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I've been thinking about this for a while now. What exactly do I want to do with comics? What are some of my goals? What's the future hold for my stuff? Here are just a couple of stream of conscious thoughts:

I don't want to be big on YouTube, that's for sure. I've never liked getting in-front of the camera, I don't have the time or ambition to work on animations anymore, and I certainly can't crank out videos as fast as some of the big guys over there. It's a huge competition and I just don't want to have anything to do with that. I think my youtube page is marked private and you have to have specific links to view anything. I might make an odd video here or there, but they're most likely just goofy things I do for fun, not for any sort of attention or recognition.

I'm curious about how I should move forward with DA. I think a majority of my haters are outraged that I'm popular on DA and that I'm content with drawing simple cartoons when I'm obviously talented enough to do more complex works. I've wondered what would happen if I moved most of my major series off of DA and just kept producing them on my own websites. Would my"haters" back off because I'm not using an art critiquing website as my primary source of promoting? Would my fans be willing to follow me to various websites to get their content? Despite the fact I don't make money off of DA pageviews, any comic I post here with a link to my site generates me a lot more money than if I don't post at all. Could I afford the potential drop in viewers from not advertising on DA anymore? There's a lot to consider.

I'm also thinking of slowing down. I've been cranking out SYAC one comic every 2 days. And while SYAC is generally simpler and easier to complete, the rigorous schedule does eat into my time working on other projects. I'd like to ease off a bit on SYAC so I can focus on maintaining the other series I have and hopefully bump the quality up a notch. But again, the pageviews and money generated from SYAC's set schedule is a big source of my revenue right now, and I don't know if I can afford a drop. I will be launching Soapbox Derpy soon (a new website dedicated to political and pop-culture comics), and I'm also working on a new comic project while maintaining Alex Ze Pirate. That's like 4 different websites I gotta keep running regularly, and all of them take time to produce content. I'm still trying to figure out the balancing act of which comic gets what priority.

Honestly, I just wanna make comics. I just want people to enjoy the stuff I have. I have no real goals of being outrageously famous, or having big comic deals with major studios. As long as I can get paid for producing my own content with my own characters, I'm happy. I'm not a great artist or writer, but I am working on it. And despite the perception, I do listen to the negative feedback and strive to improve when I feel it necessary. I know a lot of people misunderstood my post "Sins of an artist" where I mentioned that improving wasn't an ultimate goal, and it still isn't. But that doesn't mean I won't improve or that I've "given up" improving entirely. Some of my recent SYAC should be evidence of that. I'll try to make more of an effort to experiment on certain things, but I don't wanna feel pressured to do it either.

That's primarily why I also want a writer for one of my stories, and why I've been looking for editors for my comics. I need someone to bounce my ideas off of before I begin working. I've really discovered how wonderful it is to have a teammate who can look over your work from a different viewpoint and offer ideas and suggestions I might not have thought of.... or correct me if I do something wrong. If at all possible, I would like to hire a writer/editor to look over nearly all my stuff before I post. However, this is probably not possible at the moment.

I'm not entirely sure how to go about doing this either... I could easily just ask here on DA "i'm looking for a writer, apply through notes" and what not, but I feel like I might get overwhelmed with responses. I'm also not sure how to judge the writing either. Like, does someone submit a script? Do I tell them what to write about? How much freedom do they have? How do we arrange things? So many questions, I'm not sure what to do. At least with the editor part I can ask friends and family to look over my stuff. With an actual writer... I dunno. They have to be special for the part and know how to write for comics and be able to write emotionally for the characters and scenarios...

Blah.. this was really all over the place. Sorry about that. But I think it helped me get my ideas out. I've been thinking about a lot of things recently and sometimes it's just helpful to write, you know? Also, it's my journal so I can post whatever I want. HA! lol.

Anyway, those are my thoughts this morning.
  • Listening to: Escapist Podcast
  • Reading: Paper Towns
  • Watching: Avatar: The Legend of Korra
  • Playing: Minecraft: Multiplayer
  • Eating: Jaffa Cakes
  • Drinking: English Breakfast Tea
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eseagull Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
"I'm content with drawing simple cartoons when I'm obviously talented enough to do more complex works"---If you can produce better stuff then what you post here then why DONT you post it here and show those hatters what for? QUALITY NOT QUANTITY. I've seen some things from you such as this [link] and this [link] there is also the 2012 Olympics pic which is very lovely and unique (while still somewhat simple). The lines and coloring on all 3 examples are much nicer quality then your normal work that I come across here.

