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for comic folks- "the page is done when-" 

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514 deviants said the page tells me i'm done. thats when i'm done. you're done. i'm done. it's done.
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329 deviants said every last detail is in place and i am completely satisfied. including all nipple highlights on the spandex.
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260 deviants said i cant stand looking at it anymore.
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100 deviants said it's never done because i'll redraw it again after it publishes 3months from now.
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89 deviants said when realize i am going broke working on 10 pages for 3 months.
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67 deviants said when fedex comes knocking at the door.
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52 deviants said wtf is a page? you mean file?
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40 deviants said when it's been a "day"
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20 deviants said when i carve in the paper with that borderline and there's no going back.
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4 deviants said i've posted about 9 "work in progress" steps on dA and have gotten enough pageviews and approvals from my watchers.

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:iconlistener-liserian:
Listener-Liserian Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
I'm not "comic folks", but it's when the page tells me it's done...at 3 am the day I have to turn my work in.
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:iconkharyrandolph:
KharyRandolph Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
Honestly, for me it's done when my deadline says it's done. There isn't a job that goes by when I'm not working until the minute it is due.

And a lot of times, an hour past that.
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:iconhouly1970:
HOULY1970 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
NIPPLE HIGHLIGHTS !!!!

hahaha ... but not on manboobs ... dood
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:iconblackpookie:
BlackPookie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
nipples man...
lol
thats funny!
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:iconleo-aba:
Leo-Aba Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hahahah if ur waiting for fed-ex's knocking on the door it is definitely trouble.
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:iconmbirkhofer:
MBirkhofer Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It takes every fiber in my body to not go back and rework pages months after I sent them out already. haha.
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:iconspacehamster:
spacehamster Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
...time runs out.

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.
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:iconjimmyjoejoe-:
jimmyjoejoe- Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Its done when the editors come a knockin', I like to get the most out my deadline haha
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:iconduss005:
duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
haha hows the pages comin!?
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:iconjimmyjoejoe-:
jimmyjoejoe- Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
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.
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:iconmasig2002d:
masig2002d Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
hey, I work on 10 pages in three months (two and a half actually)
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:iconduss005:
duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
well there you go
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:iconjavi-80:
Javi-80 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
HAHAHAHA!
Never done....
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:iconmollythewanderer:
MollyTheWanderer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitley when your deadline is up ^_^. Artists are never "done".
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:iconthefranchize:
theFranchize Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
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
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
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 :P) 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.
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TonyParkerArt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Switch "Fedex" for "to be sent to the server" and that's me. I freakin' love being able to load to the server. No Fedex fee and I get an extra day or two. :D
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duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
thats what derek who inks it is all about. but hey, fedex bill goes to DC!
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:icondeadjellyfish:
deadjellyfish Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
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
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:iconduss005:
duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
youre picky thats why!
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:iconjohnofthewired:
johnofthewired Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
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.
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c-a-s Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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:iconkingnorth:
KingNorth Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nipple highlights! :iconblush--plz:
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:iconcaleb-brown:
Caleb-Brown Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
every time i start a page i want to murder it, it never turns out well
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:icondra90nboi:
DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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...
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:iconmatiassoto:
MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I feel your pain, my sleeping schedule is going to hell too, the factor "crap! I've to have this ready for today!" gets me working 'till dawn sometimes! :XD:
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:iconcsyeung:
Csyeung Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
When Joe Dodd tells you it's done!
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:iconduss005:
duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
f that guy.
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:iconabasss:
abasss Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Not a comic girl, but in general, when I'm done, I'm done. I just know.
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:iconduss005:
duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
so jsut like a girl then!
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:iconabasss:
abasss Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
:ohnoes: I don't want to be a stereotype! :lmao:
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:iconransomgetty:
RansomGetty Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Man I wish that I could say the page is done when it's done. Sadly, motivators like sleep and money cause me to lean towards "its done when it's been a day." or when it's 7am. ha.
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duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
well, thats also what will make you be able to do it for a living man. jsut gotta draw good, and do it on time i guess. then get paid, and use that money to give yourself time to draw more cool shit.
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:iconransomgetty:
RansomGetty Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
I dream of one day when I'll have time to spend some of the money I've made. Some day!
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:iconcostumesbycourtney:
CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I tend to work quickly but I don't stop until it looks just right.
I'm just a penciller, so there's none of the stress of getting it perfect like inking.
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
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...
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:iconduss005:
duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
are you braggin about how great you are mary!??!

kidding.yeah, thats the way to work a commercial gig, and you know.. make a living. you can always indulge in your personal projects.
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:iconrsj:
rsj Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
So you mean to say that all those neat little details are ARTIST service and not FAN service? Or is CLIENT service the most important of all?
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:iconmartinacecilia:
martinacecilia Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
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... =P for you and for the work itself. (not to mention for the fedex guy waiting outside the door)
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DivaLea Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Too bad there was no ALL OF THE ABOVE option, not to mention the classic "When they pry it from my cold, shaking hands I need coffee oh god help me."
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:iconpoopdc:
poopDC Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
when someone tells you to stop?
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:iconcyberpumpkin:
Cyberpumpkin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I said "when the piece says it's done" only because there wasn't an option for "When my live-in partner says 'Don't do anything else on it, you'll ruin it!'"
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DotWork-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
chooses the 3rd option because it really means when i say its done, it means its done. and i'll always work to my best, I'm no slacker XD. yeah... i know, but really, am pushing myself
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davidlafuente Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
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.
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:iconmatiassoto:
MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Un punto muy interesante, a proposito felicitaciones por el trabajo en Ultimate Comics Spiderman!
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davidlafuente Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
creo que es un rollo instintivo, pero relacionado con fechas de entregas... delicado, en fin.
muchas gracias, Matias, me alegro de que te guste el Spidey
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Zabalou Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh you have to add : 'i'm not a professional artist, when i draw it's seems the same old drawing that when i was 5, but yeah i wanna help you answering this anyway, my help will be helpfull !'

Sorry for that ;)
Love your work anyway, reading you gave me pleasure, thanks for that.
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:iconduss005:
duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
hah, it doesnt have to be a pro question, its for anything drawn really.
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:iconstewnami:
STEWNAMI Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not one of you fancy comic makin folks, but if it were me, I'm sure that it would be done when my boss is yellin at me that they need it! HAHA
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duss005 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
serious right? its the same no matter what industry you're in. fedex is my boss.
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