I hope you all are doing well! Sorry I haven't been on to talk with you all as much as I used to; lots of things have been going on, and I've been pretty busy. I've been wondering why I have been having trouble with drawing the first chapter of Praigaku, and I think I have a grasp on why that is. Put simply, I'm just not putting in as much effort as I should be! I constantly compare my pinups to what my panels look like, and I am always aghast at how much better my pinups are in quality over my actual graphic novel. It is quite distressing that I seem unable to show the same level of detail in my graphic novel as I do in my random colored pinups. So I keep asking myself why that is. To be honest, I still don't know. But I think I may have come up with a way to work through that most unusual barrier. It's an experimental process I will be starting where I draw larger panels over a series of pages, detail them, scan them, and finally put them all together as a single page. It may be more effort, but I am tired of seeing the terrible difference in details.
SO! With that in mind, I am beginning this process today. Also, I will be taking down my current pages after I (yet AGAIN) redraw them to suit my best efforts. There will also be a change in how Praigaku reads. I am an American, drawing in the reading format of the Japanese. This, I have decided, is unnecessary. I love manga, but it is one thing to enjoy reading it, and another thing to emulate it. Praigaku's art style is, undeniably, shounen, but it will no longer read Right to Left. Upon my redrawing edits, it shall read in the standard American style of Left to Right. Put simply, by drawing it in Japanese reading format, I alienate potential readers, and confuse many people (including my own family members) on how to read it properly. So there's those changes. I am still somewhat behind in terms of drawing characters in dynamic motion, which, along with creating interesting backgrounds, has been detrimental to my progress. I am easily discouraged by repeated failures at drawing certain things, and quickly lose interest. Hopefully, this new process of drawing will help me overcome this issue.
Now then, I have completed rewriting the first few chapters. Chapter One, I realized, is confusing after the point where the prologue ends. So with some silly planning and irritable editing, I have mixed chapters one and two together, removed unnecessary things, and added more interesting material. Or at least I hope it is more interesting hahaha!
You all are great, and I thank you for being patient with me, and for giving me advice and critiques when I need them. I love your comments on my art and in my graphic novel pages, and I hope that you all continue to help this rookie figure things out!