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AvianSkies
AvianSkies is the collaborative effort of two sisters, one the artist, one the writer. When we aren't creating magical worlds, we're usually dancing to music and chugging chocolate milk. But then, we do that when we're creating worlds, too.
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    Mirrasae and Miko
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AvianSkies
November 10th, 2017
Off Hiatus
Mirrasae & Miko: So, we're back. Again. Story of this year, methinks. Weddings, funerals, illness, job changes -- all that normal, real-life stuff that gets in the way? Yeah, that's our reasoning. All of that contributed to a sort of "shut down" in order to recharge our batteries. Fellow introverts will relate, I know.

Now, hopefully, we can move onward with both Kaleidoscope AND Liars without so many interruptions, but we won't promise, because real life obligations must always take priority over hobbies. So, we'll only promise to do the best we can. Thanks for sticking with us regardless. You're all awesome! <3
Moments & Back?
Mirrasae: I love moments like this. Moments when we get to glimpse a deeper side of Key. Just a glimpse, mind. But his conflict and his emotions here DO have a reason behind them.

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Miko: Finally back!
Sleepy & Saturdays?
Mirrasae: Key really knows how to enjoy his bed. Makes me sleepy just looking at him... G'night!

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Miko: Yeah... That's me on a Saturday morning...
AvianSkies
September 8th, 2017
Flight & Hitches
Mirrasae: Any guesses why the doctor just flew outta the tent? XD

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Miko: Even though there are other woman in the camp, Chya is sort of the heart-throb. Keeping that in mind, I was very careful with her design. So, yes, the men walking by in panel 3 are looking at her.

I was nervous about panel 4, since it was a motion-suspended shot where I had a very specific idea of expressions, etc. Not sure how, but it went off without a hitch... WHY can't that happen more often??
Siblings & Flowers?
Mirrasae: Meet Jana, Key's older sister by two years. She's a bit overprotective, but then, most older sisters are. (I should know.) And with a person like Key, I imagine she's more so than most. She sees his vulnerabilities and doesn't buy into his bravado.

Key also has two younger brothers, making Jana the only girl of the siblings, so she's rather maternal towards all of them. She's also super tough, having survived the mischief of three younger brothers. You go, Jana!

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Miko: So Key's mother has no real sense when it comes to interior decorating. She loves flowers to the point where the rest of the family hates them. An example of this is the bathroom in panel 4; it's the boy's bathroom.....

The family also really hates the color of the carpet. A lot.

It's been fun to do some modern stuff for a change. Although we had decided to do the 'real world' in muted colors, and that's hard to do and still make things look natural. I did the best I could.

In any case, all the flowers and such have been fun. (And just wait until you see the kitchen... ^^)
Changes & Moods?
Mirrasae: Trying a few new font techniques. Also, YES, Liars is back. Sorry for the delays... We'll try to be more consistent, though update schedules might change a tad. We're experimenting right now.

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Miko: For all those dog people out there, I dedicate panel 2 to you! Sadly, some of the detail was lost in scanning, tho'...

It's fun to get back to the dim colors and thoughtful mood for a while, but this time I'm enjoying the subdued thought fonts particularly.
Summer & Vehicles
Mirrasae: Our heartfelt apologies for not updating more regularly. Summer continues to kick our creative trash, but we've not been completely idle. Storyboarding continues, and we'll keep updating as we can, promise!

Back on track, Eman's story resumes.

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Miko: Drawing motorcycles sucks about as much as drawing tanks...
Home & Madness?
Mirrasae: Has Key returned home? Was he ever really in Paradise at all? Stay tuned to find out.

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Miko: And we're back to the muted colors. I'll enjoy it for a few pages, then it'll drive me mad.
Jealousy & Critters
Mirrasae: Yup, his hair is THAT soft. Be jealous. Be very jealous.

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Miko: I never really thought I'd ever draw fuzzy critters like this... I'm not sure how I feel about it, actually. The weirdest part is the fact that it's in Kaleidoscope and not Liars...

...Real weird...

Also, Tyy never does know when to quit. Ever. ^^;
Water & Bubbles?
Mirrasae: Well, now you've done it, Key. Back into the water AGAIN.

(Psst. Kaleidoscope will update this week as well! Slooowly we're getting back on track.)

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Miko: I played with different ideas for hair-in-water, and more or less liked how it turned out.

P.S. Bubbles suck to paint around......
Truth & Supplies?
Mirrasae: Don't hold back now, Key. Tell him how you really feel. (Guess even liars gotta tell the truth now and then.)

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Miko: Key just looks tired. Maybe I'm projecting onto him...?

