After one month of posting The Gate…

It’s been exactly a month since my last post! Happy March, everyone.

And during that month, I’ve posted 13 pages of The Gate at the End of the World. How many pages have I completed drawing?

Well…two.

And how many did I managed to draw during all of January? Eight.

I had a schedule of drawing two pages per week that I wanted to stick to, and for the most part, I did. Then things started to get derailed in mid-February, when I realized I had to make some 3D reference models in order to draw future pages. I finished them about a week ago, and promptly started work on the new pages, which I am still not done with.

I really did not expect that some pages would take so much longer than others and completely derail my entire schedule for weeks. Weeks!

In better news, my artwork has been improving! I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. Drawing is becoming much easier, and it takes a lot less time than it used to.

Now on to some future things.

If you’ve seen the progress bar on the sidebar to the right, you can see that the script is projected to end up at around 330 pages. At 2 pages per week, I could draw 104 pages in a year, and it’d take around 3 years to draw and post the whole thing online.

There are several reasons I’m drawing & posting two pages per week. One is that I’m actually drawing spreads instead of individual pages. The other is that I’m scripting on weekdays and only drawing on Fridays and weekends – each page takes around 5-6 hours and I need quite a few breaks to prevent hand cramps & random aches and pains.

But I’ve been thinking about what’s going to happen once I finish scripting (which I honestly don’t even need to think about, since that’s not going to happen for months, but whatever). Since I won’t need the time during the week to script, should I draw even more pages and switch to a 3 day per week updating schedule? If I get to the point where I have a gigantic buffer will I end up doing updates every weekday?  Will I end up being done in two years instead of three?

Who knows!

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