#5, Pg. 10 | Diana and Actaeon

#5, Pg. 10 | Diana and Actaeon

June 18, 2014 in Issue 5
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Caley Tibbittz Collopy 18th Jun 2014, 5:01 PM
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Yo. Much like Kathryn on this very page, SwordCat Princess has sprung magically back to life. Actually, it's been kicking the whole time for me, because I never actually stopped working on it. "Why the FUCK did this page take so gosh-darned long?!?", you wonder.

(Like a game show host:) I'm! Still! LEARNING!!!

...I was inspired by the old artworks I "borrowed" for Jack's wall earlier in the issue, and I decided to try to be a weird and time-consuming love-child of Andrew Loomis, Neal Adams, and that EC guy whose name I can't recall due to exhaustion. I didn't succeed, of course, but I still broadly happy with the piece(s).

She's like a real live 3D (and perhaps double-D) goddess that Jack is not prepared to handle. Even the posters are too much for him right now. So, it's an arty theme thing.

I did this like animation -- the empty background is panel on the original, each Kathryn is drawn on white nothingness like a cel, as are the cops. The car is on a whole other sheet of paper.

As for the nudity, I wrestled with my approach a bit, but each is based on a photo, three of which I got off a figure-drawing site. Kathryn regenerates nude and "grows" clothes from the ring. I wanted to show a private moment, a sort of serene rebirth where she gets her bearings, blissfully un-remembering of her troubles for a few seconds. I wanted to make a modern Diana/Artemis at the bath scene. This is ART, dammit.

Sadly, due to the cartoonish prudishness our society pointlessly and laughably insists on, this also means any TV future for this project will be on HBO, and be cancelled after 2 seasons. Oh well.

...oh, and see if you can spot the Darkwing Duck reference in the dialogue. Teehee. :)

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Caley Tibbittz Collopy 18th Jun 2014, 5:03 PM
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When I started on this page, I sat for a few minutes and thought hard about what I wanted to accomplish, and I just felt moved to go really classic arty with it, like a painter with models.

...I used photos 'cause I's poor, but the results are the same either way.
VanEzzania 18th Jun 2014, 5:34 PM
Same. I use Renaissance art for my female poses mostly.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 19th Jun 2014, 1:25 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
I almost wish I'd used some poses from actual Diana at the Bath paintings of yore, but the refs I found synced up shocking well, considering they're 4 photos for 3 different women. It almost looks like a lenticular animation.
jamie59 18th Jun 2014, 7:28 PM
There's no need for knickers. Is that last bubble the worst of 10th centry cussing.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 19th Jun 2014, 1:28 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
She wants to get dressed before she goes outside. Upon getting her bearings, she realizes she's already outside and Jack's getting her barings.

Caley Tibbittz Collopy 19th Jun 2014, 1:30 PM
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...oh, and I know basically nothing about early medieval swearing -- her "curses" are an exercise in faux-Brit silliness.

Although, one could argue she's dismissing Jack's potential to meaningfully muck her night up further by softballing her swears at seeing him.
Dongaria 18th Jun 2014, 7:55 PM
Obviously a fan of this page but more over you kept her nudity fresh on each panel which is fantastic!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 19th Jun 2014, 1:32 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
I almost reused panel 4's pose in 5 with a new head, but I realized I was already in for a pound, as it were.

Her closed body language really sells her realization of her whereabouts a lot better than a pasted-on frown would have.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 19th Jun 2014, 1:33 PM
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No one has noticed the Darkwing Duck reference in this page. I go obscure. Deep cuts, not the obvious ones like "Let's get dangerous!"

...but it's in there.
Mayyday 30th Apr 2015, 7:12 AM
That was her favorite neck.

Also, so is Artemis just reborn, uh, 'smooth' then?
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 2nd May 2015, 1:42 PM
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I'm so proud of you for getting the Darkwing Duck reference!!! You get points! ALL the points!

As to your query: Kathryn regenerates with all her hair styled however it was last. As she doesn't eat, her cell growth depends partly on reabsorbtion of non-essential hair (and urine, snot, etc.). She also exhales less than most people, instead converting the air and carbon into calorie energy.
lirvilas 21st Jun 2014, 9:59 AM
Darkwing Duck?! And I was getting all hyped over the Tailspin allegory!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 21st Jun 2014, 12:05 PM
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Yes, her tail is spinning all over the place.