Advanced Comic Creation- LIVE SEPTEMBER 18th 2021

September 9, 2021 Leave a comment

September 18th 2021, Saturday begins and Weekly (eight-week long) course on Advanced Comic Book Creation. This course is for you if you are… Needing coaching on visual thinking in a group of like-minded comic book creators Wanting to add extra impact or emotion to your visual story, Needing a comprehensive understanding of comic book elements in all their varieties and how to use them effectively.

Having challenges in using composition for comic book elements mentioned above. This course includes a unique library of 2D assets ready for use in your own comic books as royalty free content.

Standard members will receive a smaller asset library enough to aid with course assignments VIP members will receive the entire asset library

Week 1 : Constructing a narrative

Week 2 : Visual Appeal and Comic Language

Week 3 : Comic Book Look

Week 4 : Panels and Pages

Week 5 : Shooting your shots : essential Dos and don’ts for each

Week 6 : Word Balloon Crafting and Camera Effects

Week 7 : Fights, Fury, Frenzy and Friends

Week 8 : The Big Review – Covers and Conclusions

Software Requirements Drew uses DAZ Studio and Photoshop for comic book creation, as well as a variety of software applications for creating assets and styling.

Since composition, workflow and design principals are the key elements being taught in this course, DAZ Studio and PS are preferred but not essential. Course Information and FREE FIRST SESSION

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Apply for a Class Membership (There are Limited seats).

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The Presenter Drew Spence: Drew Spence is a graphic comic writer and illustrator from the United States. He creates under the title of The Dynamic Universe, which published the digital comics Force Six, The Annihilators and Killer Butterfly. He has combined his music and video into several works including Mark of the Griffin, which is both a graphic novel and web series. These comics are available in digital format on comiXology and in print from Indy Planet. He is part of the instrumental group Fallout Shelter which provides the soundtrack.

Drew is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and holds various certificates – from graphic arts to web design. He currently lives on Long Island, New York and produces his work from the aptly named Fallout Shelter Studios, where he crafts crafty and clever comics using CGI and photorealistic image manipulation.

Here’s How it Works

A Carefully Selected Coaching Group

I review applications before artists are given an offer to join the group so you can rest assured that this will be a dedicated and creative set of people for you to grow with.

8 weeks of Support and Training

The group will run from mid September on Saturdays.

Each week we’ll have a Zoom webinar meeting (up to 1.5 hours) composed of training , coaching and follow up.

The topics of these training sessions will be based on the above, but we’ll pay special attention to coaching you through your sticking points.

We’ll provide you with class assignments and a content library to use in building the pages and panels.

In our live meetings everyone will share wins, goals, and challenges to get support, accountability, and feedback from the group and guidance from us.

Force Six Season IV Wallpapers

Force Six, The Annihilators Season IV Wallpapers

https://www.artstation.com/griffinavid/store

Available now for purchase! Destination Artstation

Relive the action from Season IV of Force Six, The Annihilators. Use these desktop wallpapers to stay in The Dynamic Universe. Catch, collect and complete your comic catalogue!

46 Images 1920 X 1080 300 DPI

This package contains images from, or inspired by Season IV of Force SixThe Annihilators

The Disclaimer: This product is offered as a limited license.

You may not: 

a) Re upload or host these files on any site or server.

b) Redistribute these files for any purpose- even for promotional reasons.

c) Resell or offer as bonus content for any other work or product.

Drew Spence is a graphic comic writer and illustrator from the United States. He creates under the title of The Dynamic Universe. He has combined his music and video into several works- including Mark of the Griffin, which is both a graphic novel and web series. He’s also part of the instrumental group Fallout Shelter which provides the soundtrack.

Force Six, The Annihilators

            They were a team of specialists assembled to bring order to a chaotic universe. Something went wrong when right became their final choice. See the transformation from Renegade outcasts to Legends. They are Force SixThe AnnihilatorsDrew Spence writes and illustrates a graphic comic, mixing science fiction with science fantasy. It’s a superhero space saga as a group of renegades, gifted with special abilities and artificial enhancements charge and change the fate of all those they come across. They are Force SixThe Annihilators and this is the story of their rise, fall and ultimate redemption.

