Tis the season for Christmas Concept Art. The assignment I gave myself was to design a Christmas scene with a focus on textures and lighting effects also ensuring that I divided the foreground, middle, and backgrounds appropriately. This piece was created with Clip Studio Paint and is almost 43 layers…Yikes! That’s a lot for me.
What did I do first?
The first thing I did was browse through internet to find some references of Christmas scenes, winter backgrounds, and some cool colored environments….brr. After getting a general idea for what I wanted to create, I sketched out my different sections using a selection tool this time. I used to just pencil the whole design out using a G-Pen or brush tool but the selection tool saved me a lot of time. I also used reduced the opacity each time that I went further into the background.
I built the entire scene using only a grayscale and focused entirely on where the lights and darks needed to be along with any other atmospheric dispersion. Spending the most time on this part really helped me identify any composition errors, tangents (where an element touches something else create depth confusion), and balance.
During the coloring phase, I used a lot of different layer settings. I used Hue, Color, and Overlay layers the most. I found that I could quickly play around with different color schemes without having to erase a lot. Gradient maps also saved me a ton of time combined with the air brush selection tool combo.
I used additional gradient maps to darken specific areas and glow layers to add some special effects. Mote time was spent than normal zooming around the design and adding thoughtful detail. I actually saved my progress, walked away for a day, and then returned to it to make a lot of corrections that I was missing during my initial phases. Lots of last minute tweaks.
To get the effect that you see in this design, I used a dark blue exclusion layer over the whole piece. This really added a nice level of nighttime darkness which I erased back out where light would naturally fall. Once I did all that and was happy, I exported the version with the exclusion layer as a .jpg and then reimported it into Clip Studio Paint. After extending my canvas, I dropped the other version next to the first one I did so you can see the differences side by side.
I have been studying a lot of techniques offered by Trent Kamingua. His courses have helped me to identify a lot of the flaws that I have missed in my own work and really helps you understand the basics. Simplicity is where it starts. Too complex, and you drown in your own process. I am no way an instant professional now that I’ve practiced these skills. It’s something you have to do every day.
This was just really cool. I loved playing the Diablo games and never knew he was one of the artists…wow. Anyway, another good set of techniques to help understand how elements are supposed to work together.
New Year – New Logo. Its almost 2021 so why not start the year with a new logo? New is just what the doctor ordered. Every once in a while it’s refreshing to replace the old with something new and vibrant.
Down below I’ve posted some of the previous drafts.
My 2017 – 2020 Portfolio is here. It has been a great three years of drawing and sharing with all of my friends, followers, and clients I’ve worked with. Hopefully it has been just as great for all of you as well. I’ve compiled my favorite works and compiled them into a portfolio located at https://artofjeffreyhunt.com. Here you’ll see my categorically organized designs in a very clean viewing format with the help of Adobe software.
Concept Art Idea Book
The Concept Art Idea Book is still available here on Amazon.com. This book is meant for either the amateur or the professional. Everyone runs into roadblocks when they create. This work is a presentation of my creative processes highlighting how I bring my creations to life. It is meant to provide inspiration to those who need and information for those who want it. While this does not discuss how to use specific software functions, it does describe process that can be used whatever digital software you chose to use.
I wish everyone a happy holiday and a happy New Year as we move into 2021!
The fall of winter is upon us. The sun blasts its heat our way while the denizens of the cold run in fright. Their world already melting under the warmer temperatures that are indicative of this time of year. The cleansing heat renews the land and prepares for new life to grow along the landscapes. Flowers slowly come out of their bunkers built to fend off the snow. Dandelions sprout out as scouts to make sure the cold is far away and pass the messages to the roses and daffodils that it is safe to grow once more. The birds that come back ensure the area is clear of the snow people that guarded the snow covered grass keeping it at bay. The insects, once frozen in their homes, are revived to explore a brand new world once more.