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Bonus Mini 3 – Any Friend of Hers

"..Is A Friend of Mine."

Absolutely gobsmacked that this one beat out Pool Party! πŸ˜… Was so much fun watching the turn around in the poll tho. 88 to 80 as of writing!

Next week's poll is in the comments below!

31 thoughts on “Bonus Mini 3 – Any Friend of Hers

  1. For Next Week’s Mini Comic:
    Would you like to see:

    (😊) “Chore Chart”

    (😎) “Pool Party!”

    (πŸ€ͺ) Gendie Shenanigans PART 1

    1. Okay team, I NEED the chore chart STAT. Thank you. <3

      1. If you keep harassing the other voters I’m taking you out of the paddock (πŸ‘Ž) and putting you back in the stable(πŸ‘) >:(

        1. I have NEEDS!!!!!!!!!!

  2. This is what life is all about

  3. Riley πŸ₯Ί

    1. Riley “If Muddles Says She’s Okay, She Must Be Okay” Zhou.

      1. Muddles, easing lesbian thoughtcrime guilt since 2017 πŸˆβ€β¬›β™₯️

  4. AWWWW this mini comic makes me sad I don’t have a kitty 😭

  5. Gender shenanigans!

  6. This is the gayest thing I’ve ever seen and it’s amazing.

  7. All of you voting for the circus show…inviting the devil into your house I see Mmh-mmh. *shaking my head*

    1. Thank you, queen. Clearly proof the only thing standing in the way of the gendies was Faith. When she is gone, all hope of normalcy is lost πŸ˜”

  8. Ahhhh the colors and subtlety of this page are amazing. Love Riley’s little smile. And I’m both morbidly curious and terrified for the upcoming Gendie page…

    1. Thank you! I was trying to go for a gentle, sleepy afternoon moment πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
      Looks like you’ll be seeing the gendie page next week if the current poll is anything to go by 🀣

      1. The gentle, sleepy afternoon moment before the storm… Pray for us X( Lol

  9. For some reason that one post about the cat who only trusts women and keeps hissing at the poster’s mtf friend popped into my head πŸ˜‚

    1. Omg amazing. Sounds like Muddles’ IRL counterpart. She hides from men, and in our old home, she used to start meow screaming at us when a disliked male relative rocked up.

  10. WOW

    art rave moment coming in:

    I LOVE the art style of this one. The roughness… the expressiveness of the small thin sketchy lines… the TEXTURE,,, OH, SWEET, DELICIOUS TEXTURE…..

    i think the art style of the internet that tends to be most popular is like… Neat And Clean… people love those Crisp Clean Lines it seems like… might just be me but that’s the impression i get in most places…. it really leaves me longing for stuff like this page….

    Texture is so delicious and so often not used by digital artists…. gosh it’s just so… beautiful, to me…. That sketchy look. something about it. so organic. came out of your human lesbian hand and i just know that. I just know it when I look at those wobbly lines they feel so Real to me…

    It feels so emotional. clean is nice i love clean and polished stuff but sometimes it feels almost inorganic, to me personally. The sketchy stuff has a rawness to it that I love. AGAIN NOT TO SAY CLEANER ART IS BAD JUST…. me like sketchy.

    and tho the last panel is more cleaned up looking compared to the first two, but there’s still such delicious TEXTURE in that blanket!! oh oh texture. how i love thee.

    not to say you never use texture or anything in other pages it just. really hits me in this one. and of course.. the color here is so COZY….

    I like style shift from panel to panel, there’s so much fun stuff a person can do with emphasis and making things stand out. The contrast of the first two panels and the last two panels… i’m huge on contrast sometimes.

    Feel like when you put sketchy stuff right next to cleaner stuff, they both Sing. both have their own beauty and appeal. tho it’s all very subjective. that’s just me. mmm good.

    i really like how experimental you can get some times. I like experiments in style, I like seeing variety…. ALWAYS love your art, just. really resonating with this page. I just love the look of this kind of thing, and as I said, it feels so rare in the digital art space…

    I really don’t have the words for how much I enjoy this style. I did My Best to convey it, hopefully you Get It, you Understand My Emotions about this Page, at least a little bit. love this artfeel. love it. it really hits me it does.


    1. This made me so happy to read, thank you! The texture is actually a result of my scanner. All of these mini comics have been doodled by hand – it really helps me let go of imperfections and get super loose with shapes.

      I usually create the basic shapes I want with a highlighter marker and then sketch over with a ballpoint pen. When I scan I set it to Black and white, which creates that nice grain you’re enjoying!

      That’s also the cause of the discrepancy in the final panel. Less texture because I wanted the blanket to stand out so I went over the highlighter base several times there.

