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I have neglected everything lately BECAUSE for the last few weeks I've been slaving over a contribution to Cloudscape's anthology 21 Journeys. The comic's finally done!

[EDIT Jul 2011: The anthology is finally available to order right here! If you're in my vicinity, buy it with cash and save on shipping costs!

The anthology will also soon be available at the Cloudscape site.]

Here's a little sneak peek.

I'm not sure what the collective policy is about artists giving sneak peeks about comics that are going to be published and hopefully bought, so for now, I just thought I'd put up this collage of how the art came out. It's like a WIP from pencils to inks to colours. (Omitting a huge amount of thumbnails, sorry... Those were the crucial step.) Although the colours still need some tweaking of curves and levels and whatnot before printing. Anyway, bear with me.

I find inking just nerve-wracking. What is wrong with me that my hands start to sweat incessantly as soon as I've inked a couple of lines?! I never have that problem with animating and definitely not with life drawing. The colouring was a blast, though, and I'll elaborate on that later. There was a theme with the contributions that they had to look like they were done with natural media AND a limited colour palette -- I coloured it with watersoluble markers.

The story was written by another Cloudscape member, Bevan. I felt incredibly lucky that during my very first Cloudscape meeting (wow, it's already been like a year) I ran into a writer looking for an artist. I have such a hard time coming up with stories, that it was staggering to have him hammer out countless scripts and stories in such a short time. Without a writer I simply wouldn't have a story in this anthology, plus he gave me free reign in the visual storytelling side of things --for better or for worse ;)
Still, I have to say I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. And with everything I've taken note of, the next one's going to be ten times better!

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I had The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch just on a loop for pretty much the whole time I was working on the comic... Go ****ing figure.

I really love it though (everything except Robin Williams). Jimmy Fallon is actually hilarious there, delivers probably my favourite line reading in the whole thing. Neil Innes is awesomeawesomeawesome. It's less of a sequel than a very eclectic bunch of 00's celebrity interviews, and deleted scenes from the first movie, and Force knows why they were deleted in the first place, because they're equally funny. You can't watch just one Rutle movie, they're a package deal.
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peach-mork Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Absolutely beautiful sketches Reetta!! If only I was so good *A*
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kelipipo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! ...Psssshaaw! =P


(OH NO! Dawn Treader was really bad :tantrum: )
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TheAmoebic Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Filmographer
That's awesome stuff!
I especially love the inked panel in the middle. The lines seem very decisive and swift and also very descriptive, especially in the girl's face (and her left hand there, and their arms, and of course in the squirrel). Really great drawing skills overall. 8] :thumbsup:
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kelipipo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I did kinda put my "best inking foot forward" by posting this bunch, there were a couple of panels which may not live up to this one buuuuut :shh: Like I said, next comic -- ten times better! ;)
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dapplet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this looks awesome, reetta!! i can't wait to see the whole thing!! are you going to post it here?
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kelipipo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I actually don't know yet, because Cloudscape is putting out the book and I have to first find out if they're okay with me putting pages from it online... (This one should be fine though because it's not even a finalised page.) But you'll get to see it somehow or other :)
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dapplet Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
sweet!! :D
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I LOVE how you inked! it's s awesome!
this is great! I want to buy this comic when it ventures forth in the selling world :>
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kelipipo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D The book's going to have a lot of different great artists, I am damn excited to read the whole book myself too :excited: It'll be out sometime in March.
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
EEE! i cant wait :D
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graffitihead Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
The inking style kinda reminds me of Terry Moore. (Yes, that's a very sophisticated and subtle way of saying GORGEOUS WORK.)
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kelipipo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
...It's because of all that hair!! :lol:
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kelipipo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! As you know he's a huge in fluence on me -- that's a sophisticated way of saying I aped him for years :P
(I still want to do the influence map but honestly have been buried under this project...)
BTW have you been reading Echo, Moore's latest comic? It's "superheroes", but the way only Moore can make it!
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graffitihead Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Aping him is a perfectly good thing to do! I'm guilty of it myself, but really, how could I stop? It's a very addictive habit that I don't want to kick. Dreamy sigh.

I haven't, actually. Echo looks very Moore, true enough, but I'm still slightly hesitant about the whole superhero aspect - that, and I just haven't gotten my hands on the bloody thing. : D But if you say it's as good as should be, I'll check it out!
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kelipipo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yep, definitely enjoying it :D

<GUSH> I just find it so interesting to follow the treatment Moore gives to the "conventions" of a superhero origin story. Echo totally doesn't feel like one, not that I'm saying superhero comics are all bad but Moore makes it 100% about the CHARACTER (ways she reacts to getting what would in normal comics be called a "superpower") and relationships.
Even when I first started reading it and got the basic idea of what the powers were, I realised "Now that I actually think about it, that is such a Moore kind of power to have!"

Welllll... So far, it's not as much an earthquake of a story as SiP was. So it's not like I'm going to twist anybody's arm on this. BUT Echo is a comic that absolutely no person other than Moore could have made, which (especially when you see it at a comic shop shelf next to, say, five Spider-Man titles) makes it remarkable besides being entertaining and emotional.
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