Hey guys~ I wanted to try and be a bit more transparent and vocal about projects and progress, at least to a degree. I'm sure those of you who have watched me for a while know I'm not the most vocal or social individual, so I'm trying to be at least a wee bit proactive about the projects otterface and I work on and where they stand. It'd be cool to give an update every month, but no promises.
BUCKLE DOWN. THERE'S GONNA BE A LOT OF WORDS. Skip as necessary. Projects are bolded for easier reading.
This month we finished up the Female Gryphon Portfolio! A huge thank you again to everyone that supported it, and those that couldn't I hope you enjoyed the pictures of Thistle and Kindle that were uploaded. I really can't express how much I appreciate the support some of our art packs have gotten. The more support we receive, the more work we're able to put out, and the better it conveys to us which projects we can afford to devote more time to and create more of.
We started on our next "smaller" project, The Irish Dragon, which I'm going to be honest... I am really excited about. I say "smaller" because it was meant to be pretty small, but like a lot of our projects, it just keeps expanding as we think about more content to shove in there and try to make it as good as it can be. I'm really looking forward to showing some more little tidbits from this art pack as it gets finished because I think Irish is just the cutest little dragon nugget *_*. Ideally I'd like to see this project finished in February, but knowing me it'll be late February.
Family Matters not only broke it's normal posting schedule (what schedule?) of one page every 4 months, but had a whole 3 pages posted in a month *GAAAAAAASSSSSP!*. On top of that we've been working out the story and thumbnailing all the pages. I just finished getting to page 62 in the thumbs, and we're not quite at the end yet, but close. Why all the thumbnails, you might ask? Because people have asked about being able to help support Family Matters in order to get pages out faster, and we've been declining. Why would we decline accepting support? Simply this: We don't like taking money without being prepared as well as we can to give something in return. So that's what we're doing. We're getting the story completely worked out. We'll be able to give people a verbal breakdown of what's in it. X amount of pages of sex, Y amount of pages of exposition. You'll have a much better idea of what you're getting into should you want to help support the comic. No spoilers though, sorry! You'll be hearing more about how and what once I get all the thumbnails completed.
No Hyenas got a bit more love this month than it has in previous months! This is pretty much entirely because of the support. Thank you to everyone picking up the Support Pack! I'd love to keep getting a page out every week (and with the support we can!), but until Irish is finished, we won't have any sort of financial safety net to know how much more time we can budget towards extra pages in February. I'll do my best, but pages may slow down a bit this coming month.
Kobold Adventures didn't get as much love this month as far as work done as either Otterface or I would have liked. The problem with larger projects is that they take up a lot of time and offer no financial support until they're done. They're a risky thing to do, so it's being worked on in small amounts depending on our ability to pay our bills for that particular month. Now that Family Matters' thumbnails are almost completed, there'll be more time to devote to Kobold Adventures in February and March, and while it won't be completed in that time, I think we'll have some tidbits and things to show people along the way.
I've mentioned a lot of financial things in here that I'm sure people may have opinions on, or may ask why we don't do crowd funding or patreon for to help along. Well, as mentioned above, we don't like accepting money without a solid ability to ensure we're giving something back and that people know what they're getting. This is why we've never touched Patreon to date, and all our products are in a store front. I guess you could call us old school, but we're pretty fond of the idea of exchanging $X for a product that is clearly laid out and not going to fluctuate based on how productive I am that month/week.
I have bad days like everyone else, and on those days I'm not as creative and up to par as I'd want to be. I don't want to have to be forced to sketch out a picture I'm unhappy with on one of those days and just give you guys the result, and I think having something like Patreon would put me in that position. The way I do it now, on bad days I can do things less creative; I can do colour flats, I can clean up linework, I can do editing etc. On good days I can get things drawn out, and make more headway on projects at a level good enough for me to feel satisfied with and feel confident enough in that I'm not short changing you guys, the watchers.
There's always the possibility Patreon or something similar may become an ideal option for us, or even a necessity, but presently that is not the case.
With that all said, I hope we've shed some light on some projects that people may be interested in, or were wondering about. Thank you all for watching, favoriting, commenting and supporting the artwork we put out. It really does mean a lot to us.
I'm probably going to go back to being quiet now as I buckle down and get back to work. So many irons in the fire. So many.
TL;DR Version - The next small project is The Irish Dragon. There'll be news about how to help Family Matters out if you want to in the next coming weeks, and what's in store for the comic. The next Kobold Adventures project isn't as far as long as we'd like, but we're hoping to see some good progress in the next coming months and hope to share that with you all.