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Buy One Get One Bee

January 23rd, 2012 by

buy one get one sketch process

We bought some cookies today–because it’s cheat day!–and the sticker on the box was a giant BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!! sticker. Then, once we arrived home, inspiration struck.

Above,  I present to you the “original” sketch followed by the intermediary step before the inky final step. I say “original” like that because, sadly, there is no actual original.  I did all of this in Manga Studio, my favorite program for drawing comics. I wish they would pay me to advertise for them because it’s that good. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: go try out the demo! The trial is only for the Debut version, but every few months it seems you can find EX 4 on sale for around $200 or less. It is WORTH IT.

Hand Lettering

January 9th, 2012 by

Here’s a big close-up of the hand lettering that I did for Thursday’s Illustrated Thesaurus. I still have lots of practicing to do on the hand lettering, or traditional way of doing it, but I really enjoy it. The slant is still all over the place and I haven’t played with big bold letters enough, which shows. However, digital lettering is equally as fun, but in a completely different way. I love being able to throw down all the word bubbles and rearrange them at will, if needed, while selecting just the right font. I couldn’t pick which way is may favorite at this point in time, but it sure is nice to have a physical piece of artwork with the complete comic and word bubbles on it.

If you haven’t checked, I ported everything over to ComicPress on the Illustrated Thesaurus site and even found a ‘related posts by tags’ widget plugin. That’s what I really wanted! That way, when a word like abnormal comes up, you can see links directly to any related or synonymous words like aberrant! I’m so excited. It only took 6+ years for that idea to finally realize, as it was not obtainable using the old comic system I was using. Once there’s a few hundred words on there, that feature will really come into play.


September 26th, 2011 by

I have made a comic for your perusal. I also tried to make a time lapse of me drawing it with my camera set to 3- and 5-second intervals, but the battery died before I finished the final panel. I don’t have premiere or access to it, so I’m going to try to export what I do have–about 1400 images–from iMovie on this old Mac and see what happens. As I see the images get imported to the computer, I can tell that you can barely see what is going on in the actual comic. Ugh. That means that the next time I do this I will have to find a better place to put the camera or change the lense. Or just zoom in. Dammit.

If you like that sort of thing, keep an eye on this site, and my youtube channel, because I will be posting it there(and then here, from youtube).

You will get to see me:


  • Get confused!
  • Try to figure out which paper I’m using
  • Compare the size of old comics to the new one!
  • Letter the comic!
  • Drink some rum!

Anyway, here is the final result. I don’t want to spoil anything but the first panel for you.

this suit smells

Illustrated Thesaurus – abominable

September 23rd, 2011 by

If I’ve done everything correctly, a new comic should show up at the illustrated thesaurus site next Friday.

I just realized that the 30th is not Thursday. You have to wait til Friday now to see my amazingness. To tide you over, however, I have provided you a panel from the 3-panel glory that will be the comic “abominable.”

38 legs sketchs

November 13th, 2010 by

So I made another horrible comic. I want to tell you, but if I said anything, it would spoil it. In order to spoil it in a different way, please enjoy these amazing sketches! Because I am amazing! You know it, I know it, the monsters under my bed know it. That’s why they let me live. The first image shows the sketch to almost completion! Oh, no! How will you see the completed comic? By clicking on the LAST IMAGE. Or clicking earlier in the post on that horrible comic phrase because you are apparently completely impatient and can’t be bothered to read WORDS. You’re awful. The second picture in the series below is me trying to work out the third panel of the comic. I had to show him hanging, but also show the note he left behind. Tough stuff.

Looks like you’re startin’ a journal comic…

November 5th, 2010 by

chronicmalpractice doubts his skills

Hey everybody that loves me! I made a comic! Without any swear words even! Haha, just kidding. There’s a great big fuck in this one.

How to use steak

June 16th, 2010 by

Don’t get too excited, but I made a comic in less than 3 hours. It’s the only way to do it. And this site, as you know, is for the ‘behind the scenes.’ What little scene there is of course. So here are the 2 sketches I did before laying down the digital ink on the latest atrocity over at Chronic Malpractice.

how to cook in blue

How to cook sketch the second

I forgot how to color

June 10th, 2010 by

So I’m just posting panel one of the comic that will probably take 8 hours of my life to color. I’m surprised I can even draw, it’s been so long since I even opened up the drawing program on this computer. I started this comic over a year ago. Looking at the properties for the Manga Studio file, it was created 6/20/09. Another 10 days and it’ll be the comic’s anniversary! Congratulations, little comic! A baby takes less time to bake than a 4 panel color drawing that your creator doesn’t even find amusing anymore. Maybe someone on the internet will love you.

Anyway, here’s the first panel. Make up your own ending until I get it colored. Or pay someone to do it. With hugs.

The Bank

Don’t read this if you are an offended minority

July 28th, 2009 by

Dog lovers united to have a B.C. comic strip taken down from because it “encouraged violence against animals” and just plain offended people. That’s quite a stretch, considering the strip contained no violence. It features the main character of the patently banal strip reading a book. If the strip encouraged anything, I would think it to be literacy. Especially if you don’t read English and attemped to infer meaning by pictures alone. I guess this strip encourages dog violence as well? Let’s blame everything on some form of media because I wasn’t brought up to tell right from wrong.

John Hart Studios then apologized for it. For creating something that made a vocal few unhappy. There goes the glorious vision of standing behind your art. I’m sure it was gone long ago, actually. This is just another nail in the coffin. I hope the apology consoled those who complained about it. They will probably mark it as a “win” for themselves and forget about it the next time David Letterman makes a joke that offends Sarah Palin.

Someone seems to have borrowed my copy of Fahrenheit 451, but I do remember that the keystone of the censorship in that world being the vocal minority. Many vocal minorities of all sorts complaining about being offended. Anything that angered dog lovers and cat lovers was taken out of schools and off of bookstore shelves. Those may be ridiculous examples, but I don’t have my copy here to reference. This is the path on the road to the end of independent thought. It is paved with the apologies and complaints of the knee-jerk masses.

Let me play you a song

June 18th, 2009 by

webcomics at chronic malpractice pukulele

So I did another comic tonight. Only took a couple hours, which is fast for me. Below, I thought I’d share a sketch of the comic. Did the whole thing in Manga Studio and one of the things I love most is sketching with the ‘pencil’ tool. It’s not like the pencil tool in Photoshop. It behaves like a REAL PENCIL. That is, it behaves like the photoshop brush tool for the most part, but its opacity is already set to act like a pencil! The image below is my ‘pencil sketch’ inside Manga Studio.

You can also see that I ‘hand-lettered’ this comic as well. It’s pretty easy on the Cintiq. Perhaps I’ll make a tutorial video of how I do that.