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How to Improve Your Creature Design Drawing – Step by Step – Course

Creature Design Class
Creature Design Class

How to Improve Your Creature Design Drawing – Step by Step

In this course you will learn how to draw a variety of creature concepts. I will walk you through all the techniques that I use to draw imaginative creatures every day. This course is good for traditional and digital artists.

You will learn how to draw various studies to improve your knowledge and gain inspiration. We will cover break downs of specific areas in the creature anatomy to better understand how their bodies work.

You will learn to draw and study the spine since it is the foundation of almost any creature you will draw. I will walk you through creating lots of different concepts in this course.

Here is a break down of the Lessons that are currently available –

L1 – The Spine Says it All – In this lesson you will learn why studying the spine is so important and follow along with me as I illustrate a few examples.(Run Time – 13:09)

L2 – Thumbnailing the Concepts – In this lesson we will thumbnail 11 different concepts. This is an integral part of the design process. By keeping the ideas loose and the sketches quick ( 5-6 Minutes ) you can express a lot of concepts to work from. (Run Time – 8:54)

L3 – The Brain Box – In this lesson you will learn how to draw various heads for our creatures. We will talk about some of the differences that define predators and prey. (Run Time – 9:19)

L4 – Creating Variations in Your Concepts – In this lesson we will draw 6 creature designs but focus on making each one very different from the previous example. This can be a great way to stretch the imagination. (Run Time – 12:00)

L5 – Animal Leg Studies – It is important to study various parts of animal anatomy to gain perspective on your creature designs. Here we will draw 3 examples from animals and adjust them slightly to look more imaginative. (Run Time – 7:57)

L6 – Merging Concepts Together – In this lesson you will work with me as I draw 6 different creature limbs. Each will have at least 2 various traits mixed together to create the design. (Run Time – 11:04)

L7 – Adjusting Proportions – In this lesson you will learn how to create a creature concept and then adjust the proportions to make a very different version of that same creature. This can be another very useful exercise in developing a unique creature design. (Run Time – 11:03)

L8 – Project Ogre Thumbnails – In this lesson you will learn how to work from a script like a real pro does. This is a fun and important exercise to do so let’s get to it. We will start by drawing out our thumbnails to this concept. (Run Time – 17:02)

L9 – Cleaning up the Concept – In this lesson we will draw one more thumbnail and make our decision on what to keep and what to pitch. We will then start to clean up our sketch. (Run Time – 17:08)

L10 – Refining the Drawing – Now the heavy lifting has been done and we will start to refine the line work and make it pretty for the client or our portfolio…or both! (Run Time – 18:50)

More lessons are on the way and I am here if you have any questions or feedback for me. You also get access to all of these art files to study from.

Get this course here on my Gumroad – https://gum.co/HnBYY/ramstudioscomics101

Get a glimpse into this course here on my Youtube channel – https://youtu.be/FVDKCH8IwP4

Robert A. Marzullo                                                                                                      Ram Studios Comics

Creature Design – Drawing the Spider Queen

In this video I show the drawing process of this creature concept. I also talk about some of the ideas that went into this style of drawing.

This original artwork was inspired by Jorogumo from Japanese folklore. I created my own version of this concept in a more american comics style.

I hope you enjoy the work and more is on the way. If you want to see this finished artwork please visit our comics gallery here –

Comic Art Gallery

Thanks for stopping by and more on the way real soon!

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

 

Creature Design Course – Coming Soon!

Next up…Designing Cool Creature Concepts

Creature Design Sketches by RAM
Creature Design Sketches by RAM

Ever wonder how people come up with tons of great ideas? Do they just have some sixth sense when it comes to illustrating fantastical beasts? Nah! They just know you need to study from nature more. Animals, insects, plants, sea life, even microscopic life forms will give you all you need to create that next mythological monster.

