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!
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Compilation of Horror Now Available at Amazon.com
Hey everyone! Compilation of Horror is now available at Amazon.com. Written and illustrated by none other than yours truly, I am proud to say that it’s available in Kindle format. The print version will be available once the review is completed.
If you like ghost stories, you should enjoy this book. It consists of two short stories that will keep you up at night. Inspired by such shows as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits the ending of each story is not what you’d expect.
Pick up your copy today!
Hello everyone. I have finished my cover art for my horror compilation graphic novel. I waited until the end to do the cover but honestly I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do to. I had a lot of great ideas. The cover is for a 20 page book with two stories that will be going on sale with Amazon as soon as it’s complete. I am finishing the colors and edits at this time.
Please enjoy and let me know what you think. I have also included a time lapse video sample of my drawing process.
Below is a sneak peak of the second story that is part of my ghost compilation. Hope you enjoy!
Hey everyone. I’m playing with some ideas for a logo for my horror comic series. I’d really like some feedback on which one you like best.
Looking forward to your responses. If you haven’t seen the first story, you can read it here.
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”.
Latest Projects – Ghost Story Compilation
My latest project is a ghost story compilation in a graphic novel format. I have always loved reading ghost stories. There is nothing better on a cold day than a horror story, a warm blanket, and a hot cup of coffee. The book will have three stories written and illustrated by me. When does it come out? My goal is to have it available in the next six months through Amazon Kindle format.
Please enjoy the sample and I’ll be sure to post more about it soon.
The Valentine’s Pool is a heart shaped pond deep in the woods that crackles alive with magic once a year to grant a single wish to the worthy of heart. There is only enough magic in the pool to last a single night so those who wish to discover it, must plan accordingly and venture in at the right time.
About the Design
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Why do I say this? As I was doing some after Christmas shopping, I saw that the Valentine’s Day products were very quickly replacing the Christmas decorations, cards, and lights. So, to jump on the bandwagon of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would create this.
The design is created with Clip Studio Paint and was created using seven layers…whew…that’s a lot of layers for me.
Layer number one
The first layer was a typical pencil layer that I inserted so keep myself on track with what I wanted to draw. I used to do this in a sketchbook and then scan the pictures in but now I just draw straight in the program from the get go. After I sketched what I wanted, I just deleted the layer by dragging it to the trash can.
Layer number two
This was my inking layer. This layer I spent the most time on as I wanted to make sure that there were no “holes” in my lines. This is crucial to the flatting process. If there are gaps in the lines, the color will flow out and color other elements that may or may not need color. I used varying pen sizes to get some good texture and depth.
Layer number three
The third layer was for my flat colors. I set my inks up as a reference layer and then began filling in the color. Since this was a Valentine’s Day pic, I kept my pallet to three relevant colors of the season. I was looking for a bit of a gothic appeal so I used pale colors and limited myself to three.
It is also important to point out that I duplicated my flats layer before I added highlights and shadows. This preserves your color layers and allows you to use your copied color layer as a reference. It makes color picking so much faster. I also turn on fix pixel. This keeps your air brush strokes from going all over the place keeping your design a lot cleaner.
Layers Four Through Seven
These layers were for extra items that I put into the design. I used one layer for a painted background. Those mountains were painted in using a texture brush and then blended so that they looked far away.
I used another separate layer to create a pink fill. This is the sky color that you also see in the background. I fill the entire piece with color and then erase out what I don’t want to use. This is time saving for me but I’m sure that there are other ways to do the same thing.
This is what the design looks like with the pink fill. As you can see, I erased out what I didn’t need. In the background is the tree I erased out to leave the branches. Another layer I used was the glow layer. The glow layer makes certain elements really stand out. In this piece, the magic effects were placed on a glow layer to increase the contrast and make it look more magical.
The trees in the background are actually from a “tree brush” that I used. I set up the largest size I could and erased off the parts I didn’t need. The result is that the branches from the giant tree I placed now look like individual trees in the distance. I reduced the opacity so that they look blurrier and further back in the page.
This is the animated version of the design. Seven animation cells to animate the design. I primarily added in the magic affects to the pool to make it shimmer. I didn’t want to make it too complicated.
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.