Just in for the weekend. I’ve made another video using Clip Studio Paint and Blender with a bit of a science fiction spin. The cybernetic space police are on the hunt looking for the one that got away. Whether it’s on a distance planet or the surface of a comet, the cybernetic space police can go where others can’t.
I created another digital art piece combining Blender and Clip Studio Paint. This is an extra bonus since I just uploaded City Witch last night. I should probably think about pacing myself. 🙂 I am going to go back to posting only once a week but I had a vision in my mind for this one that I didn’t want to lose.
Desert Witch Process
The design is about 25 layers using many correction as I went to adjust color and aesthetic for the overall design. This was created using Clip Studio Paint for the digital drawing / painting process.
I uploaded the finished .png into Blender and added some additional lighting effects. For this design, I created a particle field to simulate the effects of being in a desert sand storm of some sort. The light which I set to 1500W, really sets off the glow that I was looking for and color matched very nicely with her clothes and other highlights. I just love the versatility I get when I use Blender.
Another digital painting for your viewing enjoyment. This one is called the City Witch. Thoughts and feedback are always appreciated.
Just uploaded my next video on YouTube. It’s a combination of an illustration made using Clip Studio Paint and Blender. As an artist, it’s very important to utilize all of the tools out there…and boy are there a lot. Blender and Clip Studio Paint work very well together in that you can start a project in one application and finish it up in another. Most folks I know create grey boxes in Blender, export them, and then import them into their favorite drawing program where they create their final illustration.
This has been a work in progress for a while. I created the illustration last month. You can read more about that here. I have been trying to take my work to the next step by mastering lighting and special effects. I mentioned this in an earlier post too.
I took my polished illustration and exported it from Clip Studio Paint as a .png file and then uploaded into Blender. As you can see in the illustration below, I put my illustration inside of a volumetric cube. The bright orange outline show the plane that I uploaded my image onto. A feature in Blender called image to pane creates a billboard style look to your illustrations that you can then modify within Blender itself.
By putting my illustration inside of the cube, I was able to create a particle effect in front of the illustration to give it a 3D look with some subtle movement. It takes a little trial and error to get it done right. I used this video to figure out how to do all of the fine tuning.
Above you can see what the design looks like when you turn on the shaders. The yellow dots are the particles shaded with a bright yellow for contrast. A shader by the way is a term that displays the color or lighting effects within Blender that you chose so you can see how it looks while you create prior to processing the final rendered piece. I found that the program works faster with the shaders off and it’s not so distracting. It’s a lot like coloring in greyscale first prior to using real colors to make sure that the piece is balanced correctly.
Video and Audio Processing
Blender has a really cool video editor that I very much enjoyed using. After I was pleased with the results of the final MP4 video, I uploaded the audio file that I found from the YouTube audio library. YouTube has a lot of good choices to select from. I entered the search term for a “haunted forest” and found a track called Green Forest by Riot.
The trick during this part of the process was lining up the frames with the audio. The music file was much longer than my 100 frame video so I copied and pasted it over and over until I had enough cells to line up with the music. Every other cell I selected the reverse cell option so that it didn’t look jumpy or like it was starting over from the beginning. I almost got up and walked away twice because it seemed tedious but I am pleased with the final product.
Final Image Capture
Above is the final rendered image exported from Blender. I added two spot lights to the image for a magical contrast. There is the spot light coming from the top left. It’s a little hard to see in this picture. The bottom light by the rocks is placed down below with the bloom setting turned on. This makes the rocks seem a little more magical.
I hope you enjoyed the process overview for this piece. If you want to see the finished video, please click the link at the top to check it out.
Send a note to me if you like it or if you think I should do more. If I know people like them and are interested in this sort of thing, It will motivate me to make more.
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Finished my Wood Witch picture tonight. Below is the before and after along with an alternate version with some additional colors included.
This is a paint over of one of my images from last week. I have added some additional lights as practice to add more dimension.
The Concept Art Idea Book 2
I am excited to announce that I am working on my second Concept Art Idea Book. My very first book was released back in 2017. One of the things I’ve noticed as I build the newest installment is quite a lot of artistic growth over the past few years. It’s only when you start to compare your recent work with some of the older works that you really notice the change. Very thankful to all the artists out there who have shared their insights, challenges, and contributed to helping me become a better artist.
You can find my first book at Amazon.com and it’s available in both paperback as well as eBook formats.
Have you ever worked on a drawing and seem like something was missing? I think we have all been there. I developed this free tool with some considerations that you can look at at a glance. I hope you find it useful. I’ve made it free on my Gumroad site you can easily download it.
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Do you like ghost stories?
Available now is my 26 page comic containing two short stories along with some bonus art as well as two videos. This is comic is my first ever and I’m really excited to share this with you. Buy my product by following the link.
This comic took about six months to write, illustrated and put together into a finished book. My inspiration for this comes from watching many episodes of Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. I always enjoyed stories where the ending was not what you were expecting. Irony in comics is one of my favorite writing styles when it comes to comics no matter the genre.
The comic was completely drawn and lettered within Clip Studio Paint. It’s starting to get a lot of the same features as Photoshop but caters more toward those who build comics with all the tools that are available. I typically spent about three to four hours a day building the pages for this.
I’ve been in the military for 24 years and have spent much of my free time learning to become a better artist. Many books have been read and many videos have been watched. When I was 19 I was going to art school at a community college but ran into hard times trying pay for school and work at the same time. I eventually went into the military thinking that I would do just one enlistment (four years). I met my wife of 22 years of marriage and raised five wonderful children together. During this time, it wasn’t an easy thing to leave a job with stability just to go into a completely different field so I chose to continue on in the military while also staying to stay active with my art.
As always, I want to thank everyone who supports my ability to keep drawing, sharing, and doing what I love most.https://jeffreyhuntart.gumroad.com/l/oszbvh