A webcomic depicting the adventures of King Takeshi as he journeys to defeat a witch who lives deep within a cursed forest filled with spirits, ghosts and a talking squirrel who may or may not be his true love.
Based very, very loosely on characters from Clamp's Duklyon, but designed to be read as an original story accessible to everyone.
finnyfinnfinland said: hello, I recently found the webcomic you draw (The Squirl Prince) and I very much enjoy it. I was wondering if you might have any tips for someone who would like to start a webcomic?
Whoa, thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the webcomic :D
As for webcomic advice, I’m not sure if I’m the best person to ask about this, since The Squirrel Prince is my first webcomic and I haven’t had it for that long, but you asked so here we go:
START DOING IT RIGHT NOW. You will always, ALWAYS tell yourself that you’re “not good enough to draw a webcomic yet”. Stop. This feeling doesn’t go away until you actually sit down and draw it, and even then you find yourself doubting your abilities sometimes. Don’t let it stop you, the only way to get better at drawing comics is to actually draw comics, you know.
With your first webcomic, I would advise you not to go back to edit or redraw it. Ever. This advice is really, really hard to follow, as you will constantly improve, but I find that this is the number one reason why I dropped projects before. The urge to go back and fix things is really strong, but you need to focus on starting a project and finishing it, even if it’s not perfect. It will never seem perfect to you anyway. Furthermore, while you’re busy redrawing pages, guess what happens? You keep improving. And so when you’re done redrawing and you get to the part where you initially stopped - the first pages already look like you should redraw them again. It’s never-ending. Don’t do it.
This may be a personal preference, but one of the reasons why Lin and I started The Squirrel Prince was to see if we can handle writing/drawing a short, fairly simple webcomic before possibly moving on to a bigger project. So you might want to start with a short comic, to prove to yourself that you can do it. Think of it like a test run.
Make a list of specific goals before launching the webcomic. How many pages will you post and when? How long is the comic going to be? Will there be breaks between chapters? When do you want to finish the project? These will help you stay focused and on schedule, especially if you struggle with meeting deadlines and finishing projects.
This one is personal preference as well, but I’d advise you to make sure you always know what happens next on your webcomic, so you’re never stuck for ideas. I usually sketch about five pages at the same time, every time, to make sure the flow works and they don’t feel disconnected. Also, Lin and I make sure that she’s always ahead of me in the script, so I never have to draw a page without knowing what happens in the next one.
READ A LOT OF WEBCOMICS AND LEARN FROM THEM, I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. Learn what to do and what not to do by thinking about what you like and dislike in the webcomics you read. Does this webcomic update randomly and with long breaks, making it hard to follow? Does this one have character bios that make it easier to remember what’s going on? Does another one use a really small font, or a handwritten one, making it impossible to understand what the characters are saying? Try to notice those things when you read (but definitely don’t leave negative comments, or copy someone else’s style or something like that) and learn from other creators’ failures and successes. Write those things down if you have to.
And last but not least, have fun and tell the story you want to tell. You’re not getting paid by anyone, so it shouldn’t be a goal to satisfy anyone but yourself (even if it’s definitely fun to have fans). Just remember that you’re doing this to get better at art and storytelling, and hopefully to tell a story you really want to write. Don’t stress, you got this.
I realized I might as well reblog this here, since it relates to the webcomic. Those are obviously very much my personal opinions and preferences, but I’m hoping other people find them useful, too.
And with that, chapter one concludes! We’re going to take a week off before launching chapter two, after which we’ll be back on our regular schedule with pages twice a week. Thanks for sticking with us through chapter one - more adventures await!
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