Okay, guys, I gotta be honest; after I lost my buffer this update schedule got harder and harder to maintain when life happened. I’m fine when nothing gets in the way and I can use my nights to work on the comic but shit happens, you know? And when it does I have no plan b. So, what’s been happening is I’ll end up staying up until 5 am trying to finish the comic and get it up. This not only tires me out but lowers the quality of the art and makes me rush the next page to make up time. It’s a vicious, vicious cycle.
So, instead of wallowing in self pity and artistic martyrdom I decided to be proactive about this. So, I’m TEMPORARILY cutting my comic updates down to 2 pages a week (Monday and Friday). Wednesday will be “Concept Art Wednesdays” where I’ll post early, never before seen art complete with long explanations so those of you interested can see my creative process.
This new schedule will last for three weeks until the end of February. During that time I’ll try to maintain my 3/week schedule behind the scenes. This way by the end of this time I’ll have a week’s buffer in reserve.
Thank you all for being so awesome throughout all of this. I still feel like I’m getting the hang of this whole webcomic thing and you readers have been so supportive and awesome throughout my learning process that I don’t know how I could have done it without you. *lots of love*
NOW, for the concept art. This, my dear readers, if the first ever picture I drew of Tanna. Shock and awe? Yeah, I know.
The original Tanna was actually my Dungeons and Dragons character from several years ago and very different from her current incantation. This Tanna is muuuuch older and much more experienced (notice the great bow?? yeah, she’s pretty bad ass).
Now, for the loooong explanation. Usually when I roleplay I’m the lone girl in a group full of guys. So I like to play this up a bit by playing ultra girly type character (think Myari) to counter the macho or super serious angst ridden characters my fellow players play. When we were starting a new DnD game, however, I wanted to change it up a bit and try for a character with substance. Problem was when it came time to playing the character I faltered. I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the character’s motivations and goals. I went to the DM (you might know him, he’s nice guy but he can be pretty lame. Oh yeah, and he goes by “Archmage” for some strange reason… kind of a weirdo if you asked me) about this and he suggested we roleplay some of Tanna’s backstory so I could get a better feel of her origins and what made her into the character she is today. This went beautifully. The more we played the more the depth of the character blew my mind until she eventually out grew the game and took on a life of her own.
At this point she was no longer DnD Tanna, she became a character of her own… so I began to build a world around her. Home, family, friends, world, history, lore; it was my brain crack. This went on for a couple years until Archmage approached me and asked why didn’t I just tell people this story that’s been playing around in my head for so long. He knew that I’ve always wanted to have a webcomic, ever since I first discovered them in Jr High.
I fought the idea for awhile because the truth was once I got into college I stopped drawing for pleasure. As a matter of fact when I started drawing the original pages for this webcomic it was the first time I had drawn anything in over 2 years. Eventually he convinced me and together we sorted through the brain crack in my head and it became Ears for Elves.
Being able to express myself creatively again is such an amazing feeling. I felt like something was missing from my life for the last few years and now… wow. Even though it’s hard sometimes, honestly, I couldn’t be happier.
Thanks mage. Seriously. Thank you.