Force Six, The Annihilators Season IV The Complete Collection Vol. 4: Tomorrow Always Changes

Season IV The Complete Collection
Tomorrow Always Changes


Episodes 32 through 48 are combined into a massive collection.
Some memories should never fade. If a yesterday could determine who I am, then it must be said that my today could determine who I will be -tomorrow. The Drew Spence Force Six Annihilator series reaches its 4th season as we explore themes, thoughts and temperaments. The story of the future-retro action mercenary squad continues.

Available on comiXology.


The story arcs in this collection include Kat and Mouse, Remember to Forget You, Lost Train of Thought, Spirit of the Invincible and The Dragon and the Doll. Thank you for your support. Force Six, The Annihilators is created, crafted and curated by Drew Spence.

The Season IV book is also available in print @ IndyPlanet


Force Six, The Annihilators

They were a team of specialists assembled to bring order to a chaotic universe. Something went wrong when right became their final choice. See the transformation from Renegade outcasts to Legends. They are Force Six, The Annihilators. Drew Spence writes and illustrates a graphic comic, mixing science fiction with science fantasy. It’s a superhero space saga as a group of renegades, gifted with special abilities and artificial enhancements, charge and change the fate of all those they come across. They are the Force Six, The Annihilators and this is the story of their rise, fall and ultimate redemption

Force Six, The Annihilators #48

Bunch of things going on.

New episode dropped that ends Force Six Season IV.

Force Six comic book cover- episode 48

Force Six 48 Look in the Eyes of the Dragon and Despair
The Dragon and Doll story arc reaches its exciting conclusion. What is the ultimate fate of Mr Jeopardy, Jean D’Pardoe? Is love destined to be star-crossed or will a passion cross stars and create a third chance? Find out in the fateful and final episode of Force Six Season IV. The Dragon and The Doll Part VII, Episode 48 Look in the Eyes of the Dragon and Despair. Drawn and Drafted by Drew Spence.

https://www.comixology.com/Force-Six-The-Annihilators-48/digital-comic/891085?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz

Force Six comic page
Force Six comic page sample

Force Six, The Annihilators

They were a team of specialists assembled to bring order to a chaotic universe. Something went wrong when right became their final choice. See the transformation from Renegade outcasts to Legends. They are Force Six, The Annihilators. Drew Spence writes and illustrates a graphic comic, mixing science fiction with science fantasy. It’s a superhero space saga as a group of renegades, gifted with special abilities and artificial enhancements, charge and change the fate of all those they come across. They are the Force Six, The Annihilators and this is the story of their rise, fall and ultimate redemption.

Force Six, The Annihilators #47

Force Six 47 The Special Place Where They Cannot Find You


The desperate Jean D’Pardoe makes his final move as the Southern Snakes double cross and double back into trouble. It’s double jeopardy when plans for the future are suddenly jeopardized. Beyond the darkest days of destruction lie The Dragon and the Doll Part VI: The Special Place Where They Cannot Find You. Collected and colored by Drew Spence

Iray Lighting Solutions Tutorial Set

Daz Studio Product Release

Details

Lighting your indoor or outdoor set in Daz Studio can be one of the most time consuming activities when setting up a scene for render. Most artists will have lighting as a pain point during their workflow and it is not always easy to get to the root cause of why lighting may not work on a set.

In this tutorial set, Drew Spence shows you how to set up lights from scratch for both indoor and outdoor environments. He also picks his top ten recommended resources from the Daz store and demonstrates how these work, saving you time in your workflow.

Drew has designed lighting for hundreds of sets for the production of his Force Six, The Annihilators and comic series and he is pleased to share his lighting experience and adventures in creativity.

This product includes

Search transcription integrated inside the videos. Find search results on the video timeline. Every word spoken is indexed. Maximise the use of your tutorial’s content. Tutorial videos include subtitles

About the Presenter Drew Spence

Drew Spence is a graphic comic writer and illustrator from the United States. He creates under the title of The Dynamic Universe . He has combined his music and video into several works- including Mark of the Griffin , which is both a graphic novel and web series. He is part of the instrumental group Fallout Shelter which provides the soundtrack. The other band members are Domino Grey , Dynamics Plus and Xodus Phoenix.

