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Sophie-Lou

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I am an English graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London. Hobbyist writer and artist, I have been particularly active fandom in the past although not any more. My spare time involves writing, drawing, watching, reading and playing Pokemon. I also collect the cards as well as play the games.

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PWAA: Two Destinies (PhoenixMaya DiagoMia) by Sophie-Lou
PWAA: Two Destinies (PhoenixMaya DiagoMia)
"How terrible a crime...being painfully oblivious is.
Two sisters, caught up in the worst of circumstances..."


Paraphrasing Godot aside, let me tell you the history of this piece. It was inspired by CLAMP'sTsubasa Reservoir Chroniclesartwork of the two Syaorans and two Sakura's, with the two walking away from each other with a black and white contrast. I have always felt that Shu Takumi showed a lot of parallelism in the 3rd Ace Attorney game, especially between Maya and Mia's respective fates. There is also a subtle parallel between Phoenix and Mia as lawyers, Maya and Dahlia being the objects of Phoenix's crazy antics (Swallowing a poisoned bottle/Running across a burning bridge), and Phoenix and Diego Armando as men in general. As a result it was hard for me not to create this piece, contrasting the two "couples"/defense teams.

That is the why, now for the how:

This started out as a pencil drawing that you can see on my Tumblr (LINK), where I also posted the original CLAMP image that inspired it as well. I scanned the pencil image and reworked it in Manga Studio. I have been working on it in little spurts, so it has taken me about a month to complete. Between the original pencil sketch and this final piece, I would say all the characters are as I want them to be, except maybe for Phoenix. I spent twice as long on Phoenix in MS than I did on any of the other characters and I still think his face looks odd. I think this is more to do with the various promo images I was looking at for reference. Phoenix has so much official art and not one gives him a consistent look. Maya suffers from that too, although I was drawing her a little older in this image so it wasn't as much of a problem. I tried to stick to the Ace Attorney Trilogy promos for reference but I occasionally switched back to old school art.

Funnily enough, Diego was the easiest to redo and most of that was through dumb luck. He was the last character I finished, having given up on Phoenix, so I just wanted to get it done. He has less layers on him than the other characters (i.e. paint layers) because I wanted him to look dark and shadowy.

Maya and Mia were both done together, being the front characters. They were probably the most fun to do because I got to spend an absurd amount of time doing their hair, literally. Their dresses are purposely contrasting as a homage to the source piece. Everything about them was done with a more artistic flair, not especially based on any dress or image. It was all based on head-imagery.

But I know what you're wondering most - why blood vs. white roses? Originally I only intended to have the blood on Mia, but then I decided that I would splatter some in the background behind Diego's head to symbolise his own crime. Once I had done that, I felt Phoenix and Maya's side felt blank so I decided to add a more innocent symbol over them. I picked white roses, the symbol of innocence and true love. It worked so I went with it. (And no, it had nothing to do with Maximilian Galactica - I only remembered that connection after the fact.)

+ Blood splatters taken from various packs by VexingArt 
+ Original sketch/Source image posted on my Tumblr
+ See a progress update I did also on my Tumblr or my Journal.
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PWAA: Warriors of Justice (AU) by Sophie-Lou
PWAA: Warriors of Justice (AU)
Based on the Onimusha Soul design for Maya, Kay and Franziska and this headcanon submitted to Ace Attorney Headcanons on Tumblr. Together with the strong Sailor Moon feeling I'm getting thanks to the Crystal series, I am in a huge mood for drawing favourite characters as superheroes and/or magical girls.

This is a pencil sketch with colour digitally layered both on top and beneath it (with the pencil sketch screened over the colour). The whole thing happened by complete accident and while I'd have preferred it to look a little smoother, this is a completely new look I've never tried before.
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PWAA: Led Along by Sophie-Lou
PWAA: Led Along
A quick sketch and colour job. I have no words.

...Okay, I have a couple. I initially was trying to draw Maya holding onto Phoenix's tie and leading him along. Then I decided to draw her in the Master dress (a la the scroll in T&T) and somehow that led to Phoenix being drawn semi-naked with his shirt slightly open, walking around in his boxers...

I'm a weird person (and pretty tame at the same time).
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It has taken me a while to really sit down and take a moment to write this journal entry as I have been struggling with on-off illness, both mental and physical. Today was no exception but that is a story for another time.

Straight away I want to assure you all this is not a discontinuation post. I am not abandoning or ending Scarlett's Run. This entry also features redesigns and drawings for a future issue... so spoilers.

