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New Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint Brushes are Available!

Custom Brushes for Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint
Custom Brushes for Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint

New brushes are available in my Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint Set. If you already have the set then just download the new brushes  and let me know what you think!

If you want your very own copy then you can get them here on my Gumroad – https://gum.co/TQPbf

The new brushes are chain mail, dragon belly, scales, rock formations, brick wall, and more are on the way!

You can watch some of these brushes in action in this demo video – https://youtu.be/uyu7jaG2LNg

Always looking for new ideas so let me know what brushes you would like to see in future update and good luck with your art!

Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics

Digital Painting in Photoshop – Create Amazing Concept Art Now on Skillshare!

Digital_Painting_Course_in_Photoshop
Digital Painting Course in Photoshop

Digital Painting in Photoshop – Create Amazing Concept Art

You can now view this course on my Skillshare.  This course is almost 7 hours so be ready to get your learn on. This is packed with 27 lessons and covers every tool I could think of when doing my digital paintings.

You also get access to the art files and custom brushes. Please do not redistribute them. They are for your personal use only.

Just remember that if you want to own this course you may want to visit my Gumroad or Udemy. Skillshare will only give you access for as long as you are a monthly subscriber. It is like the Netflix of the online learning world. 😉

Here is your link and I hope you enjoy this class! http://skl.sh/2qxRv2g

I am here if you have any questions so don’t hesitate to ask.

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

www.gumroad.com/robertmarzullo

Digital Painting in Photoshop – Create Amazing Concept Art – Course

 

Digital_Painting_Course_in_Photoshop
Digital_Painting_Course_in_Photoshop

My new course on Digital Painting in Photoshop is now available on my Gumroad.

I walk you through the entire process of creating this character design. We start with a basic pose that I provide to you and we draw the concept and refine it. Through the painting process I explain all of the tools and how best to use them in your workflow.

This course currently sits at 6.8 hours of content delivered in 27 lessons that you can reference back to when learning things like layers and groups, blending modes, adjustment layers, custom brush settings, selections tools, quick mask, liquify and warp, and many more.

I did my best to create this course the way that I would want to learn it. It has taken me years to become proficient at digital painting in Photoshop so I hope this will save you some time in your journey!

You can get it now for $12 before the offer expires and it will be set to $15. It comes with a full brush pack – ( 50 Custom Brushes ) and Art Files to work with.

I am here if you have any questions or feedback for me to improve my digital products for you. I am also willing to add new lessons if you find something that will make this course more beneficial to everyone.

Get This Course Here – https://gum.co/remqf/ramstudioscomics101

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

 

 

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Conceptual Elements: Course on Skillshare

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 - Conceptual Elements: Course on Skillshare
Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Conceptual Elements: Course on Skillshare

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Conceptual Elements

Get my classes on Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint on Skillshare. Learn to paint with this awesome program. This is a basic step by step approach to get you started in digital painting.

We start with basic conceptual elements to learn the interface. Then we move into weapon design.

More lessons are being added now so sign up and get studying. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! 🙂

-You also get custom brushes and art files to work with and I am here if you have any questions.

Get Started Here — http://skl.sh/2pYzuco

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

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How to Draw Comic Style Hair – 3 Ways – Narrated Lesson

How to draw comic style hair 3 ways
How to draw comic style hair 3 ways

Here is my next lesson for Drawing Comic Style Hair 3 different ways.

This started as a request from one of my Patreon supporters. I have done some other tutorials on my Youtube channel but this one is a more in depth look with art files to work along with.

I have struggled with getting the right look for hair for many years so I know what others mean when they say they just cannot seem to draw it properly. It is one of those things you will always be studying to get better at. Just like hands, faces, and feet. ( Yuck! I hate drawing feet. lol )

So don’t beat yourself up in the process and just take your time. Draw from as many resources as possible to gain your perspective on the subject. Great artists are not made overnight. It takes lots of time and lots of studies!

In this lesson I will walk you through my process step by step in real time. You will see how I built up the shapes and design the hair style I am after. I then show you how I place the shadows and add in the render lines or texture of the hair. I also talk about the importance of simplifying the process for your comic book style art.

So I hope this lesson will shed some well needed light on that subject matter for you and keep in mind that I am here to help. If you have any questions or requests for future content I am listening!

Get this Lesson here – https://gum.co/gSXXs

Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics

Teaching a Comic Figure Drawing Class on Skillshare

Comic Art Figure Drawing Class
Comic Art Figure Drawing Class

Skillshare Comic Art Figure Drawing Class

I am now teaching a class on Skilshare. The current class if focused on Figure Drawing and Comic Character creation. I will be adding more lessons each week so let me know what you want to learn and I will make it happen! I want to teach some techniques for breaking down the poses and reconstructing them with confidence. My classes are more for aspiring comic book artists but they can be translated well for fine artists too. The same basic principles apply and a lot of what I will be teaching can apply to other things in your art.

