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Daz Studio Postwork Clinic

December 28, 2018 Leave a comment

Artwork work for After the Render

Available in the Daz Store

This tutorial presented by Drew Spencer is a scene composition and postwork “clinic”. If you’re having trouble with any render where you’re aiming to produce a polished character-based scene, Drew offers valuable postwork tools and tips that can assist you with that that process.

  • Learn from Drew’s own case studies of actions, filters, recommended Photoshop plugins, lighting and composition techniques.
  • Drew gives professional feedback to a series of Daz Studio artists
  • Solve challenges that you have had with postwork when using Photoshop.
  • Advice on repairing flaws in a rendered image.

Photoshop is used in this tutorial to help you take your renders to a more professional and effective level. 

Duration: 2 hours 2 minutes

  • Definition and types of postwork
  • Adding energy and movement to a scene
  • How to apply successful blurring
  • Depth of field techniques
  • Postwork fixes on bad render elements
  • How to emphasise characters or other elements in the scene
  • Adding special effects such as energy bolts or lightning
  • Animated postwork effects

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’s also part of the instrumental group Fallout Shelter which provides the soundtrack.

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. 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 Daz Studio at the heart of his workflow.

What’s Included and Features

  • Two hour tutorial video (standard and high quality versions included)
    • 00:00 – Introduction
    • 00:02 – Definition of postwork and type of post work
    • 00:05 – Preparing for postwork in the scene before rendering.
    • 00:05 – Drew’s case study 1 : Car scene before and after postwork.
    • 00:10 – Drew’s case study 2: City bank scene
    • 00:12 – Drew’s case study 3: How to bring energy and movement into a scene by postwork.
    • 00:15 – Blurring and adjustment layers
    • 00:19 – 3DL vs Iray for blur
    • 00:20 – Class submitted render : Dragon in the park
    • 00:25 – Depth of field to emphasise specific parts of the image
    • 00:30 – Postwork fix : add a missing element (knife belt)
    • 00:32 – Using particle shop
    • 00:35 – Class submitted render : Sci-fi freighter anime captain
    • 00:36 – Watermarks pros and cons
    • 00:40 – Smoke brush
    • 00:45 – Adding postwork lights to the spaceship
    • 00:50 – Background to the anime captain.
    • 00:51 – Class submitted render : suburban street
    • 00:52 – Experimenting with tilt shift, a blurring tool
    • 00:55 – Depth layer pass.
    • 01:00 – Autopainter – applying painting styles in postwork.
    • 01:04 – Class submitted render : fantasy sword in the stone
    • 01:05 – Render issue – remove unwanted render hard edge line
    • 01:06 – The importance of upsampling
    • 01:10 – Making a foreground element (the sword) stand out
    • 01:15 – Getting to the “meat” of the image by cropping
    • 01:20 – Adding special effects : lightening
    • 01:25 – Adding special effects : particle effects (Ron’s brushes)
    • 01:30 – Adjusting objects to add any glow created by lightning
    • 01:33 – Drew’s case study : postwork tools used in his comic book artwork
    • 01:35 – Comic book cover : various techniques applied
    • 01:40 – Energy and particle effects in comic artwork.
    • 01:45 – Mindset and postwork – increasing your rate of actions on postwork
    • 01:50 – Photo mirage – application to add animated postwork effects
    • 01:55 – DP Animation maker – 2nd application example to apply postwork animation effects
  • Photoshop postwork example files

Thanks everyone!

Before I forget, if you want to attend the live recordings, Digital Art Live has a whole series of sessions for classes, clinics and tutorials. https://digitalartlive.com/events/

And, and before I go, they also have a magazine and I am featured in Issue 35, out now. My interview starts on page 35

 https://issuu.com/tosk/docs/dalissue3520181219

Happy Holidaze from The Dynamic Universe!

December 24, 2018 Leave a comment

Happy Holidaze artwork banner

Have a safe and wonderful Holidaze season, from all of at The Dynamic Universe.

As requested, Shareable version for Mobile media apps. Thank you!

Drew Spence interview in Digital Art Live Magazine

December 19, 2018 Leave a comment

DAL gives The Dynamic Universe a verse!

Digital Art Live magazine cover issue 35

Drew Spence, the creator of Force Six, The Annihilators and Killer Butterfly comic series is featured in Digital Art Live magazine’s 35th issue. Peep the full reads here. We start on page 34. Thank you, Digital Art Live.

DA Live is a stunning showcase of some of the best digital art in the sci-fi and fantasy genres beautifully presented in our new monthly magazine. It follows the same format as our previous publication 3D Art Direct.

LET’S EXPLORE DIGITAL ART

 
Join us to discover stories of creativity in 2D and 3D digital art through our live webinars, magazine and podcast.

We specialise in promoting and interviewing digital artists in the sci-fi and fantasy genres to help inspire you on your creative journey.

Free Force Six Starter Guide

December 19, 2018 Leave a comment
Force Six Starter Guide cover

Force Six Starter Guide FREE
Drew Spence and The Dynamic Universe present a Starter Guide to The Twilight Universe and Force Six, The Annihilators comic series. 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.

This narrative follows their exploits and attempts to shed light on their controversial legacy. Each adventure will be marked to indicate the current place in their timeline. Enter the Annihilator Universe- where humankind has touched the stars and reshaped a thousand worlds. They live in the past and they live in the future. They are the inheritors of our yesterdays and the architects of our tomorrows. There will be justice and there will be vengeance. And in the end, there will be Annihilation. They are Force Six, The Annihilators. 64 Pages full color. Story & art by Drew Spence.

We are The Dynamic Universe. We create graphic comics. They sit between traditional strips and a 3-D style of photorealistic drama. Enjoy the science-fantasy action adventure with terrific tints, great graphics and compelling story-telling. Read the comic and enjoy the soundtrack. Story and art by Drew Spence.

comiXology in digital format

DriveThruComics for PDF format

In Print from Indy Planet

And all the Social Media…

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

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

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

Killer Butterfly #3: Fat Gold Chain

December 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Killer Butterfly 3: Fat Gold Chain
Killer Butterfly continues as Jaguar warrior Odion Adisa faces his first daemon in a fight to the death. The grave of his parents may also become his own! Kuse Yatsumi must discover if she is ready to fully transform – or must she remain in her cocoon a while longer. The Killer Butterfly story continues in Fat Gold Chain. Everybody wants one.


Killer Butterfly, Vol. 1: Daemons of Destiny

Two unlikely warriors embark on an epic journey to rid their world of the alien Daemons. Their quest will take them to the edge of madness and face to face with an evil so old and ancient- it has turned monsters into myths and the hopeless into heroes.

Available on comiXology now!

We are The Dynamic Universe. We create graphic comics. They sit between traditional strips and a 3-D style of photorealistic drama. Enjoy the science-fantasy action adventure with terrific tints, great graphics and compelling story-telling. Read the comic and enjoy the soundtrack. Story and art by Drew Spence.

comiXology in digital format

DriveThruComics for PDF format

In Print from Indy Planet

And all the Social Media…

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

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

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

https://www.facebook.com/TheDynamicUniverse/

Postwork live webinar Sunday the 9th December 2018

December 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Learn more about the scene/postwork clinic HERE


Scene Composition and postwork clinic.

Drew Spence is presenting a scene-set up and postwork live webinar clinic this Sunday the 9th December , based on his experience of working on hundreds of scenes and renders for his professional comic work. It’s a chance to meet Griffin and gain his input on any scenes or renders that you need assistance with. He’ll also show different case studies of scenes and postwork situations that have maximized his renders.

https://digitalartlive.com/event/postwork-clinic-your-postwork-challenges-solved/

This workshop is a scene composition and postwork “clinic”. If you’re having trouble with any scene where you’re aiming to produce a polished book cover illustration, a product cover, a graphic novel panel, a character or a landscape based scene, we’ll suggest composition improvements and offer postwork tips.

