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I took a longer-than-anticipated break from posting updates. Due to COVID-19 my daughter did kindergarten from home starting last fall, and I had other work that was taking more of my remaining time than I had hoped. I was still working on this project, but just not really posting. Things have been getting back to normal as far as scheduling goes, and lately I’ve been able to dedicate more time to it, to the point where I’ve reached a milestone!

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I haven’t posted in about a month, which is longer than I would like. I’m fitting this comic in between other (paying) jobs/projects, so it can be a bit hit-or-miss. But I keep plugging away.

One recent development is a modification to some characters for the story. At one point there is a group of robots, and initially I had them all be the same “model”, but with variations. Like a model of car with different trim packages or something. In the context of the story, it could be that the robots are used for different tasks, and so they have accessories and body designs that were a bit different to better suit those tasks.

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Ok, I knew writing the story was going to be the hardest part of all of this, and so far that has proven to be true. Lots of second-guessing, going back and changing things, restructuring. I think what makes it extra hard in this case is that I’m wearing all of the hats, but my primary hat is illustration. That’s my favorite part of the entire process. But you can’t really get too far into the illustration stage until the story is pretty much locked down.

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In the last post I left off saying I would outline what I’ve done so far. Rewinding back to the beginning, everything started with the story. And that is the step that tripped me up during my recent attempts to put together a comic project. I needed a story. One thing I’ve come to learn in recent years is that illustration isn’t so much about HOW you draw, but rather WHAT you draw. It’s what you are saying with the things you are drawing. So I wanted to be sure to give this step the attention it deserved.

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This is the first post in a series where I document the process of creating a single issue of a comic from the ground up. More will come soon, but I wanted to at least put a stake in the ground to start it off.

A few things are converging that are resulting in this little experiment.

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