Zen Pain Tomorrow

Digital sketch.  November 2012.


  1. Ed Quinby December 12th, 2012 1:38 pm

    Wow, the last two posted sketches are beautiful work. That’s pretty much expected, but I had to comment because both, especially the bee one, so completely resemble your line work on paper and they’re completely digital? I don’t know if you have time to reply to comments, but if you do, I’d really be interested to hear what tools you’re using these days for digital drawing and will your future comics pages be totally digital now?

  2. Zack Blackstone December 12th, 2012 8:16 pm

    Rick’s back, baby! It’s like a Christmas present! I wish I had the money to pay you to do a wordless graphic novel featuring the odd creature chasing the other odd creature with a net that you drew digitally a little while back. Something very appealing about that world.

  3. Zack Blackstone December 12th, 2012 8:27 pm

    Just went and looked at it again. Great title ‘Snarg Tootin’. Maybe it’s the faded background that gives it depth – I feel like I’m looking into a world that needs exploring. I know the guys with nets work for someone…they’re not lone wolves – there’s a hierachy…and the underclass gets scooped up and collected and used for…something. Some hidden power in them. Maybe I should get to work on something like this myself? I’ve really missed being able to check out the latest Veitch missives.

  4. Rick December 13th, 2012 12:32 pm

    Zack, Snarg and Toot just popped out of my head and hand when I wanted to experiment with layered depth. Drawing digitally, the levels in the backgrounds were given individual layers, then each layer blurred a little more than the one “in front” of it.
    The illusion of depth works pretty good on screen, I think. But when I printed it out it turned to mud. I’m thinking if I were to simplify the backgrounds by using a lot less blacks on them, it might work better in print.
    I think I’ve got another tier that would have made a completed page. If I can find it I will post.

  5. Rick December 13th, 2012 12:43 pm

    Those two digital sketches were done on a Cintiq using Manga Studio EX4. It looks like my stuff, because I’m drawing freehand of course. But also because Manga Studio comes with pen-tips and brushes designed to digitally replicate those we cartoonists use with paper and ink. You can make your own brushes too, just like Photoshop, but the presets are already perfecto.
    Manga Studio is a beast to learn, not least because the manual reads as if it were translated by google. But I’m glad I stuck with it. The people who designed it really understood what we do and how we go about it.