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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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December 29th, 2017
Talents & Debates
Mirrasae: Eman is a man of many talents, the LEAST being Mary Poppins-like pockets. But it's one of his personal favorites nonetheless.


Miko: I really debated the color of Eman's shirt, but looking back, red was clearly the only choice; Eman would want to hide his injuries in general, and it makes him stand out more for the readers.

All eyes must follow Eman, after all...
Pockets & Tyranny?
Mirrasae: What does he have in his pocketses, Precious?


Miko: May I just say that I hate the color of the carpet? Key's stupid mom and her bad taste...

I think it's safe to say that Key likes blue... or does he? He may have no say at all about the interior decorating - even of his own room. What a scary tyrant-mom...
December 15th, 2017
Goals & Insight
Mirrasae: It is often a matter of curiosity to me whether people will LIKE or HATE Eman when all is said and done. Either way, I'll have done my job.


Miko: What an indescribably FUN aura (to draw)!

Even if nobody else gets what's funny, or Eman's humor at all, he's fine with that. But, if you want to know, I'll tell you - 'cause he never will...

See, Eman is imagining what the Hick-Leader of this backwoods army might be like. (Mind, anything less than a world-wide, massive army of doom would impress him anyway. So it's nothing for our intrepid Nydanians to stress over.)
Hugs & Levels?
Mirrasae: It just makes me wanna hug Key... :(


Miko: So much fun to paint! And I enjoyed the red to contrast the more muted colors.

Key's expressions so closely match and are just the right level of emotion that I may have to call this my current favorite page. Or at least in the top 5.

All in all, a delightful page!
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.


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


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.)


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.)


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.


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.


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?


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).


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...).