lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
Since Number One has the spotlight in A Frayed, Wasting Death, I thought I might put up some concept sketches and stuff about her!  So here's the Number One.  She's M.D.'s big sister.Art of the best worst sister you could have. )
lb_lee: M.D. making a shocked, confused face (serious thought)
A Frayed Wasting Death
Universe: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 3500
Summary: While M.D.’s in therapy, her older sister drops in to try and get her medical care, but things go horribly wrong. Also M.D. finds out exactly how she ended up on earth… sort of.
Notes: This story takes place during M.D.'s care in Raige at ROAR!, and you’d be best served reading that first. This story was sponsored by the Patreon crew! Story notes at bottom.


“You do realize, of course, that she’ll be back?” Flame signed.

It was one of those things they’d all been avoiding. But Flame and Scorch had had to patch their junior healer up after the last run-in with that “sister” woman, and if they couldn’t avoid another incident outright, they could at least plan for it.

M.D. sighed. “Yeah. I’m in bad shape. She’ll take advantage of that.”

Scorch got down on his belly beside her. “You know more about her than we do. What do you think she’ll do?”

“She likes plans and puppeting people. She’ll probably try to trick her way through first, and only get violent if that doesn’t work. And she likes chain whips.”
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lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
Stuff I drew at [personal profile] nevanna ‘s writing night, while nibbling her DELICIOUS chocolate chip cupcakes!
Images behind cut )
lb_lee: M.D. making a shocked, confused face (serious thought)
Raige at ROAR! (the whole thing)
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 9500
Summary: When Raige gets an opportunity to play at a local marching band festival, he starts having trouble balancing the parts of his life.  Meanwhile, Thomas crams for his GED and M.D. tries to heal.
Notes: This story was sponsored by the Patreon crew!  It takes place in that yawning period between Shades of the Past and the Next Adventure, also during the Enron trials. M.D. is still in pretty intense mental healthcare at this point, and Raige is in his junior year of high school. For all the marching band notes, those are at the bottom.  There are lots.  I am sorry.

Raige in a T-shirt, wearing his big-ass bass drum, singing 'Need that Sousaphone Healing' as he practices.

Are you ready for the excitement of HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND? )
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
Night before last, I dreamed about exploring a gorgeous volcanic cliff seascape with a big strapping centaur named Arturo who had some extremely limited shapeshifting abilities.

I appreciate how our subconscious apparently has a much better eye for beautiful landscapes than I do.  And that in dreamland, my vision can be sharp enough to actually APPRECIATE IT.

Bust of a brown-skinned man with a hooked nose and thick, dark feathery hair almost to his shoulders, held from his eyes with a red bandanna.

lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)

As part of my mental health regime and douchebag detox, I am trying to only draw happy-making things.

So here, have this schmoopy little comic of me and my boyfriend (who has the softest hair).  Might color it; folks on Patreon are getting the big-size thing, plus the pencils.  Script and image behind cut.

Biff has the softest hair )
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
More 2009 edits and reposts.

The PIN Christmas Party
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: Very short
Summary: Grey gets drunk at the PIN Christmas Party.
Notes: Bob references this occassion in Red Roses, Old Horses; the picture of Jenny and MacIntire here also dates from this party.  In case you're wondering, Agatha is the front desk lady whose job it is to be as unhelpful as possible; Darlene is senior comboy and has been part of the PIN for the entirety of her adult life.  I had totally forgotten that I wrote this.

For the first time in my life, I couldn't find Grey.  The bastard seemed to have wandered off.

The thing was, I couldn't figure out where in the hell he could've gone.  He'd hit the can an hour ago, and socializing... Grey didn't socialize.  It'd taken my best persuasion to even GET him here.  He'd probably planned to spend Christmas shooting things.

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lb_lee: M.D. making a shocked, confused face (serious thought)
Raige at ROAR! (part 2) (part 1 is here)
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 2250
Summary: When Raige gets an opportunity to play at a local marching band festival, he starts having trouble balancing the parts of his life.  Meanwhile, Thomas crams for his GED and M.D. tries to heal.
Notes: This takes place in that yawning period between Shades of the Past and the Next Adventure, also during the Enron trials. M.D. is still in pretty intense mental healthcare at this point, and Raige is in his junior year of high school. For all the marching band notes, those are at the bottom.

Part Two: Thomas


Since moving back home, Thomas had started a mutually beneficial trade arrangement with M.D., trading granola bars, ginger snaps, and dollars in exchange for Treehouse scrip, sweets, and miscellany. It gave him an excuse to visit Treehouse and all his buddies there, plus check up on her every week. He still wasn’t entirely sure how he felt about her “descent into madness” (as she sardonically put it), but he knew that Raige’s combo of worrying and denial honked her off, so had chosen to deal with joking about it. Maybe it wasn’t the nicest thing to do, but at least it wasn’t pretending she was on vacation.

“Hey!” Thomas called, ducking under the root cage. “How’s it going, crazypants? I got your granola bars!”

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lb_lee: A pencil drawing of Mac and Rogan canoodling with a little heart above their heads. (love)
Apparently not everyone realizes that Mac’s princessly tresses are a relatively new feature. So I went digging through all our old art to show how he used to look.

Please enjoy my husband’s gradual transformation into Disney Princess.Image behind cut )
lb_lee: Biff kissing Mori on the cheek.  Platonic bros for life. (mori&dudema)
Biff did Mori’s hair up in Bantu knots and then Sneak immediately wanted it too.  So enjoy this pic of the results.

