Story

Velharthis is a webcomic set in Tyr, a continent nervously poised for conflict. A young woman named Jenise sets out from her northern backwoods home to join the army after her grandfather dies from a mysterious illness. Saved from slavers by a strange young man named Peter, Jenise reluctantly joins up with him after he offers his help as a guide. Unfortunately, Peter brings more trouble than either of them bargain for…

 Author

Louisa favourite activities include, but are not limited to: making comics, eating, sleeping, reading historical biographies (preferably about royalty; the more tragic, the better). She’s been drawing comics for over ten years and making art for quite a bit longer. When she is not eating, sleeping or drawing, she can be found at her job as an office professional in the non-profit sector.

Credits, Resources, FAQ

Q: How is the comic made?

A: I use a combination of tools to produce the comics. Some important items:

  • Crow quill pen and ink. A common item to find (I’ve found sets in Walmart), a pen with a crow quill nib (the point you draw with) requires you dip regularly into a small jar of ink. Normally creates a nice, thin, consistent line, but you can get thicker lines by pressing down. You can also get thicker or thinner lines by buying nibs other than crow quill and changing them in the pen holder. I typically use Speedball brand pens and ink.
  • Brush Pen.  A pen with a tip that looks exactly like a brush. The brush is usually composed of thick, synthetic hair, you don’t dip these into a jar of ink. Instead, you load ink cartridges into the handle, and the ink flows out just like a pen, but the effect can look just like you are painting with the ink. I use a Pentel brand brush pen and use it for filling in larger blocks of black, trees, etc.
  • Sharpie. It’s not the most professional tool, but sometimes a black Sharpie marker is helpful for really large blocks of black (especially considering brush pen refills are not very cheap).
  • Bleedproof pad. This sounds like a feminine hygiene product, but a good paper for your comics is important. I actually work on smaller sheets of paper compared to many artists. How you draw is up to you. I really feel the only guideline when working in traditional media is that you draw slightly bigger than what you’re going to be printing at. It just looks better. I use Letraset bleedproof paper, which I usually stick over my sketches and trace using a light pad. However, if you don’t like doing that, you can always use…
  • Comic/Manga art boards. This is thicker paper that usually comes with ruler lines on it showing you where your margins are. The trick with these is to sketch in your comic in blue pencil, then draw over it in ink. When you scan it, you’ll be able to easily remove the blue lines at the scanning stage or later in a program like Photoshop. I won’t get into it here, but I’ve done it and you get a nice result. The only downside is that this paper sometimes comes in packaging that looks incredibly immature.
  • Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is a great tool. I use it to set lines around comic panels, text, and toning. It’s not the only program available that can do this, nor is it super easy to use, but it’s taken me years to learn stuff in it, and they’re always adding more features.
  • Tones. Tones (screentones) are the shading (and sometimes shapes and pictures) used to give your comics depth. It’s not great to overuse them, and some comics don’t use them at all. I set my tones using Photoshop, and most of the time I’m just filling in solid colours or using the gradient tool. But when I want little patterns or something, I use other resources. I’ve bought and scanned some real screentones, the kind you used to have to cut out and apply. However, you can check out the internet for a lot of free to use tones that people have kindly created (make sure you read their terms of use first, though). One of my faves is screentones on DeviantArt. You can also buy specialized Photoshop brushes from artists like Kyle T Webster.

 

Q: How is Velharthis pronounced?

A: You pronounce it as it is spelled, more or less. “Vel-harth-is”.

 

Q: Why are the comics in black and white instead of colour?

A: Black and white comics are faster to produce and more affordable to print. I have plans to do colour bonus chapters.