It seems like any more I live for coupons to the various art supply places in the area. And yet, I'm always running out of something. Why??
@M-24: That they are! Paradise has two moons, so the light is very bright as it streams through the trees of the Realm of Yenen.
Warnings & Deadlines?
Mirrasae: As we warned, updates are sporadic for a little while, but we've finally got something to share.

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MikoKa: Stupid nightscapes.... -_-

I didn't even bother with changing the shades for the night scene, mostly because of the many torches/bright moonlight.

And because I'm WAY too burned out right now... I just don't wanna think.

But maybe this lack of a definitive deadline will help with promo art. Maybe.
Pretend & Importance
Mirrasae: Tyy suspects he may get shot again. (I'd worry too...)

Also, we're gonna PRETEND today is Friday, as that way we're not late in updating this page. Yup.

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Miko: You'd think that deformity would make a page like this easy. And yet, I keep forgetting the important fact: Eman.

He is never nice, nor is it ever, EVER easy to draw him. -_-

Stay tuned to learn just why Eman's hair is important enough to warrant a place in the narrative, and also why it's important enough to make Eman break his 'No Touchy' rule.......
Bond & Depth?
Mirrasae: It seems Beastie and Jenen have forged a deep bond. Keeey, he's stealing your dog!

The real question here is: What happens next?

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Miko: I find that Jenen likes to eavesdrop...

At this point, I also find myself wondering how our readers feel about our leading cast. We've set goofiness aside for a few pages now, and revealed depths and underlying emotions just a bit, and it makes me happy and excited for the future. I hope it does the same for you!
Core & Plot?
Mirrasae: I love humor. LOVE. But I also believe NO ONE is truly shallow*. Key is no exception, though he'd prefer others to think he is. His reluctance, his self-doubt, all have a beginning, a core reason. It will be very enjoyable to [eventually] reveal that reason.

*(I strongly feel an OC's depth should never be sacrificed on the alter of comedy in order to make a situation more humorous).

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Miko: Every good story has a deeper plot to fuel it, and every reluctant hero needs to look at why they're truly reluctant.

I enjoyed working on this page very much. Complicated expressions and serious moments don't happen enough in this comic, and, as an artist, I love it when they do (though I'd probably curse it if that's all the story was...).
Hair & Details
Mirrasae: Finally we get to reveal Eman's hair and it's unique qualities. Continued on the next page!

Missed Friday's update, so we're updating this on Monday and Liars will appear on Friday instead. Because reasons...

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Miko: It's interesting, and sometimes difficult to draw Eman at his differing ages. His bloodline is prone to aging well, so there's not much difference. I try to draw his older self as more weary and 'sharper', if that makes sense - not in intelligence, but in expression. More intense? Yeah, that.

I'd wonder too, why he'd start his story with such a little detail...
Reality & Realization?
Mirrasae: Honest-Key is much more angsty and uncertain than Liar-Key, who tries to get by with a lot of sarcasm and bravado. The question is, which is real?

And yes, this really IS Crenen in these panels. Being subdued, even thoughtful. And what's with his speech pattern, hm?

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Miko: I'm really quite happy with this page all-round. The colors are rich, the expressions and stances are interesting, and Crenen's hair is down. Delightful!

It's fun to make the twins look more alike, now that their relationship is out in the open, and we felt it was very important that Key and Crenen have a serious moment, since Key and Jenen had.

The important thing is that Key start to realize that, just as this is all really happening, these people are real too...
Reasons & Insistence
Mirrasae: Yes, Tyy, Eman's gonna do things HIS way, and that means stubbornly dodging direction questions. Because reasons.

I know we're a day late updating. Sorry, there were complications, (*coughWeBlameEmancough*), but here's the page!

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Miko: Eman is ALWAYS to blame for late updates, I swear... But also my insistence on doing detailed backgrounds more often than is needful...

I'm just letting you know now - that waterfall/fountain thing will not be in this scene again. Period.

Ugh.
Turmoil & Torment?
Mirrasae: One of those rare moments of Crenen looking serious. Heh. (Yep, those DO happen.) Meanwhile, Key's inner turmoil continues to plague his conscience. I want to give him a hug, but he wouldn't like it. (He hates me.)

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Miko: Originally our storyboard had Key's expression as dim and distant, and we thought that was good, since he keeps his deepest feeling far beyond reach.

But once I started working on the page itself, I really wanted Key to look... well, tormented. I kept erasing it, but everything else I did just didn't work, so I let Key do what he wanted. This once. ONLY this one time. No other.

If I say it enough, do you think they'll listen?

I wanted the last picture of Key to be more faded, so I opted for watercolor, but getting the color's just right was more trouble than it was worth.