Comics The Soldier and the Tsar

The Soldier and the Tsar, page 3

I’ve been doing livestreams of my comic progress in a chat room called Let’s Draw Stuff, the password is ‘omgcomics’, where a myself and a bunch of other webcomickers take advantage of Tinychat’s multiple video streaming feature to basically push our desks together in a virtual space and hang out and draw.

The other folks that are in there pretty regularly right now are the creators of The End, Jimmy and the Hammer, Sweet and Sour Grapes, Shyeah!, Inscribing Ardi, and Ashley and Aviva are there too but they don’t have webcomics I don’t think. It’s kind of an outgrowth of the Webcomics Study Group, which meets via tinychat a few times a week for a structured critique session, and the Webcomics Study Group is itself an outgrowth of You don’t have to make a webcomic to come draw with us (although if you do make a webcomic, we’d love to have you come draw with us). You don’t even have to draw with us to hang out in the chatroom. We don’t care.

Whenever I’m about to do these streams, I’ve been announcing them via twitter, but I’ll make blog posts and deviantart posts in the future. Unless I forget. Or am too lazy.

I’m working on sorting out an arrangement to offer and distribute prints efficiently. It’s taking me a little longer than I’d like (everything I do takes me longer to do than I’d like), but stay tuned for news on super fancy prints of stuff. Probably one or two more tee shirts, too. Some more passive revenue action would be awesome.

Comics The Soldier and the Tsar

The Soldier and the Tsar, page 2

Man, on time this week, how about it.

I don’t know if it shows horribly in these drawings, but I’m not really feeling like I am handling the watercolors well with this story so far. Kind of feel like I’m flying blind with regard to color choices. This isn’t really a story that needs a lot of color, and that’s probably part of the problem. Anyway, now that I’ve told you what errors to look for, you’re probably not going to be able to not see them now, huh?

Oh well! Nothing to do but get better at it, I guess.

(Also I know it’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools, but Arches hot press? Ain’t buyin’ it again. The Strathmore stuff from a few weeks ago was a lot kinder to me.)

Comics The Soldier and the Tsar

The Soldier and the Tsar, page 1

Again, pencils now, colors later. This comic is a confluence of things that I have more fun drawing than is reasonable: rodents, funny hats, moustaches, and period clothing. Heck yes.

The stinger sketch this week comes from my buddy Isabelle Smith, and her drawings are pretty supernal. While I was working on this comic page she showed up in the chat room that some of us that do webcomics have gotten into the habit of using and drew a rat for me.

It’s a great rat. I can dig it.

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Pencils now, colored version soon! I caught myself a Liberty Cold over the weekend (which I did not have to work on the comic, on account of being off visiting family) and really the fact that I’m showing up with anything at all right now is nothing short of miraculous.

Found the story that I meant to use for the next story, so we start a new story next week. But now? I am going to sleep myself to death.

Edit: Wow this thing sure blew up on Twitter before I was ready for it! Anyway, here is your colored version.