This past week I have been working on coloring the pages to the upcoming chapter 2, and I will probably also continue to work on them all next week. I have saddled myself with this mostly because I have been procrastinating doing them. I don't hate the coloring process, but I do find the penciling and the inking to be the sexier part of the process and in turn a little more enjoyable. I really want to work on a page that I would pencil and ink, but I know it will make my deadlines go WAAAYY smoother if I just got all of the pages colored now.
This is something that we need to emphasize to the younger up-and-comers is that doing something like cartooning is still going to feel like work. There's that saying "If you find a job you love then you won't work a day in your life.", Just go ahead and throw that saying out the window because you're going to run into plenty of things that feel sucky that you can't just shove to the side for something you enjoy, and creating comics is a lot of work where you have to slog though a lot of stuff you don't enjoy doing. If comic creation was all super-fun times all the time, then we would have a much bigger boon of creators doing it. I have talked to some people who are really good at drawing/illustraition that I talk about making comics, and there are a lot of them who's reaction is some variation of "Yea, that seems like too much work for me.", And that's fine, no one should be made to do comics (Well they would be in my perfect world >:-P, that's a joke).
Should this deter you from wanting to pursue a creative endeavor like creating comics? Well, I would say of course not, but you have to decide if it's worth it for yourself. One thing I will guarantee is that no job is immune to this. You're going to hit some rough patches with any job, even if it's the one you really want. I have some friends who are in a band together. They love music and the could play with instruments for hours and hours. They put on a show a little while ago and they ended up taking a good financial hit for that show they put on. Now that's some rough shit! And here I am in this blog post quasi complaining about having to color pages back to back. And guess what? They are still a band and still trying to better their craft and performing shows, because it's still worth doing it.
It might seem like the goal of this blog post is to be disenchanting, but I say that we should embrace the work-like elements of the jobs we want to do. We're all working towards something, and that's something we should keep in mind more than some parts that we like doing more than others. Also in the grand scheme of things, is someone in pursuit of doing art, music, or writing really more dignified than someone pursuing teaching, law enforcement, or brick laying? Of course not. We're all just working at the thing that we want to be our lifes work.
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