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Bonus Page: Angela

9th Oct 2019, 4:00 PM in Extras
Bonus Page: Angela
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QuotePilgrim 9th Oct 2019, 4:00 PM edit delete
This drawing asks for an explanation, so here it is: This is Heather dressed as Angela Orosco, from Silent Hill 2. I know the licking a knife thing is a huge cliché, but I like it and I think it works well here. I drew something like this for Halloween last year, but didn't post it back then because because I wanted to make a better version, and this is it. I could wait for this year's Hallowenn, as it's getting closer, but I'd rather post it sooner.

If you don't know much about Silent Hill 2, let me tell you Angela has one of the bleakest backstories of any video game character. The fact that Heather is playfully licking a knife like that suggests a rather dark, even deranged sense of humor (on her part, but also maybe on mine). I won't go into detail, if you want to know more about Angela, you may look it up.

I've been using Krita to draw recently (it's free, but I paid for the Steam version), and that's what I'll be using for the comic from now on. The inking in the comic itself will look a lot like the inking in this piece because I fell in love with that inking brush as soon as I started using it. It fits the comic's atmosphere really well, I think.

The reason I switched to Krita from FireAlpaca is the same reason I have switched to FireAlpaca from MyPaint + Inkscape + GIMP at the start of Chapter 5, which was that I wanted to do all of the comic in a single program. You see, torwards the end of this chapter, I started getting annoyed at the limitations of FireAlpaca's text tool and ended up doing all of the lettering in Inkscape; not having to do that was precisely the reason I had switched in the first place.

And besides, Krita is much more powerful than FireAlpaca. While it has a steeper learning curve, it becomes a lot easier to use once you get the hang of it, so it takes less time to finish stuff. I will miss FireAlpaca's comic paneling tools, though.


authorloremipsum 9th Oct 2019, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
If I might offer a suggestion for the comic panelling!
I use medibang paint's even BETTER comic panel tools, export as a transparent png, and import it into FireAlpaca. I'm sure you could do something similar with Krita :D
QuotePilgrim 10th Oct 2019, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
Thank for your suggestion, but you see, the problem I'm solving by switching to Krita now (and why I've switched to FireAlpaca in the past), is having to use more than one program. I want to use a single program that can satisfyingly do everything I want. For the most part, Krita does that, and I am actually really happy with it. Doing panels in it is not as fast as it was in FireAlpaca, but the way I'm doing it is almost there, and everything else is faster.

Using different programs to do different things is fine, that's the way a lot of artists work, and that's what I was doing when I started this comic. There are however a lot of benefits to streamlining to a single program. For instance, if I decide I want to tweak the panels a little bit after I'm already far into the inking process, I won't have to open a separate program just to do that.

And besides, if were to use a separate program just for the panels, it would have to be Inkscape. I had my own method of making panels in it using a template file I created myself, and it was by far my favorite paneling method.
Hindbodes 9th Oct 2019, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Ohhhh she lick.