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2D Postwork Assets: Planets Vol I

September 23, 2019 Leave a comment

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Postwork: The process of taking an image, like a digital photo or render, and performing additional edits and adjustments to bring the work to competition.  These edits may include adding and subtracting elements and post-process filtering.

Want to take total control of your backdrops and outer space scenes? Have you hit the wall or run out of skydomes and HDRI environments? Rendering with the dome off leaves your main scene intact, but leaves the backdrop transparent. Once your render is done, it can be dropped into any program that supports layers and these 2D assets can be added to finish off your scene.

It can be a chore to find royalty free and useable images of alien and interesting planets. Here is where the 2D postwork series shines as it supplies numerous PNG images and plates of various planets, planetscapes and space backdrops. Quickly drag and drop these 2D assets onto your digital canvas and have total control of your space scenes or any art that requires high quality heavenly bodies.

Multi-shot planets: Single planets created at different points of rotation. This series of images represent different phases as they add a different look to any planet that might be shown more than once and needs to look fresh. These are presented as PSD files with all the different angles combined as multiple layers.

Planet Plates Planetoids: Incredible Images of planets ready to be dropped behind your renders. Available as PSD layered files AND separate PNG images for browsing ease. These are fully realized planetary images in space, great as backdrops and desktop wallpapers.

Planet Plates Surface: That “space” just above the planet gets special attention as we present 20 different images (of three planets) from near orbit and close to the surface. These are complete images that are ready to be dropped behind your Daz render as an instant epic backdrop. Can be used ‘as is’ or tweaked to your heart’s content.

Space Motion Plates: Its 23 images of that space ‘far in the distance’. These are finished backdrops that make a colorful canvas for your main subject. These are beautiful enough to be used as desktop wallpapers, but functional enough to send your art – off to the far reaches of the galaxy.

Spectrum Planets: Isolated images of planets organized by color. Of course you can alter the color, but we’ve supplied an assortment of planets that are ready to mix and match against any backdrop. Sometimes, all that’s needed is a small blue marble…or a yellow marble or…

Colorful Near-orbit surface shots: Partial planet images that would be good for orbiting space stations or events occurring just beyond the planet’s atmosphere. Enjoy a colorful patch of pretty planet parts. These are the partial arcs of a planet’s surface, place them on the edges of your scene to hint at the larger world beyond.

Ringed Planets:  A thin field of asteroids and pulverized space dust creates a beautiful band around these planets. We present entire planets and their rings. Additional media is also found in the planet plates directory.

– Includes instructional video on the various products in this series and lighting tricks for beautiful deep space renders.

Bonus Images of the 2D spaceships (used in the promotional art) provide quick-start content for your own space scenes.

You can find other series that Drew Spence has created with Digital Art Live for purchase in the Daz Store. https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live You can take classes, watch tutorials and attend webinars and much more https://digitalartlive.com/events/

Character Development for Visual Stories

September 21, 2019 Leave a comment

If you’re building a 3D character, have you struggled to find a consistent method to make sure they are distinctive and recognizable? Or are you just using trial and error….feeling your way to a possible result?

Drew Spence has solid experience in building dozens of 3D characters, including those for his Force Six Annihilators graphic novel series.  In this tutorial, he’ll show you his approach to developing distinguished and memorable characters, with Daz Studio at the heart of his workflow.

Included is a bonus tutorial that provides a great foundation for understanding basic elements of a character as well as character archetypes.

Content for this 3D Character Development Tutorial Includes..

  • Building your story world
  • Identifying characters and roles
  • Who is your character design aimed at?
  • Character strengths and weaknesses
  • Define the character’s “look and feel”
  • 15 Recommended products for developing characters in Daz Studio.
  • Writer and reader perceptions of characters
  • Making the character distinctive
  • Real world checks on your character
  • Dealing with an ensemble of characters

Bonus tutorial : Creating Compelling Characters by Peter von Stackelberg (part 1 only)

  • Our understanding of the characters is shaped by the actions they take
  • Elements to understanding a character
  • Key Properties of Characters
  • The Characters Populating Your Storyworld
  • Major, Minor and Placeholder Characters
  • Character Archetypes
  • Avoiding Clichés and Stereotypes
  • Raising the Emotional Stakes
  • Why is it important that characters be distinctive?
  • What makes a character distinctive looking?
  • What keeps characters from looking distinctive?
  • Purposeful Resemblances
  • Challenges In Distinctive Features
  • How characters are typically differentiated
  • Ways to test your cast’s distinctiveness

You can find other series that Drew Spence has created with Digital Art Live for purchase in the Daz Store. https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live You can take classes, watch tutorials and attend webinars and much more https://digitalartlive.com/events/

Sunday, July 7th-Book Cover / Comic Book cover design by Drew Spence!

