How To Make Your Work in Comics More Productive

Going Down Hill With The Wind At Your Back.


Time for an easier ride today. Sometimes running uphill in the heat of the day can be exhausting and we hate those times of production with the deadline facing us and we can’t get our brains to tell our hands what we want them to do.

But, we also get into those modes of having have to pull an all-nighter to crank out the next set of pages and we’ve done it so much and so often, that this is our element, and we shine! We pump out pages. left and right, and they look good because we have our talents shining through the production run. We’ve got our routine down. We know what’s best for us. Everything is in place and you just have to flat-out pump out the work.

When working as a colorist, I could get paid a whole month’s salary in one or two nights, because the pages came in late, and I would have to crank them out. line them up for production, and roll with it to make the deadline. Pretty tough work, but look at the benefits! And when this happens, you do get tired, and you may want to stop, but you are going downhill with the wind at your back. The whole team is relying on you and you have the ball. Take advantage of it and do as much as you can.

After running up a huge hill in the heat, sometimes, my mind will get distracted as I’m thinking about other things. When my mind returns to the present I’ll wake up and I’ll be walking. Then I look at my surroundings and I’m going downhill and the wind is at my back, and no matter how tired I am, I think to myself, “It’s not going to get any easier than this!” So I pick up the pace and kick in the jogging gears again to finish the work.

RUNNING WITH COMICS LESSON: When you have the momentum going your way, keep adding to it. Don’t stop. The work will be easier and you’ll get more done.