Libby Sk8er Girl

Libby Sk8er Girl

Libby Sk8er Girl

No. 54: “Motion in a Static Image”

Libby Sk8er Girl No. 54

Created by Brian T. Sullivan
March 9, 2022

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Libby’s Scribb1es

'Sup, Dudes!?

So, what side do you think I'm gonna fall—I mean…land—on? I bet some of you feel pretty certain, even though the easy ways of telling have been taken away. That's because there are probably less obvious things that might give it away. At the same time, maybe you can't tell. This is why Superman has a cape and Wonder Woman has long, flowing hair. (Supergirl has both, so that you really know what way she's moving, and Nightwing has a nice butt.) Note that these are the only reasons. All artistic choices are made for clear, practical reasons of communication. That's how it's always been. It's never just 'cuz or because that's what people expect for a certain type of character's design. And it has certainly never been the case that someone designs a character for random reasons and then makes up some bullshit about "cOmMuNiCaTiOn Of MoTiOn" after the fact. Art is a very precise, rational process in which intuition and emotion can never play a role.

Now, I have to admit that I don't really have much more to write for a Scribb1e this week. Brian wants me to bitch about grad school and all the homework he has to do, but that's his problem. Just because I am a manifestation of his imagination does not mean I'm obligated to do whatever he says. I'm my own sk8er girl! Besides, complaining about school gets old. Even if it's highly complaint-worthy, it just isn't interesting. So, instead, I'm going to tell you the steps that go into making a Libby Sk8er Girl comic. There are occasional variations from these steps on special occasions, but by and large, Brian:

  1. Comes up with an idea that is somewhere on the spectrum between "Stupid, but he needs to get a comic made" and "That was actually pretty clever/cool."
  2. Prints a template onto a piece of 8½" x 11" bristol paper. (This template is just blue guide lines that make sure Brian doesn't put important parts of the picture outside of the 6" x 9" published image size.)
  3. Draws the image that constitutes an issue in pencil.
  4. Scans this into the computer, makes the pencil lines light blue, and prints this out onto ANOTHER piece of bristol paper.
  5. Inks over these light-blue pencils, to give a rendering of the final image.
  6. Scans this picture into the computer, and prepare it for release to the world.
  7. Calls his mom on the phone to talk about something. (Tonight, he told her about how he likes all the different stages of his art-making process, since it means he's not tied-down to just one tool or activity the whole time.)
  8. Updates the Starry Knight Studios website to include the newest issue of Libby Sk8er Girl!

And that's it! Now you know how Brian makes a Libby comic! Just remember that if you make a Libby Sk8er Girl comic, you're infringing on copyright and being an all around assholish person—especially if you try to make money off of it. Don't do that. Instead, show your appreciation for me by buying a shirt, like this one! (One of these days, someone other than Brian's mom will surely buy a piece of apparel, right? Maybe Brian just needs to find some friends who are less conscientious with their money…)

Anyway, thanks for reading!!! I'm sure that, by now, you're like 20,000% smarter than you were before moseying over to this website!

L8er Sk8ers!