Buy webinar tickets!

Our latest webinar on Book Cover / Comic Book cover design by Drew Spence! 3PM EST (New York) 8PM BST (London)

https://digitalartlive.com/…/how-to-create-compelling-book…/

Have you wondered…

•How to use book cover artwork for additional income?

•How do you instantly grab the attention of your readers?

•Which fonts work on a cover with your story genre?

•How different visual elements convey an instant story?

Drew Spence takes you through specific steps to create a compelling book cover. He’ll lead you through the process of crafting a story-telling cover image for your visual narratives. Drew professionally creates and publishes comic books every month so he has huge experience in capturing potential readers for their attention. As well as covering sci-fi, fantasy and action genres – he’ll also include a special mention on romance books and magazines!

In this webinar Drew will use DAZ Studio and Photoshop to craft the covers.

Webinar entry details to How to Create Compelling Book Covers$45.00Webinar entry details to How to Create Compelling Book Covers. Registration includes HD webinar recording and any class materials offered by the presenter.

How to Create Sci-Fi Special Effects (in Daz Store)

Daz Store Product Art Sci-Fi Special Effects

Drew Spence webinar tutorial product available in Daz Store!

In order to create an astounding Science Fiction Universe it requires numerous special effects!

Want to know how to produce laser swords, energy bolts, explosions, laser blaster effects, battle damage, starship jets and contrails to give your artwork extra dynamics? Drew Spence takes you on a step by step journey to help you generate some Sci-Fi vitality in your renders.

Drew uses both Daz Studio and PhotoShop to show must-have resources and techniques to help build a better looking Sci-Fi Universe. He goes on to using ParticleShop and a mix of other powerful resources rarely considered to create stand-out effects.

This product includes tutorials totaling 2 hours and 55 minutes and many supporting files to get you started fast in making your own special effects.

Spaceship artful scene Daz Studio 3D

Software required to follow along with these tutorials:

  • Daz Studio
  • PhotoShop
  • ParticleShop is used to a lesser extent

Tutorial Content Summary

Laser swords:

  • Laser sword effects
  • Laser sword trails
  • Sabre locks : laser swords clashing
  • Cutting and slashing effects
  • Recommended lighting for laser sword effects
  • Best laser sword related products

Laser Guns/Blasters/Phasers:

  • Laser blaster effects
  • Sci-Fi muzzle flash
  • Blaster explosions
  • Blaster scoring effects
  • Shattered glass
  • Streaming phaser beam
  • Best blaster/laser/scoring brushes and products
laser sword fight, Daz Studio,Drew Spence promo image

Spaceship jets, contrails and damage:

  • Jet effects – using authentic lighting
  • Jet engine trails and high energy plasma exhaust
  • Battle damage : dirtying up a spacecraft in a laser battle
  • Best brushes and resources for jets and contrails
  • Bonus : Must-have – three incredible resources – surprising source of special effects you wouldn’t expect.

Inside a Spaceship:

Space window pensive figure> Daz Studio Drew Spence promo image
  • Creating a convincing spaceship interior scene using modular elements in novel ways.
  • Unexpected uses for Sci-Fi props and gadgets.
  • Lighting and dressing up your own Sci-Fi set using Nurnies and Greebles
  • Creating a star-gazing viewport scene with modular parts and the supplied galactic backdrops.

We’d like to thank ERA-7 for providing a free Sci-Fi Textures Pack included in this product.

About the Presenter : Drew Spence:

  • Drew Spence is a graphic comic writer and illustrator from New York. 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 crafts crafty and clever comics using CGI and photo-realistic image manipulation.

You can find other series that Drew Spence has created with Digital Art Live for purchase in the Daz Store. https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live You can take classes, watch tutorials and attend webinars and much more https://digitalartlive.com/events/

Sci-Fi Special Effects Webinars Saturday & Sunday June 1 and 2nd

Creating an astounding science fiction universe requires numerous special effects. Want to know how to add laser swords, energy bolts, explosions, starship jets and contrails to give your visuals extra dynamics? Drew Spence takes you on a step by step journey to help you create some sci-fi vitality in your story world. He’ll use Photoshop to demonstrate the best techniques and brushes as well as other must-have resources to help you build your sci-fi universe.

