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Arc One - Creator's Review

by niccillustrates

Since finishing Arc One, I’ve had the urge to write up my thoughts on how it went (Thanks College, for hammering that habit in.) Since this is my first story I’ve ever written, I figure it can only help! Let’s break this down into The Bad and The Good (again, because, Thanks College.)

The Bad

I find myself wishing I hadn’t posted this when I did – it was barely out of rough-draft phase, and it shows. My writing is wobbly, my plotting is inconsistent, and my narrative is vague and confusing. Honestly, I’m not sure if I managed to convey anything of substance – my writing is my weakest point. A thorough plotting and polishing would have improved a lot. I should have given it more time to brew.

I started this project knowing that my art style would change throughout, but the dissonance between the first and last chapters of Arc One is...yikes. Same problem as my writing, actually – should have polished it more before posting. My style is wildly inconsistent, my paneling is shaky, and my visual tone jumps around. Again, I wish I studied up on comics and nailed the tone I wanted to set instead of diving in blind.

The Good

Considering this is the first story I’ve written, it’s not the worst. Mistakes and learning are part of the game! I did hit some story beats, I did plant some plot threads, and writing it at all is a victory for me. The lessons I’ve learned through this can/are being put into bettering my work and other projects. The urge to rewrite everything is there, but I'm going to keep going moving on and polish the future chapters.

I’ve also learned a lot about comic-making, and worked out a ton of kinks in my art overall. I feel these later chapters are going in a good direction – my paneling is improving, my layouts are stronger, and the tone is finally keeping up. There are some early visual choices I regret, but I'm very proud of my artist improvements so far.

The Conclusion

While I’m not too fond of Arc One - I’d love to just take it all back and redo everything, honestly - I’ve promised myself to finish Illusory before I reboot (again). I’ll be taking these revelations forwards and work on making the rest of the Arcs better. Illusory may not be the best I could hope for, but it’s here and I’m not giving up!

All that said - I'm always open to tips and constructive crit. This is a lot of firsts for me, so writing help and comic emxaples are life-savers!