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Lucy comes home

April 1st, 2018, 9:32 am

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Reply skyangel, April 1st, 2018, 9:32 am

Having mentioned in the last couple of weeks about my struggles towards completing chapters etc and feeling burnt out in general I know the answer is to be inspired again by a page I REALLY want to do rather than a page I feel have to do. So this week I reached the point where Laura finally reunites with Lucy and getting around to doing the two pages has done wonders for my enthusiasm. My eyes used to well up a lot in the early days because I was often relating very closely to experiences close to my heart and reliving them on paper was pretty emotional at times too, so I knew this upcoming Lucy/Laura scene would be a really good couple of pages for me to work on. It also reminds me that art has a power far beyond making money; You can write a story or draw a picture but when that pen or pencil is connected to your emotions and the two are flowing as one you really do feel something special happen. I'm sure others among you comic makers can relate to this; it's not so much about skill either, it's just that focus of attention on how you feel inside as you make the art which is special. It seems more obvious to relate the feeling to music because you can either just play the notes in the order they appear or you can play them with ‘feeling’ which is when that musician really connects emotionally and often enough to affect those around them too.

Anyways, Next week, The truth is out as Lucys learns that Laura is still alive after all! Lots of emotional stuff coming up of course so
keep a tissue to hand! ;)

Have a nice Easter! :)

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Reply Fruitbat44, April 2nd, 2018, 3:46 am

Thanks for the comic Sky and I hope that you're having nice Easter too.

Reply MichaelHartman, April 2nd, 2018, 11:10 am

when you get to a point take a break.

Reply ohanyname!, April 2nd, 2018, 4:41 pm

@skyangel: I think this is why so often comic makers collaborate. When you put pencil to paper and then ink over it, it is your creation. If it's someone else's words, it's your music to their lyric. There is that little bit of detachment.

If you are doing the words *and* the music, then the fans start to overwhelm you, because to them, your characters are people they can relate to. In music, it drove the Beatles off touring, the girls in ABBA into reclusion, and in art it can be almost as overwhelming.

The skill *is* important, because you can relate to someone like Lucy (look at the jut of her jaw in frame 5!) in a way you can't relate to an xkcd character.

Also, I can look at a Tintin book and discover something new in Herge''s ligne claire after some 70 years (although he did go back and re-draw his earlier stuff, sometimes more than once) and you can't do that with an xkcd comic.

I have just discovered that a Wacom tablet works under Linux, it does line thickness, which I've never been able to make it do under Windows. So it might be a useful tool after all. It might even be fun!

I have never been happy with paintbrush/lightbox/scan; as I am left-handed I work from right to left so I don't smudge. The Wacom doesn't smudge.

I've always needed a collaborator because I'm colourblind, and the days of black-and-white comics are long past. Unlike a certain comicist I could mention, I know that shading-strokes, especially on lips. and ligne claire don't mix.

But I'll never draw hair like you do.

Umm, your comics have had an effect in Verona. My twins have read your comics and marvelled at the art (in this town of great art). They are now seven. Kids can be cruel to anyone who is different, even though of course sexuality is not evident at their age. I think they are more tolerant and less propagandised by the Catholic art all around them.

There is good reason not to argue with my twin's world-view, if you are their age.

There are two of them!

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Umm, Cathy - best thing, most passionate thing you ever did. Doesn't really show up on your website that well.

Reply Guest, April 5th, 2018, 3:30 am

Ive been following this comic for a long time now, but i had lost it for a few months. I just returned to it, and god, I forgot how much I loved your comic <3
The plot gets better everytime, and your art is simply beautiful

Also, thanks for sharing this even though it was hard for you emotionally

Reply Lordcholmondlywarner (Guest), April 7th, 2018, 6:31 am

The build-up to this has been perfect. I wish I was even half as talented as you are.

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