In this Course you will learn How to Create a Fantasy Art Character from the rough sketch all the way to the finished paint work. We start with the drawing process and I explain how to make changes to the concept and not get too worried about everything being perfect in the beginning. There are lots of ways to edit the work and keep pressing forward within Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint.
We will then cover how to lay in the base paint work and use that to create and save our selections. You will learn how to use the layers to aid in your painting process, as well as how to work in a non-destructive approach.
Once the foundational information is in place we will begin to apply our digital painting effects with a variety of brushes. ( You will get access to all the brushes I use in this Course. )
You will also learn how to create and apply a texture effect for the chain mail on the characters armor. We will be using the “Distort” and “Mesh Transformation” features to accomplish this.
Through this course you will learn how to use : Layers and Groups, Combine Modes ( Blending Modes ), Custom Brushes, Hard and Soft Edge Shadows, Layer Masks, Quick Masks, Blending Brushes, Tonal Correction, Mirrored Windows, as well as General Drawing and Painting Techniques.
This course is 9 Hours and 17 Minutes total run time. 35 Individual Lessons.
You get the Layered Art Files and the Custom Brushes to work along with.
I am here if you have any questions or feedback for me to make this a better Course for everyone. So please feel free to let me know!
Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Character Design
I am currently working on my next lesson for drawing and painting in Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint. This fantasy art piece will be what I demonstrate from start to finish while explaining the tools I use within Manga Studio 5.
In these lessons you will learn how I draw out a concept like this one and continue to make changes until I am satisfied. Then we will move to applying the paint effects. You will learn how I use layers and groups, combine modes, custom brushes, quick masks, mesh transformation, and pretty much everything it takes to bring this artwork to completion. You will even learn some cool post processing techniques that I use to get my artwork ready for the old portfolio!
You will also get some cool custom brushes to work along with as well as a copy of the art file.
I will keep everyone posted on the release of this next lesson so be sure to follow me on my Gumroad here –
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. 😉
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.
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!
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!
Hello everyone! Robert A. Marzullo here and I just wanted to give you all an update and my inside opinion about my experience with Udemy thus far. As you may or may not know I have been creating video courses for a few years now. I have created hundreds of Youtube videos and then got offered to work for Tuts Plus of Envato. I created about 6 full courses for their company for which they paid me outright for. I will admit the pay was pretty good but I no longer own those courses. They belong to Envato. Not a bad thing mind you, it did help pay the bills while I was creating them. That eventually ran its course when they started cutting back on art courses and I still had lots of ideas to offer so I started to look around.
I then made some of my own video lessons and uploaded them to a site called curious.com ( Which I do not recommend. ) Not a bad bunch of people but the return on investment for me was very small and they do not allow you to remove your content freely. They claim they are trying to protect their students that have already paid for the lessons but that unfortunately will lock you into a bad agreement if the return on investment isn’t good for you and you want to repurpose your content. Which should be your right. It is your digital product after all. Oh well, live and learn seems to be my motto in life.
So while this experience was going on I continued to look for some better options. I started a Gumroad with my content and added lots of neat stuff for my Youtube followers, such as custom brushes and templates for Photoshop and Manga Studio 5. Some of those have actually done very well. And Gumroad has a pretty nice pay structure. They payout once a week and it automatically hits your account like clockwork. The fees are reasonable considering there is no actual operating cost other than production. And they do market your products somewhat. As people purchase similar products your may get recommended so you generate a few extra sales that way. They take an additional 10% discovery fee but hey, it’s still an extra sale so I’m good with that! One thing I will note about Gumroad is that they have a free and a paid option. Be careful because the paid option goes up as you gain a customer base. Your monthly amount will increase as you get more customers to support. That can burn you if you are doing some free products to drive your customer growth. So do your research before going to the paid subscription model. Either way, I am still a big Gumroad fan. It has been great for my digital business thus far!
I still needed to get more income and improve upon where I was at. Besides, I knew that if Envato was willing to pay me thousands of dollars for a course there must be some real value in what I was doing. Although my courses were selling on Gumroad, I still had to drive the main portions of the sales and that is another job all in itself. Setting up promo videos, blog posts, social media, networking, etc, etc, etc. Not that I don’t enjoy that but I just shut down my sign business of 15 years to pursue art, not be a marketing guru. So I needed some help in the marketing department. That is what led me to Udemy. I researched a few others like Teachable, Skillshare, Thinkific and so on but they all had a few quirks that eventually led me to try Udemy. So I uploaded one of my courses on Udemy and BAM!! Nothing happened. I know, very sad. I was extremely hopeful and I really needed to make some financial progress. Storyboards illustrations weren’t coming in as before and I was starting to think I needed a real job. So the next few months went by and I studied how to promote my courses and kept adding products to my Gumroad like a good little artist. Then I find out that it is extremely helpful to have multiple courses on Udemy. Which makes total sense anyways. Who wants to buy your product if you only have one product and very little reviews. Students want proof that you are good at what you do and that means more than one product. So I uploaded my next course and sales started to increase. Then I got some good reviews and sales increased again. I then got off my butt and did some promotional videos with course coupons leading to my content, and sales went up again. I won’t talk numbers because we all need very different amounts to survive and be happy but I will say this, within less than a year Udemy is now my biggest income for my digital products. It now generates new sales every day without me lifting a finger. I am approaching 2000 students and growing every day as well as getting lots of great reviews and feedback from the students wanting more. So guess what, I am making new courses right now!
