page this week, but I'll try and finish my reward sketch for reaching 20 subscribers. (You guys are awesome.)