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New one-shot in the works

It's been a while.

And I'm working on a new one-shot at the moment.
The theme this time is heroism and what that really means.
Trying to get in with some publishers, so I'm planning to submit this to Saturday-AM's 'Summer of Manga' competition (if I can get it done on time), but it'd be good to enter it into the MCPO contest as well.

Saturday-AM have an absolutely crippling 22-page limit; combining that with my baffling inability to write shorter scripts and the fact that I'm limiting the number of panels per page that I draw to stop them getting as cluttered as they used to means that there's quite a lot that I'm unhappy about with the storyboard and the script.

But I'm using this to practice drawing new things in new settings, and I've especially been working on page composition and the flow of the pages as a whole, rather than as a sequence of disconnected panels.

I'd really love some feedback when it's (eventually) done, but in the meantime, here are some character designs for the one-shot!
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  • Nass
    > Brojack
    Yeah, I think we are very similar in our workflow. Haha I definitely do my best after I've been sitting at my desk for at least 2 or 3 hours. And I will spend 4-7 hours on a single panel- just to sketch it, no less- I am not kidding you. Sometimes I start and after hours of drawing and erasing I still have a blank page in front of me. I understand that struggle completely. Makes me think I could never be a mangaka in Japan bahahaha

    It's definitely hard to juggle drawing with other commitments too. But getting your degree is a big thing that takes a lot of time and effort, so I think it's awesome that you're working hard doing something that important! Seems like you're not at all slacking off, but I do hope things calm down enough for you to be able to draw! Sometimes our output ebbs and flows, but if we are working on anything at all we might be gaining life experience we can use, so despite the frustration we dont need to pressure ourselves! That's how I try and think about it.
  • Brojack
    > Nass
    Thanks for the link! I'll read through it when I get a moment.
    I know what you mean about it taking longer than you thought, happens to me all the time.
    I'm not really the kind of guy that can just sit down for 5 minutes and produce my best work. Being able to sit down for hours at a time and really get in the zone is how I prefer to work. I've just got so much work to do for my degree right now that I barely even have the time to play video games, much less draw. I'm gonna work on managing my schedule a little better so I have more time.

    I also feel like I draw a lot slower than most people. Just drawing a page in pencil (not including things like storyboarding, inking, etc.) can take me anywhere between 4-7 hours, which seems like a really long time!
  • Nass
    Here it is! Sorry if any parts are unclear, but i followed the posts pretty closely in the order i wrote everything.
    Ive been having my timetables pushed back by stuff too lately, and especially hard is when you have time to draw but it takes longer than you thought it would. That's happened to me a lot. So, do you only work well when you have time to sit down and really focus for a few hours, or are you able to squeeze in drawing time while eating or something? Ive carried my art on lots of outings and trips and that always helped!
  • Brojack
    > Nass
    Hey, they show up as links for me, so all good!

    Yeah it majorly sucks, don't think I'm going to be able to get it done in the time I wanted to (and it's only 22 pages as well), but I'm looking forward to when I'll have more time to draw. Yeah, I wouldn't mind looking at that script actually, it might help me out!
  • Nass
    Sorry they didn't turn into links hahaha, but just copy paste them and it'll work