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Getting back to work~!

posted by kellerybird on 19th Dec 2022, 8:45 PM

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Hi! Long time no see!

Thanks for your patience while I take a break, it's been much needed and I feel refreshed and ready to get back to work!

Part of me wanted to do another round of Memos for this chapter break, but last time I did them I spent most of the break doing the research and compiling all the info and didn't take much of a break at all. I want to reformat them to make them a little neater and easier to understand (to my eyes they look a little clunky), so I'll probably resume making them over the chapter break next year.

October was spent not doing much at all in regards to the comic, and I originally wanted to spend November writing the script for chapter 4 so I could work on thumbnails in December, but life had other plans. In addition to starting a second job, I took on a huge commission that ended up taking up all my free time in November and I haven't been able to turn to the comic until the past couple weeks. I'm still working two jobs for now, but will be dropping down to just one in the new year so my schedule will finally stabilize and I can build a good working routine for the comic going forward into 2023. I've been chipping away at the pages I'm redoing for chapter 1 while putting together the script for chapter 4 to get back into the groove after two months of no comics, so there has been progress!

I'm planning to start working on pages next month and (hopefully) be ready to resume uploading in late March/early April. Once I have a better sense of the timeline I can set a definite date for the launch of chapter 4. Pages can always be viewed early on my support platforms, though! If you wanna read chapter 4 as pages are completed you can support me on Patreon and Ko-fi!

Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble! As a reward, here's this sequence from chapter 3 without all the magic effects because the art looks so good and I was a little bummed I covered up a lot of it with magic effects lol.

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2 Years of Saffron Wave

posted by kellerybird on 30th Sep 2022, 8:32 AM

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I can’t believe it’s been two years!! What a wild ride it’s been, I’m so excited for the future. Thank you so much for joining me on this silly, self-indulgent journey, it really means the world to me that you all take the time to read my webcomic. There’s so much more great stuff I’ve got planned for these gals, I hope you’ll stick with me for many years to come!

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Entering the Home Stretch (for Chapter 3)

posted by kellerybird on 25th Jul 2022, 12:03 PM

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Hello~!
As I begin work on the last 10-odd pages of chapter 3 I want to talk a bit about what I'm planning for this chapter break.

The long and short of it is: not much.

Chapter 3 is set to wrap up on October 19, hich begs the question of what I'll be doing in the meantime before launching chapter 4.

I want to set aside a good chunk of time to work on both chapter 4 AND chapter 5 (with the intention of uploading multiple times a week), and giving myself some time to actually get some dang rest. In the past I've regularly posted filler content with the hope that it'll keep interest and engagement up despite not actively posting pages, but this has been rather detrimental to me mentally. Free time that should've been spent recovering was spent churning out Memos and other stuff and, as much as I like making the extra content, it was just really draining.

So this chapter break won't have as much filler content, I've been debating hosting a Q&A now that most of the main cast has been introduced but I'm still undecided if I want to go through with that. I've also considered posting a call for fanart to post as filler content, but am undecided on that as well.

My partner and I also may be moving in the next 6-9 months, and that will take up a lot of time and energy as I'll need to get a full time job to help cover moving expenses (I currently work part time, which has been great as far as having plentiful time for drawing but also not-great in terms of paying my bills lmao), take stock of my belongings and what I will/won't take with me, finding a place to live, and getting a new job where we intend to move.

As things fall into place I'll give further updates, I'm writing this mostly as a heads up for what the next half year or so will consist of.

 

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Fanart page is live!

posted by kellerybird on 4th Jul 2022, 12:25 PM

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Hi Everyone!!
I've put together a fanart page since I've got quite a few pieces (already!). Links to the creators and their works can be found beneath each piece.

Naturally I'll update thie page as my collection of gifts grows, I'm honestly surprised to have what feels like a lot of fanart when I've only been sharing this project for a few years.

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Cast page is live! And some other stuff bc I can’t shut up I guess

posted by kellerybird on 5th Jun 2022, 9:22 PM

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I finally went and added the cast to the cast page, now we'll know who's who!

I'll probably definitely change this page as the comic progresses and more characters are introduced, but for now this is good enough. I'd like to eventually have the cast page be more organized and compressed to take up less space, but I've got no idea how I want to structure these little character bios yet. For our little cast of five (plus Xeri) though these larger images will work fine. I don't think anyone else debuts or has a more prominent role yet for a while.

I'm also going to be redoing some pages from chapter 1 for better story flow/context for the events of the plot, honestly when I drew the first like.... 10 pages or so I had no intention to post them so they were more "me experimenting with drawing comics again after a 3 year break" and thus the flow of the plot feels kinda janky to me. I originally wanted to do that over the summer but I'm a lot farther behind on drawing chapter 3 than I wanted to be so I'll probably push it back to later this year. We'll see. I kind of want to redo the memos also, I wanna make them... idk better. But that's just filler content so I'm not worried about those, I just want to make them more comprehensive bc I feel like I'm not doing as good a job conveying the information as I could be doing.

Anyway, see you Wednesday!

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