Today most comic artists use computers to assist with their art, but going full digital is still a big leap. In an in-depth essay on SKTCHD, artist Christian Ward shows how he left paper behind starting with Issue #6 of his Image comic ODY-C, a science-fiction reimagining of classic literary epics.

Issue #6 introduces a new story arc and new lit references, creating the perfect excuse for Ward to change up his art. Recent digital painting technologies—including virtual brushes that more accurately mimic the real thing—helped him retain his signature style. The result: artwork that looks organic but with greater flexibility and detail. (One downside: Ward can’t sell his original art, since there isn’t any.)

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It’s cool to see, step by step, how a seasoned artist learns how to use new high-tech tools. Or you can just wig out over ODY-C’s gorgeous, trippy artwork.