Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Spiderman Digital Art by Robert A. Marzullo

Here is my latest mixed media digital art piece.  Spider-man swinging over a city scape.  You are probably wondering, "What do you mean mixed media?"  Isn't digital art just digital art?  Yes it really is but by mixed media I mean using various programs to execute one piece of art.  Some artist prefer to use only one program to create their art pieces and for some reasons that can be the best idea.  By staying in one program you can focus more on the work and less on which buttons or short cuts go to which program.  But I like to use more that one tool sometimes.  Mainly because certain programs excel in certain areas.  

For instance, this drawing started in Procreate on the iPad Pro.  I started there because I love the drawing experience of that device and because it has some exceptional perspective tools which I felt would really help me to create the cityscape behind Spidey.  Also I can move around when conceptualizing instead of being tethered to my workstation.  Which I think really stagnates creativity at times.  

Then for the inks I moved this piece over to Manga Studio 5 EX (also known as Clip Studio Paint Pro) which I still feel has the best inking brush engine in the business.  It also support perspective tools so that I can ink my perspective lines as easily after setting up my vanishing points of course.  I would generally add my colors in this program as well but there are just a few more options in the big dog of design programs, Photoshop CC.

So then I move my work over to Photoshop and add colors and post processing effects.  When it comes to colorizing your work and changing things like saturation, levels, lens flares, blending modes, and the list goes on and on, none of them seem to hold a candle to Photoshop. IMO.  And this all becomes relatively easy to do because each of these programs supports PSD's.  So everyone is pretty aware of who the big dog is in the pack.  But for some strange reason Photoshop lacks just a few choice tools at the moment.  Where the heck are the perspective features?  I am sure they are right around the corner but it seems like this powerhouse of a program would have already covered that base.  Oh well, for now I will just keep using them all.  I actually enjoy the process anyways. 

So that is what I mean by mixed media.  Really it is just me using a few programs together to get the best aspect/tool of them all.  Hopefully you like the end result.  I really enjoy creating this type of artwork with my digital tools.  So keep an eye out because more is on the way real soon! ;)

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Friday, August 26, 2016

How to Draw and Paint a Woman's Face in Photoshop - Video Tutorial Set

Here is my next lesson on my Gumroad Page - 

In this Video Tutorial Set you will learn How I Draw and Digitally Paint a woman's face.  This is a Step by Step narrated process.  This video is 3.25 hours long from start to finish and it is all in Real Time.  You also get the custom brushes that I used to create this painting and the PSD file with layers to study and work along with. 

I go over many techniques in this tutorial such as using Layers and Groups to organize your painting.  Pressure settings of your brushes and what to be aware of when using them. How to adjust parts of your painting instead of starting over.  How to use the Liquify tool to fix areas of your work.  When to use the quick mask feature.  How to blend paint with the soft brush.  How to control saturation of parts of your image and much more!

The main take away with this lesson is that you can fix a bad image and keep pressing forward.  The start of this drawing was less than perfect but I kept with it and was able to turn it into a decent work of art.  I hope that you can learn from that experience and spend more time finishing your works and not throwing then in the recycling bin!  

If you have any questions.  Feel free to ask and thank you for supporting my work and good luck with yours!

Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics

Video Set Includes -
3.25 Hours Video / Narrated / Interface
Layered PSD Image / 300dpi
Custom PS Brushes 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Udemy Discount Codes on my Drawing Courses

Here are some discount codes for my Udemy Courses.  For a limited time you can get access to my figure drawing course on the Udemy platform for 50% Off

This is a basic approach to Figure Drawing for comics. This entire tutorial is 3.5 hours. I share techniques that I have used over the years to create comic book illustrations and storyboards for television. You will learn how to systematically break down the various parts of the body into simpler shapes.  As I illustrate each area step by step you will follow along and learn from my studies. This will give you insight into how I create my artwork and create poses from the mind. I also share what techniques I use to improve my knowledge of the human form. Things like gesture drawings, timed studies of the pose, negative space drawing, foreshortening, perspective, organic versus angular lines, and much more. You will also be given a copy of the art files that I have created here so that you can work along and study from them. By the end of this course you should be more confident in constructing your figure drawings from the mind and have a better understanding of the human form. 
The tips and tricks from this course will make the process of drawing complex body poses much easier to accomplish. Good luck with your art!

