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Updatin' past my bedtime. [Sep. 11th, 2012|12:35 am]

There's a new Stop Paying Attention comic!

It's been a few months since I updated Stop Paying Attention, but this one is 3 pages long (though stacked in a single column, for reading's sake, online). I love making this comic, getting the thoughts out about art, memory, psychology, humanity and age. But I also love that I don't feel pressure to update it all the time. I love and admire my comics pals that stick to a strict updating schedule, but this comic wouldn't work well updated often. I have the good luck to get to make comics that come out a little more sporadically, and I might kick myself around for occasionally falling off the grid a bit, I'm comforted by the fact that I have so much work that has yet to be seen-- destined for books to come and projects to be unveiled. Stay tuned.

I wrote and illustrated a piece for The American Reader, about The New Life of the Comic Book. I'm excited to work with them, and will be doing a series of graphic journalism!

I do a lot of freelance illustration, but illustrating your own writing allows the artist to really convey quite a bit in the relationship between text and image to say more than what the text and image can say separately. A nice change of pace from trying to make a visual statement that the author may or may not groove to.

Anyway, The main image was a fun draw, and so I thought I'd post some process stuff about it!

I knew that I wanted an image of a paper that was suspended in such a way as to show both sides, so I ended up taking some really unflattering photos of how paper might contort in such a way, featuring my morning bed-head in a prominent light.

Photo 1015

I did the sketch digitally, so I could move things around:

Picture 5

Then I printed the sketch so I could ink it using a lightbox on paper, because I will never ever ever be able to quit you, pen and ink:

Picture 7

And then colored using a variety of lightboxed hand-watercolors and digital futzing:


Shh, I'm going to be at SPX next weekend, but I won't have a table. I... I don't even remember the last time... if ever... I went to a convention where I didn't have to work my table all weekend. I'm positively giddy! I'll just be milling around, oohing and aahing. But if you want to buy a limited edition print run of "Snack Love," I will have those in my bag if you spot me and ask. It's a full-color mini comic of 50 food illustrations, so think about lightening my load and flag me down!

[User Picture]From: joedecie
2012-09-11 07:20 am (UTC)
Great comic Lucy, your colour pallets are brill.

If the world could see all the goofy reference photos I take...
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[User Picture]From: orehime
2012-09-11 10:40 am (UTC)
LOVED that 'Stop Paying Attention' \o/
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[User Picture]From: technosapien
2012-09-11 11:35 am (UTC)


I'll be at SPX, and I'll help lighten that load.
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[User Picture]From: callanhead
2012-09-11 12:38 pm (UTC)
aw dude that's awuhsome
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[User Picture]From: jabberworks
2012-09-11 01:20 pm (UTC)
Awesome, Lucy!!! :)

Ha ha, I didn't have that Sony Recorder, but I did have a yellow 8-track player with a push-handle to change tracks. It was pretty fabulous. http://www.peacefist.com/8trackpanasonicyellow.jpg
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[User Picture]From: _ming
2012-09-11 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'll be at SPX too, let's please see faces! :D
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[User Picture]From: starrynight
2012-09-11 07:02 pm (UTC)
The mp3 was so cute! Do you have more?
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[User Picture]From: dlasky
2012-09-12 02:29 am (UTC)

Your illustration makes me say:

That's RAD!
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[User Picture]From: Rossana Luna
2012-09-15 02:03 am (UTC)
OW, that's weird. I used to think that same kind of stuff... Actually, I still do.
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[User Picture]From: natf
2012-09-15 10:15 pm (UTC)
Permission to make an icon out of he panel about wanting a recorder for your brain? I have *always* wanted one of those - especially now that the MonSter (MS / multiple sclerosis) is eating away at my memory…
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[User Picture]From: Pri Wi
2013-04-06 02:34 am (UTC)


I like it!
it's been a while since I've been visiting your site ... Her work is very cool!
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