So in this next series of lessons we delve into that concept. I will show you how to create studies from the spine of various animals to have a foundation for your creature design. We will talk about the importance of quick thumbnails to explore a multitude of ideas. Then we will cover Predators versus Prey and what some of the noticeable differences are. Then we will put it all in action with a creature concept or two.

This will all be in a drawing style and not software specific so that digital and traditional artists can follow along. Working on the lessons now so check back for updates if you are interested.

Get theses lessons on my Skillshare or Gumroad in the links below.

Skillshare Classes – https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/ramstudioscomics

My Gumroad –

https://www.gumroad.com/robertmarzullo

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions!

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

 

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Character Design

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Character Design

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!

I hope you find this content to be extremely informative and good luck with your ART! 😉

Get Lifetime Access to the course through my Gumroad here –

https://gum.co/cpHjA

Sincerely,

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

 

Learn to Draw and Paint an Ogre Concept in Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint

Learn to Draw and Paint an Ogre Concept in Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint

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Welcome back everyone! I have some new course content to share with you today. It is on drawing and painting an Ogre character concept in Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint. In this course I will walk you through the entire process step by step while explaining the tools I use within this program.

Ogre Concept Art Sketch by RAM
Ogre Concept Art Sketch by RAM

Drawing and Refining the Concept

We will first start with the rough sketch where you will learn how to define the overall proportions of this creature design. You will learn a series of techniques to adjust and add to the existing line work to get the desired look of the character. Then I will show you how to clean up the line work and get it ready for the digital painting process.

Ogre Concept Art Flats by RAM
Ogre Concept Art Flats by RAM

Adding in the Flats and Separating the Work

In the next lessons we will go over how to add in the flat colors while segmenting the work. This will help us visualize the direction we are heading and aid in the painting process later on. Segmenting the work on complex characters or scenes can help you to retain a solid feel to the artwork until you build the confidence to no longer need these steps. Some artists use this method on every piece of artwork they create and others begin to use less and less layers over time as their skills with editing become more effective.  It is for you to decide what works best in your workflow.

Ogre Concept Art Painted by RAM
Ogre Concept Art Painted by RAM

After we have put all the foundational information in place we will begin to add in our digital painting effects. We will be using some custom brushes but not many. I have puposely created this artwork with a minimal set of brushes to show you that it can be done effectively with just a few good brushes. Amazing paintings can be done with just one brush but you will spend more time creating the effects you might be looking for. All the brushes I have used will be included with this course.

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This course consists of 19 step by step narrated lessons showing you how to draw and paint this character design. You get the art files and custom brushes to work along with. The total course is

4 Hours 29 Minutes long.

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So I am excited to know what you think and if you decide to take this course I hope you gain a lot of valuable techniques for your workflow. I am here if you have any questions!

You can get this entire Course on my Gumroad here – https://gum.co/lYFX

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

 

 

Learn to Draw Action Heroes – Available for Pre-Order

Learn to Draw Actions Heroes – Step by Step

Super excited to share that my new book, “Learn to Draw Action Heroes” is now available for Pre-Order on Amazon! I just received my advanced copies and the quality and page layouts are sweet. Impact Books does a tremendous job putting all this content together. The art isn’t half bad either. 😉

The actual book will be available on September 13th 2017. It is 144 page step by step guide to drawing superheroes. I tried my very best to make this extremely comprehensive and easy to follow along with. This should be a great beginner to intermediate guide for comic book artists.

I go through various parts of the body and show lots of break downs. I have always learned the most from these types of studies so I felt it made the most sense to teach others in this manner.

Here is a sample page to check out the look –

Learn to Draw Action Heroes Sample Page
Learn to Draw Action Heroes Sample Page

You can get your Pre-Order copy here on Amazon –

http://amzn.to/2soW3Yp

If you prefer a Digital Copy then you can get that now here on the

North light Store –  https://www.northlightshop.com/how-to-draw-comic-book-heroes-r4576

If you get a copy of the book I would love to know what you think!

Thank you for your support and good luck with your art.

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics