Post type for Comics

Care Package

My attempts to get used to Manga Studio continue. Soon I’m going to have to write a blog post about all the differences between working in PhotoShop and in MangaStudio. My whole process has been up-ended. I have less control over things like color balance and depth of field right now, when compared to working…Read more


Is the old lady trying to wear down the border guards, and gain entry to Poland? or is she just bored? I’ve had the idea to do a comic like this for a while. I dunno, I kind of like that old babushka. The art’s a bit different here for a couple reasons. I recycled…Read more

Changing Times

I tried some brush and ink for the backgrounds of the first three panels. Sepia seemed like a logical choice for a dream/memory sequence. I had some trouble controlling the ink washes and brush strokes, and you can see some mistakes if you look hard enough. But I’m happy with the overall effect. Edit: I…Read more

Pointless Violence

Hazing Zadziory seemed fun to Czerep until it got suddenly trendy. I tried a couple new approaches to this comic, to really push the art. The backgrounds are done in copics again, but I also did some accent work with colored pencil. Then, in Photoshop, I used dodge and burn to subtly control where the…Read more

The Abyss Also Gazes

The pretentious title for this downbeat comic is pretentiously taken from a Nietzsche quote. I’m not even sure if this comic is a joke or what. Anyway, I worked on making background art that was not quite as “busy” and that complemented the figures a little better. The barbed wire still posed me with challenges,…Read more


Rudek has a philosophical disagreement with his superior officer. Problems with Background Art So, with the last few comics I’ve been experimenting with traditionally drawn, inked, and colored backgrounds. But I’ve been finding that it’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, I’m very happy with how the backgrounds look, in and of themselves. But…Read more

Flat Tire

I wanted to push myself further with the backgrounds on this comic. So, I made the following artwork with Copic markers on bristol board: Then I scanned it. And, as you can see, did a lot of copy-pasting, cloning, and color-tweaking. But I ran into a new problem. See, I usually hash out the details…Read more


So, this one was a long time in the making. After my mixed feelings about the traditionally-colored backgrounds in the last cartoon, I wanted to see what it looked like if I outlined the backgrounds as well. I also did a lot of color manipulation. A lot. My idea was to get the textures and atmosphere…Read more

The Talking Tree

I went a very different direction on the backgrounds in this one. I really like the textures Copic markers create, but I can’t control them very well yet. The result of hand-coloring the backgrounds is a kind of whimsical, story-book feel. Not sure if that’s the feel I want.


I’m particularly happy with the composition of panel 2. The perspective is wonky, but the rhythm of the figures really works for me. I was getting impatient to post this one. I could have spent more time on the backgrounds, but I decided not to. And I think I have a new appreciation for all…Read more