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J.Piechowiak - (+Web)comic artist & writer, illustrator, ethnolinguist, chocolate addict, pervert. Thinks in pencil, sings when nobody seems to be around.
Author of the webcomic More Than a Hunch.

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Rough short comic - read right to left and ignore the messiness.
I was drawing a short scene for something but in the end I didn’t finish it. I didn’t really like how it was coming out so I decided to forget about it forever but my friend was nagging me to finish it and post it somewhere.

So I decided to use some underhanded methods to make it somewhat presentable and cut out first three panels (which contain the dark-haired girl running from some kid of ball/school gathering - and this comic doesn’t deserve the time it would take to draw it a crowd scene).

If you are familiar with my comics (like http://morethanahunch.smackjeeves.com/) or finished works you are probably aware that this is really BELOW my usual finish quality.

"Don’t cry, Shinji, we will meet again…"
Found this in my warm-up sketches. I love the theory (or is it confirmed already?) that Kaworu is coming back in time and time and time again trying to get a good ending for Shinji. So sad…
Don’t lose your head, Kaworu!

"Don’t cry, Shinji, we will meet again…"

Found this in my warm-up sketches. I love the theory (or is it confirmed already?) that Kaworu is coming back in time and time and time again trying to get a good ending for Shinji. So sad…

Don’t lose your head, Kaworu!

I think any person who creates has a couple of eternal WIPs in their - metaphorical - drawer.

I have a couple of those - drawings or paintings I started but which got delayed by something or other and when I got back to them I made a leap in some part of my skills so they cannot be continued the way they were. Often I can just scrap those but some have parts I would like to keep and reuse for something else, especially if I already spend a lot of time on it. So I repaint and recomposition and try new ideas…. And sometimes, SOMETIMES it works.

But sometimes I end up going back to some bare bones of the idea again and again and nothing I do with it clicks. And then I start to wonder - is it time to let this one go…?

To the joy of some and confusion of others More Than a Hunch has updated again. Feel free to reblog or tell your friends ;)

First page || Newest page

Outfit concept for a Magic Academy female student uniform. I wanted to give it a bit of a witchy and a bit of a modern aspect. There was supposed to be a scarf with the set but I haven’t gotten to do it. It was designed for a thing but I realized I got way off track with the story so I scrapped it before I fleshed out actual character concept.

(For better or worse I seem to have some defined aesthetics when it comes to magical outfit design…)

Character design work in progress. I have gone wrong somewhere with the left one…
Posting mostly for myself because I am working through a strange artblock.

Character concept for a short comic about wizards and depression.
I am not working on the comic at the moment - I have too many projects atm - but it’s something I will definitely draw in the future. Or, if that’s impossible, write as prose. Or maybe make a short visual novel game? One way or the other I want to send it into the world one day for personal reasons.

For now I am just using the characters for my concept art practice. I will probably polish this a bit later and make a proper character sheet for this outfit - or maybe another - so I can put it into my portfolio. I might do one of the other character too.

Fun fact: the character is not blond, his hair is white.

Allen Walker - Crown Clown.Fanart of Allen Walker from manga D.Gray-Man.
Click here for higher resolution || This painting on deviantART

The piece is quite experimental and is inspired by the arc when this form of Allen’s Innocence’s appears and . I wanted to combine some strong design elements with digital painting. I used some clean black and white (which usually is NOT used in paintings) and apart from the details near the head the whole thing is actually greyscale. I wanted to give the coat a slightly off feeling because it is not exactly a coat but a strange combination of cloth, armor, weapon and something that is in a way alive.

Allen Walker - Crown Clown.
Fanart of Allen Walker from manga D.Gray-Man.

Click here for higher resolution || This painting on deviantART

The piece is quite experimental and is inspired by the arc when this form of Allen’s Innocence’s appears and . I wanted to combine some strong design elements with digital painting. I used some clean black and white (which usually is NOT used in paintings) and apart from the details near the head the whole thing is actually greyscale. I wanted to give the coat a slightly off feeling because it is not exactly a coat but a strange combination of cloth, armor, weapon and something that is in a way alive.

Practice sketches - architecture - streets of Florence.

A little practice with studies of my personal photos from Florence. First is a weird street/gate near Ponte Veccio, second is a side street leading to Piazza Michelangelo, third is a villa near the hotel we stayed at  and the last one… I… don’t remember.  I spent much too much time wandering the side streets of Florence :P

Sketch - Ren, Dramatical MurderText: Ren: I’m just distracting youMe: Then put a shirt on!So I finished Dramatical Murder last night. If you have played the true route you know that the moral is: not matter how good you think your choices are in the end you might end up screwing yourself.
When I reached the scrap part in the game it was already past 2 a.m. and I could not help it, I had to take a break to sketch the human!Ren because… damn.

Sketch - Ren, Dramatical Murder
Text: Ren: I’m just distracting you
Me: Then put a shirt on!

So I finished Dramatical Murder last night. If you have played the true route you know that the moral is: not matter how good you think your choices are in the end you might end up screwing yourself.

When I reached the scrap part in the game it was already past 2 a.m. and I could not help it, I had to take a break to sketch the human!Ren because… damn.

Random sketches.

First is study of Thranduil’s face. As for the second: I always keep an emergency piece of paper on the desk and doodle on it when thinking and they contain relevant things (e.g. here character concept for a Loveless doujin) and other random elements that just happened to appear in between. Usually when I post sketches I take out the more useless ones and try to arrange them, but this is how it actually looks like when I cramp them on the paper (and also why some end abruptly; I don’t fill the paper in a particular order). On the right you can see a piece of sketch that will be up in the next post for reasons.

"Let me hear your voice, Aoba"

Aoba Seragaki, Dramatical Murder

Figuring out Mangastudio5. I always feel weird dancing in the area between digital painting and cell shading… 

More Than a Hunch webcomic has updated!
First page || Newest page
How far can I push the teasers before they get life of their own?

More Than a Hunch webcomic has updated!

First page || Newest page

How far can I push the teasers before they get life of their own?

Birthday present for my best friend n-th-green (master of custom-made greeting carts)   - Mr. Eyebrows Elf.
I was pondering what to paint for her and then I remembered her comments about the eyebrows during the movie (which I won’t quote for decency’s sake).

Alas, with watercolors there are always certain shades/paints that don’t get picked up with a scanner (or at least the kinds I had pleasure to use) so some parts here look… off (I did what I could with Photoshop adjustments to at least try to get it close to actual colors but it’s like some pigments just don’t pick up at all :/ )

Aoba and Koujaku from Dramatical Murder. Sketchy sketches of those stupid sweet awkward babies.

1. This sheet of paper started as loose figuring out how to draw Aoba (and Noiz - previous post) and then I played Koujaku’s route and the rest of the paper miraculously filled with dumb scribbles.
2. Child Aoba is the cutest thing ever. Damn, I don’t even LIKE children.
3. I have this headcanon that when it came to cutting the hair Aoba had a moment of crisis “Why am I doing this again? Right, because I love this guy”. (then probably the tables turned when actual cutting started because it turned out it was OK for Aoba but Koujaku was terrified he’d hurt him).
4. Messy hair five o’clock shadow Koujaku. I was toying with this idea of Aoba’s instagram that’s going around. While this situation here is highly unlikely because it’s Aoba who sleeps longer I am planning to do a proper snapshot of messy hangovered Koujaku. Because I can. (also it was impossible to develop this one because it had other sketches all around it).