Holy Land

Holy Land

by myxo
The bloodflow of Russian organized crime is being strictly controlled by a single powerful syndicate, the Vavilonskaya Bashnya. Unease grows as something is beginning to fester in its core.
Kiril, an unfortunate inhabitant of an ugly, mean, and meaningless concrete arcadia, is pulled into this world of violence and cruelty when he stumbles upon a mutilated corpse on the job.
Two siblings in black thrive in this blood. Will their grip suffice in keeping an empire from falling apart?

Holy Land contains mature themes, including violence, sexual content, and bad language. Reader discretion is advised.

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Holy Land

The bloodflow of Russian organized crime is being strictly controlled by a single powerful syndicate, the Vavilonskaya Bashnya. Unease grows as something is beginning to fester in its core.
Kiril, an unfortunate inhabitant of an ugly, mean, and meaningless concrete arcadia, is pulled into this world of violence and cruelty when he stumbles upon a mutilated corpse on the job.
Two siblings in black thrive in this blood. Will their grip suffice in keeping an empire from falling apart?

Holy Land contains mature themes, including violence, sexual content, and bad language. Reader discretion is advised.

Updates every Wed/Su

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myxo
July 1st, 2017
We're back bishes (و•̀ω•́)و
myxo
May 13th, 2017
@juunc0: thank you! : )
juunc0
May 13th, 2017
what a great series, you are very talented. can't wait to see more work from you!
myxo
April 18th, 2017
Updating only one page today and next Sunday since I have so much work stuff to do. I'll resume the original update schedule as soon as I have time.
myxo
April 10th, 2017
@eishiya: i basically already do that rendering with thinner lines-thing already, and i do thicken the focal points. the only thing i'm trying to do more in the future is making the lines look less computer-generated and more inked.
but yeah, i've been thinking about maybe slowing the comic down a bit and upload one page three times a week. i follow a few webcomics that update two pages at once and i personally like it, but i can understand why it would be confusing on smackjeeves :' )
eishiya
April 10th, 2017
I understand. In my own stuff, I save time by only drawing the parts of the background that I think are important or help the composition, and winging perspective - of course, that comes with its own problems!

In your 3D program, is there perhaps an option to render with thinner lines? Then, you could avoid the clash, and just manually thicken up the few lines that need it (foreground objects, objects being interacted with by characters with thicker lines, etc). With just that minor touch, you could possibly solve both problems without spending a lot of time.

For what it's worth, I think you could afford to slow down your updates - this comic's a bit hard to keep up with, particularly since you upload two pages when you update, which can be a bit confusing for people who aren't reading through their SJ favourites list or using a comic tracker (i.e. most non-SJ-member readers).
myxo
April 10th, 2017
@eishiya: thanks for the critique, i appreciate it! i'm aware that the 3d backgrounds sort of stick out sometimes, but it just saves me a heckload of time to resort to them instead of drawing everything by hand. like it's either that or ugly and lazy hand-drawn backgrounds, yknow :' D
i usually try to draw over the lines with the same line width as i use for the character art, but sometimes i just can't be bothered :' )
eishiya
April 10th, 2017
This is probably the least appropriate comment to say this on, but I just caught up:

I think the 3D models you're using for backgrounds are well done, but they look as out of place as the photos in the early pages did, so I think the simpler hand-drawn ones might actually have worked better. I think in anything but the most clinical of art styles, it's best to go over 3D backgrounds by hand to introduce some imperfections in the lines, to leave out some distracting details, to add some texture of your own, etc.
In other words, use them as a guide, rather than as the end result.

It's more work than just pasting in the 3D renders, but it won't stick out so much and the comic fill feel more cohesive. In addition, it'll let you control the line weight on the backgrounds - in some of these scenes, there's no sense of things being in the background or the foreground because the lineweight is all the same.


I feel bad only commenting on the backgrounds ;_; They're what stand out to me, and the character art is so good that I really want to see the backgrounds catch up.
I'm enjoying seeing this develop, and curious about how Kiril will end up even more entangled in these higher-level politics. He's on her radar now, whether either of them wants that or not.
myxo
March 24th, 2017
@eishiya: thanks! i'm sorta learning the art of backgrounds as i go :' D
eishiya
March 22nd, 2017
The drawn backgrounds on the recent pages look a lot better than the photo-manips from earlier pages :D They match your wonderful character art much better in style. And with a bit more practice, I'm sure they'll soon look as good too.
bachaboska
March 10th, 2017
This looks suuper cool (and gross...but mostly cool ;))! Can't wait to read more!