Lucy Bellwood is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist born in 1989 to a pair of eccentric British ex-pats. She was raised in the orange-laden valley of Ojai, CA with a healthy disrespect for clothing and a backyard menagerie of chickens, goats, rabbits, and cats.

Since 2007 she has been an avid lover of sailing and tall ships, working as a deckhand aboard the Lady Washington and immersing herself in the golden age of sail. During her time at sea she has traveled from Victoria, B.C. to San Diego, participated in several tall ship festivals, taught countless schoolchildren, and dislocated one [1] finger. She has also spent time aboard the Exy Johnson in San Pedro, CA, taking inner city youth sailing around Catalina Island.

In 2008 Lucy moved to Portland, OR to pursue a degree in Something Other Than Art at Reed College. Three years later she admitted that drawing comics was just too much fun to quit and completed a thesis comic entitled True Believer, a 36-page autobiographical story about having the guts to do what you love. She is also a graduate of the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Certificate Program in Comics and Independent Publishing, as well as a veteran of the Center for Cartoon Studies’ 2010 Summer Session.

Following her graduation from Reed, Lucy launched into a full-time freelance career with the help a wildly-successful Kickstarter campaign to print True Believer. In October, 2012 she fulfilled a longtime dream of becoming an intern at Periscope Studio. In January of 2014 she became a full-time member.

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