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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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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?

War with Winter

 

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.

Inking

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.

Finished Animation

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.

 

snowman war

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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Best of 2017

The year is almost over and I wanted to share my best designs I was inspired to create throughout the year.

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About Me – My Digital Work

About Me Digital work.  Good day everyone! My name is Jeffrey Hunt and I love to create digital paintings and comics.  I have just started writing and publishing more digital work and books to complement my art.  Most of all, I enjoy sharing how I create my digital designs to help inspire artists everywhere to keep on drawing and perfecting their style.

While serving in the Armed Forces for the last 19 years, I have been to 15 different countries and almost all 50 states. I enjoy talking with folks, sharing ideas, and creating new art. I bring my sketchpad with me everywhere I go. Inspiration can hit at any time or place.

Understanding the Struggle

Artists everywhere struggle at times to put their ideas, thoughts, and concepts onto paper. As a result, many artists give up too quickly.

The dreaded blank sheet of paper can be a little scary at times or intimidating at the very least. Because of an understanding I have with my own struggle, I want to share all my ideas and projects here and share with you my processes for creating my stories and designs. Furthermore, on a regular basis I will be posting my work and providing tutorials for how I created the finished designs. In addition, here are a couple of my most recent posts both  here and here.

My blog is my primary means of communicating my style and any new breakthroughs I have using Clip Studio Paint. I also want to hear from my fans everywhere. So, wherever you see a comment box, please let me know what you think and what you want to see more of.

Last month I published my first book, The Concept Art idea Book. It is free if you are an Amazon Prime member or you can get it through the Kindle Lending Library. Especially relevant, the book details my work over the past year and is packed with my processes for each design. Get your copy today. It is available in E-book and hard copy.

Other Art Related Projects

I design presentations for business use to convey branding messages and for information. Additionally, I also design business cards, letterhead, spreadsheets, and just about anything else you can think of. If you have a  project and need someone reliable to partner with, contact me here or you can use my contact for below. Here is a list of other things I can create. Feel free to browse through my portfolio items

Future Projects

Some projects that I am working on now

  • Whilshire Manor – This is a story about a man named Jeb. He started off as an ordinary guy heading in a hurry to a destination he can’t remember. After an accident left him dazed and confused, he finds himself at the mysterious Whilshire Manor.,.where things just don’t seem to be what they appear.
  • *Coming Soon–Cirque Muertos – Circus of the Dead – A train crashes while heading to the next big show….there are no survivors. Subsequently, the two clowns face changes they may not be prepared to handle.

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