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. 😉
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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. 😉
Clip Studio Paint / Manga Studio 5 Custom Brush Demonstration
Here is a sample from the new brushes that I created for Clip Studio Paint Pro / Manga Studio 5. These are some of the Dragon Scales and Spike brushes. This little mess you see here was created in about 15 minutes so don’t judge me yet! I just want to test them out and see what I can create with them. Like anything else, the more that I use them the better I will get. I hope anyways! I actually don’t think this came out too bad for just playing around. Imagine if I actually started with a good sketch.
So I just wanted to give you a quick demonstration of these brushes and let you know how they work if you decide to try them or already have them. Basically they are a two tone effect. The brighter side of the effect will be your foreground color and the darker side will be the background color. ( The swatch that you see in Black is the background color in this example. )
Then once you put down enough of the texture to create your effect, you need to bring it out further with things like a soft brush set to “Linear Burn” for shadows and “Glow Dodge” for highlights. This will help to bring out the effects without covering up the details like “Normal” mode will. You can also add shadow colors with “Multiply” as well for a nice effect.
The Spike brush goes with the push of the pen so keep that in mind for getting them in the right place. The brushes used in this demonstration are here –
I am currently working on a new set of custom brushes for Clip Studio Paint Pro and Manga Studio 5. These brushes will be to enhance your digital painting efforts and some will be great time savers. There will be some stamp effects but most of these will be more of a texture and effects set. I am currently at about 20 brushes into the creation process but the complete set will be 50 brushes and some background patterns by the time it is complete.
You can get the set and the available brushes now and get a reduced rate for pre-purchasing them. It helps me to build and audience while bringing in working capital and you get to be the first to have these brushes. You can also give vital constructive feedback during this process. So if you notice something that could be better I am all ears. Likewise, if you think of a neat brush concept then I can do my best to create it and add it to this set or another.
There are 18 brushes available right now and counting….
Current Brushes are –
001 Fur Brush
002 Smooth Paint and Blend Brush
003 Chalk Brush Watercolor
004 Brick Road Brush
005 Foliage Brush
006 Power Brush Nebula
007 Tree Bark Brush
008 Hair Brush
009 Magic Sparkles
010 Bubbles Brush
011 Metal Dents Brush
012 Metal Scratches Brush
013 Stipple Brush
014 Lightning Tip Brush
015 Power Tip Glow
016 Smoke Brush
017 Cloud Brush
018 Rain Brush
Some of these brushes will also make there way into my Photoshop Paint Set as a free update to current supporters of that set.
Here are some sample of what these brushes can do. There will be a whole playlist of videos demonstrating these brushes on my Youtube channel as well.