News Archive
Drawing With Hands
posted by Virmir on November 19th, 2016 for Comic 395
This is the last page (395) I colored and shaded with my mouth. From here on I've been alternating between my right hand for line work and my left hand for everything else.

It's been a strange year.
Regularly scheduled updates
posted by Virmir on December 12th, 2015 for Comic 346
Hello!

Crimson Flag now returns to its regularly scheduled updates every Saturday!

Because I was not happy with the pace that my arms were healing, I have decided to learn to draw with my mouth. Therefore I am now able to output one page per week in addition to other art on the weekends while still resting the arms enough so they are not overworked (that is, two days with the right hand, two days with the left hand, three days with the mouth). This schedule, plus a buffer of 12 pages, should ensure this sort of thing never happens again.

I start using my mouth on upcoming page 350. Page 351 is actually drawn entirely with my mouth and from there I start using my right hand a little more each week until 355 or so where most of the line work is right handed and then I finish all the coloring, shading, effects with my mouth. (Meanwhile, I'm using my left hand to draw other stuff on the weekend.) This is where I'm at now and it's a pretty good schedule that's not bothering any body part significantly and is also allowing me to satiate my deep rooted need to spend every conceivable moment drawing. Hoorray!

12 pages is a pretty crazy huge buffer for a weekly comic, however I'm going to maintain it as long as both my arms are still not up to speed. If they ever do heal 100% (that would put me at something like 300% drawing capacity), then maybe I'll consider burning off some of the buffer with some bonus updates or something.
Updates every other week
posted by Virmir on September 5th, 2015 for Comic 339
Hello!

Fortunately, the period of monthly updates only lasted one month! Crimson Flag will now update every other Saturday until I can build up the buffer large enough and ensure I can maintain my former pace. Hopefully we'll be back to weekly updates soon!

If you would like to follow my status or just read the full story on what in blazes is wrong with my arms, follow the designated forum thread!
Monthly updates
posted by Virmir on August 1st, 2015 for Comic 338
Hello!

Crimson Flag now begins its slow return over the next several months as my arms recover further. For now, Crimson Flag will update on the first Saturday of every month. The frequency will increase as I slowly build up to my former speed (and construct a large buffer), which will take some time still. Monthly updates are of course painfully slow, but better than no updates at all!

If you would like to follow my status or just read the full story on what in blazes is wrong with my arms, follow the designated forum thread!
Still on break
posted by Virmir on May 23rd, 2015 for Comic 337
NOT BACK YET-- This was an interesting page to work on as it was drawn in a series of something like 75 tiny 5-minute drawing sessions over the course of the past five months (plus a few longer ones towards the end). I do intend to build up a 10 page buffer before returning to regular updates, but I don't see the sense in hanging onto this page for months until then.

The arms do seem to be better than when I posted the previous message back in January, although they are improving at a glacially slow pace. I am currently allowing myself about three hours of drawing per week, which is significantly more than where I was at, although I have quite a ways to go yet before I can invest the 10-14 hours required per CF page. At the very least I am now capable of at least poking at it a little. Lately I've been practicing sketching with fewer, more precise strokes to save wear and tear on my arms.

If you would like to follow my status or just read the full story on what in blazes is wrong with my arms, I post updates in this forum thread (now with statistical data and charts!) Hopefully the next page will be less than four months out!
CF is now on break
posted by Virmir on January 24th, 2015 for Comic 336
Hello!

Unfortunately the arm issues mentioned a while back persist, therefore I've decided to try something I haven't actually tried before-- that is, actually stop drawing for a period longer than a few weeks. I'm not sure how long it will take, but will certainly be at least several months considering I've been struggling with this for seven months so far. I was very much looking forward to bragging about never missing an update a few years down the line after completing Crimson Flag, however this seems the wisest course of action.

If you would like to follow my status or just read the full story on what in blazes is wrong with my arms, I plan on posting updates in this forum thread. Thanks for reading! With luck, hopefully I'll be back in action by the second half of 2015. Then I can just pretend the previous year did not happen!
Regularly Scheduled Artist
posted by Virmir on December 20th, 2014 for Comic 331
And now back to your regularly scheduled Virmirish pages.
Guest Artist 3/3
posted by Virmir on December 13th, 2014 for Comic 330
The final guest artist is Caleb Lloyd, who draws a very fluffy Lucian.

Your regularly scheduled artist returns next week!
Guest Artist 2/3
posted by Virmir on December 6th, 2014 for Comic 329
This week's guest artist is Donnie, who would totally be rich if I could get him to draw more.

One more to go!
Guest Artist 1/3
posted by Virmir on November 29th, 2014 for Comic 328
Hello!

As many of you know, I have been struggling with tendinitis in my right arm (my drawing arm) since June of this year. Starting with page 311 I've been drawing significant parts of the comic with my left arm, however due to overuse (especially in July) that arm has been giving me trouble too. Last month I decided to take a three week drawing break and didn't want to dip into the buffer (as I had done previously), and thus commissioned three guest artists to draw some CF pages!

This week's guest artist is Dragyn of Pending Else and Beastling, and who seriously needs to stop not drawing and draw more.

Your regularly scheduled artist will return with page 331 on the December 20 update! (And yes, the break did me good. Working on page 333 right now as I write this. )