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28th Jun 2017, 2:44 PM

clarityharp

Revamp

 Hi, friends!

 So I started this comic on April 21st, 2015. I can't believe it's been running this long! That seems ridiculous to me, impossible. I'm proud of everything I've accomplished so far...and I'm ready to take it to the next step, so to speak.

 No, I'm not going to buy the domain. Yet. But I am going to make some changes.

 First of all, although I'm still banging the first book out, I'm aware now that my eagerness to start this has had an effect on the pacing and storytelling. I didn't take the time to storyboard or really think about how long the damn thing would take to tell, and so I feel it drags quite considerably. Also, there are just some pages I plain don't like. I was lazy, or working slapdash, and I want it to look better.

 So the story will continue to progress, but I'm going to be re-posting updated versions of the pages that have already come before, with a tighter script and better art. It should not take two damn years to get down ONE BOOK. And if I like how it looks, I might treat myself and publish it as a physical copy or e-book. If I should do that, you likely won't see it here anymore - only the second book/further in progress books.

 Anyway, if you have any suggestions, comments, queries, etc., don't hesitate to message me or leave a comment here!

 Love you all.

-Clarity

18th Mar 2017, 3:37 PM

clarityharp

Book 2 script finished!

 Hi, all! Just a quick post to say that the script for Book 2 is all done and I'm thrilled! It is half the length of Book 1 and will likely undergo even more revision to see if I can cut it further. There may come a time where I re-release Book 1 with a more streamlined plot, but that will be in the future.

Book 2, which is called "Embrace," follows the fledgling Sunray team as they continue their mission, and Abby as she continues to discover herself and her strange powers. It gets a lot darker and more complicated, a real meditation on the limits of power.

In the meantime, keep reading!

10th Dec 2016, 1:04 PM

clarityharp

Stack of Pages

Hi, everyone! So I'm a priest now, which is pretty cool. Since my last post I've kept fairly busy although August was a joyful sabbath month. I thought I would do a lot of drawing then but I didn't do as much as expected. I did do a lot of script-writing, though, so the story continues.

In the last month, though, for some reason I've felt super motivated to draw and draw and so I just finished auto-posting a TON of new pages. You guys are set well into May of 2017 - there will be no more breaks for Clergy Conference or for the two week long stint I will have doing a course in Jerusalem in January!

It feels weird to see all those pages ready to post automatically. I've been trying hard to push the story along; in my whole life I've only ever actually written two comics, both of them when I was a pre-teen, and neither was done like this, with a script and a full story arc written out ahead of time, so oddly enough although the stories were not as good the pacing was a lot better. I am still learning a lot about pacing in an image-based medium (the medium in which I have the most skill and training is solely text-based), and there's a steep curve. This first book has already gone on much longer than I expected, and even when you guys are caught up with all the posts I just made the story still has a couple more beats to it. I actually bumped up the beginning of Chapter 4 to break things up better.

So I'm sorry "Surfacing" is taking forever to wrap up!

There will be some serious work done planning the following books to not last so long, although I do want to strike a balance between a tight story with lots of action and the character development and emotional depth that I so enjoy writing and seeing in other works.

In the meantime, I haven't lost my excitement over transcribing the words of the script into images! The script has existed so much longer than the images (in fact, it's been finished for over six months), and now I'm starting lay out the more exciting bits. I can't wait until "Surfacing" is finished!

I will  admit that it's likely the second book will look very different from this first one. To keep a sense of consistency (and to track my improvement) I'm going to continue in the same style you see here until we are out of "Surfacing." In "Embrace," the second book, I will likely incorporate many of the techniques I've learned to add some depth and light to the images. We'll see how that turns out. If I am happy with the results, I may even publish it on my own as a physical copy just for fun.

I hope that you have enjoyed what you've seen so far, and thank you all for your patience as I learn. This has been a fun but challenging hobby and I really do want to continue.

Peace!

-Clareheart

2nd Jun 2016, 7:19 PM

clarityharp

Chapter 3 begins!

 Holy hell, it's only about two weeks until my ordination to the priesthood! Everyone has been asking me how I feel about it, and I really don't know what to say. I'm not sure I've fully internalized what's happening. This is the culmination of ten years' worth of prayer, discernment, tears, and personal work. I'm so honoured and so...well, apprehensive. But I figure that's okay. It would be much worse if I didn't give it any thought.

I can't believe we're at the third chapter already! I feel like the pacing is a little bit better now, but we're also headed into some pages that are going to be unlike anything I've ever really drawn before. I'm still working out the kinks of portraying what you're about to see, and I'm excited about learning more and where it can go.

Over the last year or so I've actually surprised myself with how much work I've put into this. It's definitely a hobby, and yet I'm proud of dedicating the few precious hours of free time I have to this endeavour. For now, I'm just happy to offer it as it is. It just felt so much better to actually have something to show for all of the notes and characters and development that's been sitting around for half of my life.

I share this with you because I actually managed to finish the "script" to the first book! (My process is to write outlines for each book, follow those up with a script that looks kind of like a teleplay, and then translate that to images). The outlines obviously take far less time than the scripts themselves, and so although I have the basic structure of five books, only one of them actually has a finished script.

I hope you'll stick with me as I continue on this adventure! Thanks for reading so far! I love and welcome all of your comments and subscribes!

-Clareheart

12th Oct 2015, 10:58 AM

clarityharp

Chapter 2 = WAT

 How did we get into the second chapter already?! This is bonkers you guys!

 I'm still working on pacing and whatnot, but I think we're on a good roll. I've already learned a lot but I'll probably always stay an amateur. wink I'm pretty okay with that.

 As you can imagine, things start to pick up in the second chapter and get more complicated. I really hope you'll stick around for the ride!

 I've had so much fun creating this. It's something I've always wanted to do, and now it's happening. Thanks, ComicFury, for hosting!

-C