I’m not sure how y’all feel about Valentine’s Day, but I’m all about an excuse to eat tons of candy, go out to dinner, or otherwise turn a Tuesday into a fun night out. I’ve come up with some little Valentine’s Drawings I’ll be posting in my Etsy Shop by the end of this week - but I’ll share some sketches with you as the week goes on. Not sure yet if I’ll be doing prints or cards. Any thoughts?
Here’s the first one! (one that’s particularly close to my heart :)
Gods & Undergrads Update #4 - the end of Chapter 6!
Aaaaaaand scene. That’s it for this chapter, everyone! I wanted to leave it on a quasi-cliffhanger, or as my boyfriend would call it, an “Oh shit, it’s Mystique” moment. Which is a reference to the first time I saw X-Men in the theater. When Mystique first appears on screen, revealing herself as Senator Kelly’s aid in the helicopter, this dude in the back of the theater was TOTALLY SHOCKED and said out loud, “Oh SHIT, it’s Mystique!" Priceless.
For this chapter, I wanted to deal almost entirely with Anthony’s descent into the Underworld. At first I thought about making it just about he and Hermes’ journey together, but then I decided to split it up into sections - each one dealing with one of the stages of grief. As Anthony eventually accepts his death, his wounds return, and it finally becomes real what happened to him. And even though the build-up is kind of scary and sad, the reality is - kind of no big deal. Hades was the general underworld of the population - it’s where everyone went, good or bad, which I always loved about Greek Mythology. Rather than going down to hell or up to heaven, you got ferried to one place, and sorted out later. I know I barely touch on Hades and Persephone in this chapter, but I’m saving them for later. I didn’t want them to steal focus from the guy we’ve journeyed with this whole time - not yet anyway.
Oh - and they’re big on purpose. ;)
Thanks everyone for reading, and please feel free to share your thoughts on this page, or any part of this chapter!
But by countdown, I mean the countdown to the end of Chapter 6 of Gods & Undergrads! Woooo! Gasp! There are only 4 pages left, my friends, so starting next Tuesday, January 17th I’ll post a page a day. It’s not terribly dramatic, since really there’s only a few pages left, BUT STILL. I like to pretend this sort of thing is a big deal.
In case you need a recap of what’s happened thus far, you can check out:
After drawing this print of Poison Ivy a couple months back …
I decided it might be fun to draw popular lady comic characters who looked equally as bored. Like - ho hum, I’m gorgeous and quite powerful and have stuff to do, but I’m waiting for the dryer to stop running before I can leave the house … you know, so my house doesn’t catch on fire and I lose all my awesome possessions.
So here’s my next one - Harley Quinn! She’s BEYOND bored …
Since I mentioned myLipstick & Malice character Nona LaBete the other day as being the face of my new website re-design, I thought I’d take a moment to share some of my thoughts and sketches of that sassy model/assassin. I created her in 2008, motivated by my love of La Femme Nikita (the movie, the show, and even Bridget Fonda’s remake Point of No Return) and inspired by my own (minor) experiences with modeling.
With Lipstick & Malice, there were a few points I wanted to address.
The Sexy. Although I know the concept of the sexy femme fatale killer has been SUPER overdone, and the model/assassin idea has been covered (hello Domino), I thought it would be interesting to explore a killer whose strength lies in the fact that she is a model, first and foremost. And by being a model, she is the ultimate chameleon, someone who commands the spotlight and yet can morph into whatever the situation requires her to be. She becomes invisible because she’s both the center of attention and whatever the stylist of the day commands she be. I dunno - for some reason, this idea fascinated me more than the run-of-the-mill hey, there’s a hot girl, watch her take these criminals by surprise with her SEXINESS!
The Skinny. I also wanted to explore the fact that sure, she can rock the lingerie and the sexy party dresses, but she’s also incredibly skinny. The biz requires her to basically be a hanger, so she’s got very little meat on her bones. I didn’t want to make her look anorexic, but definitely all sinewy - and in that way she could fit wherever she needed to, compress or expand like Mr. Fantastic. I definitely looked to Aeon Flux for lithe inspiration. She needed to fit in vents, hide behind door cracks, and slink along the floor.
The Gore. Another main point I wanted to emphasize with this comic, was that she wasn’t afraid to be brutal or do what needed to be done to finish the job. If she’s an assassin, she’s all in. In my second book in the series, I tried to emphasize the brutality of the profession and how little it bothered Nona. She’s still a killer, remember? There’s no need for her to be squeamish - she wants this job, for whatever reason. It appeals to her.
The Victim. I know in a lot of stories involving crime and killers and women, there’s a tendency to make even the strongest women eventually become victims (if you haven’t heard of Gail Simone’sWomen in Refrigerators yet, definitely check it out — the video summation from Bitch Magazine is also good). I wanted to make sure to steer clear of this stereotype - it doesn’t mean that Nona will never be in danger, or fighting for her life (it’s kind of part of the profession, I would think), but by no means is that going to be the default position for her, nor is the method going to be torture porn. I tried to drive this home in my 3rd book in the series, when Nona is attacked in her home, in an extremely vulnerable position, but yet doesn’t get raped/murdered/treated any differently from a male assassin in her same position. In fact, she may even come out ahead.
So that’s a little introduction into my model/assassin series. Here’s a colorized version of Nona that I’ve done recently, as well as a few awesome pieces of FAN ART! which I love love love and don’t receive nearly enough of!
by Loris Ziggiotto
Loris is an amazing comicker whose illustration blog can be found here!
by Charly LaGreca
Charly’s a longtime friend and one half of the super podcast Indie Spinner Rack. You can find his artwork here! Sorry for the crappiness of the reproduction of his drawing - but he did, after all, sketch it on the back of an envelope that was mailed and, apparently, crushed and dragged through the mud. ;)
And this isn’t trying to say that people who are still friends with people they’ve known from grade school or even middle school are strange or stalker-y by any stretch… I mean, don’t we all keep in touch with our BFFs from high school, and live down the street from people we met in the 7th grade? … or is that just me?
I wanted the image at the top to be my latest-and-greatest work, so it will change depending on what I’ve worked on lately and liked. But since it was a picture of my Lipstick & Malice character Nona La Bete, and she was angrily smoking, my friends thought it might give viewers the impression that I was an angry smoker. So I added a little lipstick (as is my custom) and tried to make her look a little happier. I also don’t think it particularly looks like me (hello, she has boobs), but apparently I do have a tendency to slouch.
Let me know what you guys think! I know it doesn’t match anything else on the site yet, but gradually it will. I have lots of plans to redesign my comics pages so they’re much easier to navigate, add a comments functionality, etc. In the meantime, if you guys have any critiques of my current site, I’d love to hear them!