Soran here. This new bloggy thing I've got will be useful since my audience for my comics is primarily on this site. This revolves around a series I've been talking a bit about called, "The Road to Home" or simply the "TRUTH" series. For those unfamiliar with what this project of mine is I'll give a simple rundown of what it is supposed/going to be.
The TRUTH series revolves around my character, Soran and his past. Specifically it revolves around him just wanting to go home. One of the major factors of this series is that it's an exploration comic which explores the different regions that were mentioned in Gen 1 of BIONICLE but never thoroughly expanded on.
The structure of the series is a combination of a CYOA (Choose your own adventure) and an RPG (Role-playing game). I'll simply ask a question at the end of each comic which will dictate what I want the audience to answer. So this series revolves entirely on audience participation. Sometimes I'll just ask "What should Soran do?" and you guys can write something like "Do a silly dance." While other times I'll ask you guys to solve a puzzle or I will make a straw poll if there are simply options to go off of (I would go with the majority in this case).
Now let me get back to what I wanted to discuss. This is in regards to the art style. Most of my previews for the series include this image.
This style is very obvious. It's pixelated, sprites, revolves around bright colors and the backgrounds would appear similar to those of MNOG. This style is very simple to work with and I'm quite familiar with it. The only issue with it is the fact that for some people it's a hit or a miss. Some people simply love the pixelated/sprite look (like myself) while others are just immediately turned off by it. In most cases, I probably wouldn't care but since this comic revolves entirely on audience participation I have to think more mindfully of what the audience truly wants to see and not just simply what I have time for.
This brings me to my next point and next image. This series unlike my normal Soran's Comics is not going to be a daily series. I simply would not have that amount of time. I can strive to make it weekly updated, but it definitely isn't going to be daily. I would burn out too easily on the amount of backgrounds and sprites and such I would have to make. Now since it's not going to be a daily series I can realistically take as much time as I need on it. Which is where I came up with this idea for an art style.
This art style is obviously very different. One thing I want to point out very quickly before any assumptions are made is that this drawing is obviously incomplete. It isn't colored in and the line art isn't even finished. But it's still my character, just in a non-sprite format.
In this particular instance, the comic would be made in a different manner. I would basically be drawing up a giant "sprite" kit and would use those pieces to make dynamic poses which would look similar to being drawings. Simple as that. Think of it like the widely popular MNOG kit. Speaking of which, the backgrounds would still be in a similar style to MNOG and the coloring would as well. In all honesty, the only reason I wouldn't just use the MNOG Kit is because things are scaled to set size in that kit which would make certain bodies look weird (specifically the matoran bodies). By using my own style I can create things however I like without having to worry too much about set accuracy.
Now I would assume that this is most likely going to be the more popular choice. The only issue is that obviously 1) these will take longer to make and 2) the series wouldn't be able to be released on New Years like I had planned if I went with this option.
So I want to know what you guys think. What is the better idea? Sticking with the quicker sprite style or going with the longer hand drawn style?