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For the longest time I’ve  debated whether to create my new graphic novel project the traditional way (pen and paper) or do it digitally. Now I must admit I have no experience in creating graphic novels or comic books (other than ones from weee back when I was a little cholo… I’m not hispanic btw 🙂 ).

Of course the positives and negatives are quite evident. Going digital would make it easier to edit/delete etc… while the traditional process might be more of a half and half. Sure, you can draw on paper but you would eventually have to scan it in for clean-up, coloring etc. The cost of paper and drawing materials would eventually pile up. But my biggest beef with digital was that my results were hit or miss. I couldn’t quite get it down. I think I figured out part of it was that I had a plastic protection cover on my Wacom tablet which made it slippery and give me an less-than-natural feel, more so than usual. Removing that protective cover improved my perception at least in half. The other half would have to come down to, am I happy with the results. So far, I am… but a good sleep can remove that. Let me know what you think.

This is a dream sequence that the main character, “Talbot” is having.

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Drawn in Manga Studio and colored in photoshop

Contact me directly if you have any interest in the book/publishing rights etc… Thanks!

Black and White Conversion Test below…



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  • Uncle Robot says:

    It’s as visually stunning a piece of work as I’ve seen. Really great stuff.

  • Denver says:

    Great stuff, Ken! Looking forward to the release! When digital coloring was first used, I was totally unimpressed with how “fake” it looked but the colorists and their tools have improved so much that they are honing their craft to watercolor-like levels.4

    • ken says:

      Thanks Denver, I’m trying to find that happy medium where it doesn’t look/feel too digital! See you in six months 🙂

  • Dawn Pisturino says: