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Lucy hears the truth

April 7th, 2018, 7:19 am

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Reply skyangel, April 7th, 2018, 7:19 am

I saw a lovely film on Netflix during the week called 'Final Portrait'. I'm a big fan of Geoffrey Rush anyway but his portrayal here of the artist Giacometti had me captivated. Artists are renown for beating themselves up over their work and I see it more here than anywhere. At any level of expertise we all have our good and bad days; art we struggle with and art we can feel disappointed in just days after having felt elated about it! Some artists are very vocal about it (winks at Kim) and others like me prefer to keep quiet and hope nobody notices! But watching this film about a man who was held in high esteem for his ability and making the sort of money most of us can only fantasise about, it was interesting to see that the one thing that really mattered to him most was getting his art right, and not just right but good enough to impress himself. I love that because it's so true and one of the loveliest lines for me was when this revered and highly paid artist threw down his brush and exclaimed, 'It's all gone wrong today, I'm painting like a child!' because it reminds me that at any level we WILL always have days like that.

Anyways, next week it's a reunion with Nikki as Sarah leaves Carlingford and moves in with her while Lucy decides what to do about Laura.

Have a nice week :)

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Reply shiro707 (Guest), April 7th, 2018, 9:21 am

I feel so bad for this situation...

I really hope that Lucy and Laura are able to be together (because it looks like they still love each other), but I feel so bad for Sarah and want her to be happy too!!! But I guess she could never be with Lucy and be 100% happy, because Lucy would always wonder about Laura...

Reply skyangel, April 14th, 2018, 3:23 pm

@shiro707: Hi Shiro. Nice sentiments there :)

Reply kidcthulhu, April 7th, 2018, 10:52 am

A very well-executed page, Sare. Strong and to the point without having to wallow. Excellent facial expressions here. That being said, I'm looking forward to our heroine getting the hell out of Carlingford now.

As far as my own "art" (such as it is), I find if I can look at it the next day without wanting to destroy it, it's a victory. When I started my comic here, I also came to terms with the fact that if I strive for mythical perfection, I'll never finish anything.

Reply skyangel, April 14th, 2018, 3:25 pm

@kidcthulhu: As you'll see from this weeks page she's finally left ;) I wrote my editorial on how I feel about my own art this week, so you'll be interested to know I feel much the same about my own art! :) It's interesting though as your art is so 'you' that it always looks fine to me who isnt!

Reply kidcthulhu, April 15th, 2018, 10:59 am

@skyangel: Well thank you. I sometimes think being so stylized has hindered me artistically. I got a sort of Gary Larson/Matt Groening thing going on (except that they're much better at it and it brings them millions of dollars).

Reply Lordcholmondlywarner (Guest), April 7th, 2018, 9:09 pm

I hope Lucy realises what Sarah is risking to ensure Ron told her the truth and that they stay together. I think they both deserve to be happy together. Time will tell and it will be fun finding out.

Reply skyangel, April 14th, 2018, 3:28 pm

@Lordcholmondlywarner: Nice thinking. That's a point that will be raised in a few pages ;)

Reply Fruitbat44, April 8th, 2018, 3:45 am

That first frame was great and set up the whole of this strip.

"I only did it for you" is right up there with "I'm not a bad man" as lies Ron tells himself. -grr-

Sarah did the right thing getting Ron to tell Lucy the truth. (Though like Sarah, I'm wondering how "watered down" was Ron's version.) But what happens next? We shall see.

Reply skyangel, April 14th, 2018, 3:35 pm

@Fruitbat44: I did feel it was important to get that 'Wow!' expression in the first panel as good as possible for best effect, so thanks for that. There's more on Ron's story a little later when Sarah finally gets to chat to Laura too ;)

Reply ohanyname!, April 11th, 2018, 7:42 am

@skyangel: Giacometti. One c not two. Most but not all Northern dialects don't make the distinction between double consonants, but we follow Standard (i.e, Southern) Italian spelling. They split the syllables differently. Ja-ko-met-ti, not jak-ko-met-ti. In most Northern dialects, almost every syllable is open, ja-ko-me-ti.

If you want an idea to follow up Simply Sarah, while still fulfilling your desire to create art, why not do a six-frames bio every week or fortnight about artists whose work you really love?

You wouldn't need a storyline, you might open some people's eyes (including mine) to artists whose art we don't appreciate or sometimes even understand, and you might even find it fun!

Oh and as always - Lucy's hair in *every* frame. I love the way you draw and ink hair. Especially because I can't.

Reply skyangel, April 14th, 2018, 3:43 pm

@ohanyname!: The spellings corrected! Most of my inspiration and affection for art has come from comic artists. It's an interesting idea but as comic artists don't really hit the ehadlines much I'm not sure how much I could find out, but it's certainly an interesting idea.

Reply ohanyname!, April 11th, 2018, 8:42 pm

Frame 5 is just perfect. Lucy is in shock, her posture just says this. Sarah has her hand on her thigh, as lovers do, only lovers would touch the inner thigh in a non-erotic sense.

And then you gave us background which makes the scene so perfect.

Reply skyangel, April 14th, 2018, 3:48 pm

@ohanyname!: This was quite a hard page to compose because I didn't feel there was a need for us to hear ron repeating anything he had already told Sarah and I felt Lucy would go through shock before anger too so it felt best leaving text balloons out and letting the art do the talking. I also felt a whole page of Sarah consoling Lucy was too much and again pretty guessable how the conversation would go so it felt nice to put both girls away from Ron and the house altogether for that sympathetic embrace. :)

Reply Karlijn, May 2nd, 2018, 12:48 pm

I love the way you draw emotions, I really feel for poor Lucy...

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