Recently I have been thinking about Scarlett's Run. It is a project I have been putting thought, time and planning into for a very, very long time. At first it was just an experiment to see if I could draw the comic style. While I was still finding my muse, every page felt like an achievement. Now I look back on them, they simply don't feel good. I have seen what so many of you other Nuzlockers have created and I know that even at the standard my art is right now, I just cannot keep up.

What this ultimately comes down to is lack of confidence that I ultimately have the ability to create the scenarios in my story in art alone. It is something I want to work on properly and get right. This means that I have to get the earliest issues in order, whether I redraw them or novelise them, I can't leave them as they are now. They are amazing to look at in a sense that I can't believe how far I have come.

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On the left is Zoe's first appearance in Issue #1 and on the right is Zoe as she is now, in my WIP for the Dreamyard. Both are drawn by hand, both show how different everything looks. Zoe is probably the character who I have enjoyed drawing the most because she is so easy to do expressions for but she is one who has also changed a lot since her early appearance. I think the comparison makes it clear why the state of the early issues (and to some extent *all the issues*) are bothering me so much.

Bear in mind that the Prologue and first two issues were drawn entirely by hand and edited (very poorly) on the computer without the aid of the tablet, and then everything up to Issue #8 was drawn with a budget tablet that had no pressure sensitivity. I could already draw when I put my mind to it, but only one-offs. Drawing these comics has helped me again to try and keep the image of a character in my head:

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Scarlett has only slightly changed in how I think she looked when she was eight. But the two outer pictures are how I intend to draw her as a little girl from now on. The image on the far left is my re-imagining of the expression on her face when she first sees the dragon stone. So, as you already might have guessed, I am reworking the Prologue. 

I will be keeping you updated. Every sketch, character sheet and so on will be posted here and possibly on Tumblr. I will also be novelising the previous issues as well to leave that option open for me. If I can't confidently comic this, I might as well write AND comic it at the same time.

So, I'll leave it there for now and leave you with the mini colouring of one of the sketches above that I updated earlier this evening:

Black Nuzlocke: Young Scarlett by Sophie-Lou
It has taken me a while to really sit down and take a moment to write this journal entry as I have been struggling with on-off illness, both mental and physical. Today was no exception but that is a story for another time.

Straight away I want to assure you all this is not a discontinuation post. I am not abandoning or ending Scarlett's Run. This entry also features redesigns and drawings for a future issue... so spoilers.

Recently I have been thinking about Scarlett's Run. It is a project I have been putting thought, time and planning into for a very, very long time. At first it was just an experiment to see if I could draw the comic style. While I was still finding my muse, every page felt like an achievement. Now I look back on them, they simply don't feel good. I have seen what so many of you other Nuzlockers have created and I know that even at the standard my art is right now, I just cannot keep up.

What this ultimately comes down to is lack of confidence that I ultimately have the ability to create the scenarios in my story in art alone. It is something I want to work on properly and get right. This means that I have to get the earliest issues in order, whether I redraw them or novelise them, I can't leave them as they are now. They are amazing to look at in a sense that I can't believe how far I have come.

 photo redeveloping_zoe_zps9462e299.png

On the left is Zoe's first appearance in Issue #1 and on the right is Zoe as she is now, in my WIP for the Dreamyard. Both are drawn by hand, both show how different everything looks. Zoe is probably the character who I have enjoyed drawing the most because she is so easy to do expressions for but she is one who has also changed a lot since her early appearance. I think the comparison makes it clear why the state of the early issues (and to some extent *all the issues*) are bothering me so much.

Bear in mind that the Prologue and first two issues were drawn entirely by hand and edited (very poorly) on the computer without the aid of the tablet, and then everything up to Issue #8 was drawn with a budget tablet that had no pressure sensitivity. I could already draw when I put my mind to it, but only one-offs. Drawing these comics has helped me again to try and keep the image of a character in my head:

 photo redeveloping_scarlett_zps4e5a274b.png

Scarlett has only slightly changed in how I think she looked when she was eight. But the two outer pictures are how I intend to draw her as a little girl from now on. The image on the far left is my re-imagining of the expression on her face when she first sees the dragon stone. So, as you already might have guessed, I am reworking the Prologue. 

I will be keeping you updated. Every sketch, character sheet and so on will be posted here and possibly on Tumblr. I will also be novelising the previous issues as well to leave that option open for me. If I can't confidently comic this, I might as well write AND comic it at the same time.

So, I'll leave it there for now and leave you with the mini colouring of one of the sketches above that I updated earlier this evening:

Black Nuzlocke: Young Scarlett by Sophie-Lou

Journal History

How are you liking the recent mixed-media art pieces I have been posting recently? 

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8 deviants said Just as good as previous fully digital art pieces
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1 deviant said Better than previous fully digital art pieces
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No deviants said Not as good as previous fully digital art pieces

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