I’ve had a tendency to forget to do a christmas pic, and then rush one last minute and be uploading it when everybody’s already jowls deep in their turkey, so here’s a Xmas greeting from Lucy with some time to spare for 2011.
Everyone was so wildly enthused by the prospect of CGI Lucy, I thought I’d better do a drawing instead.
I was actually looking for some good Lucy reference material for modelling the 3D face, when I came across this one on the hard drive; just the face, no hair, a very basic and rather bad beginning of a body attached (in an entirely different pose to this one) and I was like, that’s an excellent canonical Lucy face there, I wonder why I didn’t finish it? The answer I think is that I’d spent so long on the face I’d exhausted myself with it and had no enthusiasm remaining to continue and complete the picture, which had become an increasingly common situation with me.
So anyway, I decided to finish it yesterday, and here it is.
It also includes some of the trademarked Lucy Lastique anti-gravity floaty furniture, which was a sort of running gag in the strip, but nobody ever commented on it, so either nobody noticed or they were all going “doh, he’s forgotten to draw the chair legs again!”, I dunno.
So, well, not any drawing really. Something else. This, to be exact…
Yep, that’s a CGI Lucy Lastique. Or, it’s meant to be. Or, it will be, when it’s done. I’d better say, before anyone has a fit at me, there’s no intention or desire to switch the comics to 3D rendered style. That’s not on the agenda. Don’t panic 🙂
There are two basic reasons for doing this. The intention is to create a short animation- emphasis on the “short”- to lead into the Lucy “relaunch”, or Lucy 2.0, or whatever I call it. Sort of, like a movie trailer. With any luck, if it looks any good, maybe one or two people will pass it around on the internets, or something, so it’ll have a promotional effect, so, lots of boobage, you know.
The second reason is simply that after a decade, I just want to see her move, and I can’t help thinking a few of the stalwart readers of the saga might like that too. This isn’t a new idea for me; nigh a decade ago in fact, in the early days, I sat there for about a week with a very primitive 3D package I got off a magazine cover disk trying to construct a Lucy out of triangles, before accepting I was someway off the technology curve and admitting defeat. But, well, things have improved since then in terms of technology and software, and it’s now plausible.