Hi, SVS crew!
I’m here to gather feedback on my first big comic project. I’ve made a lot of progress on the finished art this year after finally getting the hang of my digital painting process. My pace has fluctuated now and then, which I suppose is to be expected given the kind of year it’s been, but at my best I’ve managed to get through one page a week.
This is a collaborative project between myself and a super-talented local writing partner. We’re both new to making comics, and figuring things out as we go. Our story is an urban fantasy for kids 9-12 or so, featuring an autistic protagonist (drawing on my own lived experience), and themes of home and belonging. What I have so far is 20 pages of finished art out of 34 in this first chapter - my writing partner has a script ready for a second chapter, and plans for four more after that.
We haven’t thought very hard about how we’ll approach publishing just yet - for now I’m still kind of proving to myself I can get all the work done! I haven’t shared much of it publicly before either, but I think it’s just about ready for professional feedback and advice on next steps.
This has been my sole focus over the past year or so, and it serves as a record of my growth in that time. It’s also taken me in a completely different direction and pushed my skills a great deal harder than anything I’ve done previously, and I’m hoping it’ll give me a good foundation to build on when I eventually return my attention to freelance work.
My first priority going forward is of course to keep production going - I still have fourteen more pages to go on this chapter, then a cover design and other bits and pieces before it’s a finished book. I’m wondering whether there’s more I should be doing now, though.
I suppose the first thing I’m looking for is some serious critique of my style and technique. I’m...painfully aware of some flaws, but on the whole, is my work pro level, publishable quality?
And while I continue chipping away on the remaining pages - what else should I be doing? Is it time to start putting some of this in public and growing an audience? Should I split my time with other little projects, building a new portfolio that matches what I’ve been up to with the comic? Or is that a rabbit-hole of distraction I’m better off avoiding for now?