Wednesday, April 23, 2008

How a comic can be written

There are several of us who are experimenting in comic writing on Feswork's Webcomics Beacon.

You can hear the podcasts there.. or just as importantly, see the resulting artwork at the blog.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spent the weekend painting

Had a very good and productive weekend. Spent much time working on my yard and kitchen cabinets, then this morning I was rather inspired to paint, which I've only done once since moving to the new house. I did all this work this morning on a large five foot by six foot canvas.

See? Aggie can do more than comics....

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


The Feral

Reinder writes all of his stories almost off the cuff... we've discovered a lot about our different creation styles... he writes spontaneously and plans out his drawings carefully, down to measuring out gutters and making thumb nail sketches. Me? I write everything carefully, taking notes, writing novels, making up character sheets, delving into character psychoanalysis and personal motivations... then draw something off the top of my head, no planning.. barely any wire framing. Sometimes I don't even plan for text bubbles.. and it shows in my sloppy execution.

The Feral is a character I've bugged the crap out of Reinder about. She's just this character he came up with as a catalyst for the story, but there is something about her I really like. What is this woman wearing not more than a shift doing out in the woods alone with an expensive hurdy gurdy? Those things were not cheap back then (in fact, a 13th century one is shaped like a shoe box and isn't like the lute backed model shown). She never speaks.. is that because she is mute? or is it because she doesn't know the language. I love the mystery around her.. and so I drew her today off a whim.. what I envision her like.

Kel found one of her dresses.. and I'm guessing the Feral has several laying about the place. I drew her here in sideless surcoat with ties at the ribs clinching it tight over her coteharde (I accidentally wrote houpeland.. getting them mixed up this morning). I put a hem guard on her skirting and a band of braid. I imagined her at some point traveling to where she is now, a stranger on a strange road, carrying her things in a sailor's bag (there were Norse examples on the Osaberg burial ship) and a Danish open fire skillet, which is nothing more than a long handle attached to an iron disk. No woman of the day would be complete without a head covering, and I drew hair pins too.

It's one of the things I do miss about the SCA... all of the garb research. I used to be quite the garb junkie, making everything from linen and woolen tunics to late Renaissance gowns. I did very well in the arts and sciences competitions back then, one year making a copy of Eleanor Toledo's three color brocaded gown. Right now my sewing machine sits dormant.. and one of these days, maybe I'll get back to it.


Monday, April 7, 2008

New Website Buttons

My new website buttons have just been finished by Turnsky of Foxfire Chronicles. He's open for commissions for all sorts of art... very talented gentleman.

*is so excited over her website coming together... its-a gonna lookie verra nice.


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Reinder and I

This is what happens when Reinder inks one of my fairies. Not too bad :D

Turtle Brooches

Don't know why.. but I was obsessing over turtle brooches the other day.. so I drew Kel in a set.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Switching Forums

Yesterday Erin set up the new forum for AGD so I can slowly pull the plug from Comic Genesis. The new forum is available HERE.

Like the old one.. I'm not expecting a lot of traffic.. but it's nice to have it anyway. I know everyone checks the chatterbox on the front page the most-- it's easy, quick and convenient and no one has to sign in to access it. That's okay. The forum's main use will be as a source of fresh content for the front page of -- the collective we are building. The front page will sport live feeds from blogs (creator driven content) and forums (reader driven content) so that there is always something new and fresh on the main site.

Have fun with it!