ACW Episode 246 – Shear horror

July 22nd, 2014

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Well, once again I’m a little late getting this done, but there is a good reason. I’ve been working to draw better comics, and that means more active poses for the characters, more detailed backgrounds, improved inking, drawing the word balloons by hand, etc. I use Manga Studio 5 EX to draw the Cynical Woman comics, and it’s got a lot of interesting tools and features for making comics. Honestly, I’ve only just scratched the surface of what this program can do, but it seems like every week, I discover something new I want to try. While learning the ins and outs of the program does slow me down, I also think it improves the comics a LOT.

Anyhoo, yours truly will be doing a lot of gardening this year. I volunteered to work on the school grounds, pulling weeds, planting flowers, etc. Honestly, the school could not have found a worse person for the job, I think. But no one else had stepped forward to help this summer, so I decided, what the hey? I’m good at killing plants, so maybe I can at least put that talent to use to get rid of all the weeds.

Unless they get rid of me first, of course.

Let me know if you think the artwork in the webcomic has improved. I’m going to keep working at it regardless, but feedback is always nice.

ACW 245 – Letters from the Doctor, finale!

July 16th, 2014

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Both Pixie and Princess have sent and received letters back from the Doctor. I have no idea how this happens.

ACW 244 – Letters from the Doctor, continued

July 7th, 2014

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Hurray! Another comic is up. I thought I’d never get this one done.

I try to work on the webcomic every day, but between taking care of the kids and volunteer work, my schedule gets pretty messy pretty quick. So I am drawing as fast as I can and posting comics as fast as I can. Of course, I did fall asleep on the couch this morning, which kind of slowed things down today. Oh well! That’s what I get for waking up early and exercising.

We’re surviving summer break so far. Later this month, we’ll be attending a 3-day karate camp in DC. That should be interesting. Meanwhile, I’m cleaning house as fast as the kids can destroy it. Lots of fun.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Zombie Dolly and the Eye-Screams of Doom, plus new Zazzle products!

July 3rd, 2014

I started a new piece of artwork last night. I’m calling this one “Zombie Dolly and the Eye-Screams of Doom.” I have no idea where the idea came from, beyond the fact that I like drawing zombies and I love kawaii-style artwork and ice cream cones.

I’ve taken some of my other recently finished art pieces and set them up on Zazzle as coffee mugs and other items. Take a look!

"The Tree Lighter" notecard Card
“The Tree Lighter” notecard Card by Cynical_Woman
Check out other note cards online at Zazzle.
Bleeding Heart Mug Mugs
Bleeding Heart Mug Mugs by Cynical_Woman
Design your own personal coffee mugs online at Zazzle.
"We'll Have Drinks In Hell" Mug Mug
“We’ll Have Drinks In Hell” Mug Mug by Cynical_Woman
Browse additional gift mugs at Zazzle
Time Thief Mug Coffee Mugs
Time Thief Mug Coffee Mugs by Cynical_Woman
See other Time Mugs at zazzle
I’m still working on getting the Tiki-bot artwork set up on Zazzle. I’m thinking of making it a print, and possible putting it on a mug. If anybody has any other products they’d like to see some artwork on, let me know. I’m hoping this summer to beef up the Zazzle store and get plenty of new stuff set up on it.

I am on vacation, so here is some art!

June 16th, 2014

We're on vacation in Georgia this week. Hubster has a conference in Atlanta. We left Saturday for Savannah, spent Sunday touring around there. Among other things, we ate at the Pirate House (best fried chicken ever!) and visited the Juliette Gordon Lowe house (a must for all Girl Scouts). Then we drove to Atlanta. Today the girls and I are resting up in the hotel room. We're too worn out from all the driving and walking. Tomorrow, we'll go see the sights.

But while we're here this week, I'm spending our down time catching up on some unfinished artwork. Here are some screen shots of the piece I worked on today. The title is “We'll Have Drinks in Hell.” I'm painting this one on the iPad using Procreate.


ACW 243 – Letters from the Doctor, part 3

June 9th, 2014
Cynical Woman!

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I have no idea where that letter went. It was on Pixie’s window sill that night and gone the next morning.

I’ve been having fun working on the webcomic the last couple of weeks. I’ve been putting a little more time into the characters’ poses and expressions, as well as working on the coloring and effects. I’ve switched to doing the pencils on the iPad using Sketchclub, then importing the pencils into Manga Studio 5 to do the inking, coloring, dialog, etc. It’s just so much easier for me to do the pencils on the iPad. But Manga Studio is the best for inking and coloring these comics!

Today is Hubster’s birthday. That babyface is just 44 years old. What a youngster!

New artwork started today – Tiki-bot!

May 27th, 2014

Tiki-bot WIP

Tiki-bot - work-in-progress by Helen E. H. Madden

I've said it before – I'm always happiest when I'm drawing robots. I don't know if I'm particularly good at drawing robots, but drawing them makes me happy.

This image is being done in my favorite iPad drawing app, Sketchclub. This was mostly done while. I was waiting for the kids to finish up with after-school activities today. I'll continue to post updates as this progresses.


ACW Episcode 242 – Letters to the Doctor, part 2

May 26th, 2014

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How does the Doctor respond to letters written to him by small children? He’s not exactly Santa. In fact, when the Doctor shows up on Christmas, things get more dangerous than merry.

ACW Episode 241 – Letters to the Doctor, part 1

May 22nd, 2014

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A few months ago, the kids started writing letters to the Doctor, as in Doctor Who. I know how to handle letters to Santa, but letters to the Doctor? Especially when one of the kids goes to sleep clutching the letter in her hands?! What would you do?

Drawing Pixie

May 15th, 2014

Sketch of Pixie in Manga Studio 5EX

I know I’m way behind on getting comics up on the site. All I can say is that I work 3 volunteer positions in Girl Scouts and I have a family to keep up with and a house to clean and at some point, a gal’s gotta sleep. I’m trying to make sure I spend at least 15 minutes a day drawing on the comics now. Here’s today’s 15 minutes. This includes setting up the webcomic in Manga Studio 5EX, laying out the folders, layers and panels, and doing the quick sketch of Pixie for the first panel. The script for this one was written a couple weeks ago, before visiting family descend upon the house.