Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Rude-McCune.
Hi Sara, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started out as a physics major but realized I hated higher math and all I wanted to do was draw. Through fan projects, I discovered my love of coloring comics and gravitated toward fun character-driven stories. Now I strive to create quirky long-form comics ideal for escaping into after a long day.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Freelance art is not a stable career. It’s been hard to find a day job that pays well but doesn’t drain all my energy. I’ve been extremely lucky to find a partner who is willing to work for the both of us. But being poor forces you to grin and bear a lot of things. If you’re not careful, the standard of pain you consider normal can get out of hand. The last several years have forced me to reexamine my relationship with my bodily and mental health. Turns out I have a lot of habits to undo. But slowly they’re getting better.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Coloring comics is my favorite part of the process. It’s like the icing on the cake, where everything comes together. My favorite things to color are dramatic scenes. Doesn’t matter if it’s sad or exciting; the more light sources the better. Also rocks. Painting rocks is simple and meditative.
My style is a mix of manga and western animation influences. I often get compliments on my smooth linework, fun expressions, and bold color choices.
I’m most proud of my most recent work: The Uncontrollable Wreck-Lass. It’s the first long-form comic I drew and colored completely by myself. It was hard but taught me a lot. The Uncontrollable Wreck-Lass is an all-ages superhero comedy about the world’s strongest 10-year-old. You can read it for free at wrecklasscomic.com, or buy the book at https://gumroad.com/projectshiro.
We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
One of my niche interests is drawing old-timey fantasy maps. I wish I got to do it more often.
- Character Drawing: $70
- Character Design Session: $300
- Colored Comics Page: $50-60
- Email: ProjectShiroStudios@gmail.com
- Website: projectshiro.com
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- Twitter: https://twitter.com/RudeSara
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVko5apSGtxpaZQmEhWYXXw