What’s Included and Features

  • Iray Lighting Solutions Tutorial Set
    • Four MP4 videos
    • Searchable integrated transcripts
    • Subtitles included
  • Part 1 : Indoor Lighting for Iray
  • Total running time : 35 minutes (introduction) + 1 hour and 16 minutes (main session)
  • Section 1 : Creating lights from scratch
  • Case study used : Medieval chamber set with fireplace and candle lights; designing lighting for a fantasy set
    • Why monitor calibration can be essential for your art
    • Composition focus : ensuring the main subject(s) are well lit and highlighted
    • Point lights
      • How point lights work
      • Types of paint light
      • The advantage of linear point lights
      • Point light geometry
      • Recommended Luminous Flux Settings
    • Spotlights
      • Lighting a specific area
      • Positioning
      • Beam length
      • Applying to the main subject
      • Using a spot light to creating leading lines
    • Emissive Lighting
      • Adding an emissive.
      • Flame props
  • Section 2 : Product Recommendations
  • Case study used : Dramatic medieval keep set with three characters
    • Consistency in lighting for sequential art
    • How to use IRay light probes
      • Selecting colours and intensities
      • Keeping light levels low for light probes
    • Demonstration of flaming torch products
    • How to use a Ghost Light Kit
      • Selecting light colours
      • Placing ghost lights underneath characters.
      • Test of an Iray ghost light kit 3 (God Rays) through a window
    • Epic props : Godrays and volumetric light for Iray
      • Particle spread in god rays
      • Volumetric light through a window, great for dramatic atmospheres.
    • Recommended Learning Task Included
  • Part 2 : Outdoor Lighting for Iray
  • Total running time :30 minutes (introduction) + 1 hour and& 20 minutes (main session)
  • Section 1 : Using DAZ Studio’s Built in Lighting
  • Case study used : Using an island beach set with a single character
    • Picking the render frame size
    • The Sun
    • Default HDRI background : The default lighting conditions for a set.
    • Sky dome mode options
    • Dome rotation
    • Using Iray Sky 36
    • The headlamp off
    • Iray settings : About tone Mapping
    • Iray settings : Camera properties
    • Checking the sun in an environment
    • Duplicating the sun and using this as an additional lighting source
    • Blend renders in postwork (same scene lit differently) for final lighting options.
    • Using instances of DAZ Studio in your workflow for rendering
  • Case study used : Medieval Melee action fight scene
    • Solving blown out lighting problems
    • Tone mapping
    • Fix lighting in the scene rather than in postwork
    • Environment mode, lighting resolution,
    • Turning off the HDRI default dome: lighting from scratch
    • Environment Sun node (special effect)
    • Latitude and longitude
    • Environment sun settings
    • Altering the sky backgrounds
    • Rendering night scenes
  • Section 2 : Recommended Resources Demonstrated
    • Longitude and Latitude Lighting and Render presetsfor DS Iray
    • Dreamlight : Quick Iray Outdoor presets

Force Six, The Annihilators #46

Force Six 46 Mr. Jeopardy, the Man from Nowhere.

The Man from Nowhere!


Where did the man from nowhere come from? Who is truly in Jeopardy when Lucky Lucien pushes his…? It’s a terrible test when pins are pushed and levers are pulled. Somewhere in a dark corner, the snake coils. Wheels turn when The Dragon and The Doll story arc reaches its Part V. Mr Jeopardy, The Man From Nowhere. Pinned and penned by Drew Spence

Force Six, The Annihilators

They were a team of specialists assembled to bring order to a chaotic universe. Something went wrong when right became their final choice. See the transformation from Renegade outcasts to Legends. They are Force Six, The Annihilators. Drew Spence writes and illustrates a graphic comic, mixing science fiction with science fantasy. It’s a superhero space saga as a group of renegades, gifted with special abilities and artificial enhancements, charge and change the fate of all those they come across. They are the Force Six, The Annihilators and this is the story of their rise, fall and ultimate redemption.

