War with Winter
War with winter. Are you ready? The air is freezing cold and the ice of the night is biting at your nose. Despite the warmest of warm clothes you have on, the wind just blows through you with a torrent of discomfort and chill. You walk and you walk but your legs are numb with cold and the blood moves so much slower causing you to be almost paralyzed by the weather. Can you make it home you wonder? Why can’t you feel your fingers or toes? You know you have to so you force yourself to stop thinking about the pain the outdoors is causing you to endure so you take one look at your final destination in the distance, grit your teeth, and force march your way back home. This is war.
You just won your first battle…but will you win the war?
About this Piece
This piece was designed with three layers and a glow layer. There was a pencil layer but it doesn’t count since it was deleted very quickly. I used pencil layers to lay out the composition and then I draw almost exclusively with the G-Pen and some others. Depending on the complexity of the design, I will tend to use more pencil and build off of it. I consider myself a Bob Ross of Clip Studio Paint. I like to have a lot of “happy accidents” when I create. I have learned so much about this software creating this way. I am sure Bob, who was my first artistic influencer when I was child, would agree…but I digress.
I made sure to use a 600 dpi layer when I did my final inks for this piece. My goal was to have each element stand by itself and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t leave any unsightly spaces. This is a bad habit of mine but I am getting better about that. Why is this important you ask? Well, when you flat your colors in you will find that color starts to go wherever it wants to and you start to lose control of where your color is going. It is quite frustrating and can be a pain in the butt to go back and fix the layer to close all of the gaps.
I set my inks up as a reference layer and I was complete in no time filling in the colors. Snow scenes don’t usually have a lot of color in them other than whatever else is in the snow with them so no a whole lot of time spent on coloring. Because I took the time to clean my inks, I was able to bypass the earlier problem that I mentioned.
Coloring and Animation
Colors finished and time to go to highlights. I copied my flats layer and dragged it down below my line art. I locked the flat layer so that I didn’t accidentally select it. I set my first flat layer as a reference layer and then went it to highlight my new flat layer. I also used the fix pixel option so that I didn’t dribble into my background….no dribble is not a technical term.
The very last step in this process was to create some animation cells. What? Did I say animations? Why yes I did. This was the fun part. I love bringing my designs to life. I added 24 cells and then added some magical shimmers and some snowy rain. I think it gave the piece some feeling of movement…well it is animation after all.
Below is the final animated design. I think he is a little foreboding if you ask me. Those beady charcoal eyes will just stare right through you if you let them.
If you enjoyed this tutorial, maybe you’ll like the one I did during the fall. I also did an interest autumn piece earlier this year as well. If you liked this, my latest book discusses all of the pieces from 2017 and how I designed them.
I hope you enjoyed this piece. Please let me know what you think! Your comments are important to me.
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New This Week at Society 6 Ghost Collection
New this week to the JHUNTGRAPHIX Society6 shop is the Ghost Collection just in time for Halloween. The Ghost Collection is another Halloween themed product to enhance your seasonal style or just show off to your friends. The design work is all original and digitally designed using Clip Studio Paint. The design has three layers with an emphasis on inking. The black and white spaces were carefully balanced out to support an open composition while also defining the look of the Ghost Collection.
Ghosts in the Night
Halloween ghosts fly through the cold air on trick or treat night passing through buildings or lingering in graveyards. These are the conscious embodiments of lives that were taken too soon or were lost during the passing of time. Always present and wanting to interact with you but hidden from the naked eye except to only a gifted few. You can see a faint glow off in the distance and may even here a slight sound or too. There may be sudden movements from the corner of your eye that you might not clearly see. You might get a tap on the shoulder that you dismiss as chill. Did you see an extra shadow on the ground peering up from behind when you are walking alone? All of these are indicators that there is a presence near that you were not expecting.
This design will be available with all of the other Halloween designs I am currently offering at my JHUNTGRAPHIX store. If you haven’t ordered yours today, what are you waiting for?
Do you like these themes? If so, please let me know. If you don’t like them, let me know that as well? What would you like the next Halloween design to be? I look forward to hearing from you.
Please enjoy the Ghost Collection and have a safe holiday season.
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?
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!