Here is the offer code and I hope you enjoy the course!

This is  a comprehensive Video Tutorial on How to Draw Comic Book Faces in Sketchbook Pro 8. This video set is 1 hour and 20 minutes with Sketchbook Pro 8 layered files included.  You will also get a copy of my Ram Studios Comics page template.  I will show you and explain the process of how I start with basic forms and techniques to create my comic book characters in this easy to understand software.  We will create the line art, refine the lines, and apply color.  You will learn about various brushes, layers, and general drawing techniques for better comic book illustration.

This course is 6 Lessons that explain the entire drawing process of a Male and Female face from start to finish.  This artwork is created digitally but many of the techniques in this course will also apply to traditional art as well.

                                    Here is the offer code and I hope you enjoy the course!

More courses are in production now so if you enjoy these be on the lookout for a Part 2 on How to Improve your Figure Drawing - Characters in Action
And How to Draw the Head from Any Angle - Features and Expressions.
Both will be very in depth studies with lots of content!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Discount Offer Code on my Gumroad Page - 50% OFF

First off if you are reading this and you are someone that has already been to my Gumroad store and purchased something, Thank You! It has really helped me to continue drawing, painting, and creating tutorials which I love to do. I am not saying it pays all my bills but it sure doesn't hurt. I have been able to justify spending the time that I do on Youtube making videos and replying to comments. ( Which takes lots of hours to do by the way. But I enjoy it! ) I like to help out when I can. It also has given me a guide on what is wanted and what is not.  Youtube does that for me as well but not in the same regard. As you know we will all watch something for free and sometimes we will catch ourselves watching something we don't even particular enjoy or care about.  Just zoning out on the boob tube I guess.  But, when it is something you pay for then you are much more likely to be committed to it.  You probably wouldn't spend the money otherwise.  So it really shows me what people are after when  they take my video tutorials or a full course.  Which is great because I need that direction some times.  Sitting in a basement studio thinking up ideas can be fun but it can also be mind boggling at times.  What thing shall I teach today in this infinite vastness that is art and comics?  Should I do yet another video tutorial on How to Draw an Eye?  Or should it be a full course on How to Draw an Eye on a Six Legged Winged Spawn from the Planet Nectar?  I would think the first idea would be more popular than the later but what do I know.  Maybe there is a niche in the market for the weird and absurd.  So Gumroad helps me to see that and you as the viewer help me to know that.  

So here is my way to say thanks
When checking out anything at my store use the offer code -  50percentoffnow

And you will see the items get marked down to half.  And, follow me on Gumroad and get future deals.  I will be giving special offers to repeat customers.

Take care and good luck with your art!

Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Drawing Harley Quinn - Video Demonstraton in Sketchbook Pro 8

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Here is my latest addition to the Gumroad page.  This is a real time video of what it took to draw this Harley Quinn fan art piece.  It is 4 hours long with the full Sketchbook Pro 8 Interface.  It also includes the 300dpi Layered Tiff and/or PSD document to look over and study from.
I know this is a long video but I have had request to show everyone my real time work flow so here it is.  Let me know what you think and also what you would like to see more of on my Gumroad and that is what I will deliver.
Thanks for your continued support and best of luck with your art!
NO AUDIO on this Video Set.
Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics

Monday, August 1, 2016

How to Create Studies for Digital Painting Fantasy Art

In this video I show you the process that I take to create my digital art studies.  I am studying a lizards eye to later help me create a dragon painting.  By doing research like this you will gain knowledge on how to better paint your fantasy art creatures.  It is an invaluable practice and you can save these files to reference later as I often do.

In this video I am using Photoshop CC with my custom brushes and a template that I created to paint over.  You can get a copy of the template and my brushes on my Gumroad page here -

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Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics

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