Project brief

Illustration commission by independent author Jan ten Sythoff for a short story written as gift to his son. The story is about Max, a boy living in a small village, who develops a friendship with Roger, a schoolmate whom Max initially dislikes.


Four print-ready illustrations and a cover.

Creative process

We used a dramatic, yet playful, black and white art style to express the stark differences between the two characters and the stratagem of an ever-expanding frame to show the development of their relationship and mind.

Tools and media

Manga studio and Photoshop.