A lot's happened since I last posted. Not least of which is that I got married on November 20th. It's funny. I was engaged in September 2009 and had 14 months to get everything ready. For a good long time, I avoided all things related to the wedding. Then, in the final weeks and months, things got stressful and busy. My own fault for procrastinating, I suppose. But it's done and past, and I'm the happier for having done it.
I don't often look back on comic pages older than the current scene. It gives me grief to see the shoddy art that I rushed to make a deadline, and the overlarge font size I use in some dialog, and all the little details only the artist notices and frets about in his/her work. But its valuable to try and assess how far the comic has gotten in the space of a year. In January 2010 I started Chapter 4, "The Disciple of Duncan". I'm just about finished with it now- Vargas and Sabin are in battle, and then we've got the reunion scene.
So what's that mean? Is it one year to one Chapter? Perhaps I should aim to make all chapters around 52 pages long. If that's the case, then by this time next year we should be at... oh.... sailing the Lete or fighting Ultros. That would be a fun Christmas present. In playing the game, that will be about 20 minutes away from where we are now. What a discouraging thought. But like I keep telling myself, I'm doing this just for the drawing practice and my own amusement. If I were actually getting paid for this, I'd be under a stricter schedule and would churn out pages quicker.
It's just as well that Ultros is one year away, anyway. I have no idea how to draw him. That mouth, you know?
More things are in store for 2011. God willing, I'll be in Artist's Alley at Anime Central 2011, for the third year in a row. It's not decided whether or not I'll have chocobo plushies to sell. They take up a lot of space in my little apartment, and with the added presence of my new husband, space is at a premium here. Not to mention that I am in need of a new computer and Wacom tablet soon, and them things ain't cheap. That flock needs to fly away sooner than May. Right now I have yellow chocobos, as well as golden brown, white, and red. In a bit I will take a photo of the herd for you to see.