Now also take into account that I don’t put all my eggs in one basket. I use a few revenue streams with my digital content so that if one or two start to decrease I can analyze what is going on and make changes accordingly. If it is something that is within my control. The wonderful thing about this type of business model is that you are now gaining income over and over again on the same product with no operating costs. And it is very sustainable because all content is going to video and digital books. You do have to continually respond to students and update your courses over time if you want them to remain valid in the marketplace but nothing is entirely perpetual without some force behind it. Nothing I am aware of anyways.
So the main thing I want to share is this, you can do it if you keep working hard and don’t give up. Almost all things start very slow and need momentum to be successful. That is usually why most people don’t make it. During that slow period we think of reasons why it might be failing other than how we can make it succeed. Look for growth even in small numbers because that will tell you what to do next as well as what not to do when the numbers decline. Just don’t give up! You don’t have to be the first one across the finish line, just make sure you get there!
Thank you for your time. I hope you found this information helpful and if you want to learn about art in the way that I teach it, here is my course coupons on Udemy –
Free Lesson from My Course on How to Improve Your Figure Drawing
This is lesson 2 from my course on How to Improve Your Figure Drawing Step by Step that is available on both Udemy and my Gumroad. This will give you an idea of what you can find in the full course.
In this lesson I show you how to break down the arm with basic shapes to make drawing it from your mind much easier. This won’t replace knowing your anatomy. That takes years to accomplish. But this will give you the fundamental knowledge to build upon. I create these types of studies all the time to continually improve. You will also get the art files from each lesson in this course.
The entire course goes through each of the body parts of both male and female. This is a basic approach to figure drawing. 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.
BONUS Content! ( Only on my Gumroad ) Now by getting this course you will also get my lessons on How to Draw and Shade Muscular Arm Poses just to sweeten the deal. Includes the art files as well! 😉 Sample Video – https://youtu.be/0w6m3KiMfZ4
Welcome to Ram Studios Comics. Here you will find step by step instructions on how to draw superheroes. The lessons on this site will be easy to understand. I will cover all the basics of drawing comics and the characters within them. I believe that anyone can become a great artist if they love to create. It is the passion that drives us not the talent. If you love to create comics then you can do it!
On this site you will find simple drawing methods. Sometimes they will appear to be basic and maybe even boring at your current level of artistry. But, I assure you it all serves a purpose. By studying the basics we can make the complex drawings easier to accomplish. Superhero drawings are complex when we try to draw them at first. After learning about the smaller parts to the whole, it becomes much easier to do.
You can also head over to my Gumroad and get my course on How to Improve Your Figure Drawing Step by Step here –
How Long will it Take me to Learn Superhero Anatomy?
I get this type of question all the time. How do I learn figure drawing? How long did it take you to learn how to draw superheroes? And the list goes on and on. There is no quick answer to these questions and there is no quick road to success. It takes years to develop the skills to draw the body well. I also cannot proclaim to know if you will learn quicker or slower than I did. All I can tell you is that drawing the human form properly is hard work. But, like I said previously, “The passion drives us, not the talent!” The talent is a by product of the passion. So be ready to work hard and also be thankful that there is not an easy road to success. This is what makes your desired profession out of the reach of so many others. Like the old saying goes, “If it was easy, everyone would do it!”
To get started, head over to our step by step section where you can find study guides.
You can get access to my drawing courses on Udemy as well as the art files to study from. As a digital artist trying to make a living with my new studio setup I was looking around for better ways to do this. I love to draw commissions but I never seemed to get enough of them to stay busy. But I noticed through my Youtube channel that I was getting a lot of people wanting to know how I do what I do. I was first approached to do online teaching by Tuts Plus of Envato and though it was a very amazing opportunity to work with those guys the work started to slow after a few courses. They started to make cut backs and I needed to keep pressing forward.
So as I searched the endless space that is the internet I found Udemy. I also found a bunch of others but I ultimately settled on Udemy because they do so well at helping you to promote your content and they have an extremely active Facebook group that all seem happy to help the newbie’s which is huge.
So I started making course content for them and because you retain rights to your work I also offer the same content through my Gumroad as well. The best thing about Udemy is that students are going there specifically for learning so they are willing to spend to gain that instruction. I don’t have to try to sell them on anything because they are already there with that intention. I don’t mind the occasional sales pitch but it does conflict with that I would rather be doing and that is creating art and teaching others how to better create their art.
So Here are a few of my courses on Udemy. I hope you enjoy them if you decide to take them and fee free to ask any questions if you have them. They have a great question and review setup as well. I want to know if you find something that could have been better. I am continually trying to improve what I do so please let me know!