Smooth Talkin’

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Reflections on the Process For this cartoon, I further explored the effects I could create with subtle use of the “burn” and “dodge” tools. Mostly in the mirrors, but also to shade below the sink in panel 5. I also … Continued

The Case of the Nonexistent Contraband

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Thoughts on the Process The art process for this comic is almost exactly the same as the previous one. I did try to experiment a bit more with perspective, especially in panel 5, which is a sort of bird’s-eye parallel … Continued

May the Wind Be In Your Favor

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I Apologize Yep. It’s a fart joke. I don’t even remember how I came up with this idea. New Word Bubble Process I’ve been struggling to find a method for creating word bubbles that results in all of the following: … Continued

Passive Aggression

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Meet Porucznik Czerep. A Porucznik is a junior officer, like a lieutenant…but the owl over there is Kapitan Bzik–and he outranks Czerep. He doesn’t like how Czerep is handling his duties at the border crossing. But he doesn’t like direct … Continued

National Colors

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I'm a bad person.

Process Experiments Tried a different technique to create word bubbles. I used the Oval tool and just kept overlaying ovals on ovals, then with the path selection tool, combined them all into a single path. I think this technique gave … Continued

The Five Year Plan

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Process Pencilled in non-photo blue on bristol comic book art board. Inked with Copic liner, 0.3 (used 1.0 for the fills). Scanned at 300 dpi. adjusted levels in PhotoShop to delete non-photo blue; set ink layer to multiply. colored on … Continued

A Work of Art

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Process Thumbnailed the comic on paper Selected a limited palette of 12 colors Sketched and colored a rough version on two layers in Photoshop, to compose the color scheme. Inked in Photoshop, roughly laying on black on white in a … Continued

Soviet Invasion?

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But I have a chicken.

Process Pencilled in non-photo blue on Blue Line Pro board Inked characters with Copic liner brush; inked backgrounds with Copic liner (.3) and black Copic marker. Scanned at 400 dpi Edited and colored in PhotoShop. What I Learned Attempting a … Continued


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This full-page comic is meant to establish the basic premise of Rudek and the Bear. I had fun experimenting with different techniques while making it–which took about two weeks of work, on and off. Any questions? Feel free to leave a … Continued

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