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The Concept Art Idea Book!

Concept art is a wonderful way to flesh out larger ideas by creating simpler designs. If you have a compelling story to tell but haven’t  worked out all of the story telling elements such as the locations, the characters, or the props, using concept art helps you to visualize all of the elements together so you can see how they work together. Last month I published my first book, The Concept Art Idea Book. to share my lessons learned and creative processes to help other artists.

Are you struggling with an idea? Are you looking at a computer screen or a blank piece of paper wondering what to do next? All artists struggle from time to time when translating their ideas from a concept in their mind to a completed piece of artwork. The Concept Art Idea Book is a  collection of my own original designs over the past year and an explanation of my creative processes. I discuss how some of my pieces were imagined and the methods  used to bring them to life. The goal of this book is to turn frustrations into inspiration.

The Concept Art Idea Book is out in e-book format and located on Amazon.com. This book is for all artists at any level to benefit from. Experienced and amateur artists will benefit from this book. The book can be purchased absolutely FREE if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Below are some samples from my book. All artwork was created using Clip Studio Paint (formerly manga studio 5). This is the most cost effective and flexible design program out on the market.

Ghost Orbs Concept Art

Ever walk into a forest and see ghostly orbs fly around you? This is what it might look like if you do. I imagine a lot of activity all at once as if an energy burst is suddenly being released until finally pulsating out of existence. This piece was designed in black and white to create a spooky mood accentuating the darkness and shadow of the night. The orbs are a bright contrasting white so they are able to communicate their presence, movement, and let everyone know they are there.

This piece was designed using Clip Studio Paint and consists of four layers. The initial pencil layer was later converted to detail layer toward the end of completing the piece. The other layers are an ink layer, background layer, and shadows layer.
To create a more 3 dimensional appearance, elements of shadows and highlights were placed throughout all of the layers with a proper amount of blending where needed to fuse the elements together.

The trees were created with a thick inking brush with fine detailing afterward. A tree texture tool was used to give more of a bark look to the skin of the tree. This also allows for more interesting shadows as they were placed with an air brush tool. The bushes in the foreground were created with an ink wash set to a grey tone much like taking a sponge to a piece of paper with ink. Just enough texture to provide the look of bushes without much more but it helps to frame the piece together.

In the background I placed a slow moving mist moving throughout the trees again to provide some more depth and make it seem as though the orbs were traveling through the woods. The far background has a number of different tree and grass designs making it seem dark and very difficult to find your way through.

The Castle on the Edge of Tomorrow Concept Art

This was my first real attempt at a digital landscape. I really enjoyed putting this one together. Imagine yourself looking through a portal at a castle that divides the point where one world ends and another begins. Is it keeping something in or is it keeping something from getting out? Only your imagination knows the answer to that. This piece was inspired by looking at pictures of old castles.

I’m Adding Comics

Good evening everyone!

I am adding regular comics to my website. Yep. That’s right….comics. I’ll be writing and drawing them throughout the months to come. The theme for this month and next is Halloween of course…I know you guessed that already. I hope you enjoy the first two installments of a Webcomic I call…Whilshire Manor. Enjoy!

Jeb finds himself at an old inn after surviving a car accident. Is this just an ordinary inn or is there something else going on here? Was it fate that cause Jeb to end up here or is there something more at work? Find out this and more as we explore Whilshire Manor.

 

Whilshire Manor

Smiling Pumpkin Lantern

Good evening everyone!

So who doesn’t like a freshly carved pumpkin with a candle inside? Better yet, how about one that smiles when you visit him?

We are about most of the way through the September month and slowing creeping into October. The Halloween season is almost upon us.

Are you ready?

Society 6

If you haven’t checked them out yet, I have a huge assortment of items at my shop at http://www.society6.com/jhuntgraphix. You can find everything from framed art to customized clocks and T-Shirts all at an affordable price. Are you looking for the perfect customized gift? Contact me and I can design a new item for the store on one of many different products available.

Animation – A Knight in Peril?

Good evening,

Tonight I added animation effects to this finished piece. Some charged particles around the magic shield and some light and fire effects for the skeleton monster. I must say I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I enjoy a good gothic genre every once and a while and it’s a nice start as we get closer to Halloween. More monsters to come.

For those who follow my blog, I referenced my last two blog posts of this design so that folks can see how this piece evolved from early drawing to the animated final. Hopefully everyone out there reading these finds this helpful.

What did I learn?

From my first post, I learned to spend more time on the composition. I had a very good idea about what I wanted the composition shape to be and where I wanted the focal point. However, I did not consider the layering of the background and the effect that would have on the rest of the composition. Too much detail and you lose where you want your viewers to look first. Too little and it gets a bit muddy.

In my second post, I went back through and added/modified/removed line details. I saw where my inking lines did not start and end at a specific point…they just ended leaving my shapes open instead of closed. I corrected this by going over them with a larger pen closing any gaps I may have overlooked. I added more detail to the ground, better analyzed where the shadows are supposed to be and added highlights. I love to highlight.

Finally, tonight I added in 24 animation cells and exported the final into an easy to view .gif. .GIF files seem to be much smaller and much easier to upload than exporting an .avi would be. So, I will be using them more often.

Have a good evening. Thanks for following my blog and I hope that you find information and inspiration when needed!