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Art Block (06/04/2024)

It's been a slow road acclimating back to drawing. I alternate between being really busy and being crippled by art block. All day I'll be like, "when I get a chance, I'm gonna draw" then I sit for hours paralyzed. It's not like I don't know what I need to draw. I've written the pages, I've storyboarded 'em too, it's just when I get to the point of actually working on sketching I just get intimidated. I can feel myself worrying about everything, even though I have done the best I can to get myself into a mindset of "it's done when you're happy with it."

I think the biggest hurdle I have yet to be able to overcome is how excited I am for things that come down the line. There's so many things that happen in my story that I love so much, but I have to get to them and it feels like I never will. It just feels so far off and being a production crew of one is daunting. This is a big project, as some of my backers who've read ahead can attest to.

Don't worry though, I may be slow, but I'm not going to give up! I want this story to happen! I want these characters to get their time. It's weird to think about, but at this point they feel really real to me and it's up to me to make sure their story gets told. I'm doing this as much for them and what they represent as I am doing it for myself.

Mixten Genetics now on NamiComi (05/16/2024)

After spending way too much time on Twitter, I was made aware of another platform for hosting webcomics, NamiComi. I went through and added the back episodes of Mixten Genetics to the platform as, unlike Webtoon or Tapas, NamiComi has a section on the front page for "Recently Updated." I think that's awesome because that means I'll get a little promotion every time I post a new episode. Besides, it's not like it hurts to be even more widely available.

As I've added Mixten Genetics to the various other platforms, I've begun to question the point of also having it natively on my main site. I don't think it hurts, but I also think of the places one could read it, the main site is probably the least user friendly (with the exception of maybe DeviantArt). Part of that lies with the host I use and partially the fact that the various webtoon platform's image requirements don't translate great to my site. I may have to make some adjustments, but I'll keep brain storming on that. Again, I'd prefer to have the comic available across multiple platforms I just need to find a good common ground so all platforms can shine.

I will say, I REALLY like how NamiComi breaks up their arcs/volumes/etc. It's still in beta, but honestly, if I had known about it sooner it probably would have been the first outside platform I would have used. 

Saturday Streams (05/13/2024)

I'm getting back into my routine so I wanted to point out that means I'm streaming Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm EST on Twitch again. At the moment I'm alternating between gaming streams and art, but the eventual plan is to be mostly art. I'm still kind of learning how to optimize everything with my streaming and drawing software, but as I do I will shift more to drawing on Saturday nights.

Most recently, for May 4th I did an art stream when I drew myself a lightsaber. I noticed that, although OBS was running well, Krita was having issues detecting where my stylus was so I'd get some weird lines on occasion. I took a week off this week and just did a gaming stream, but my plan is to try drawing again this weekend. I have some projects I volunteered to do for some of my friends that I never actually completed so I'm going to try to double back and do a little of that, so long as my computer allows it. Once I am caught up, I may open up commissions that will be completed during a stream. I think that would be neat.

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