Force Six, The Annihilators #45

Force Six 45 Day of The Dragon, Night of The Doll


Hands build and hands destroy. Force Six member Kojin Ahsaguri comes face to face with Jean D’Pardoe in a meeting of mind and reanimating the matters between life and death. The future and past collide in this dramatic episode of the Dragon and the Doll story arc. It’s episode 45: Day of the Dragon, Night of the Doll. Toned and tinted by Drew Spence

Want to know what the hype is about? Read a free book and see for yourself.

Force Six The Annihilators by Drew Spence- The Destruction of Redder Coltrane 50Th Celebration Redux Version. (still free to read since this free-thing is working so well)

The full series is available on comiXology. Individual episodes, collections (like a graphic novel or trade) and full seasons.

Want a physical copy to hold in your hands? Our books are available in print. IndyPlanet.com -with high-quality, deluxe format printing by Ka-Blam.

Like what we do and want to see The Dynamic Universe expand?

Share, like, comment and engage! Join the Patreon and get all the comics free and more, like wallpapers and such.

https://www.instagram.com/dynamicamusic/

https://www.facebook.com/TheDynamicUniverse

OPTIMIZE: Render Engine and Scene Optimizations Tutorial

February 11, 2021 Leave a comment

Details

Take the OPTIMIZE: Render Engine and Scene Optimizations Tutorial.

If you are running DAZ Studio on an older machine or one that doesn’t have many resources (CPU processor speed, RAM, and graphics card memory), then it becomes crucial to learn how to quicken your render times!

Two approaches to this problem are to optimize your render settings and be efficient with setting up your 3D scene in the first place.

This 2-hour tutorial has two artists discuss both of these approaches. Slater Lewis (Tugpsx) and Drew Spence (Griffin Avid).

Various render engines are examined by Slater including iRay, 3Delight, Reality, and Octane. Slater has been heavily involved with render engine beta testing in the past, so he has a good understanding of what works for render settings. He includes a PDF document of tips and tricks for Iray. The irony is that Slater uses quite an old machine for his DAZ Studio artwork (8 years old), so he is motivated to find optimizations for his own work!

Drew Spence talks about the question “Should art be limited by hardware?” and addresses how we can get around those confinements with several direct tips, as well as recommended DAZ Store products. Drew uses a variety of these suggested products on a mass basis for his graphic novel “Force 6 Annihilators”, where he creates hundreds of scenes to render for the artwork.

About the Presenter: Drew Spence

Drew Spence is a graphic comic writer and illustrator from the United States. He creates under the title of The Dynamic Universe. He has combined his music and video into several works, including Mark of the Griffin, which is both a graphic novel and web series. He is part of the instrumental group Fallout Shelter, which provides the soundtrack. The other band members are Domino Grey, Dynamics Plus, and Xodus Phoenix.

Drew Spence is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and holds various certificates from graphic arts to web design. Drew Spence was the CEO and Editor-in-chief of Producer’s Edge magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to all aspects of music production. The magazine was packaged with a DVD which included sound samples, instructional videos, and software. He currently lives on Long Island, New York and produces his work from the aptly named Fallout Shelter Studios, where he creates crafty and clever comics using CGI and photorealistic image manipulation.