      Got me in a sharing mood, so here’s the physical versions – phone camera makes quite the difference VS scanner (may view best opened in new tab):

      Panel 1 & 2

      Some alternative angles/warm ups:

      Aaaand previous page doodles:

      1. What a special treat it is when you share extra tidbits…. I’ve always loved it when you share stuff in the comments section. There are so many times someone says something and your reply to her has me like WOOOOOW 8D

        and i’ve recently noticed you in another comment saying you’d like to Say Less and let people interpret your work….. as someone who likes it when you share and share and share, I’m just going to be a bit of a dissenting voice to that…

        Men who create confidently never shut up. They will dump all kinds of crap about how they Are So Genius. And no one is ever going to really tell that man to stop. A lot of the time people drool all over it. They’re DESPERATE for him to share insights into his process, his artistic intention… A lot of the times when an artist is a professional, people LOVE to see what was going through their head.

        and you’re a genius too, glorious rusty. I liked seeing you confidently talk about your work all eager and excited. We don’t see that enough from women. Women who KNOW what she’s made is GOOD, and talking to people about it….

        There are times you slip something into your comics that I’m not clever enough to notice, and it’s always a bit of a relief to me when someone else notices it, or when you yourself share a little Something no one else has seen. I don’t want to miss something just because I’m not always the most clever observer πŸ™

        BUT ALSO. I do, I truly do see letting people interpret your work as they want and not having the influence of your own hand-holding to make sure they “get it”. People can make their own interesting conclusions as well. That’s definitely a fun part of making art, people bringing their own ideas about the work.

        i dunno. I don’t imagine I’m the only one who loves it when you ramble about LeaseBound. I can’t be the only one who has had my mind blown with some of the clever stuff you’ve pulled that my own eyes and brain has missed out on.

        Maybe there’s a way to have it both ways. If you had a like. LEASEBOUND CREATOR’S COMMENTARY section of the website or something? people who don’t wanna know don’t need to look at it. or something!

        it’s always your choice. I just think it’s important that I share my opinion in letting you know I love it every time you ramble about your art and your creation. I think a lot of creative girls are told to shut up, or told that their work isn’t good enough to rant and rave about it when she’s excited. I want you to do what feels best to you, what feels natural.

        If being more quiet feels better to you, then go for it! I’ll miss reading what you have to say, but you’ve already done so much making your art and sharing it for freeeeee! πŸ’œ

        1. Thank you so much for the thoughtful message, I really appreciate it!

          I guess I’m trying to find a balance between gushing excitedly and trying to make sure people are reading LB correctly.
          Because as you said, I am genuinely proud of Lease Bound. I spent a lot of time being it’s only hype woman, and it has stuck. I spend so much time thinking about it I’ve gotta share it sometimes ( A side effect of any friends who’ve met me through LB is they get spoiler dumped on whatever I’m currently working on in the story, LMAO).

          First and foremost I want the women reading to be having a good time while doing so. I’m glad to know you enjoy the behind the scenes, and rambly stuff. I think I just need to pull away from more more ‘corrective’ comments sometimes. But I don’t think I’ll ever stop sharing to readers who are interested, or pointing out parrells/plots/poses/dialogue i’m incredibly proud of.

          Reading this comment was such a huge pick me up, so thank you again πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  11. Being allergic to cats as a lesbian is so unfair, I’m def not one of god’s chosen πŸ˜” I can’t wait until the Jaden/Riley romance starts happening!!

    1. Many condolences on your allergies, queen πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”
      And thank you for your patience in the mainship slowburn. Thinking about Jail for a ship name, since you guys only get to catch glimpses between the bars πŸ˜…

  12. Beautiful artwork

    1. Thank you!

  13. Parniyas biggest fan

    The lesbian dream <3

  14. I love this page/mini-comic on so many levels. The artwork, the colours, the content, Muddles, all of it. Amazing job, Rusty. Also, I can confirm from experience that a cat falling asleep on you makes other lesbians think you must be pretty okay!

  15. “I think I just need to pull away from more more β€˜corrective’ comments sometimes”

    real talk tho i do think once in awhile a corrective comment is definitely okay HAHAHA you might feel that way too, hence the “sometimes”……. If your work is being super duper misread then you sure as heck are allowed to say something!!! I’m glad you’ve openly expressed frustration with people fawning over your male characters for example. sometimes a correction is… good. And if someone asks for what you intended with your art, they’re obviously interested in hearing it too.

    I just kinda hope no one out there has ever expressed being ANNOYED at you for explaining for sharing your own intentions on your OWN ARTWORK you made and shared.. FOR FREE! that would be so crazy. the internet sure has changed in terms of art consumption. a lot more oriented towards people who look at it, a lot less feedback and respect for the artist these days. I hope no one has any “shut up and don’t explain and let me consume this without your words attached ya dang annoying talkative artist” vibes. that would be wild.

    but yeah i’m glad the comment was a pick me up that’s what I was hoping for. You are Cool, You are Strong, and I don’t think you necessarily like… NEED people worrying about you, but just because someone is kickass cool and confident doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be gushed over a bit and deserve to have people telling them they’re awesome. You’re awesome and allowed to do whatever you want in regards to your art and how you share it <3

    (update day… soon….. wow i'm actually looking forward to it… a "pleasant surprise" has been foretold. i was so mad gendies won the vote before. but maybe im ok with it…)

    1. Thank you for your kindness πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
      And no, nobody’s been telling me directly I need to tone it down or anything, rest assured! It’s just a sentiment I’ve been seeing around, and I usually try to apply critiques like that to my own behaviour- even if it’s just an exercise in thought/reflection.

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