A picture of Mori and Sneak with their hair up in Bantu knots, a hairstyle in which hair is twisted and coiled, making spiky little pyramids at regular intervals over their scalp.  Due to Mori's hairstyle, she has only four; Sneak's head is a total pincushion.  They both look pleased with their new style.
Not shown: Biff with a mouthful of pins and ponytail holders with the kids sitting at his feet, desperately trying to get their hair to cooperate because he's massively out of practice.
lb_lee: A dark skinned, blondhaired androgyne making a snarky face. (oplz)
Use Industrial and Military
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 1826
Summary: Bobcat hatches a plan to get him, Raige, and M.D. out of the bear-infested forest they find themselves in, and in doing so breaks inter-dimensional intellectual property law.
Notes: This story was funded by the Patreon crew: thanks, guys! This is an early story, taking place immediately after The Ball Drops and Brain Hacks. The title change is due to me re-writing this story; the plot is the same, just a different title. More notes at the bottom.


Bobcat didn't dream—not the way humans or minus-cats did. The implant that supplied his higher functions interfered with his natural REM cycle, providing instead a sort of mental screen saver that recycled and rehashed recent events as it processed them for better long-term storage. Since Bobcat had to sleep anyway, it was a good time for routine self-maintenance.

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lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)
A quick sketchdump of system art I've put on tumblr recently.
Art behind the cut! )
lb_lee: Biff kissing Mori on the cheek.  Platonic bros for life. (mori&dudema)
Biff, a short stocky guy with a pony tail, being hugged from behind by Mori, who's about the same height but much skinnier, with all but her bangs buzzed off.

Biff and Mori, just paling around.  They aren’t touchy-feely in general, but make big exceptions for each other.  Biff’s facial hair is coming back in, and he’s just as shit about shaving it as he was ten years ago.

Drew this as quick figure study, because they’re almost the same height, but he’s beef and she’s noodles.
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
Thomas's First Spring
Universe: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 2250
Summary: Thomas has been in Treehouse for almost a year, and everyone's getting gussied up for spring. But formalwear means different things to different people...
Notes: This story was prompted by [personal profile] weareangels and sponsored by the Patreon crew! Thank you very much!  More notes at bottom.

A big feathery dino-ostrich thing, biting on Thomas's hair.  Thomas is a teenaged Hispanic boy with scruffy long hair, and he looks simultaneously annoyed and resigned by Strong-Legs's behavior.


Thomas came home to feathers everywhere. Soft fluffy little dun ones, on the floors and stuck to the walls of the big hollow banyan-tree-thing Thomas and Strong-Legs called home. Some still floated in the air—Thomas almost inhaled one by accident and promptly sneezed.

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lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)

This month is the fifth anniversary of the Reverend Alpert series!  Goodness, how far things have come in five years and twenty stories.  Please enjoy this ridiculous comic I did specifically for the occasion, to explain the last face from the emoji meme.  Alpert is so reserved all the time, I figured there HAD to be a hilarious story behind that story. (Also, please enjoy the difference between GIMP and MangaStudio.)

Image behind the cut )And the text version for my blind fans!

The script )
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
Here's a doodle from the Livestream, which will eventually be one panel for a quick two page comic for Cuddlebook.

Image behind cut. )
lb_lee: A pencil drawing of Mac and Rogan canoodling with a little heart above their heads. (love)
Head's up, guys, we're going to be out of town this weekend in New York, which means no Livestream!  Please, have this picture instead.

A quick bust sketch of Mac smiling with his long hair falling over his shoulders

I think I’ve gotten my sea legs in Manga Studio. Just inked a quick sketch I did of Mac yesterday while we were having a froyo date.

My husband is a very handsome man with very pretty hair, but it was his smile that I think I first fell in love with. I have also had a very hard time drawing it properly–this is the first time I’ve been truly satisfied in years.

Huh, and I just realized, it’s right about the time I first really met him, nine years ago. Happy meet-iversary, gorgeous!

–Rogan
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)

A nice big image behind the cut, to show the line variation )

We are mature adults here at Casa Loony-Brain.

These are two context-free panels from a longer strip that my Patreon comics stream folks will get, and will be part of the sketchbook I’m planning as a perk for the eventual Out of Mind Kickstarter. (Yes, that might be back-burnered, due to commissions, but it WILL happen eventually.)

But mostly, I’m posting this to gush over MangaStudio5.  It was a gift from an anonymous benefactor, and oh my god, the difference is indescribable.  The line weight variation is HEAVENLY, and the program is so much more forgiving than GIMP.  To get lines like this in GIMP, I would have to be constantly changing brush sizes and erasing to make everything flow; in Manga Studio, the only time I needed to change my brush was to do lettering/panels or tones; I didn’t need to change the actual size.  I will never need to erase a line to make it pointy ever again.

It also seems to be easier on my body, maybe because I don’t need machine like precision in my lines simultaneously with lead-handedness to get any line variation whatsoever.  Also, I will never have to hand-make a basic screentone EVER AGAIN.  No more crosshatching for solid hours!  Wow!

I’m not sure how clearly I make it in early work, but Mac is really, really tall, and Biff is quite short.  I’m not really exaggerating the height difference between us here.
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
Doing a big binge of scanning old art, and found this page of expressions for Raige, from Infinity Smashed. Man, remember when I couldn’t fathom speech bubbles and was terrified of them? Yeah… hard to believe.

This picture has no date (I never dated ANY sketches back then) but I THINK it was from maybe mid-2010? And his design hasn't really changed much since then. The top left face is pretty much definitely the one he makes during The Next Adventure. The flirty face... involves a part of Book One I haven't written since the old draft. Context is for the weak.
Big image behind the cut! )
Transcript, for folks using screen-readers or who can't read my handwriting:

And image descriptions for my screen-reader buddies. )
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