Creating this comic has led to some interesting revelations.
First, I never realized that with regards to creativity, fantasy writing could feel so much like those pen & paper role playing games I played back in high school. Though I have the general story planned out, it is interesting to see how it changes when I go to create each page. It is as if I am both the game master and the player, as my mind runs through various scenarios how a character would react to a particular event. It has made me realize why I enjoyed those old games so much; what a wonderful creative outlet they were. Hmm, I miss that.
Writing out the story and the panels has also caused me to reflect on the difference between creative and technical writing. I have dusted off some of my old how-to-write books to refresh myself on the proper use of the King's English with regards how to best illustrate or dialogue a story. For the record, I prefer the classics: "The Elements of Style" by Strunk & White and "If You Want to Write" by Brenda Ueland.
On the visual front I have been trying to photo-shop my pictures more. In particular facial expressions, which can look rather plastic and soulless because of the nature of 3d computer rendering. It is interesting how just a little change to the eyes or mouth can make such a huge difference.
Finally, as I continue to play around with improving the quality of each panel it occurred to me I am not drawing a comic, but shooting one. This led me to wonder if there is such a thing a virtual photography. I am no photographer, but I am now, in game, staging various shoots, trying to get the right camera angle with the correct lighting. Isn't that by definition photography? Is virtual photography on the same level as "real" photography? It would seem to me the older approach would be the purer form, but I am bias to the traditional and hardly qualified to make a sound judgment on this matter.
As always, thank you to all the artists on Deviantart who share their talents, and for all those who have given their thoughts, advice and support through their comments, it is greatly appreciated.
Listening to: Loreena McKennitt
Reading: The Enneads (especially the first)
Watching: Once Upon a Time
Eating: Turkey Sandwich
Drinking: Raspberry Snapple