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

Hunger Pains

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Tried some new things with lighting and shading in this one. Well, it’s not a NEW technique, but one I haven’t tinkered with in a while. Basically, I create a hue/saturation layer over the flats, darken everything, and then use … Continued

The Slip

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Spent a good number of hours on this one. Decided to push the realism on the details of the uniforms, and develop some new backgrounds. For a while I’ve felt like my depictions of the town, Stołpce, were lacking. After some … Continued

Economics Lesson

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I was finishing up my “clean-up” layer, and was about to start inking. Then I took a look at what I had, and liked the sketchy energy of it. I was reminded of the sketchy quality of some of my … Continued

Pushing Luck

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Masha refuses to take Rudek’s hint and keeps hanging around headquarters–but Czerep is onto her. She’s usually a step ahead, but looks like the lieutenant has a kind of dizzying effect on her. Partially from laziness and time constraints, and … Continued

Technicalities

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Oh dear. I’ll give Masha this at least–she has the imagination of a true bureaucrat. I wanted to push to the limit the pencilled backgrounds and go for a real storybook illustration vibe. I drew a truck that I later … Continued

Papers

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Bzik would have his protocols hardbound. I tried a couple things in this comic. The background is one continuous drawing, with a fisheye perspective; each panel uses only one section of the whole drawing. So, if this were animated, the … Continued

Mashed Potatoes

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Yep. I did it. I did the eyeballs-in-the-dark gag. My life feels strangely complete somehow. Also, I really like how the “in the dark” lighting of panels 1-2 came out. I created a mask, and lowered the saturation and luminosity … Continued

Friendly Advice

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I’m trying out subtitles on this comic. In previous episodes featuring Belarusian, readers were likely to ask for translation. There are a couple different ways to handle that, but I figured I would see what it looked like to do … Continued

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