I hope you find this content valuable and I am interested to hear what you think. There will be exercises to make sure you are learning what you need to. That is one of the things I find pretty neat about Skillshare. As well as the lessons being smaller bite size segments, unlike my larger courses on Udemy and my Gumroad.

Sign up for my Skilshare classes here and I look forward to helping you with your ART!! http://skl.sh/2nBoUec

Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics
www.ramstudioscomics.com

Figure Drawing Foundations – Proportions

Figure Drawing Proportions
Figure Drawing Proportions

Figure Drawing Foundations – Proportions by Clayton Barton

Hello fellow comic art guys and gals. I have a pretty cool offer for you if you find yourself wanting to get better at drawing comic book hero proportions. We have all struggled in that department a time or two and it never hurts to work on that subject as much as possible. So here is just the thing to get those mental gears working on that topic.

Figure Drawing Foundations – Proportions by Clayton Barton. Clayton has done a stand up job at breaking down the barriers when it comes to understanding proportions. He goes into great detail on this subject and sheds light on this tricky topic. He also gives you a nice variety of tiers to choose from. Since one size doesn’t fit all, you can choose from a few packages to suit your level of interest for this topic.

In the various packages you get video walkthroughs, PDF’s, access to a virtual classroom, and lots of finely crafted lessons. I have been drawing a long time and I must admit that I am finding some great tips and tricks in here that I needed to learn. He has done an excellent job at covering all the bases to understanding body proportions and character designs. He breaks it down in an easy to follow manner which is so valuable when doing these types of studies.

So if you need that level up on your character work this is the course content to check out. And please share the work. Clayton is an amazing teacher and to keep him creating great content sharing the work is essential!

You can get his content here and good luck with your art!

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

www.ramstudioscomics.com

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Working in Perspective

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 - Working in Perspective
Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Working in Perspective

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Working in Perspective

In this course I walk you through using the perspective tools inside of Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint. We first delve into the basics and the setup in one, two, and three point perspective. Then I walk you through the use of the special rulers. A lot of students have expressed a certain confusion about these tools but the reason they are difficult to understand is because they have lots of options for controlling the perspective.

I demonstrate these tools and show you how to make them much easier to work with. A few programs have now adopted perspective drawing tools but none of them are as functional and versatile as these are. The special rulers alone are huge time savers for comic book illustrators.

After I run through the basics I think take you through the entire process of creating the image you see above. ( Scroll to the next slide to see the entire picture. ) The majority of this course is all in real time with only small amounts time lapsed in areas where I have already explained the process in real time and didn’t want to bore you with repetition.

I also teach you how to setup and edit your work efficiently by making proper use of the groups and layers. As well as give you a better understanding of the blending modes.

By the end of this 5 hour course you will have worked through the entire image with me and learned what techniques I use to create my digital paintings.

With this course you get –

-19 Step by Step Video Lessons ( 5 hours of Narrated Content )

-City Scape Art File – Manga Studio 5 Format ( You can also request a PSD )

-Custom brushes that I used in this course

Like any other products you get from me on my Gumroad I am here to help you with any questions you have. I appreciate your support so don’t hesitate to ask, and giving me feedback for future lessons is greatly appreciated!

Good luck with your art!

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

If you would like to take this course then visit this link – https://gum.co/KfBEj

 

 

 

Can I Make a Living as an Artist

Can I Make a Living as an Artist?

Can I Make a Living as an Artist
Can I Make a Living as an Artist

So let me first say that I feel it has NEVER been a better time to be an artist or illustrator. Whether you create comics, clip art, video demonstrations, or you enjoy digital painting, the resources available to generate a living from your art have never been more accessible. You can create video courses, custom brushes, print on demand services, clip art sites, create game art, app designs, online mentorship, and the list goes on and on.

So this has been a question for us all at one time or another.  “Can I Make a Living as an Artist?” Often it is also a source of negative debate so I wanted to give my views on the matter. I have been a working artist for most of my life now. Sometimes as more of a designer and other times as more of a business man when I ran a small sign shop for 15 years. ( It was called Ram Studios Signs 🙂  Although I ventured out in the name of making money I was always and artist at heart. I probably would have never started a business if I have not listened to the negative comments from people telling my that I would struggle financially to be a comic book artist. It ultimately led me to think of other products and services that I could market to my local area. Which at the time was Flint, Michigan where I grew up.

I learned a lot from starting and running a business but nothing more important than what I came to the conclusion of. I need to create art on my own terms. Sounds selfish right? Maybe it is but I had spent years creating designs and projects for everyone else. I needed to get back to creating my own ideas, my own comics. To tell you the truth I probably would have kept going if I was at least drawing comics or storyboards but I couldn’t bare doing graphics anymore. I was quickly coming to the realization that I compromised who I set out to be.