  • Learn from Drew’s own case studies of actions, filters, lighting, composition techniques learned over the years
  • Showcase your scenes/renders and gain professional feedback from Griffin (Drew Spence)
  • Advice on virtual camera set ups, composition, framing, lighting and postwork.
  • Solve your current challenges that you may have with postwork when using Photoshop 
  • Repairs and fixing flaws in the rendered image.

Join us in this workshop, led by Griffin Avid, a professional comic book artist who 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.

We’ll be using DAZ Studio and Photoshop to help you take your basic scene and render to a more professional and effective image. This workshop is about assisting you, so please bring along your renders (up to a maximum of 4 renders) ready to show from your desktop. You can also forward your renders to us ready for the webinar, by using our Hightail dropbox 

Date: Wednesday 9th December

Duration: About 1.5 hours.

– Fixes for repair and the many ways to save a “bad” render.

Learn options to save and salvage your work – without the time-consuming re-render option. 

– Re-frame

Advice on re-positioning the camera and re-framing your work to capture the right mood and actions in a scene. 

– Special Effects

Enhance the magic, sci-fi or action elements of your render. Learn some ways to create special effects in your Daz Studio interface and take the look to the next level in post. Includes mention of must-have products that will enable your renders to contain all the energy and power they deserve.

– Lighting Effects and Helpers

Step-up your renders with adjusting the lighting. Push your dramatic lighting to max in Daz and in post. We’ll break a few rules and create a set of options to push the boundaries of the iray engine. Includes some cheating to get around long rendering times.

About the Presenter Drew Spence

https://digitalartlive.com/event/postwork-clinic-your-postwork-challenges-solved/

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 GreyDynamics 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 crafts crafty and clever comics using CGI and photorealistic image manipulation.www.TheDynamicUniverse.com@DynamicaMusic

Force Six Episode 26 The Challenge

December 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Force Six The Annihilators

Force Six, The Annihilators #26: The Challenge

TenYa is serious


It’s a mighty match of mayhem and murder when Force Six member Alexi Alito takes us back to his greatest contest and the destruction of authority on a small planet- in a far pocket of the old universe. His hardest fight may still be waiting… after the fight. This concludes the Challenge of the Champion story arc. Drew Spence climbs and crowns a championship level collection. AVAILABLE on comiXology!

Jim and Max. really.
The Mix of Mortal Combat!

Also The Complete Adventure is available for those waiting on the full story in one complete read.

Force Six, The Annihilators: Challenge of The Champions The Complete Adventure

Challenge of The Champions
It’s a contest of champions when the UFWA attempts to unify the Universal Heavyweight Championship. The Oberon Authority wants the civilian Alexi Alito beaten and the Renegades want to beat the totalitarian regime to the punch- literally. Challenge of the Champions combines season III episode 25; The Champion and episode 26; The Challenge into one explosive package. 88 pages, full color. Marked and matched by Drew Spence.

Louise, Louise, Louise. 

Sexy when women wear men’s clothes. Truth. But not in this case.

She really said he aint won in a  while. Wow.

Pick up the complete adventure on comiXology. 

Who and What?

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 Annihilators. Story & art by Drew Spence.

We are The Dynamic Universe. We create graphic comics. They sit between traditional strips and a 3-D style of photorealistic drama. Enjoy the science-fantasy action adventure with terrific tints, great graphics and compelling story-telling. Read the comic and enjoy the soundtrack. Story and art by Drew Spence.

comiXology in digital format

DriveThruComics for PDF format

In Print from Indy Planet

And all the Social Media…

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

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

https://twitter.com/DynamicaMusic

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

https://www.facebook.com/TheDynamicUniverse/