What’s Included and Features

  • This Bundle Includes:
    • OPTIMIZE: Render Engine and Scene Optimizations Tutorial
    • Optimize video : 2 hours in length.
    • Slater’s Iray tips : PDF document
    • Video Content : Time Index
    • Part 1 : Slater Lewis
      • 00:01 Using Face Transfer to create a custom character based on
      • Willem Dafoe!
      • 00:02 Slater is working on an older 8 year old machine, with just a 3Gb RAM graphics card
      • 00:03 Recommendations if you have an i7 processor
      • 00:03 About textures
      • 00:04 Know your Iray sections
      • 00:06 Using a wet/moist skin shader for a character’s skin.
      • 00:09 3rd party software recommendations to tweak shader maps and generate bump maps
  • 00:12 Hunting down the cause of Firefly problems
  • 00:14 About tone mapping with film ISO settings and aperture shutter speeds
  • 00:15 The tone mapping gamma setting.
  • 00:18 About the Reality plugin
  • 00:19 Between 3DL and Iray : how to choose which render engine as an artist
  • 00:20 Render Settings : render engines available.
  • 00:22 Octane render engine : large materials library
  • 00:24 Preset shaders for skin in Octane
  • 00:31 A reminder that you can still use Iray with just your CPU.
  • 00:34 Using two GPUs
  • 00:36 Use a main and an auxiliary viewpoint
  • 00:37 Draw settings on the Viewport
  • 00:41 Top three Iray settings for optimisation
  • 00:43 Remember to render to a new window
  • 00:45 The number of iterations for Iray – where to set
  • 00:50 The Environment map and replace the default HDR lighting for your project
  • 00:53 IRay render engine sections
  • Objects
  • 01:19 Billboards
  • 01:20 Composite rendering
  • 01:21 Billboard products overview
  • 01:24 A DAZ scene with several ideas to optimise the scene.
  • 01:26 Past hardware limitations for creating your storyworlds
  • 01:28 Canvases
  • 01:30 Resource Saver Shaders Collection product : cuts down the render time of shaders
  • 01:32 Tools for convert Iray shaders to 3Delight or vice-versa
  • 01:34 The Scene Optimiser product
  • 01:38 Settings in Scene Optimiser
  • 01:43 Example of using Scene Optimiser
  • 01:47 Fractal generator for creating backgrounds
  • 01:57 Capture the information of how long a render takes
  • 01:59 The DAZ Studio log file

https://www.daz3d.com/optimize-render-engine-and-scene-optimizations-tutorial

Force Six comic series in print. Two new books added to collection.

February 1, 2021 Leave a comment

We have two new releases for print. For those that keep asking about how to get a physical copy of our comics- we have dropped The special Redux version of Season I’s main story arc. It’s a digital remastering of the big one that started it all. The HUGE Season IV book is ready for your trade-traditional tactile tendencies.

The Destruction Of Redder Coltrane Force Six 50th

Magazine Sized Trade Paperback Full Color Page Count: 172

The Destruction of Redder Coltrane Force Six 50th Redux – The first story arc on the Force Six series is reduxed for the 50th episode celebration. Force Six member Jackie-5 and her partner, the Beta One asset, are sent to the planet Fronterra to terminate the war criminal Tiber HenGemon. When the work order gets expanded, more Annihilators are called in to…annihilate. The Destruction of Redder Coltrane presents a collected packaging of season I, the main story arc. We see Jackie-Five, Fire Destiny and Kojin Ahsaguri confronting Redder Coltrane and his band of criminal outlaws. When the smoke clears, you’ll be fully clear on what it means to be an Annihilator.

Available on IndyPlanet.

Season IV The Complete Collection – Tomorrow Always Changes

Magazine Sized Trade Paperback Full Color

Page Count: 648 Print-on-Demand ($89.95)


Season IV The Complete Collection Tomorrow Always Changes Episodes 32 through 48 are combined into a massive collection. Some memories should never fade. If a yesterday could determine who I am, then it must be said that my today could determine who I will be -tomorrow. The Drew Spence Force Six Annihilator series reaches its 4th season as we explore themes, thoughts and temperaments. The story of the future-retro action mercenary squad continues. The story arcs in this collection include Kat and Mouse, Remember to Forget You, Lost Train of Thought, Spirit of the Invincible and The Dragon and the Doll.

Curious to what the hype is about? Read a free book and see for yourself.

Force Six The Annihilators by Drew Spence- The Destruction of Redder Coltrane 50Th Celebration Redux Version. (still free to read since this free-thing is working so well)

The full series is available on comiXology. Individual episodes, collections (like a graphic novel or trade) and full seasons.

Want a physical copy to hold in your hands? Our books are available in print. IndyPlanet.com -with high-quality, deluxe format printing by Ka-Blam.

Like what we do and want to see The Dynamic Universe expand?

Share, like, comment and engage! Join the Patreon and get all the comics free and more, like wallpapers and such.

https://www.instagram.com/dynamicamusic/

https://www.facebook.com/TheDynamicUniverse