Good evening. I have another short tale for you horror fans out there. This one is called The Prison. What do you do when you are jailed metaphysically? Is there ever any escape and what would that look like? Enjoy!
Stranger in the Night is a short story I put together for all you horror fans out there. I wrote and illustrated this short comic based on an old short horror story. I am timing myself each time I do a story in which I write, pencil, color, and letter, all in the same day and have it down to about six hours start to finish. As a result, I use my time more wisely and don’t second guess myself. Short deadlines force me to make decisions that I need to make without allowing myself to second guess myself. Trent Kanigua has some great videos about this. I also have a previous discussion here.
If you have ever watch the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits, you may have seen a similar tale to this one. It’s been used a lot in different forms of media but I consider this attempt at Fan Art and an artistic acknowledgement of some great literary work. I do read a lot and I watch a lot of reruns so its no wonder that I’m full of older inspirations.
Below you’ll see the comic and a WIP video I uploaded to YouTube for your viewing entertainment. As always, I hope to hear what you think about my work.
I’ve made a video on YouTube of my short comic story. You can watch it here. Please enjoy!
In Need of Help
In time for the new year I’ve written and illustrated a short story called “In Need of Help“. This was created using Clip Studio Paint and is a ghost story for those horror enthusiasts out there. Inspired by shows like the Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, this is my first swing at developing a plot twist that makes you think, “I didn’t see that coming”. I love the old gothic ghost stories about love, loss, and forgotten secrets and I tried to put a little of that into this too. In a previous post, I had shared the sample of the first half. Herein is the completed first story.
I wrote out the script for this story and made some digital thumbnails. I then penciled each frame based on my thumbnails while adding subtle tweaks where needed. My inks are a separate layer that sit on top of the pencils. This makes it easy and quick to drop in the blacks where I want them. Lastly, I lettered each page and colored the pages using a very low opacity color fill. This made for some very neat gray scale variations.
The final pages are here and are provided absolutely free! I’d love to hear your feedback and what you think of the art. If you like this and want to see more, please follow my facebook page and my WordPress site by clicking the appropriate buttons.
Sooooo grab some popcorn and a bubbly beverage and enjoy the short story…….”In Need of Help”.
Tonight I experimented with some of Clip Studio Paint’s animation capability. With a little trial and error, I was able to make the haunted look of this design even more frightening by adding some willow O’ wisps, rain effects and a soft fiery glow to the pumpkin’s eyes.
If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it again. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year…and not just because of Halloween. I enjoy the color changes in the leaves and the smell of the air as neighbors burn them (only where it is legal of course).
Hope you enjoy this .GIF. Let me know your thoughts about this or anything else you see on my website. If you have questions, please ask. I love to help!
Spirit Fallsis my latest concept piece that I have developed tonight for your viewing enjoyment. What do you see moving through the waterfall? Ghosts? Spirits? Magical energy? These all are components for the theme that I followed so you are all correct.
This piece took me four hours to put together from start to finish. As usual, I started with a saved template that I use to build my digital artwork. It is a grey matted “paper” that I use for all of my images. I find that it is much easier on the eyes than when I start with all white. My screen tends to get a bit bright as well so the grey background helps a lot…also nice for helping me to measure my highlights and shadows. The template I use is 2894 × 2039 pixels.
I found a generic photo of a waterfall that I embedded into the piece and then blurred over a dark lavender fill. I blew it up to twice it’s size so that only the texture of the water shows through. I then removed just the fill that I needed so that the waterfall would show through. This manipulation of generic photos saved me some time.
I created a new layer and penciled in the warrior. I drew him much larger so that I could get the pose the way I wanted. As a side note, I don’t use any programs like poser or anything else that would generate a 3D model. This will probably change in the future as I do like to save time. I think the freehand pose gives it more freedom of movement.
I then used an ink wash to color the body and clothing. I can blend and build color very fast with the inking tool. I have always loved ink both digital and contemporary. Using my air brush tool, I placed shadows, highlights, and details in the skin where I thought it was necessary.
After all this was complete, I then shrunk the figure down and placed him in the foreground. With a little blending I was able to make him part of his surroundings…especially the ground.
Lastly I added one more layer for the ghostly movements you see starting up top and moving toward the bottom left…..or do they start bottom left and move up? Due to the lack of signs to tell them otherwise, I’m sure the spirits made up their own minds.
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.
Hope you enjoy this piece…be sure not to get lost should you enter the woods alone and unafraid.