The Kickstarter has launched, and I would love it if you would give it a look and consider supporting it!
As many of you know, I lost my ferret Paulie over a year ago due to complications from insulinoma and heart disease. My short takes a lot of those emotions and confronts a pet owner, not that unlike myself, with a series of difficult choices about life, death, and what it means to make something immortal.
I'm also involved in two backer rewards, Sketchy Citizen -Kristy Cunningham version, and Square City Citizen Bundle - Kristy Cunningham version. In both of these, you get a sketch commission by me as part of the deal. The Square City Citizen Bundle bundle includes a physical copy of The Cure, a physical copy of my mini-comic "Everyday Imaginings", a physical copy of volume 1 of Infinite Spiral and postcard prints as well! So please, take a look, spread the word, and consider backing the project!
So, I just did that real quick with my new tool. I upgraded to a 13HD Cintiq over the past week and am just now able to get set up in my workspace.
In other news, I’ll be at Awesomecon Friday-Sunday with fellow artist Kat Brenowitz. Map doodles to come tonight as I am behind in this game!
Thanks for your patience!
Scribbling … Mostly ‘cause my eye is bugging me. I got partway through the background colors of tomorrow’s page and realized, color/details in the jail were too much to think about and work out. Guess I’m still recovering from my cold.
So … You know, James and Rory … future times. I like drawing them at different stages of their relationship. They really do eventually grow into such a caring couple.
I'm sorry, this is like 20 minutes of me messing around with tools.
There's just so much to like about how this product FEELS when I draw and color, not to mention, those colors. I'm saying this as someone who's had an Adobe workflow for years now. Wonder how the printing holds up?
I felt like drawing some James doing his healing thing because, reasons.
His healing powers don’t work how you’d think. James’s abilities are time-based. So when he heals, he either hurries the natural cellular repair process or reverts cells to a pre-damaged state. You can guess the second is a lot more difficult. Both can also be painful because of Named Ones’s high levels of empathy.
Because he’s forgotten how to control this ability, it can also be dangerous, as observed in Chapter 2. He can accidentally expend way too much energy by mucking about with time on a cellular level.
Other Named can heal in different ways, but it isn’t as effective as essentially using an “eraser” on accidents and illness. For example, Pearl can enhance the chemical potency of herbs allowing them to become more powerful medicines. James can’t do that, though he could make them grow faster.
If I'm lucky (very lucky) he'll get here by Paulie's "Gotcha Day" in late January.
Things have been going well on that grieving front lately. I've had some pleasant dreams. A dream where I'm certain he was forgiving me ending his suffering and comforting me. And I was able to look in his cage, which I had forgotten that I had set up as though he were coming home. It looked ready for new ferrets. Ron and I aren't ready for new ferrets on a personal level, but to look in the cage and have it look empty in a positive way was a very good moment. I still can't open his drawer without crying--but that is kind of a sacred space now. I could always, always, always find him there.
The dresser is about to fall apart next move-so I have to give it up. I only held onto it this move because it was Paulie's den and he hadn't passed until just after the move ... I plan to do something with the drawer--like convert it into a shadow box full of his favorite things. I can't let that go--which is a silly, sentimental thing. But it was his-I gave it to him and every piece of clothing tucked in it that he loved, and I wouldn't wear. He hid his babies there ... He let me tuck him into "bed" there.
I miss my Paulster. But really, it isn't as bad as it used to be.
But have a scribble! Eventually these two are going to run into each other.
Annnnnd another. Oh dear, James … That Named One lineage of yours makes chamomile, um, intoxicating. Rory’s dealing with him well. You know, sometimes you just have to walk through a wild field of flowers that lower your inhibition. And dude-hair, did you just suddenly start rolling in the flowers?
2. Temptations. Fairyland is releasing a new LTF Pong version with their Halloween event. He captivates me. He's so ... Paulie. And his make up is perfect. I want the fullset ... I think ... I've held off on other dolls in memory of Paulie because they have all been MSDs (Tika was a contender with that wolf and teeth bit). I love my MSDs but they are a size that I realize are going to be display dolls for me (and fun sewing/character models). This new LTF is the size of my silly nanoFreya I got as a gift with James and I am alway reposing her (which is doofy as I have yet to choose eyes or make her any clothes ...) in face, she sits in my hand so nice. YoSD is accurately the size I should be seriously having fun with. So portable and can chill on any shelf I have ...
The mock for JID Joshua (a head I was considering from Iples event, JID/MSD) next to new Pong with PSD wig.
And this is my beloved (DIP my dear friend and guardian) Paulie:
But I just had to get the new computer. As part of this, I want to upgrade to a Cintiq to try to ink faster (seriously on pen and paper, so quick). plus, I have a slew of November half to bills (car insurance, car repair, then emissions/safety inspection). But ... This feels like Paulie ... in the same way Paulie felt like Sharky (a beloved cat that passed too soon). Shark-Paul doll ... (giggles). Plus, I need to save like a good adult ... you know, because DC is DC and I have plans.
And I know the truth ... I miss ferrets. (though this doll would add up to 1/4 of their lifetime vet bills, seriously ...) Ugh, and job is stressful and I can't keep up with pages because of crazy stuff and brain fried ness ... If I didn't have my grad school loans I'd just enjoy this little boy and order. But I admit, I'm trying to be responsible and keep going on the rainy day/emergency fund ...
Much to my surprise, it won the grand prize!! The dress will be featured in the comic and I was allowed to request some prize art. Still stressed, I decided I wanted a young James! He's adorable.
Misty did such a LOVELY job with him - I gushed all over the comments. I really love her work (I commissioned her last year for this piece:
Her commissions are currently closed, but I advise you go check out her work, watch her, and keep an eye out. She has an incredibly expressive style! Plus, her stories are so much fun (she has a creative family, her sister DrZimeÂ is also on dA and does awesome work!).
James Hartwell, gardening.
After the disappearance of his twin sister and father into the Spiral, Amity stopped encouraging the Temporal magic skills that came from her son, James, being a born Player of the Universe. His love of life and especially plants and crystals, though, Illuminated his Physical abilities.
As Amity would discover, the unique balance of James’s Temporal and Physical magic attributes would develop into his special ability to cultivate life … and to heal.
The Wizard of Oz meets Doctor Who in the first volume of this Y.A. fantasy webcomic by me, Kristy Cunningham.
Rory Perkins is just a normal girl with a solid grasp on reality. While catching fireflies she discovers there are whole other worlds out there.
And then she gets lost in one …
When the other worlds turn out to be less than wondrous, Rory must choose between two quests: Find her way back to her own or make things right in the rest.
Infinite Spiral Volume 1 is 70 pages in full color.
Infinite Spiral is coming to print!
Pardon my phone photos, but I’m excited! Infinite Spiral Volume 1: Another World is 70 pages of magic, mayhem, multiple realities, and … well, James trying to avoid Rory at all costs (hah!).
You can procure a copy at SPX where I will be tabling with the lovelies Square City Comics in F3!
I’ve been sketching lots of possible concepts for the boy in my comic I’m planning dedicated in memory of my ferret. I am not sure I have the right concept yet, but I think I’m getting closer to the right style.
The comic is about a boy, his ferret, and DRAGONS! I don't really know which is my favorite in this.
I've had a challenging week. Therefore, I am taking Fun Art Friday requests for Infinite Spiral fun things.
I will pick a few to scribble for fun tonight to unwind in hopes I don't dream of UI.
What will you suggest? (after all, you have whole new characters to consider now!!)