In these modern times it seems we’ve explored every aspect of life we can conceivably imagine. This thought has daunted me my whole life. The idea of creating something unoriginal and reproducing it in a way that only tinkers with the idea/concept/formula a little bit terrifies me. Only recently have I been forced to stare that fear in the eye and refuse to be the first to look away.
You might be aware that I’m in the process of making a comic series with a friend of mine. We’re still in the very (very) early stages of production so while thinking up new inventive ideas for our story we found ourselves walking into walls put up by overdone, thoroughly-covered topics that were staples of un-originality and weak character development and plots (e.x.: Damsel in Distress trope, narrator vs. protagonist conflict, protagonist falls in love, etc). It became very difficult to think up new ideas that haven’t been done to death because, after all, many ideas stem from something else or is influenced by an original source.
I began to have these feelings that creating something TRULY new and different would be impossible but someone (I can’t remember who) reminded me that something truly different and new would alienate the reader/audience from the protagonist and characters and the disconnect would be the fatal end to the series.
This series has really put into perspective how difficult it can be to create something that also incorporates the balance of originality and new with something reliable and tending to create emotional connection.
The main reason many people didn’t care much for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was because the main protagonist, Scott, was kind of an immature brat that despite all odds won over Ramona and defeated a significant amount of other fighters but from a different perspective one could say that Scott’s character, though silly and kinda eh, was still very thoroughly developed, even the background characters had lives they evolved and changed throughout, all together wrapping everyone up in the nice neat bow tie of the story which was, though an over done quest trope of a story, was still very engaging and had sub plots that perfectly integrated the other background characters.
A story like that, despite it’s minor flaws and basic plot concept, was an amazing journey and the storytelling was brilliant.
That’s what I will strive to do as a writer: create a story that’s brilliant and amazing and well-written and thoughtful and detailed and thorough and just everything I wanted from a story.
Sorry this post is super empty, but you can play this game demo to fill the void?
Every aspect of our existence has been riddled with expectations. Be it high or low or reachable, we all have expectations. Some call them goals, others call them assumptions but we all have them.
These goals/assumptions/expectations have a symptom that has affected me greatly.
Romanticism. I mean like the verb ‘romanticize’ which refers to idealizing something to a point where it becomes unrealistic and subsequently unattainable. The idea of something can at times be more powerful then the original source material.
When I started this hobby/career/aspiration of becoming an artist I had all these ideas in my head of beautiful things that I would draw. And even though finding the idea is half the struggle, you gotta be able to draw, first off. Recently my artistic limitations led me to lose sense of perspective and ultimately the motivation to draw. It felt like such a curse to have all these amazing ideas in my head and not have the artistic ability to draw them. Sitting down to draw became such a personal disappointment. Every time I put the pencil to paper I just pleaded with myself to draw better and improve so I could suppress my limitations and draw as freely as I used to imagine I could. Alas, teaching myself grew tedious and my expectations for the level of skill I expected to attain at this point in my artistic career seemed so far and impossible. I always found myself thinking, “WOW. You’ve been drawing seriously for two years now, WHY CAN’T YOU DRAW BETTER THAN THAT 9 YEAR OLD ON DEVIANTART?”
Coming back now from my little break, I’ve realized, THE IDEAS DON’T STOP. Wether or not I felt like drawing or not the ideas would continue to stream into my brain until I finally put something to paper, anything. At first it was frustrating like an adorable little kid wanting to play with you but YOU GOTTA DO DUMB TAX RETURNS (note: I’m too young to do tax returns but it doesn’t sound better than an adorable kid). There was times where I really didn’t want to draw because I knew if I did I would feel really bad again but this C O N S T A N T stream of ideas and things got me used to feeling the disappointment because my main goal was to capture something amazing rather than worry if someone would like what I created.
So yeah. I’m back and I’ve gained new perspective on things. I’m ready to draw again for all you lovely people.
Thanks for being so great and patient with me!
Alright, so I’m gonna be real with you guys.
Lately I’ve been kinda lacking in inspiration and drawing has kind of become a chore for me which, I’ve gotta say is an awful feeling–
so I’m calling for a hiatus.
No worries! Hopefully not too long just a little break from drawing and creating characters and writing comic stuff and all that and probably social media too. I’m not sure when I’ll be back, for now I’m estimating a few weeks. This break will also effect Creatively Strange so yeah.
I’m hoping this little break will give me a fresh new perspective and maybe BRAND NEW ideas!
I’ll be back and better than ever, see you guys soon and I’ll leave you with some things to keep you busy because, let’s be honest, I’ll be a devastating loss to your weekly dosage of CRAZY TOWN.
Cute little comic created completely with pencil: EXOCOMICS
And a comic about video games…and cats: GaMERCaT
Thank you so much for all the support. Bye for now!