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15th Oct 2017, 6:23 PM

HPLehkonen

Best on the Market and what else?

So you all know I'm doing this comic as we speak... but this is going... quite slowly, don't you think?

We'll here's an explanation. You may have noticed I have ended my webcomic Immortal Nerd. It's a finished product now, so if you want to binge read a finished series, here's a LINK FOR YOU!

But hey, I'm not going to stop working for webtoons. I am currently working on another series, and here's some sneak peeks!

Hmm, I wonder where is this comic situated in...?

No wait, that doesn't look like Helsinki anymore...

Why is this hipster so angry? What's going on even?

This comic is called Life Outside the Circle, and it's a story of a city dweller Sami, who moves to the countryside and falls in love with his neighbor who owns a tractor! I get to draw tractors... I'm not sure if I should be sad or happy. They're not the easiest thing to draw to be honest.

Here's a tractor I drew that's not completely edited yet...

I'm pretty proud of it.

So yeah, this is taking a lot of my time. Besides, it's not the only thing I'm working on! There's also Silly Ghost!

I'm working on Silly Ghost together with Arvi Tammi! Arvi does the art and I do the writing. Here's a sneak peek:

Oops, it's a pitch, you can't see the details! Sorry loves, I can't show it to you yet. Let's just hope for the best that we find someone to publish this piece of art for us!

Anyways, I'd like to inform you that if you want the BEST information about everything I do, JOIN MY MAILING LIST! It's a great place to see what's up. I only email about once every 3 weeks, so no fear for spam!

Link to join the list: LINK!

- H-P Lehkonen

11th Oct 2017, 4:12 PM

HPLehkonen

Cover WIP again!

Okay so, I've been working hard on the cover... And I just can't decide what to do with it! Too many options! I really want it to be super colorful though, so that it catches everyone's eyes in a con! Though I might have to get a badge on top of it that says "MATURE!" and put it on top of Trash Lord's butt.

Here's the first colored version I made. This one I made just to see how the picture would look like in color... And to test out if gif animations work on this site.

We have noe learned that yes, gifs work here. Thank you comic fury!

Well, then I did another version that's way brighter than the first one!

But this one is already too much pink. Also, I think Trash Lord looks like a plastic mannequin now, not a human person! But I really like the 100% yellow background! Very eyecatching! So, I deleted some of the pink... Wanna see the whole thing? Here's a picture!

As you can see, in this one I have both front and back cover! The book spine will go along Trash Lord's spine. I'm still working on the text on the back cover. I will letter it by hand, but for now it's only a font because I still might change it!

And then... Here's where I'm at now!

Trash Lord is still too yellow. There's now a place for ISBN code there (it looks horrible, but ISBN looks horrible anyways...) and there's less pink. I'm kind of hoping to get Trash Lord's back colored kind of "realistically" but I'm very bad with that kind of stuff. Good thing I can always ask my assistant Ida to do it for me. She's really good with doing all kinds of cool effects on photoshop!

Let's keep on working on this comic! Next time I'm blogging I'll tell you a bit more about all the OTHER comics I work on at the same time as I work on this one! I'm a busy man!

- H-P Lehkonen

8th Oct 2017, 5:08 PM

HPLehkonen

More promos for artists!

So did you see the last post I made about people who applied to draw for me in the paper version of the comic? If you didn't go read it now: LINK HERE

And now it's time for some more promos! These are some super talented and awesome people and you really should go check out their stuff. I asked them to write short descriptions of themselves and to send me one illustration they've made so you can see what kind of stuff they do.

 



My name is Jamie A. Kingdom! I’m a queer trans artist and illustrator and I love cute video game fanart, gay romance and soft summer days.
LINK


 

I’m Joxu! I make art about cute (trans) boys and bunnies!

Find my work in: LINK


 

I’m Nasr, but most call me Void. I’m a bi arab/latino trans man who focuses on bringing representation and inclusivity to various forms of media. I currently have an on-going webcomic about monster teenagers in the 1980’s!
LINK



Alakotila makes queer sci-fi fantasy art and comics.
You can find their work at their website: LINK
and patreon: LINK


 

And that's all for the promos for now! I hope you go to check out these artists and follow them everywhere! I'm so happy to be able to share these awesome people with you guys. They are really talented and I can't wait to show you more promos! For now I don't have more promos scheduled, because many haven't replied to my question on if it's okay to promo them, but when I get more replies, you'll also see more promos!

All right! Now I'll get back to drawing thumbnails for my another project I'm working on right now, Life Outside the Circle! Even if that one has nothing to do with Best D*ck on the Market, I could do a small blog post about that one too. I mean, it's interesting to see everything I'm currently working on! Multitasking is my one true love.

- H-P Lehkonen

Ps. Wanna see EVERYTHING I'm working on? Subscribe to my mailing list: LINK

6th Oct 2017, 8:12 PM

HPLehkonen

Comic sketches!!

Wanna see the sketches for the first two pages??

Well, they are spoilery! If you want to see the comic when it's finished, don't go further!!!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

 


 

But only of the first two pages, in my opinion it's not that bad to read them beforehand...

Okay so as you see, I sketch with red! Later on I just delete it with photoshop! Wanna see how? Here's a small tutorial:

Let's use this greyscale image of my character Sebastian as an example.

Okay so now, just choose the red channel from "channels". If you can't find your channels, it's in the "window" drop menu.

See that?? The red is GONE! But actually it's not gone yet. You need to destroy it too, it's just hiding. So, just go to the "Image" drop menu, choose "mode" and then click "greyscale".

So now the picture is only black and white! Cool! But what if you wanna color it? Just go back to "image" and then "mode" and change it to "RGB" and you can colour the picture again. Easy! AND FAST if you do THIS:

Just record an action for the whole thing! I'm not gonna teach you how though, just google it or something.

Also remember, my Photoshop is CS5, so yours might be different.

Have fun fiddling with your Photoshop!

- H-P Lehkonen
 

5th Oct 2017, 3:48 PM

HPLehkonen

Promoting some artists!

As you might know, the print version of The Best D*ck on the Market will have some guest artists! I'm not revealing the artists yet, but I am promoting some of the people who applied, but who I couldn't choose. They were all so talented! I was supposed to hire 2 people but I ended up hiring 4... And even then I had to reject about 30 people. This is hard!

Anyways, look at these absolutely amazingly talented people! I asked them to write short bios of themselves too!
 


 

I'm Phineas. Comic artist from Germany, focusing on queer-friendly comics, illustrative works, and character designs.

Here is the link to my patreon: LINK

 


 

stc019 makes comics about trans love and cute spooky adventures.

You can check their work here : LINK

 


 

Hi, I'm Ludens and I'm a gay erotic illustrator from the UK! I'm currently writing 3 LGBT supernatural romance comics!   

Instagram: LINK

 


 

Marina Rubio, spanish illustrator who loves drawing strong, sexy, cute girls!

You can see more in my instagram: LINK

 


 

Michelle is a queer nb illustrator in Providence, RI.  

Their patreon can be found @: LINK


 

I have asked the permission from all the artists if it's okay to do this promo post of them. So if later on more artists want to join in, I will do another batch of promotional posts for them! I hope you'll all go follow these artists, because they all do awesome work with queer themes!!

I'll write more about the process of doing the comic tomorrow... So follow this blog to find out how exactly do I even make comics?? Spoilers ahead! Tomorrow I will show you the sketches of the first two pages of the comic!!