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Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows

by chickey
"Strange Bedfellows" is a romantic comedy set in 18th century France. It follows the (mis)adventures of spunky courtesan Máurine, after a chance meeting with a reserved writer, Édouard.
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Strange Bedfellows

"Strange Bedfellows" is a romantic comedy set in 18th century France. It follows the (mis)adventures of spunky courtesan Máurine, after a chance meeting with a reserved writer, Édouard.


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Page 26 is here! And so is Louis XVI! I took liberties with the Comte D'Artois' design, but with Louis, I wanted him to look 'right', if that makes sense.

It looks like Édouard is getting noticed, but will all his hard work pay off? I hope so! <-- I act like I don't know, lol XD
Sorry this page took awhile because I haven't been well (I finally got surgery for a problem that had been plaguing me for most of this year, and also the mental stress to go with it).
This page was also challenging for the details on it, and yes, I did draw all those snowflakes by hand. No copying and pasting here, lol~ It was kinda therapeutic, in a way. I learned a lot.

Thanks for reading and remembering this comic, I appreciate it so much :)
@Livin4thelamb: Both sound great to me! :D
Either salon or gathering of intellectuals, I wanna go, too! :D
Even Máurine is falling for the Duchesse de Polignac's charms... ^_^

NOTES: Suzanne Curchod, AKA Madame Necker, was the wife of Jacques Necker (Louis XVI's director of finances), and she hosted a renowned salon in Paris. This type of gathering is sort of in-between a social party and a place to have intelligent discussions on topics like art, literature, or current events. Women often hosted and attended them, so it was a way for them to get an informal higher education since in France at the time, they were not yet allowed to attend university.
@Livin4thelamb: Thank you, I'm glad you like it :D
Awww...I love snowy scenes!
Someone's got a high opinion of herself ^^;
The story continues with the Ladies of the Hunt (lol).

I've had the concept sketches of these outfits drawn since 2014, and now they're finally in the comic itself. Better taken forever than never happening at all, I guess XD

Expect an update in maybe a year! <--- I exaggerate, it hasn't been a year since the last page, LOL
@chickey: Very cool! I use Manga Studios as well - it's a great program. And yes, not needing to buy supplies is always a plus
@Livin4thelamb: For the first two chapters and approx 20 pages of chapter 3, I drew on Bristol Paper with ink, then scanned, edited and toned on Photoshop. But the last few pages have been going more digital, and I've started using Manga Studio for inking. You can probably tell the difference. I like both ways, but I think digital will save time and the need to buy brushes, pens, ink and paper.

Thank you for your comment :)
Ooh - I love your art style. :-) What program do you use?
@Anselme: Mine probably take longer, even without colour. I'm def not forcing myself too hard, otherwise I'd never sleep, lol. I think it was just cleaning up all the mess from the scanned page that took the longest.

I'm using Photoshop too, but it's been lagging lately, so I had to free up some space and RAM to get it working better (thanks youtube tutorials!). So that was another reason for delays. But yeah, if you have any preferred brushes or anything, let me know. I've been using PS since the comic started, but it's always nice to see other people's processes.

I'll definitely do more! Even if this comic takes till I'm super old, I'll try to finish it XD
I'm glad you're jumping into comics, but don't force yourself! I know it's a lot of work that goes into it (mines take 10-20 hours, depending on the page), so take care of yourself first and foremost!

If you would like some tips on inking digitally, I wouldn't mind sharing my own. I only use Photoshop though, so I can only share my knowledge using those tools.

Otherwise, this looks great, and while I want you to take your time, I'd like to see more. (I would have to re-read this too, someday!)
Beginnings (again)
Not gonna mince words, but this page was a bitch. I drew it in March, then left it alone for the busy summer months. Then I inked it traditionally, but once I scanned it, there was so much cleanup required that I may as well have inked it digitally, which I will begin doing with the next page. Also I'm going to try and stay away from using too many tones in the future.

Anyways, despite my complaining, I'm very happy with the way this page turned out. My last page was December 2015, so it's been almost two years. I was in school that year and part of the next, so not much spare time to work on the comic. I'm still trying to find my place in comics, doing what I want that satisfies me and hoping that whoever reads it will enjoy it, though the latter doesn't matter to me as much anymore.

I'm thinking of doing some completely traditional comics that just get me drawing, but not posting them anywhere. With the"Strange Bedfellows" process becoming more and more digital, I feel like I'm not so much drawing as rendering stuff.

I appreciate all the people who still stick with me. It's a journey for sure, and not always an easy or satisfying one. A lot of webcomics lose steam, and I definitely sympathize.
Page 20! Thanks for reading!
Thinking of France
I had planned to save this page until I was able to get more of a headstart on Page 20. However, I decided to upload this page today, considering the ongoing situation in Paris right now.

I know, mine is only a silly comic that takes place in that country, but I hope you enjoy the page and it makes you smile a bit through the dark times.
Every once in a while, I like to fool people into thinking this comic isn't dead.

Seriously, though... I have writer and artist block combined (Along with being busy in other things). I kinda felt like Edouard does in this page: What is the next step?

Anyways, enjoy the page~ :-)
New surprise page~ But then again, all my pages are surprises, lol~
Love Ed in the second panel!