Not all pages make it to the final stage.  This is one of them!  I thought you all might be interested in seeing what happens when something just doesn't work, and how I figure out it needs to be changed.

I have a conscious editor and an unconscious editor.  The conscious editor works very deliberately on scripting, storyboarding, directing, and planning.  It's the part of my brain that can break things down and analyze them in an abstract way.  Does this structure flow effectively?  Does this word convey what I intend it to?  What is being communicated by spoken and unspoken factors in this scene?


The unconscious editor, on the other hand, shows up when I'm attempting to actually do the work.  It expresses itself by making the work feel wrong and look wrong.  If I'm having trouble drawing, it's the unconscious editor telling me "This part of the script isn't ready yet.  Go get that neurotic conscious editor in here and figure out what's wrong with this.  Until then, if you try to force this, it will look like crap to you.  So there."


The unconscious editor is REALLY frustrating to work with, but I've come to value it as a very important part of my process.  It knows when something is true.  It knows when I'm being honest with myself.  Even if I don't know it until it speaks up.


Hitting this page and coming to the realization that something was wrong put a hard stop to drawing in the month of January.  However, now that I've reviewed the script and revised it (my fourth or fifth revision on this particular chapter) drawing has started once more and I'm very happy with how it's turning out. 


When the unconscious editor is happy, I am happy.  We'll see how long it lasts. :)