My new book is now completed and off to the printer! Super excited to share this with everyone. I have been working on this for months and I had to keep it under my hat which is tough for someone like me that likes to blab a lot!
The book is “Learn to Draw Action Heroes!” It is a 144 page monster with all kinds of step by step examples. I did my best to break down all the parts that go into drawing dynamic action heroes.
It is being printed and distributed by Impact Books. It is also available for Pre-Order on Amazon. The actual book will be released on September 13th 2017. Get your copy here – http://amzn.to/2soW3Yp
I put a lot of work into this one and I would love to know what you think of it if you decide to get a copy. As with any of my products I am here to help if you have any questions. Feel free to leave an honest review so others will know what they are getting.
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!
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
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!
Well another year in the books and it went by all too fast. Now it is time to reflect and make some well needed improvements to my art. I am decently happy with some of my creations of this year but I have also found some real chinks in my armor. I don’t want to sound negative but I feel it is an integral part of growing one’s art abilities to find our flaws. To fix something you must first acknowledge it’s presence. And it is easy to look the other way when our work is less than perfect. A bad habit to get into if you want to improve.
So here are some of the things I will be working on this year and what I see wrong with my current work. First and foremost I will be focusing on my proportions. Exaggerating features is common in comics and science fiction illustrations but it must be kept in check or your art will border on the realm of amateurish. So to hone my skills and perception in that arena I will be doing lots of figure drawing studies. I don’t think there is any better excercise for that problem. Unless I can get my hands on one of those machines from the Matrix where you can just upload the data to your brain box.
The next thing I want to improve this year will be my knowledge in adding colors. I think a few of my pieces came out nice but my ability with the coloring process could be much better. I am confident with the application of the colors and digital painting but I need to know more about moods, color balances, color theory, and all that jazz. I have always enjoyed creating the line work the most but now it is time to grow past that.
And finally, I want to improve my backgrounds and compositions. Drawing cool characters is great but you can’t bring them to life without amazing backgrounds. So I will be doing lots of studies where I break down the composition from all my favorite comic book panels. Don’t worry, I won’t steal any bodies work. I will just study the work and figure what my scenes are lacking.
There are lots of things I can complain about when it comes to getting better at my craft but I don’t want you to think I am an unhappy camper. I am extremely grateful for where I am at with my skill set. I just really want to be the very best that I can. So I am excited to learn all that I can in 2017 and I will do my best to share that process along the way. So if you enjoy comics like I do, please stick around! We can learn together. 😉