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posted 20th Mar 2017, 3:00 PM

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20th Mar 2017, 3:24 PM

MistakeNPotatoes

Good luck, man.

I don't use twitter very well myself, and I constantly lose confidence as well, so this resonates with me. I hope you can pull yourself out of it and find that spark and productivity again, it's something that you deserve to have as an artist.

Best wishes!

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view Michael Campbell and William Leighton's profile

21st Mar 2017, 4:32 AM

Michael Campbell and William Leighton

Thank you very much.

I lose confidence all the time myself and usually I can power through by putting my professional hat on, tell myself not drawing isn't an option and accept whatever comes out, for several reasons I wasn't able to do that this time. None of things that got me down have changed, some have gotten way worse, but last night I had a bit of a breakthrough. It's my third go at page two but I'm really digging it this time and I'm hoping I'll be able to push ahead from here.

What do you do when you lose confidence to get it back? Any good go-tos?

We were using Twitter to Retweet and be Retweeted for the most part, for a little while in 2015 we fired off messages to people we admired and were amazed to get responses, been a while since we did that but I saved the lot of them. Having Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri acknowledge me was an amazing feeling, even more so was being retweeted by HR Giger's estate! Try firing some tweets off to those you admire and see what happens, totally worth it.

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view MistakeNPotatoes's profile

21st Mar 2017, 3:03 PM

MistakeNPotatoes

I totally get the headspace - I've fallen into deep despair before, it's pretty much impossible to see the way out sometimes. So really, what I do when my confidence disappears like that, unfortunately I don't really have any specific way that I use to get it back. Sometimes it just takes a little falling, I guess, but eventually I start to spot the little micro behaviors I'm doing that aren't helping and I eventually get mad enough to start adjusting them. Around then I start to climb back out of the hole, so to speak.

I really hope it happens for you sooner than later, but progress on the next page is good news :)

I really appreciate the retweets and such on Twitter from you guys, so thank you for that!

I've only reached out to a couple people on Twitter, it definitely gives me a "senpai noticed me" sort of feeling. I've never had anyone like Todd McFarlane or that sort of caliber, though! :D I'll give it a shot some time!

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view MadJak91's profile

20th Mar 2017, 3:40 PM

MadJak91

Tbh, I have been jokingly told that twitter is a socially acceptable way of talking to yourself. I honestly cannot understand people using it. Tumblr? Eh, fine. Twitter? Mess.
The time spent on twitter you can use on your project anyway and there are better options to get your word out :D

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view Michael Campbell and William Leighton's profile

21st Mar 2017, 4:44 AM

Michael Campbell and William Leighton

As I said to MistakenPotatoes above we were using Twitter to Retweet and be Retweeted for the most part, whenever I saw anything art related from someone we follow I Retweeted it and appreciated it when they did the same, which wasn't as often as I would have liked. We didn't really talk to very many people beyond that but did send off messages to some artists, writers and musicians we admired and were surprised when we sometimes got replies, was pretty cool.

Michael posted our pages on Reddit when we were still doing IronGate: Whiteout and I was absolutely amazed by the number of people that dropped by, it greatly surpassed the unique visits we got with paid advertisements on TopWebcomics, which was a shock. Give that a go if you haven't!

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20th Mar 2017, 9:05 PM

Joseph

Your art is wonderful, I'm glad you'll be returning.

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view Michael Campbell and William Leighton's profile

21st Mar 2017, 4:45 AM

Michael Campbell and William Leighton

Thank you so much Joseph, I greatly appreciate your support, means a lot!

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view NeilKapit's profile

22nd Mar 2017, 1:38 AM

NeilKapit

being anti-social is no problem. I just want to see more of your drawings. take your time.

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view HapyCow's profile

24th Mar 2017, 10:28 PM

HapyCow

Just stopped by to check in, glad you're ok...you were nonstop drawing so long, it was very impressive! You got this William! I believe in you :)

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