TCL will be shipping Wednesday!

I’m still learning to set up pre-orders, but for now, TCL will be on sale tomorrow and shipping Wednesday and Thursday.

Here’s a preview…

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Please stay tuned and I’ll have the whole thing posted here soon.

I’m getting re-excited about this project. I had honestly lost some of the “fire” while doing the last few pages, but now that it’s going to be printed, I’m super psyched. 🙂

~Julian

The Cheyenne Line is complete.

Sunday, 7/30/17, 9:15pm

Yep, I just finished inking the last page. I’m a bit worn down, but I thought I’d write out some of my thoughts and reactions before going to bed.

To be honest…I got sick of working on this one. Not sick of drawing or being an artist…not sick of the plot, song, or characters…just sick of being on the same old project that should have been done in  a month and a half, not 3 and a half. I’m still learning about pacing and the importance of rest days; I’m still developing a system so that I can work sustainably (read: without driving myself out of my mind!).

But I’m okay, that’s the important thing.

Oh, and the comic is done. On time. That’s the OTHER important thing.

I’ll be fixing up some last-minute errors tomorrow (Monday), and then printing it Tuesday-ish, and then on Wednesday it’ll be shipped out. A limited number of people will receive a free copy, but anyone can purchase a copy on my Etsy shop (it’ll be listed there as soon as I have printed copies to sell – haven’t figured out pre-orders yet).

Good night moon, good night room.
Good night art supplies, good night weary eyes.
Good night deadline, good night Cheyenne Line.
Good night Staedtler pens, good night, all my dear friends!

~Julian

Site still under construction – but there’s content now!!

Check it out! There are pages! Omg CONTENT.

Here are my favorites:

– You can read The Cheyenne Line in its entirety so far
– You can see a history of my comics publicly for the first time
– You can also see a bit about my artistic journey!

Of course, there will be MUCH more soon – as well as the domain name – but until then, please stay tuned as I work to complete TCL and get the actual site set up. 🙂

~Julian

Stuck In The Middle With Artist’s Block: Dealing With The Mid-Schedule Slump

Imagine this – or perhaps you’re in this situation now…You’ve had your great start to your artistic project. You’re not yet at the panicked marathon of the last week before your deadline. You’re in the mid-schedule phase.

And you AIN’T DOIN’ SHIT.

We’ve all been there. (Well, I mean, there’s probably a few artists out there who always, always work ahead of time and stay on schedule for EVERY project, but I’ve never met one, so I’m speaking to the rest of you.) You know how it is. You get off to a great start, working ahead several days, doing extra sections. You’re on top of the world. This thing is gonna turn out GREAT! You’re confident in yourself as an artist, and nothing can bring you down.

And then you have a few weeks left and you can’t work.

You know that you’re running out of time. You know that if you don’t get back to work, you’re gonna hit that deadline at 90mph and end up with a creative hangover for weeks after, which will bleed into your next project and totally screw you over. You know this.

And yet you still can’t freakin’ work!

So how the hell do we get back on track?

Well, I don’t have a solid solution. Part of that is because I really believe that each artist’s artistic process/path/life is totally different, and comparing them is just apples and oranges. But part of it is that I haven’t mastered this myself either. As I write this, I am about 52% through my latest comic, The Cheyenne Line, and I have 13 days until printing. 13 days to be COMPLETELY done with the pages. I don’t even know if 15 pages in 13 days is possible for me, plus editing and doing the cover, but I have to try.

And here I am writing a blog post.

So I guess that’s tip #1: DON’T go write a blog post about the situation. DON’T go make a video about how you “really need to get down to work.” DON’T get on social media. (I’m doing this on my own site, though, so don’t even post to your own site!) Instead, talk to a friend about it. It’s a lot easier to get motivated via a  5 minute phone call than making a 45 minute video.

My other big hang-up is tip #2: Don’t start over, edit, revise, or touch-up previous sections/pieces. This is not the time to fuss over proofing the stuff you’ve done before. I’m tempted in this moment to go back and “fix” previous pages, the ones that are really bugging me, but I just can’t. I need to get down to work on TODAY’S stuff. I can edit another time. (Writers often struggle with this, and I certainly do.)

A tricky one is tip #3: Make a distinction between inspiration and time-wasting. There is definitely a difference between skimming your favorite manga for inspiration and spending 4 hours re-reading your favorite series to avoid your work. And it’s totally okay to have YouTube in the background to keep you company, but not if you’re spending more time surfing channels and finding the perfect video to accompany your work today than you are actually working!

I’m stealing a quote from Molly Roberts of HerSpeak for tip #4: Get real about your excuses. Deep down, you probably actually have a pretty damn good idea of WHY you’re not working. Get real with yourself about it. Talk to a friend or journal about it. Dig deep if you need to. Are you afraid of failure? Afraid of success? Are you hurting from an insult to your work? Are you stressing about something entirely unrelated? To me, trying to work on your creative stuff when your soul is hurting is trying to plug in your phone when the cord is so tangled that it won’t reach. It ain’t gonna work ’til you work out those knots. Do what you gotta do, babe.

Finally, thanks to my dearest love, I have tip #5: Just do it for 5 minutes. Just 5 minutes. This is an exercise in forcing yourself to do SOME of the work to see whether you’re having a real issue or just wasting time. Whether you enjoy and/or get motivated by those 5 minutes is a great litmus test for whether you need to work on other stuff, or whether you’re stalling. And hell, even if you realize you really need to take care of other things, it’s 5 minutes more work than you would have done otherwise.

I really hope that these help. They’ve certainly helped me, in terms of getting me to get myself together and realize that I CAN work and that I NEED to.

BRB drawing.

~Julian

Starting the Julian Jaymes Website.

Hey y’all! It’s Julian!

And today, today, TODAY I am launching the beginning of my own website! Right now! Right this second! I’m editing the homepage as we speak!

I have a lot of reasons for starting my own site. I want to go through a few here.

First and foremost is that frankly, I take issue with the morals of most of the online platforms I’ve used before. Many sites make their money off of things I just don’t agree with, things I find very hurtful, hateful, and disgusting. Porn, bullying, abuse, hate speech… I don’t want to give my money, content, and business to those sites.

This doesn’t mean I’ll never post to dA or YouTube or Instagram again. It just means I’m going to migrate most of my content to alternatives, mostly by hosting images and video elsewhere but posting the actual content and text all here. I’ll still post links and updates on dA, YT, Instagram, and Facebook, though less frequently.

I’m very grateful to anyone who’s following me in this migration, and I would so appreciate it if you would let me know about any bugs/functionality issues on this site. Also, I do intend to reserve a custom domain name, but it’s going to take at least a month until I have that kind of money! Bear with me…

~Julian