I had let the negative comments stick with me by thinking that I may not be able to make a good living if I didn’t have my business. It was time to venture out again and start over. This time putting art in the front seat and money in the back seat. ( Notice money is still in the car though. ) We all have to pay the bills but money shouldn’t be the driving factor. Money is a by product of a successful and happy lifestyle. If you spend your time doing something you love then you will have lots of opportunity to share that with the world and the money will follow. Besides, how many times have you heard about people making lots of money that are utterly miserable. The trick is to make a good living and be passionate about what you do. Then you will never get tired of putting in the time needed to be successful.

After putting in lots of years as a business owner I was ready to move on and finally just be an artist. So that question reared it’s ugly head once again, “Can I Make a Living as an Artist?” The thing that was now different from when I started my business was that there were so many ways to share the journey of art with my fellow creators now. That is what gets you ahead in life in any profession, sharing knowledge. That has never been easier than now with social media, Youtube, blog posts, and digital downloads. As an artist you are in a unique and very powerful situation. You have the ability to create on a level that most cannot so it is extremely easy for you to share you message. Others have to hire someone like you to help create that visual display.

With today’s means to quickly share you work and find an audience you can make a good living easier than ever. You can even take a very small niche and grow your audience very quickly if you work hard at sharing the work. You can grow that niche to a large scale because you are working off a global market now! Here is a run down of what has worked for me so far –

1. Help others learn what you know. They will appreciate you and help spread the word for you because of it. Create FREE content! Not everyone will share your paid promotional stuff but if you share what you learn, others will share it too. You help others like yourself and you get some free advertising in the process. 😉

2. Market yourself. You love your art, right? Quite worrying if someone else doesn’t. Share your work and develop a thick skin. You cannot make it in a competitive industry like comics/illustration without taking criticism like a pro. Learn what it is to actually market your work. You can have amazing art but if you don’t know how to sell it then you might as well just do it for fun. Here is the definition of Marketing, “Marketing is the promotion of an idea, good, or service that benefits individual and or organizational objectives.” So the key word here is “BENEFIT.” Learn who your work benefits and that is where you need to focus your energy on marketing.

3. Always have an empty cup! You ever hear the phrase, “Can’t fill a cup that is already full.” If you think you know it all, you have already failed and it is time to empty your cup. Only when you realize that you know nothing can you truly begin to grow. To be a successful artist you have to get better than the competition and there are lots of hungry amazing artists around the world that you now need to compete with. Luckily for us there are also a bunch of lazy artists that think they know it all already. Don’t fall into that category.

4. It’s a real job! Work hard at it if you want to succeed. Don’t think you can create an amazing piece once a year and get the proverbial fat cash! We now live in a fast pace hi-technology age of information. So don’t think people will wait around to see your amazing art next year. They have attention spans that can only be measured in nano seconds. You have to put out lots of content if you want to make it as an online artist or a production artist of an kind. Quality is king but speed is queen and you can’t have one without the other.

So there are lots of things out there to think about when it comes to being an artist in todays world but I assure you that you can make an excellent living as an artist these days. If you are still wondering how to do this just study some of these sites and what they have done for lots of hard working artists.

Patreon – Kickstarter – Udemy – Gumroad – iStockPhoto – Amazon – Youtube – FineArtAmerica – Twitch – Etsy – RedBubble – Society6 – Envato – CreativeMarket – Skillshare – and so on….

There are tons of great resources out there for artists like never before and this is only going to grow. Just remember that as an artist you can create a visually impactful statement that transcends language barriers. That alone is extremely powerful and very marketable. If you work hard you can make a living at anything you do so why not choose something you love?

Good luck to you can keep up the good fight!

For my video where I talk about this topic, please visit here – https://youtu.be/qLqWP2sHvfY

Please leave your comment and share your thoughts on this as well. It helps other artists to grow and learn from each of our experiences.

Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics
http://www.ramstudioscomics.com

Visit my Gumroad to see some of my digital products that I have created for artists that want to learn how to draw comics and digitally paint – http://www.gumroad.com/robertmarzullo

Comic Book Heroes Pose Pack

Comic Book Heroes Pose Pack

Comic book heroes pose pack
Comic book heroes pose pack by RAM

I am now offering a pose pack on my Gumroad. These poses will be mainly in a mannequin style like you see above to help with your drawing process. This will be a full collection of all my comic book poses that I have created and refined over the years, as well as many new ideas that I have planned.

This set will include action poses such as running, flying, punching, kicking, lifting objects, etc. And I will be creating poses with two or more characters as well. It will also include basic poses such as eating dinner at a table, having a conversation, and hand gestures. These often get overlooked in these types of packs and are just as important to telling a great story.

You can sign up for the Ram Studios Comics newsletter and get some free poses each month but for this full collection head over to my Gumroad here – https://gum.co/UJaJe

By getting the pose pack now you will lock in at a lower price. I will be adding more poses as they are created and the price will increase over time as the pack gets larger. So act now and save some coin in the process. It also helps me to know how many people find value in this product and to dedicate my time accordingly. These poses are in a PSD format and the lineart is on its own layer. Other formats will be available soon.

Thank you for supporting my work and good luck with your comics!

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

http://www.gumroad.com/robertmarzullo