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 on the other hand, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep the background art compositionally integrated with the foreground figures.
My workaround for now is the clone tool. When I notice inappropriately busy areas, that disrupt the path of the reader’s eye, I clone out the busy stuff. Some examples of this can be seen in panel 3. The grass and Czerep’s whiskers were working at cross purposes, creating an illegible passage of the panel. I’ve cleared it up somewhat by cloning out the grass. But it’s still not ideal.
I think as I go forward, I’m going to try to make smarter inking choices in the backgrounds.