In my opinion the point of deviant art is to get your work out to a large and diverse audience so you can get opinions, advice, and exposure. You may call it "hating" but some of the comments are actually intended to make you a better artist (WHO DOESNT WANNA BE A BETTER ARTIST!?)--i mean you have that whole comic about the kid who's sub art teacher forces him out of his bad art habits and he actually improves.

On the other hand do you deserve more respect then what a lot of people give you? Yes. There are some comments that Ive read that are straight up rude.

Anyhow just a thought from some random person--take what you wish from it I guess, tho I hope you can agree.
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dragonpixies Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like you being on dA. I mean, I love your other sites as well, but the main thing I like about you is that you communicate with your fans like this. Even if you're communicating with all of us at once, at least you tell us what's going on. Some artists tend to just ignore their fans and treat them as just another source of revenue for them..
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RainbowMarimo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jesus people stop giving him criticism if he doesn't want it, and give it to other artists that are requesting it. He already said what he wants. jeez
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Grey-Walker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Personally, I'd ask other Artist/Writer pairs and see what they did and how they work together. The most memorable piece of advice I remember on the issue was telling writer's to "trust your artist".
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bonesbones Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
are you going to ban yourself from your own website because you said goofy and when i said goofy on your website i got SILENCED
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Naga-Hunter Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I'm sorry Preston. I'm disgusted by how a lot of people talk to you. I'm sorry you have to read all that.

I really like your SYAC-cartoons. Sure, they are simple but so are the best things in life. If you moved to another site I would follow because I really like what you do. I think your comics are funny. I enjoy them. And I'm sorry that those who doesn't, don't have the brains enough to just move on the other things they actually enjoy. One would think people could at the very least be able to think that out for them selves...

Oh well.

I think you're awesome :meow:
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MrArtie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I think the slowing down is a good idea. I mean when I first started reading SYAC, it had a charm (?) to it, which is why I clicked the watch button, and while I know you've been travelling as of late, I feel it's kinda losing that charm. Slowing down would give you more time to draw in more detail and more time to think of the content besides the art. Don't get me wrong, the randomness of SYAC is ok, but sometimes randomness does need a little sorting.

I'm sure some people who come off to you as haters may be giving you helpful advice, and although acting on criticism (especially when it is harsh like Carl's critic) might be hard and may stop the haters, it'll certaintly please your fans to know you are taking your time to improve your content for them.

Wow, I sound like I know what I'm talking about :P
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Nick1020 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
For the hater by art, just be carful what you say. Being you got :ryan1147: whos watching your page, and when you said your degree was a waste that made me lost more respect for you. Next is taking criticism. People give you good advice or gave you a critique you didn't agree with, you just blocked them or call them trolls. That video someone pointed out, the person wasnt trolling, he was just giving you a harsh constructive criticism. As an artist, you want harsh critiques so you could improve.

TLDR

Be carful what you say, and god bless.
Nick
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HarvetusNS Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I actually don't know you at all. I saw a Youtube vid and it was pretty straightforward. I'm no Leonardo Da Vinci, and I'm not big on comic work, but I want to say that you should really learn to take criticism. By advice, we humans grow. We have to accept that we suck at things. And when we see someone who is better at it than us, we gotta try to improve. I do sketches and I'm not perfect. I probably suck. But I try my best, even if no one even sees it or cares.

I'm not trying to be mean. I'm just saying, and sorry for this, that if you're fans allowed to be as big as you are, and the experienced ones try to help you get better, but you say you can do it and you don't need their advice, is very egotistic and, well, stupid. That's my thoughts. Good luck to you and hopefully, you learn from this experience.
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RLScarberry Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As much as I would love to comment on the artwork you post here, I don't simply because of how you have responded to other people who have given critiques to you. Yes, SYAC is just a goofy comic and should be treated as such, but I just think you should strive to become better in drawing for your more professional works. Mostly likely if you up the quality on works you are selling, you'll get more buyers. Why waste your potential when you've proven to us already you're much more capable of drawing more complex things? Even though I really don't care for your artwork or even your viewpoint on things like this, I really, really want to see you grow to be a fantastic artist.

It would be a great idea to team up with one or two people to bounce ideas around with. Having a second eye on things is a great thing, believe me on that. You just need to find the right people to do that with. As much as I would love to volunteer myself since I love to write stories, the decision to have an editor/writer/team mate is ultimately up to you.
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