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Page 150 Panel Process

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

(AKA “How to Cheat at Webcomics”)

Just for fun, here are some progress shots from the last panel of Page 150, along with a few tips for being lazier more efficient about drawing:

(Larger version here.)

Step 1: Google SketchUp! Very fun to play around in. Best thing ever when you don’t want to figure out environment perspective and proportions from scratch in every panel.

Step 2: MyPaint! Free and open source. Inking is so much faster and easier here than in Photoshop, it isn’t even funny. Try the Ico_Precise_Pen_02 brush (in the Ink set) with a boosted radius. You can even zoom way out to ink a long line, and when you zoom back in, the line will be perfectly smooth. ♥ So good.

Step 3: Photoshop Actions = Win. Flat fills take about one minute per panel once you have a good select->expand->fill Action set up (assuming you’ve closed most of your lines).

Step 4: I haven’t figured out how to cheat at this part yet. Any suggestions?

Tales of Elsewhen

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Part of a collaborative project that I worked on for a few months! It’s David Hunter’s comic; he created the story and characters, and did all the plotting and scripting. I drew the art to go with it:

Chapter 1

Alas, since the project was cancelled, that’s all there’s going to be. It was a real treat to work on it, though, and I’m glad for the experience. ♥

Victory At What Cost?

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

An alternate version of Page 97:

I believe this is what they call 'Pyrrhic.'

…Inspired by this forum comment:
“From now on, the part of Jen will be played by Sir Sissyboots and his dancing hay-pile!”


P.S. This cartoony style is surprisingly easy! I should totally draw the entire comic this way from now on.