Seriously though, I don't really have this problem with sequential pages as much as I do with pinups. The whole process is so much more constructed and planned that I always know what the next three steps are anyway, including when it's finished.
Its going pretty good, to me it is anyway haha I'll show you what I have soonish. I haven't had as much time to work on it as I would hope due to a teething ten month old haha But I think its coming along really well. I'll try to shoot off a page after work tomorrow.
Most of the time it's when the page tells me I'm done. I have a fear of overworking the page and trying to hard to do things that I think other people might like as opposed to doing what works for me and what got me the gig in the first place
haha, very funny ...I went with "when realize i am going broke working on 10 pages for 3 months" because that's the factor that I got agree on more latetlly but if it would be a matter of personal choice(like in a perfect world ) it would be "the page tells me i'm done. thats when i'm done. you're done. i'm done. it's done. " , it's not a matter of every little detail, just the ones that are needed, plus I'm a penciller so the completed page doesn't come to frutition with work only so in the end the ones that have to be more obsessive with detail are the inkers and colorists I guess.
usually I cant stand looking at it and then I put it away for a few hours... then if i come back and there's nothing to fix/i cant stand looking at it anymore... it's as done as it's going to be for whatever assignment/project etc. I usually plan on going back, but I usually never do
as a comic book writer (yes there are some of us that actually just write for the things) my job is done, after twenty people tell me the script is great and wouldn't change a thing on it except for about three pages of dialogue then working with the artist for a few hours to make sure it will work visually.
I'm always finished whenever the deadline comes... always as fast as my deadline forces me to, or as slow as my deadline allows me to be. Which is sad because if I don't change that I'll be a non stop worker forever.
Many factors apply, but I'd have to say, when I realize that I'm broke that I should start taking the initiative to call something done and leave it at that. Fortunately, a lot of my clients aren't persistent enough to knock on my door, heheh. But for real, I should start getting things done in a more efficient and timely manner--my sleeping schedule is all kinds of messed up...
Never had problems with "fedex"... XD I usually finish one or 2 days before the deadline, but that's probably because I force myself not to indulge in every single detail like I used to when I was in school... Indulging is bad. You always end up working on details NO ONE will EVER notice...
Of course! My ego is too big to just shut up! But the sad truth is that I work for people who gives me plenty of time... XDD
but yeah, indulging in your personal projects is even relaxing but doing it while working is just deteriorating. I think everyone wants to make a good job (I really am ashamed of myself when I realize that I've sent a poor-quality page...) but most of the time retouching again and again and again makes things just worse... for you and for the work itself. (not to mention for the fedex guy waiting outside the door)
very interesting poll, Dustin. I'm of the opinion that a page is done when you feel it's done... but since the scripts are always significantly different, sometimes "done" would be after four days of rendering in a single page. which is pointless in terms of story-telling, tiring and not great money wise. I try to think that the page is done when the storytelling works and the level of rendering is cool enough, but more importantly coherent with the rest of the pages.