My dearest friends!
It’s been long, once again
How have you been?
I have much to talk about on this journal, and I shall make it a bit personal. It’s been a while I don’t give you guys some news!
About the Poll
Firstly, I need to thank all of you who answered my poll about Up and Ahead! Both positive and negative critique changed EVERYTHING for me. Seriously, you guys have no idea how thankful I am! You, who took the time to write me constructive criticism, thank you for putting me on the right track! I have made notes out of every good and bad thing you pointed out and boy, that was an eye-opener!
I shall catch up with the comments soon, because I want to personally thank you all, but I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am from now!
Up and Ahead
On another note, I would like to talk a bit about what went on with Up and Ahead’s first chapter. I wrote the script in a hurry and focused on the wrongest points. But worst of all, because of… Well, not very pleasant events that went on in my life I ended up getting in some sort of “automatic” mode with the comic.
That means I would only draw it not to think about the drama that was happening in my life and mind. I would draw it to get away from my head. I ended up having little to no love for this story, of course. GUYS. DON’T YOU EVER DO THIS WITH YOUR COMICS.
That is terrible because now I have finally awaken from almost a whole year of feeling sad and horrible everyday, and I realized I have wasted a lot of potential in the first story. I realized so many things.
I wished I could start over, but the story has to go on. And besides, Up and Ahead’s first chapter will be my final university project. I don’t know if you guys have this, but in Brazil we have something called TCC, which basically means “Conclusion Project” or “Graduation work”, which is something we work on for one year and present in order to get our diploma. That means… I got a lot of work to do in one year if I want mine diploma
But anyways, due to my lack of passion during the production of the comic - and due to the fact that now I feel better and I fell in love with it again - I’ll be changing a lot of things in the boring layouts of the past pages, and even doing some essential recoloring - The last sequence of events, for example, will go from this:
to this: (this is a lame little preview! Not at all what it'll look like when it's finished!)
because I didn’t think it trough when I first wrote it. Like many other things.
So expect some updates on the pages soon, hopefully!
Some good news and some ranting
I’ll be quitting my job. Yes.
As awesome as it sounded in the beginning (being part of an animated movie sounds like a dream come true!) it turned out to be a pain. My family gave little support to the idea and pressured me a lot, and I had some big deceptions there. However, I am very thankful they gave me this opportunity.
ANYWAY working there left little to no time for university projects, so I had to do them all during the late hours. I’d go to bed at 2-3am in a good day. And wake up at 6 am. You can now imagine, after months of that, what my health looked like. I know many of you have been through way worse things, so I’m sorry for sounding so whiny, but it was a bit too much for me, specially while going trough some bad emotional and relationship related ordeals which destroyed me. So whiny, I’m sorry. But I needed to say it.
ANYWAAY I’m quitting and that will give me a lot of glorious, wonderful free time, hopefully, when I shall finally work on Up and Ahead the way I alway dreamed I would.
You guys who always supported and were there for me, even when I couldn’t reply to your wonderful comments, thank you. You have no idea how that kept me going. I have no way to thank you enough.
I wish you guys a wonderful end of weekend and an AWESOME week!
If you made it to the end, thank you for reading this, seriously