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Hello folks, Artful here with a quick update on my current situation.

As you all know, I've been dealing with some uncertainties regarding the future of my comics, mainly Wanderers. Well, I made my decision a while back, and that was to put the two comics on hiatus. I'm leaving Wanderers and my Nuzlocke off to the side until I feel in a better position to get some work on them. Right now I feel a lot better than I did back a week or two ago, but I think I'll give the comics some more time to rest before I get back into them full swing. I'll be using my time off working on my other projects, and most importantly my internship, which is priority numero uno at the moment.

I'm thinking of setting a date on which I will resume working on my comics (hopefully on a regular update basis too), but I don't have one in mind yet. Once I do, though, I'll be sure to let you all know!

Until then, keep being cool people, and I'll see you all in the next update! Have a nice one. :)
~AROD
  • Mood: Pleased
  • Listening to: Ludwig Gorranson - If I Die Before You
  • Reading: Order of the Stick Books
  • Watching: Community
  • Playing: DROD: The Second Sky
  • Eating: Pretzels
  • Drinking: Water

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Howdy! I'm ArtfulRoomsOfDeath. I go by several names on other places, BulletBillTime and BeethroBudkin07 being the most used. I adore making use of my creativity, whether it is through comic drawing or storywriting.

I have a fond spot for Sci-Fi and Comedy genres, mostly the latter. If something doesn't take itself too seriously, I can enjoy it.

I've been making comics since I was in Elementary School, so I've been doing them for a while. Can't say my first works were very good, though. It was all in good fun though. Amongst those early days series, the ones that kept resurfacing were "Life of a Smiley", an adventure starring two unnamed smiley faces as they go through life, and "Ladybug", which stars several bugs (a ladybug who is afraid of the dark, a sidekick fly, a caterpillar who is the mayor of a town and a spider who is the bad guy). Will those two ever show their faces here on this account? Maybe, but only time can tell.

I suppose you're here for my Pokémon Nuzlocke comic! It's okay, I think everyone here is :P It's updated once every month or two on average.

And there's also my Wanderers of the Mushroom Kingdom webcomic. As you might have guessed, it's a Mario webcomic that I've been spent three years on and off working on. It is currently on hiatus, but I'll probably return to it some day. It also has a website! wotmk.thecomicseries.com

Favourite style of art: Something easy to draw! :P
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: A small Sony MP3 player.
Shell of choice: Koopa shells!
Personal Quote: I'll find one tomorrow.
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Hello folks, Artful here with a quick update on my current situation.

As you all know, I've been dealing with some uncertainties regarding the future of my comics, mainly Wanderers. Well, I made my decision a while back, and that was to put the two comics on hiatus. I'm leaving Wanderers and my Nuzlocke off to the side until I feel in a better position to get some work on them. Right now I feel a lot better than I did back a week or two ago, but I think I'll give the comics some more time to rest before I get back into them full swing. I'll be using my time off working on my other projects, and most importantly my internship, which is priority numero uno at the moment.

I'm thinking of setting a date on which I will resume working on my comics (hopefully on a regular update basis too), but I don't have one in mind yet. Once I do, though, I'll be sure to let you all know!

Until then, keep being cool people, and I'll see you all in the next update! Have a nice one. :)
~AROD
  • Mood: Pleased
  • Listening to: Ludwig Gorranson - If I Die Before You
  • Reading: Order of the Stick Books
  • Watching: Community
  • Playing: DROD: The Second Sky
  • Eating: Pretzels
  • Drinking: Water
Hello pals. Artful here. For those who don't know somehow, in the last entry I outlined that I felt like I was putting too much pressure on getting comic work done. I also said I'd come back when I had a bit of a clue what I would do next. Well, here I am. Here's my decision:

Wanderers will be wrapped up and put aside so I can focus more fully on my Nuzlocke.

Now, the problem with this decision is that I'm personally torn between two ways to do this:

-Work towards giving Wanderers a satisfying conclusion;
-Drop the ball right here and then.