Sci-fi special effects webinar entry$55.00Sci-fi special effects webinar entry. Includes HD webinar recording and any materials that the presenter includes for class members.

Part 1 : Sci-fi weapons

Date: Saturday 1st May

Duration: 1.5+ hours.

Laser swords : “An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”

  • Laser sword effects
  • Laser sword trails
  • Sabre locks : laser swords clashing
  • Cutting and slashing effects
  • Recommended lighting for laser sword effects
  • Best laser sword related products

Laser Blasters : “Sorry about the mess.”

  • Laser blaster effects
  • Sci-fi muzzle flash
  • Blaster explosions
  • Blaster scoring effects
  • Shattered glass
  • Streaming phaser beam
  • Best blaster/laser/scoring brushes and products

Part 2 : Sci-fi Starships

Date: Sunday 2nd May

Duration: 1.5+ hours.

Spaceship jets, contrails and damage : “I’ve outrun Imperial starships, not the local bulk-cruisers, mind you…”

  • Jet effects – using authentic lighting
  • Jet engine trails and high energy plasma exhaust
  • Space warp/jump effect including star trails
  • Battle damage : dirtying up a spacecraft in a laser battle
  • Colors for jets – what works?
  • Best brushes and resources for jets and contrails
  • Bonus : Must-have – three incredible resources – surprising source of special effects you wouldn’t expect.

Inside a Spaceship : “Would it help if I got out and pushed?”

  • Plasma tubes
  • Classic Sci-fi corridors – dressing and lighting for different scenes
  • Sci-fi control panels : from kit bash to a graphic dashboard

Postwork help

During the webinars (If there’s time) or afterwards in the FB Digital Art Live community group…

  • We’ll assist you with your own sci-fi/fantasy scenes to give you feedback on adding/adjusting special effects

You can find other series that Drew Spence has created with Digital Art Live for purchase in the Daz Store. https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live You can take classes, watch tutorials and attend webinars and much more https://digitalartlive.com/events/

Prime Postwork in the Daz Store

Prime Postwork Solutions Workshop available in the Daz Store

These tutorials presented by Drew Spence are designed to assist you with scene composition and postwork . If you’re having trouble for your renders in polishing your character-based scenes, Drew offers valuable postwork tools and tips that can assist you with that that process.

One tutorial provides a primer packed with tips, tools and approaches that will help you create a checklist of what to look for in a scene before it’s rendered and for actions you can apply in postwork.

The second tutorial is the recording of a live online class or “postwork clinic” where Drew assists artists with various problems found in their renders. 

  • Learn from Drew’s own case studies of actions, filters, lighting, composition techniques learned over the years
  • Advice on virtual camera set ups, composition, framing, lighting and postwork.
  • See how to solve challenges with postwork when using Photoshop
  • Repairs and fixing flaws in the rendered image.

Main tools used in these tutorials: DAZ Studio and Photoshop. Other postwork resources in the DAZ 3D store are recommended in the tutorials.

Duration: 2 tutorials with total duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes

You can find other series that Drew Spence has created with Digital Art Live for purchase in the Daz Store. https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live You can take classes, watch tutorials and attend webinars and much more https://digitalartlive.com/events/

Postwork Podcast Unit-M Copycat Calamity

Postwork Podcast Unit-M Copycat Calamity

http://unitmcomics.thecomicseries.com/

Drew Spence from The Dynamic Universe does another session of Post Work. The artwork is supplied by

UnitMCcomics and can be found here:

http://unitmcomics.thecomicseries.com/comics/first/

Unit-M is a web comic about a team of super-powered Monsters assembled to combat human-Monster violence and stand against prejudice. The comic takes place a world where Monsters with bizarre features and amazing abilities live among ordinary people.

Live webinars can be attended through Digital Art Live and they can be purchased as  a HD video from the Daz Store.

https://digitalartlive.com/

Products from the Daz Store

https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live

Products of note

https://www.daz3d.com/daz-studio-postwork-clinic

https://www.daz3d.com/comic-book-creation–foundation-course-part-1

https://www.daz3d.com/comic-book-creation–foundation-course-part-2

https://www.daz3d.com/digital-kit-bashing–easily-create-innovative-props-and-scenes

https://www.daz3d.com/digital-kit-bashing–space-and-spaceships

https://www.daz3d.com/digital-kit-bashing–cities-landscapes-and-structures

Read comics from The Dynamic Universe on comiXology

https://www.comixology.com/The-Dynamic-Universe/comics-publisher/12027-0

Support our works on Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

Purchase out Digital 2D assets and more

https://www.artstation.com/griffinavid