This blog is dedicated to sharing ideas and information about producing Storyboards and Comics. It will also cover the production and release of the comic book Blackstone Eternal by Robert A. Marzullo.
The digital software that I use and talk about are Adobe Photoshop, Manga Studio 5, Sketchbook Pro 8, and Zbrush. I create my digital art on a Wacom Cintiq 22Hd and an Intuos 5 tablet.
Here is a video I should have done a while ago but better late than never, right? This one is on how to draw a city in a two point perspective. I used Sketchbook Pro 7 and its pretty awesome perspective rulers to complete the task but you should be able to do this with traditional methods as well. Of course you could use Manga Studio 5 which also has some pretty cool perspective rulers. So what's up with the Adobe guys??? Hurry up and add some perspective tools already!
So if you have every struggled drawing a city then hopefully this one will help you. I tried to keep it basic and easy to follow. Let me know what you think of it and if you have any questions, then I am all ears. I will try to do some more variations of this type of video. Worms eye view of a city or a 3 Point Perspective might be fun to do as well. Futuristic city scape on an alien world. Now that sounds like fun!! ( Man, I am such a nerd..... :>/ )
So at any rate, I hope you enjoy this video and more on the way very soon.
This is a basic cross hatching exercise that I like to do. It doesn't have much of the fancy line work that you see in hyper detailed comics but it still teaches you a lot about how cross hatching can work. You can be extremely messy with it and it will still show value in your study. I picked this character to draw because age gives you lots of nice shadows and shapes to work with and can be a bit tricky to get right. It is a lot easier to shade a character in grey tones or paint than it is to do with cross hatching. ( At least for me anyways! :) So I find this sort of exercise helpful and educational.
If you would like to see this in a step by step fashion, just visit the link below. This was a video request so be sure to get yours in if there is a certain topic you would like to see covered on my channel.
Here is a quick tutorial and demonstration of how to create a pencil brush inside of Adobe Photoshop. The brushes interface can be confusing but once you figure it out the possibilities are endless. You can also download my brushes used in this video from my Devinatart site for free. I use them everyday to create my art so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. So let me know what you think of the video and if you find it helpful please share it.
This was a fun video to create. In this one I do my best to explain how to go from the younger girl on the left to the older woman on the right. It really isn't the easiest thing to do. ( At least it wasn't easy for me anyways. :) But I am happy to admit that. I am actually pretty pleased to find out when I have a weakness in my art game. Because once I find that weakness I strive to overcome it and become a better artist. I once heard a saying that said, "Do not spend too much time working on your weaker points because you will end up with a bunch of strong weak points." And although that sounds very intelligent, I don't feel it applies to art. I may be wrong. In fact it wouldn't be the first time. But here are my reasons for what I believe. I think that when you work past your hardships in art that it opens up your mind and allows you to walk through barriers. You may draw amazing hair the very first time to tried. ( Not likely ) But say that you did, you will never strive to become better at that particular part of your art. You will just think you are already the hair master! Why spend any more time improving in that area? But when you struggle with hair. You fight day and night with your ability to see the errors in your work. You stress over the thought of the way some others can draw perfect hair and yours resembles a birds nest. And then finally one perfect moment happens and you draw awesome hair! You will not only never forget the misery it took you to get there, it will also apply to other things that give you those same nightmares. It seems like as soon as you figure out one hard thing about your art, a bunch of other things start to make sense. I remember when I just could not draw a hand pointing towards camera but as soon as I figured that out, it applied to all types of other things pointing at camera. Is is all about the struggle. And overcoming that struggle will open up the mental barriers that allow you to draw whatever your imagination can come up with.
Anyways, thanks for reading this and I hope this video helps you in some way. Have fun with your art and enjoy the journey!
Here are a couple quick tips and tricks for creating better comics. Mainly for creating better thumbnails which leads to better overall renderings. By keeping your rough sketches loose you avoid cramping your creative process. Remember to get the ideas down fast and avoid detailing at this stage. I show you in this video how I make the workspace very small to avoid tightening up too soon on the artwork. I also recommend drawing 10 to 20 thumbnails before going to the next stage of your art piece.
If you have any questions about this process then feel free to comment on my Youtube channel. I do my best to answer each and every question. I also take video requests when I can.
Thanks for watching and more on the way very soon!