The reason this decision is problematic is that concluding the events of Wanderers is going to take a lot of time, perhaps more than 4 additional years (at least with my current estimates), but I really don't want to end things as they are. I'd at the very least want all the plot threads to be tied up neatly. Thing is, I'm not sure I can pull that off...

In the middle of writing this article, I got the idea of offering a written summary of the plot I had intended to have for the rest of the series. It could provide the wanted closure, while still being manageable. Although it wouldn't be as satisfying as having the actual updates, and seeing the characters interact...

I'm still not sure on what I'll do yet, but I wanted to let you know about this idea. Feel free to let me know what you think I should do, and why. I'll make more updates as the situation progresses.

Later,
~AROD
  • Mood: Distressed
  • Listening to: OneRepublic - I Lived
  • Watching: Community
  • Playing: DROD: The Second Sky
  • Eating: Pretzels
  • Drinking: Water
Hey folks. Let's get right down to the matter at hand. While trying to make sense of why I'm so bad at updating regularly, I stumbled upon a horrifying theory, which I'll discuss in this entry.

Basically, I am torturing myself. I have made myself a slave to my own purposes and goals. Mainly, to get work done on Wanderers and Budkin's Nuzlocke.

"But you barely get any work on those done, Artful!" Yes, that's exactly the thing. According to myself, I'm underachieving. I'm not doing as well as I'm supposed to be. You see, back in March-April 2013, Wanderers had an unprecedented update streak. Pages 33 to 40 all came out in the span of about 1 month or so, to the point where I sometimes cranked out two updates at once! As I said, this had never been done before. And it hasn't since. And that, I believe, is where all my recent troubles began... Around April that year, things began winding down. I started noticing I wasn't doing as well in school, and I've been going down a drain ever since. School got harder, grades got worse, I became more and more conflicted... I used to believe that it was all horrible luck, or terrible circumstances, but now I'm starting to think that it was all due to a burnout. I was practically demanding to myself that I keep updating as fast as I did that one time.

As 2014 came along, so did Budkin's Leaf Green Nuzlocke, and a large chunk of my current watchers. I began focusing on it more, due to larger interest in it. But then I started juggling it and Wanderers. It was a balancing act that I thought I could handle. But turns out that I couldn't. Now, both Wanderers and the Nuzlocke are stuck in rather sizable ruts, the former being much less excusable due to the aforementioned update streak. In the latter half of 2014 I even pledged to myself that my comics would become the most important aspect of my life. That was when I was not only knee-deep in schoolwork and fears of failing, but also when I had exiled myself from my main group of friends for several reasons. To my increasingly unstable self, Wanderers and Budkin's Nuzlocke were all I had left. So I held on tighter to them, not realizing that I was promising something I couldn't even manage to pull off.

I now realize just how badly my high standards regarding update frequency were affecting my mental health. I wish I had noticed it earlier. Now, I'm even deeper in isolation than ever, and I'm gnawing at myself for daring to procrastinate on something I'm supposed to love doing. And now, I realize why the delays are getting worse with time:

I force myself to work on things I don't really love doing. And that scares me, because I want to love these comics so badly... but there's a hole where that love should be. Working on these comics shouldn't be work, it should be fun. And yet, work is what it feels like. This isn't right.

So what does this mean? Is this the end of the comics? Am I taking a hiatus, or leaving forever? In all honesty, I don't have a single fucking clue... I could do any of these, but in the end I'd just end up hating myself. The thing is I'm basically abusing myself in my attempts to keep these comics afloat, and yet I'm afraid that if I loosen up, I'll lose it all forever. And then they'll be just two more projects added to the pile of failures that I've accumulated throughout my life.

I guess first I need to figure out what this discovery means to me. Sleep on it, give it some time to ferment... maybe I'll re-read this tomorrow and realize I'm just being wrong all over the place. But I wanted to share this with you folks so you could at least have some insight on why I'm being so horrible at being consistent with updates. I'll give more news if I decide to make a more concrete decision regarding all this.

