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Depth of Field tutorial Daz Studio

New tutorial video is live on You Tube

An expansion of material I covered in my Webinar series for making comics for Digital Art Live and the Daz Store. Depth of Field came up and I went over it. Here, I expand on that segment. My webinar series is for sale here: My comics are here:…


Happy New Year 2019

Thank you for all the support.

  It’s been an awesome year with a lot of changes and growth. When I year starts we never have a full idea of how it will end. You write resolutions and plan to be productive and see where the creative energies takes us. 2018 added the Digital Art Live webinar series and finds a selection of my presentations in the Daz Store. We launched the Killer Butterfly comic as a second series, behind the flagship Force Six, The Annihilators, which wrapped a 3rd Season. We had a huge year of hardware upgrades and built a new CGI rig. We also added a vast array of new software and apps to add to the graphic palette. All in all, it’s been a great 2018 and we hope 2019 continues in the same bold direction. Thank you for your support and valued readership. -Drew Spence, The Dynamic Universe.

P.S. These covers don;t really follow the months, but it does look cool.

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.

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

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.


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.

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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…