Here we go again – entering the Comica/Cape/Observer graphic short story contest

It’s that time of year again: entries are open for the sixth Observer/Comica/Cape graphic short story competition.

I’ll post my completed entry after the closing date, but for now here are some pictures showing work in progress.


I hate cars, so I don’t often draw them. But I needed to be able to for this storyline. You can also see some thumbnails trying to pin down the right mood/scenery:

Sketching by Myfanwy Tristram

Character sketches

These were useful to refer back to, even though the final style ended up being very different to the pencil sketches:

character sketches by Myfanwy Tristram

character sketches by Myfanwy Tristram

Character studies by Myfanwy Tristram

Character studies by Myfanwy Tristram

Trying out media

I decided on watercolour and used a palette of just three colours plus white: deep cadmium yellow, magenta and manganese blue. It’s amazing how many shades you can make with just those.

Character studies by Myfanwy Tristram

Pencilling up the frames

pencils by Myfanwy Tristram

pencils by Myfanwy Tristram

And some shots of the final piece in progress:

final comic by Myfanwy Tristram

work in progress by Myfanwy Tristram

final comic by Myfanwy Tristram

 Other people’s entries

This is a contest that throws up some really strong entries, and, as only a handful of them can be shortlisted, not all of them get the exposure they deserve.

So for the last couple of years I’ve rounded up as many entries as I could find and linked to them:

So – are you entering? How’s it going?





  1. …and many thanks for this.

    lots o love to everyone



  2. I really enjoy looking at artists’ studies for future drawings, and yours are great! The frames you have further along make me think you will do well in this competition. Good job!!

    • That’s nice to hear, thank you! I dunno, I’ve tried to crack this contest for a long time but it’s down to so many factors. But at least I am pleased with my work, so that’s something :)

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