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A Song, some Lice and a Fire.

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Strip by: Ian Boreham

{A character illustration of a large, dim-looking man dressed in rags, sitting in front of a bindle, cap out in front with a few coins in it, and holding a cardboard sign that reads "WiLL WaRG 4 FooD". The illustration title is "Hobor".}

The author writes:

A somewhat dim, but kind-hearted half-human, half giant. Poor Hagrid...er...Hodor. He had to get one of his fellow hobos to write the sign for him. Not that he can't write, as such; it's just that he can only write one word.

On a side note, to whoever came up with the "One does not simply warg into Hodor" meme, I love your work.

Pencilled, inked and coloured in Krita on a MS Surface Pro 3, with the border and title added in Inkscape. While trying to set up gimp and Inkscape to play nicely with the SP3's stylus, I came across Krita, which I hadn't heard of before. Its main strength seems to be its wide array of predefined brushes (and it's free).

Krita worked pretty well for me, although I found a few things to gripe about: sometimes my stylus hand resting on the screen would register as a touch, and make unwanted brushstrokes on the canvas (don't know yet if this is a Krita problem or a SP3 problem); the vector capabilities, while welcome, are fairly limited compared with, say, Inkscape (and I couldn't even select a vector object without inadvertently moving it); and some of the brushes would drop out when i pressed to full pressure on the stylus, leaving gaps and occasional round splodges where I was expecting the thickest lines. The vector graphics weren't usable enough for me to persevere even to draw the simple border and title. It was quicker just to add them in Inkscape.

It was fun to use, and I'll be playing with it some more, to see if I can get the comic look I'm aiming at. If not, I'll probably still use it for painting.