Ghost in the Machine

The spirits have attacked! Even machines themselves cannot escape the paranormal influence of spirits beyond the grave.

The pulsing electronic sparking of power and energy surrounds the viewer in this latest image while the face of an evil spirit looks on in anticipation of its next conquest. This particular spirit loves to dine on power cores to satiate its thirst. But is there enough energy to be found to put this ghost to rest?

The Design

This image was created entirely in Clip Studio Paint and took about five days to finish. It is a multi image piece using one of my favorite features…a glow layer. A dark red background was the main canvas with a mixture of paint and line effects carefully blended to show a chaotic, burning scene with a paranormal touch to it.

The Idea

I love mixing technology with the paranormal. I thought about what it would look like if a spirit tried to consume a power generator and this is the design that came to mind. A smoky atmosphere lit up by the discharge of energy and the sparks of over charged circuits.

Your Thoughts

I love to hear what you think of my designs and always take requests. I enjoy entertaining people and look forward to publishing more content for your visual appetites.

Eruption Animation Video #2

This was created using a combination of Clip Studio Paint and  Motion Artist. These are two of my favorite creative software so far. I have learned so much over the last year. My goal is to make a full movie in when I have learned enough.

Forest Ghost Wandering in the Dense Woods

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The Forest Ghost moves through the fog filled forest as the night begins to give way to the sun. He looks for something he lost along the way but so much time has past he no longer knows for what he seeks. As such, he continues to wander the forest as a shade forgotten by time.

Barbwire Beach

Barbwire

Barbwire Beach – This lonely beach sits on the edge of a foggy island blocked by rusted barbwire. Is it there to keep people out or to keep something in? The wind blows across cat tails grouped together while the mysterious rocky piles of unknown origin stare off with no expression.

Eruption of the Old Kingdom

Hello everyone! It sure has been a long time since I did any writing on my blog. Be that as it may, I have for you a piece from the medieval realm of the Old Kingdom. A forgotten battlefield worn by war and by time. The ground itself is releasing its fury into the sky and bellowing the fires of conquest back into the sky above.

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About the Piece

How in the world did I come up with an exploding battleground you ask? Well I have been wanting to do a study on battlegrounds that have been forgotten in time along with some environmental concepts of the same. Worlds that have been torn asunder and left behind to be claimed by time. I recently watched Thor Ragnarok and was inspired by all of the mayhem to make a place of my own that was meant to be doomed.

Tutorial

This is the part of my blog posts where I like to discuss some of the techniques used in the design. This was created using Clip Studio Paint and I used a 600 x 600 dpi canvas. I normally change the color of the background to grey before I start but this time I left it white. By the way, I set my brushes to 300 dpi from the start. This way I don’t have any strange nuances created by a 72 dpi drawing. The pen strokes just don’t look the way they are supposed to.

The Line Drawing

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The line drawing was kept simple and flowing to allow enough space for all of the elements that I wanted to include without overcrowding the scene. See how I vary my line widths? The lines closer to the camera are thicker that the ones farther away. Depth is achieved this way by trying not to make all of your lines the same. On another note, I used many of these lines as containers for my flat colors. It is much easier to select and fill than to just paint all over everything.

Colors

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See how the mountain lines are gone? I put them there at first to shape them and add the fills in. Once I got beyond that point, I erased them from the inking layer. This makes the mountains look more a part of the natural scene without looking drawn in. I removed the reds in this layer so you can see the mountains easier. I used everything from pencils to water color brushes to add color and highlights. The cloud shapes were sketched in early on and I used texture brushes to flesh them out. I used air brush tools continuously to highlight and shade and blend and repeated the process continuously.

Texture

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If you look closely at the hand, there is a lot of stuff going on. I varied my colors a lot here to make the look of a decomposed hand seem more realistic. The trees in the distance make for a nice effect. Additionally, if you look close, I added metal defects on the bracelet.

Summary

That is all for tonight. If I left some things out that you may want to know more of, please ask. I am always happy to help everyone out. Also check out my book. You can find it here. Amazon Prime holders can get it for free. It is available in hard copy and E-book format. The book has a lot of these types of tutorials designed to help you come up with design ideas.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, maybe you’ll like the one I did during the fall. I also did an interesting autumn piece earlier this year as well. Also check out Pilgrim in the Woods. You will find some really cool tips and tricks that I used to create it. I always on the prowl to collect suggestions and comments from everyone. Let me know what you think.

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Wyntr’s War!

Wyntr is my latest character creation. He is the main character of a book that I writing and illustrating called Wyntr’s War. Wyntr is a snowman created by a young girl out of the snow in front of her house. Additionally, upon naming and believing him to be a knight, her faith gives him the power of existence and a purpose as her defender…but what exactly he will be defending her from is yet to be seen.

If you are following my news about this book, you may have noticed that I changed the name of this from War with Winter to Wyntr’s War. This title helps frame what the story is about…the plight of a snowman versus all of humanity against winter. Make sense?

My Snowman Story

My Snowman story, War With WYNTR, is currently in production. The story is about the bond a child forms with the creations that they create from the snow, their friendship, and sacrifice.  Additionally, I am testing the limits with this story about how far that bond can go between creation and child. I have been working on the cover, the storyboards, and story maps for the story this morning. I saw this image in my mind, title and all. Out of compellation, I decided to run with it even though typical covers can be done last.  I am looking for your thoughts though. What do you think of the font and the design? Please let me know what you think!

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