Comic for May Newsletter

Every month I do a comic for my departmental newsletter. This one is of course all about working from home. Our office lady learns she just can't live without her cat and houseplants - and our gentleman discovers that he doesn't just like the Vikings, he IS a Viking. I guess he was working out during quarantine.

I started this with an ink drawing using manga markers, size 02 primarily, in bright white marker paper. Then I photographed them under the best light I could find. I uploaded them into GIMP, stretched the contrast, desaturated, added an alpha channel, added a white background layer. I then converted the inking into two identical layers with transparency, and used my preferred method of coloring things on the middle layer so the ink stayed crisp on top. I could have made this a lot sharper and nicer but ultimately, this was not meant to be high art. Final arrangement and text was done in Publisher. I did however think it might be interesting to share.

Final Strip

Final Strip

Panels 1 and 2 ink drawing

Panels 1 and 2 ink drawing

Panel 3 ink drawing

Panel 3 ink drawing

Cleaned up Panel 1

Cleaned up Panel 1

Colored Panel 1

Colored Panel 1

Cleaned up Panel 2

Cleaned up Panel 2

Colored Panel 2

Colored Panel 2

Cleaned up Panel 3

Cleaned up Panel 3

Colored Panel 3

Colored Panel 3