Shady Characters

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This comic follows up this red squirrel’s unfortunate encounter with Masha. That bear is supposed to be a sun bear. Though you can’t see his characteristic throat marking, I’m pretty happy with how his character design is differentiated from Malutki’s. … Continued

Birthplace

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Well, this one took a tremendously long time to complete, and I’m not completely satisfied with it. But it’s time to post and move on. Once I completed the backgrounds, which were quite light (due to the snowy landscape), I … Continued

Sneakthief

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Masha’s recent run-in with a starving Belarusian refugee left her conflicted…but now it looks like she’s made a decision. Well, she tried to, anyway. For the backgrounds, I tried something new–the oil paint tool in MangaStudio. I was afraid of … Continued

Clever Enough

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And so! After a long pause, another installment of the story. I was pleasantly surprised to find that after months away from the drawing tablet, the style of this cartoon is pretty consistent with the last few. You may notice, … Continued

Last Request

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Looks like Rudek has a soft spot for the old Badger, after all. Or maybe there’s more going on here than it seems. So, with this comic, after putting a lot of effort into adjusting the levels, saturation, contrast, and … Continued

Tackled

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Well — It’s good to finally post something after a few months unexpected hiatus. I won’t go into details or make excuses, but my son was born two months early, in October. As Lennon said, life is what happens when … Continued

Resolution

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In this comic, a long-standing question is answered. Subtitle: Мой хлопчык means “My boy.” I had huge problems with the composition and palette on this one. I think ultimately it’s a problem of Notan–the value contrasts are not forming a “readable” … Continued

A Thrashing

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If only Masha had access to a therapist, or at least a non-living, non-glass punching bag.   This comic achieves a few different goals for me. I was realizing I needed practice on drawing action and violence. I also have been … Continued

Upping the Ante

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This is a moment that I guess the whole comic has sort of been building toward… it is called “Rudek and the Bear” after all :)   Wanted to try a “white on white” kind of background. You know, the … Continued

Comrades

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So collectivization plus the onset of the great depression is not a great combination. I wanted the right style of farm architecture, the right model of Fordson tractor, and even the right cut for a “decommissioned” White Army field cap. … Continued

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