Until then, take care folks. And remember to be kind to yourselves. Don't push yourselves like I am doing. It ain't worth it. Trust a man who's been there, it really isn't.
~AROD
  • Mood: Distressed
  • Listening to: Ludwig Gorranson - If I Die Before You
  • Watching: Community
  • Playing: DROD: The Second Sky
  • Eating: Peanut butter sandwiches
  • Drinking: Water
Wanderers in the Mushroom Kingdom is 4 Years Old! by ArtfulRoomsOfDeath
Wanderers in the Mushroom Kingdom is 4 Years Old!
Woo! *blows party whistle* *crickets* Yeah, I know, it's early, but most of you will see this on the 27th, which is the day I posted the first page on Giant in the Playground forums. A truly historic day (for me).

Okay, as I'm sure you all know by now, 2014 was a horrible year for our poor Wandering creatures. Pages 53 to 56 were basically the only official content pertaining to the Wanderers. I made more comics about how I didn't do anything than I made pages for Wanderers... Ain't that something. As the gallery began accommodating to the overwhelming response to the Nuzlocke comic, the Wanderers were pushed to the sidelines, getting only a fraction of the attention they used to receive. Sadly, there wasn't much I could do. I was simply more interested in drawing Pokemon stuff than I was making this comic. And not to mention that I was struggling with school a whole lot, which didn't help either comics, but especially not Wanderers.

The sight was simply saddening to see. I thought many times about cancelling the thing for good, feeling that I had run my course with the comic. I came close to doing so, in fact. But I decided against it. Even though Wanderers fans are a minority around here, they're still there. They supported me and reminded me that they wanted to see Gyro, Brocius, Adexab, and the others continue their adventures. And of course, I couldn't just turn back on 4 years of efforts. That's more than many of my other projects have survived. Wanderers is a tough cookie to break, and I would feel bad just throwing it away.

I'd like to thank the usual suspects, :iconit-itches:, :iconwhibbleton:, :iconadexab: and :iconblackyumicat: for supporting me through the tough times, and I'd also like to thank :iconcameostoique: for making a lovely piece of fan-art for the comic, which is pretty much the first fan-art I've ever received for anything! It really helped my morale in a time where Wanderers' fate was uncertain. I recommend you take a look at her work, because it's really really good! :D I'd also like to thank those following this comic in the background, those who don't really speak up but are still around. There wasn't a lot for the comic to hang on to this year, so every little bit helped, even if it was a measly view.

What awaits Wanderers in its 5th year? Well, I do certainly hope to restore Wanderers to the status of semi-frequently updated comic. I'm aiming to eventually reach a once per 2 weeks rate, maybe even up to a weekly update rate if circumstances allow it. We'll see how it goes, I guess!

So anyway, keep being awesome folks, and I'll see you all on the Flipside. Here's to more years for Wanderers! :D
~AROD
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WotMK Page 56 by ArtfulRoomsOfDeath
WotMK Page 56
Wanderers of the Mushroom Kingdom Page 56: Sleeping Derangements

FIVE MONTHS. FIIIIIIVE MONTHS okay I'll stop. Yeah, this has been entirely too long. Between dealing with myself, and school (which was really rough last semester), I haven't had much time or motivation to work on my personal projects. Thankfully the upcoming internship seems like it might be a much lighter load for me, though I can't entirely promise that I'll be back to a semblance of a regular update schedule. We'll see what happens, mostly.

The complexity of some of these panels didn't really help things get done quickly, either. I had to rework some character models, and even create new ones to face new directions. I'm a bit disappointed with some of the resulting models (especially Adexab in Panel 4)... but otherwise I'm generally proud of this one, especially the window background.

Until next time!
~AROD
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ArtfulRoomsOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY, CAKE

*chomps it all up*
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AlikiStone Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
*shuffle shuffle* Hey.... *shuffle* ... Hey, Artful...  *shuffle* Happy birthday. *melts into a nearby sewer grate*
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ArtfulRoomsOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Happy birthday!!! :D
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Thanks! :D
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LimeRa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yay you watched me! Nice! :heart:
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You're welcome!:D 
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X-Obsession Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the fav! I really appreciate it! ^^
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Goddess-Chachi Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoot! Finally found you again on DeviantART! :D *watches*

Also, thanks for checking out my Leaf Green run on the forums. It means a lot to me ;w;
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