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The first three pages of Static Skies, the comic I have been diligently working on for the past seven years, have now been posted to Smackjeeves.

Thank you everyone who has been supportive and even helped me with this project over the years (not that it's anywhere near over yet)!

I hope that this is the beginning of something wonderful and that you will all enjoy the ride.

Static Skies is rated for older teens and will be updated every Thursday.

Static Skies © Laura Elizabeth Tryon All Rights Reserved
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Crissy and Peter's family portrait. Peter is 2 and Crissy is 4 in it.

This was made to be a background element in some of the panels that I will now be able to reuse.
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Finch is a shapeshifter whose main form is an elf. He can turn into any living creature, but has a preference for the form of a crow and, secondly, a horse. Finch is a skilled swordsman, but would certainly rather not fight if the choice is there.

Finch has an unfortunate and painful past.

I really can’t say much about him because mostly all of it is spoilers.

Ursula Velding is the Empress of the Vampyryn Empire: the largest kingdom of the vampires. She maintains a very serious composure, but cares very deeply for her citizens. Ursula would probably make an excellent psychologist if she weren’t busy ruling, being a wonderful listener and having a knack for analyzing the humanoid mind. Being the ruler of such a vast and endangered land can be very stressful at times though, so she will often be found trying to meditate or with a big cup of calming tea in her hand.

Ever since Ursula was little she has experienced flashes of events before they happen, an inherited skill that she tries to harbour and use to predict the future.

Ursula doesn’t come into the story for a while.

As a side note (sadly I feel I need to bring this up) yes, I like vampires, but not the super sexy or sparkly kind. I hope I can bring a better name to them.

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Above is a character page for Shovy Quaelt, another one of the main characters from my comic. He is an imp, but doesn't use magic, unlike the majority of his species. Instead he has had to become very skilled with using his fists and feet for battle. He is a general pervert but, despite this, he is incredibly loyal and will be the first to rush in and help someone in a dire situation.

Oh yes, and Shovy also loves to eat and cook!

Shovy won't come into the comic for a while and, unfortunately, I can't say much else about him because of spoilers.

I know I haven't been posting much up lately, primarily because I have been inking like a madwoman, but hopefully you will enjoy this and three more character pages I hope to finish soon.

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Almost completely forgot to do this, so I had to do a quick sketch during my lunch hour.

Here are a bunch of my main characters all dressed up for Halloween. Alistar is a skeleton... always.

I would love to colour this, but I will not have my tablet with me tonight. I might do it anyway, even if it will be a bit late.

Hope all you folks have the happiest of Halloweens! 

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I wanted to get this done sooner but there is lots of stuff happening in my life right now that demands my attention. In light of this, I hope you enjoy some inked, work in progress art of the first volume cover for my comic. The cover shows a tower that will be very important throughout the course of the story.

The painting for it is going very well and it should be done soon.

I am also currently inking the first chapter pages and I hope that they will be done before the end of the year.

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Although none of my characters are Canadian, that doesn't mean Crissy can't share in some of the spirit. 

Unfortunately, I won't be able to participate in the downtown festivities at Parliament and the surrounding areas this year, but I wish all the Canadians a fantastic Canada Day!

Also, on another note, this took very minimal time to complete. Could I be... improving?

Happy Canada Day everyone! <3
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 So, this weekend has been apparently a mound of failed drawing talent. I just found that these panels in Chapter 9 (which I'm working on now), express my mounting frustration perfectly (they're not spoilers).

Thank you Peter.

Yes, this is what my roughs look like when I have to do them over and over again. Though I am generally a very scribbly person during the rough phase.

Things are getting better though. Since I've moved on to other things, drawing seems to be getting easier again. So here's hoping I'll have something more interesting up soon. 
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Here are two of the robots from my comic. Helga designed them and they help her run Paragon City.

The smaller ones, Scouts, are used primarily as cameras so that she can keep a constant eye on the city and its people. They have small insect like wings that allow them to fly.

The bigger ones, Troops, are used to keep the populace under control and pack a big surprise inside the containers on their back.

I found out through making this picture that robots, while hard to draw and clean up, are much easier to colour.

This was a great break, but I really can't wait to draw more pages now. :)
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Below are sketches of some of the main characters from my comic. 
I've been developing this for seven years, planning and roughing out pages, but never really had the courage to show it to anyone outside of my closest friends due to a fear I've had since childhood of character theft. However, recently, thanks to my good friends [ profile] ardent_star and [info]ukiiukii, I've gotten wonderful encouragement and become brave-ish enough to do this.

First, there are a few things I need to explain about the premise of my comic for these character descriptions to make sense. There are three separate dimensions that exist my comic's world; the second would be what we consider Earth, as well as the rest of our universe, and the third is where the majority of the story takes place. In the third dimension, there are many different types of creatures and humanoid species who are born to and can use magic, unlike humans.

A rabid reader, Crissy knows a lot more than most kids her age, especially about the way things work, and is always keen to learn more. When her mother was struck with a sudden illness that devastated the family, Crissy took on a lot of responsibility around the farm, including tending to the tractor (her favourite toy). During this time period, she also developed a strong urge to help people in any way possible. While this is both a blessing and a curse, it also makes her quite brave.

Unlike his sister, Peter is a lot more timid and prefers sticking with the familiar. Because of this, being thrown into another world makes him constantly freak out and not trust anyone around him. He is very stubborn and skittish, but is also incredibly loyal to his sister, who he will follow into the fire if necessary.

Also known as The White Sorcerer, this demon was one of the most powerful magical figures throughout history and remembered for his tyrannical rise to power. During this time, he lost sight of his originally noble intentions. This caused him to hurt the one closest to him at the time, and he has never forgiven himself for the act.

Helga crossed dimensions and put an end to the Magical Revolution that had been devastating the Third Dimension. She used her machines to become Paragon City’s leader and, to prevent any opposition, she completely outlawed the use of magic. Helga always maintains a pleasant demeanour, which she uses to assure her subjects that everything is fine. She designs all of her robots herself.

The Wizard is a mysterious figure who is often assumed to be a myth by much of the populace. Despite the great risk he is taking, the Wizard freely uses his magic to help the poor, the oppressed and the needy. His walking stick may make him look frail, but it actually helps amplify his power. The Wizard is a kind and caring leader; if a little shy due to his necessary seclusion. He often cracks jokes that no one else understands.

Always smiling, Era is the optimistic and happy sibling out of a set of four identical sisters who were separated when they were around six years old. Being a nymph, she prefers to stay close to nature and lets plants and flowers grow all over her house. She excels in plant magic, but rarely uses it, constantly fearing Helga’s authority. She is extraordinarily generous and will often house people who are looking for a place to stay without looking for anything in return.

I really meant to have this posted earlier... but I got slightly carried away with the colouring. Paint Tool Sai is a wonderful program, and I will certainly be using it to ink the actual pages when I get to them.

I hope you enjoyed these.


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