Lately, I’ve been playing around with a simpler coloring style in order to speed up my work. I also think it looks a lot more appealing then my previous faux-painted style. Because of this, I’ve been able to speed up a little, but not enough to make artistically doing everything (pencils, inks, colors) a practical approach. One of my biggest goals right now is to produce a page at a professional pace while ensuring that I’m still artistically happy with it. That means I should be able to get a page pencilled and inked in around 8 hours. Coloring a page should take me another 4 hours or so. This has been really tough, but it’s a necessary skill in this industry. I’m going to have to continue experimenting in order to get to that level.
This will forever be a dilemma. In order to advance my career, I need to be doing the best work I possibly can. But I also need to be prepared to do it at the pace of a page a day. There’s no real solution to this dilemma other then to learn how to streamline my work. I could just pull 12 hours shifts, but that’s a quick way to burn out and then suddenly I’m doing horrible work at an even slower pace. I’ll try to post my updates on this front in the next couple of months.