First off, thank you for your critique. There are a few points here I’d like to address and others I’ll leave untouched, because there are still about two weeks’ worth of chapters to go, and quite a lot remaining in that text which I think will address those issues without me having to explain them.
Hmmmm. I don’t think there’s really a “purpose” for fanfic, at least not on a level that goes beyond personal fulfillment. You’re writing happy endings, and that’s awesome, but not everyone is setting out to tell that kind of story and there’s no reason to expect that they should. Sometimes there’s simply an aspect of canon that’s lacking and begs to be explored further in fanworks. To use myself as an example: I hated Jesse’s slavery arc. It felt pointless as it was presented in canon, turning Jesse into more of a plot device than a character. So I wanted to find the human meaning of it. I wanted to spend time with Jesse in that place, every single day he was there, and to take that journey with him. I wanted to track his growth. I wanted to learn about these people around him, who were barely characters in canon. I wanted to sort out their motivations, to find their humanity in the same way earlier canon delivered Gus. And I wanted to see Jesse survive and save himself in some way, because I loathed nothing more than watching Walt get to play the hero in the end when he was really the villain who did this to Jesse in the first place. So I wrote 187. It may not be a happy story, but I like to think it’s a hopeful one, and most of all, I’m writing it to give myself closure.
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Thanks! It’s been mostly diagnostic stuff, but it sure is exhausting.
The entire story is outlined (as is the sequel) but I tend to write each chapter just a few days in advance of posting. Lately I’ve been in the hospital or otherwise away from my computer so my posting time’s a little erratic. I’m not even home right now, haha. I’m on my phone. So tonight’s gonna be a little late too. I’m sorry, everyone!
5: What’s your favorite thing to draw? People, by far. I’m not that interested in drawing landscapes and background elements. I like portraits or interactions between people. I don’t know if it’s because I’m lazy or it’s just that I’m mostly inspired by film stills and fashion photography.
15: How long does an average piece take you to complete? I can get something out in two hours if I’m really going at it and it isn’t very complicated, but I think most of my work is in the seven-hour range.
16: Do you draw more today than you did in the past, or do you draw less? Less. So much less. When I was doing comics, my life was 90% drawing. My health is declining now, I have less energy overall and it’s easier to write than to draw. And most of the time I spend drawing now is for work, not play. It’s sad.
18: What are you currently trying to improve on? My style isn’t where I want it to be. I want to loosen up a little and work with mood and abstraction, but it’s hard to let go of reality-based foundations. I end up overworking things to perfection instead of following instinct. I lose a lot of emotion in my art when that happens.
19: What is the most difficult thing for you to draw? Architecture. It’s so hard to care about.
20: What is the easiest thing for you to draw? Human expressions and bodies.
24: Do you feel jealous when you see other people’s art, or inspired? Jealousy isn’t the right word. I end up feeling a bit hopeless sometimes. I see a lot of artists who can work longer and harder than I’m even physically capable of, and they’re more clever and creative than I am, and I wonder why I even try. But they’re doing one thing and I’m doing another. I don’t think I’m that bad at what I’m doing.
26: For digital artists: what program(s) do you use? Photoshop, exclusively. My husband keeps trying to get me to try Manga Studio but I’m so stubborn when it comes to learning new habits. Maybe eventually…
- Do you prefer traditional drawing, or digital?
- How long have you been drawing?
- How many classes have you taken?
- Do you have a DeviantArt, personal website, or art blog?
- What’s your favorite thing to draw?
- What’s your least favorite thing to draw?
- How often do you use references?
- Do you draw professionally, or just for fun?
- How much time do you spend drawing on an average day?
- Are you confident about your art?
- How many art-related blogs do you follow?
- Is it okay for people to ask you about your process?
- Do you prefer to keep your art personal, or do you like drawing things for other people?
- Do you ever collaborate with others?
- How long does an average piece take you to complete?
- Do you draw more today than you did in the past, or do you draw less?
- Do you think you’re justified in giving other people art advice?
- What are you currently trying to improve on?
- What is the most difficult thing for you to draw?
- What is the easiest thing for you to draw?
- Do you like to challenge yourself?
- Are you confident that you’re improving steadily?
- Do you draw more fanart, or more original art?
- Do you feel jealous when you see other people’s art, or inspired? (Be honest!)
- Do you like to draw in silence, or with music?
- For digital artists: what program(s) do you use?
- For digital artists: how many layers does a typical piece require?
- For traditional artists: what medium do you like most? (Pencil, charcoals, etc)
- For traditional artists: How do you usually start on a big piece? (Light sketch, colored lead, sketchpaper, etc)
- What inspires you to not just make art, but to be a better artist?