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Simply Sarah

Simply Sarah

by skyangel
A slice-of-life story about people and their own unique problems as seen through the eyes of one girl as she grows up dealing with her own.
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Simply Sarah

A slice-of-life story about people and their own unique problems as seen through the eyes of one girl as she grows up dealing with her own.


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For a page which isn't much loved, it's really kinda neat.

I liked the top panel, it gave a real feeling of leaving, a point of things changing.

And I liked some of the touches in the other frame e.g. Janey's portrait against the wall.

And where do we, and Sarah and Lucy and Laura and Nikki go from here? We shall see.
I know all too well about doing pages because you have to rather than because you want to.

With my format, I do two weeks of somewhat standalone pages and then do a week (or two week) arc. I often find myself writing and drawing a great arc and then being forced to back-fill the non-arc pages before it. Doing that gap fill sometimes feels like a chore. Eventually a good joke/scenario will come and it's not so bad. But I hate staring at the holes in my master list/calendar.

I've also had times where I couldn't execute my idea as well on paper as it was in my head. It leaves me thinking, "If someone else did the art, this page would have been amazing." But as I've said before, if I keep getting hung up on little details for the sake of perfect, I wouldn't be nearing 800 pages.

I like this page, BTW; it's great to see Nikki again.
@skyangel: Well thank you. I sometimes think being so stylized has hindered me artistically. I got a sort of Gary Larson/Matt Groening thing going on (except that they're much better at it and it brings them millions of dollars).
I probably comment more here than I should because I don't know that much about art.

I also comment at with the same name (only without the exclamation mark - ohanyname). About Physics. I'm a physicist. There have been some excellent discussions there over the last few days. These might amuse you while you wait for Sare to get over her writer's block.
Here we go again...

Female insecurity.

My kids (twin girls, single male parent) have everything going for them. They're bright and they're pretty. But they don't feel they are quite good enough.

I told them to man up. And then all three of us laughed. But they got my point.

Man up will you Sare? :-)
I think the art is great, you put effort in to this web comic. So don't get down on your self
April 14th, 2018
I know what you mean. Artists will always try to get better but there is never really an "end" to the learning curve. There will always be things you don't know and you will always feel 'in the middle' and honestly that's the place you want to be.
In the comic community there is always a handful of people that seems unwilling to take advice or constructive critique.
They never really progress ever and they feel comfortable staying in that spot.
On a comic course I went to one of the lectures mentioned these are 'stranders' because they rest in place and are unable to get anywhere.
A youtube artist mentioned that the more you 'hate' your own art the more you have the ability to be getting better. Being able to see your own mistakes means your ability to see mistakes are a few levels above your drawing-skill and its easier to adjust your skill to be on the same level as the eye-level. .
There's always people better, or worse!
I realized I got way too high expectations on my own art...
It never becomes EXACTLY how you want it to be. Art is a journey, not a destination. Looking back at old art helps to know where one stands in the learning curve and its easier to look at the whole picture.
I usually learn by copying things i like. Not directly like its my own art of course, but doing sketches of things i like about their art. A particularly well-drawn nose, or eye, or expression...
Then later you will always pick up things and make your own versions. Its how i progress most of the time, just doing life drawing does nothing for me if i don't know tricks to transfer real life images to drawings.
I'm sure you already know this though since i think you once mentioned you've been at art school or maybe im thinking of Sarah haha.

As for todays page, love it!
I am guessing maybe Nik will get a new roomie soon (maybe)?! Looking forward to see thenext page of this story.
@ohanyname!: This was quite a hard page to compose because I didn't feel there was a need for us to hear ron repeating anything he had already told Sarah and I felt Lucy would go through shock before anger too so it felt best leaving text balloons out and letting the art do the talking. I also felt a whole page of Sarah consoling Lucy was too much and again pretty guessable how the conversation would go so it felt nice to put both girls away from Ron and the house altogether for that sympathetic embrace. :)
@ohanyname!: The spellings corrected! Most of my inspiration and affection for art has come from comic artists. It's an interesting idea but as comic artists don't really hit the ehadlines much I'm not sure how much I could find out, but it's certainly an interesting idea.
@Fruitbat44: I did feel it was important to get that 'Wow!' expression in the first panel as good as possible for best effect, so thanks for that. There's more on Ron's story a little later when Sarah finally gets to chat to Laura too ;)
@Lordcholmondlywarner: Nice thinking. That's a point that will be raised in a few pages ;)
@kidcthulhu: As you'll see from this weeks page she's finally left ;) I wrote my editorial on how I feel about my own art this week, so you'll be interested to know I feel much the same about my own art! :) It's interesting though as your art is so 'you' that it always looks fine to me who isnt!
@shiro707: Hi Shiro. Nice sentiments there :)
April 14th, 2018
I always find self-perception of my own art a difficult thing to get my head around. When I look at the art of people less experienced than myself it makes me feel more confident about my own and when I look at the art of people more talented than myself I wonder if I could ever reach their standard in my lifetime. I just always know I'm somewhere in the middle! It all feels very healthy though. I still love to look at the art that inspired me as a child and weirdly when I do look at that artwork again I always feel a long long way from ever being able to equal them, but it's also a nice feeling because these same artists have inspired me to do better for a whole lifetime and although it's a nice feeling to impress people with what I can do at times, nothing equals that excitement of being blown away by the work of another.

So saying, I'm not in love with this page because my heart was totally on next weeks page, where Lucy reunites with Laura, and this page just happened to be in the way and it probably shows. Thanks to Becky's skilful colouring though it does look so much more exciting now than when I first handed it to her.

nuff said.

Have a nice week! :)
Frame 5 is just perfect. Lucy is in shock, her posture just says this. Sarah has her hand on her thigh, as lovers do, only lovers would touch the inner thigh in a non-erotic sense.

And then you gave us background which makes the scene so perfect.
@skyangel: Giacometti. One c not two. Most but not all Northern dialects don't make the distinction between double consonants, but we follow Standard (i.e, Southern) Italian spelling. They split the syllables differently. Ja-ko-met-ti, not jak-ko-met-ti. In most Northern dialects, almost every syllable is open, ja-ko-me-ti.

If you want an idea to follow up Simply Sarah, while still fulfilling your desire to create art, why not do a six-frames bio every week or fortnight about artists whose work you really love?

You wouldn't need a storyline, you might open some people's eyes (including mine) to artists whose art we don't appreciate or sometimes even understand, and you might even find it fun!

Oh and as always - Lucy's hair in *every* frame. I love the way you draw and ink hair. Especially because I can't.
That first frame was great and set up the whole of this strip.

"I only did it for you" is right up there with "I'm not a bad man" as lies Ron tells himself. -grr-

Sarah did the right thing getting Ron to tell Lucy the truth. (Though like Sarah, I'm wondering how "watered down" was Ron's version.) But what happens next? We shall see.
I hope Lucy realises what Sarah is risking to ensure Ron told her the truth and that they stay together. I think they both deserve to be happy together. Time will tell and it will be fun finding out.
A very well-executed page, Sare. Strong and to the point without having to wallow. Excellent facial expressions here. That being said, I'm looking forward to our heroine getting the hell out of Carlingford now.

As far as my own "art" (such as it is), I find if I can look at it the next day without wanting to destroy it, it's a victory. When I started my comic here, I also came to terms with the fact that if I strive for mythical perfection, I'll never finish anything.
I feel so bad for this situation...

I really hope that Lucy and Laura are able to be together (because it looks like they still love each other), but I feel so bad for Sarah and want her to be happy too!!! But I guess she could never be with Lucy and be 100% happy, because Lucy would always wonder about Laura...