king--fisher asked: Hey I really like your stuff I'm glad found your blog the other week. On looking closer at your illustrations I noticed they are quite loose and sketchy. I am a perfectionist so making stuff as detailed as your work takes me forever. What sort of process do you go through to create your coloured illustrations? (Any tips) I'm working on a picture at the moment and I remembered your work after I sketched it out and now I want to digitally ink it. Keep up the great work :D
I pencil ‘em on animation paper, I ink them on another sheet of animation paper with a pentel brush pen. Then I scan ‘em and colour in photoshop.
My basic rule is this: don’t use the computer to do anything that doesn’t look better analog. Do flat colours digitally, but don’t paint digitally. Do hard vector lines digitally, but don’t ink digitally.
I suppose you could express that rule even quicker like this: paint using paint, ink using ink. Computer art is great and analog art is great but for me, computer art pretending to be analog doesn’t sit right.
As always, you can see the actual progress of Bartkira here, if you’re interested.
mystupidmisadventures asked: where can I get one of those Masterplasty shirts or hoodies? Oh, and the comic was really good! any chance of a release date?
I don’t know when it’s gonna be released in English but I am holding a proof copy of a Chinese edition RIGHT NOW (below).
You can buy the amazing Japanese edition here. http://blackhookpress.bigcartel.com/
And the shirts are available here. http://teespring.com/masterplasty
lukesubaru asked: Can you describe the situation Bartkira is currently in, like are there not enough artists contributing or is it continuing at a steady pace?
This is all going to be covered in an upcoming interview, but basically Vol. 1 is 99% done and the other volumes are roughly 75% done each. There are enough artists! Just, since there’s no real way of enforcing deadlines things tend to d-r-a-g.
Since I work full-time I don’t really have a whole lot of time to spend on this project, so I can only check in maybe once every couple of weeks. I’m confident things are going to start picking up soon, though. I think completing volume 1 is going to give us a boost.