Vatican Assassins Goes on Hiatus

Vatican Assassins Goes on Hiatus

Vatican Assassins will be on hiatus from 15 October until 29 November, when we’ll kick off with the 2015 Advent Calendar! It’s a great story this year, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Lately, I’ve been really overwhelmed with a lot of things. My life has gotten very busy, and inking pages has been taking me a long time, much longer than I’d like. I’ve also been unhappy with the quality of it. It seems not matter how hard I work, my art never looks very good. I spend all my extra time making new pages, so I don’t have any to do other things like make other art pieces, practice in other mediums, fix the website, or do guest art for others.

This story arc became very difficult very quickly. My usual, helter-skelter process is to write the script as straight dialog, then storyboard out the script without looking at it. This helps me cut out all the unimportant stuff and only cover the distinct points I remember. This has worked well in the past, but things took a turn when the story had evolved to such a point where the original scripts had to be thrown out and I was storyboarding from scratch. This led to a lot of arc fatigue and what I consider a cop out ending to the whole arc. So clearly, this process is flawed. The characters and situations have evolved way beyond what was originally intended, which has rendered my original scripts useless. The whole thing became very stressful, and it was hard to even force myself to keep making pages. There was even an occasion recently where I considered taking down this whole site and burning all of my Vatican Assassins manuscripts and art pieces. To me, these are signs that I’m burning out (no pun intended haha).

I am going to be taking this hiatus time to do things I have been wanting to do for VA for a long time but never had time for. Things like redrawing Chapter 1 for the graphic novel version, and tweaking issues with it that I’ve never been happy with. There’s a VA short story I’ve had penciled for at least a year that I want to finish inking and get ready to publish. I want to get VA volume 1 ready for at least an ebook publication, and quite possibly print. Then there’s all the promo art I want to make, new banner ads, try new things with advertising….things I normally have no time for.

I intend to take this time to delve intensely into self-study in all aspects of my drawing skills. I will be doing studies of expressions, faces, trying new inking techniques, tweaking my style, and getting ready to hit the ground running for 2016. Now is the perfect time since Chapter 10 ends Volume 2. (Two volumes and not one of them set up for print yet haha).

I think that for me personally, this is the best I can do to keep me from wanting to quit all together. 3+ years of doing this has been a long and arduous journey. It’s been difficult and frustrating. And things can only change for the better if I take the time to put into it. I can only ask that you’ll all be patient with me and be willing to wait for me to return.

In the meantime, I plan to keep posting here, perhaps weekly blog posts on what progress I’m making and what I’m experimenting on. I’ll also be accepting guest art and guest blogs too! If you’re interested, fill out the form below and I’ll be in contact with you!

 

Thank you all for being with me through the past several years. Let’s start VA’s fourth year strong!

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