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Comic Creation Foundation Part III & IV

September 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Comic Foundation Course Parts III and IV

Comic Foundation Art for III and IV

Post work and Special Effects

Text and Type and Cover Art

Presented by Drew Spence, the creator of the Force Six Annihilators comic series

Saturday September 22

Sunday September 23

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Join us for the continuation for foundational webinars to assist you in producing your comic. This time we’re focusing on special effects, lighting, lettering and comic book covers. Presented by Drew Spence, the creator of the Force Six Annihilators comic series.

This foundation comic creation course is perfect if you are wondering of HOW to be most effective when dealing with lettering (speech bubbles), lighting your scenes within DAZ Studio, adding special effects and postwork to enhance your story panels and creating effective comic book covers.

Saturday September 22              Sunday September 23          Cost:$55

Webinar entry details for Comic Creation

parts 3 and 4

$55.00 Webinar entry details for Comic Creation parts 3 and 4 : includes HD recordings and any class materials.

PART 1 : Saturday the 22nd of September

Commences 20:00 BST (London)/15:00 EDT (New York)/12:00 PDT (Los Angeles)

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

The comic foundational course continues with Post Work and Special Effects. We’ll explore the four types of post-render tasks and a multitude of systems and techniques to enhance your artwork. Everything from the subtle to the sublime will be covered in great detail. As always, we’ll cover your best options from the Daz Store and explore what’s available, across all the platforms, and many free options.  Drew Spence will add a conceptual approach so that the lessons from today will remain relevant for years to come. The course includes:

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

Find a few options to save and salvage your work – without the time-consuming re-render option. We always say -tuck it away and keep it in play.

– Enhance and Elevate

Add to the fine work done by the talented Published Artists and create your own look after the render is completed. We’ll show creative ways to edit every aspect of your images to fully encompass your sensibilities and artistic vision. That’s a fancy way of saying make some of their stuff look better.

– Envision your Environment

Generate your backdrops from scratch and take total control of your environment.  Create your own camera effects, after the render, and add a dramatic sense to any image. We’ll present new products to create everything from inner space to outer space.

– Find fine details in the Frame.

Frame your work and add artistic touches. We’ll cover numerous ways to add a signature style to your projects and create your own tone.

– Special Effects

Whether you are concerned with magic, action or nature, we’ll explore the many ways to create special effects in your Daz Studio interface and take the look to the next level in post. We’ll cover the must-have products that will enable your renders to contain all the energy and power they deserve.

– Lighting Effects and Helpers

Enjoy creating stepped-up renders that set-up your post work enhancements with creative techniques that take full advantage of our comic sensibilities. 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. We’ll actually- we do a little bit of cheating to get around long rendering times.

PART 2 : Sunday 23rd of September

Commences 20:00 BST (London)/15:00 EDT (New York)/12:00 PDT (Los Angeles)

Duration: 1.5 -2 hours

Drew Spence and Digital Art Live present the fourth and final segment of the Comic Book Foundation course. A picture says a thousand words as we look at the usage of text in our work and break down the first impression, which is our cover art. Paul Bussey commissions the exploration of the total comic package. We will discover why words are more than words and how your character-driven dialogue becomes the greatest vehicle to the gaining long term interest from your readership. This course will cover:

– Dialogue and Text

We discuss the basic rules of sentence structure for comics – from grammar to grabbing attention. It’s about comic book fonts and laying out your speech. We’ll cover the norms and conventions, but still leave room for creative expression.

– Word balloons and encasing text.

After we cover their creation and placement, we explore the many programs and options and then tie it all back to planning the Daz Studio render. It’s the pulse and pace, using panels, paragraphs and pages to push and pull your readers along.

– Titles

What’s in a name? We’ll talk about word association and why what you say must match what you mean when it comes to comic and sequential art. We explore why a title remains something you earn.


Take your title and turn it into a head-turning logo that will stand out. We will explore the link between the words you choose and the shape of words and how that matters in the creation of your comic title. We will explore creative options that move your title and logo beyond fonts and phrases.

– Covering your Cover

Drew Spence will present most important concepts behind cover design and why this first impression of your series is so important. You’ll learn to tell your full story in one image and deliver on your promises.

– Publishing and pushing

As a special bonus, the Comic Foundation Course will send you on your way to self-publishing your title and list the many options for presenting your work in a commercial capacity. We will arm you with the concept of Arms and give you the tools you need to share your work and allow your releases to garner the attention they deserve.

Along with a technical how-to approach, this course deals with higher concepts so that the lessons you resources you gain today will remain relevant and useful for the rest of your creative career. The Comic Book Foundation course is commissioned by Paul Bussey for Digital Art Live and created by Drew Spence from the Dynamic Universe. Thank you for attending and being part of this creative journey

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 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.



Force Six 23 Trust is a Thing

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

The Annihilators episode 23

Wheels and Cogs Part II Trust is a Thing


Force Six The Annihilators cover episode 23

Wheels and Cogs and the big Part II

The Wheels and Cogs story arc reaches its end!
Sometimes getting in is easy and getting out is almost impossible. Time is rolling out for Force Six member LunStar-G as she infiltrates a band of biker babes by a bold bluff. Drew Spence did the story and art. Available on comiXology right now!

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The exchange that is a true exchange

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Motorcycle and clash

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head to head, bike to bike

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Killer Butterfly NEW SERIES

September 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Killer Butterfly #1:


The Waters of Sorrow and Pain

Killer Butterfly 01 The Waters of Sorrow and Pain

Drew Spence, the creator of Force Six The Annihilators, presents the Killer Butterfly series. The lives of young Kuse Yatsumi and the warrior Odion Adisa intersect in a tragic turn of fate. What is their true destiny and what will it cost them to find out? 48 Pages, full color

The Story is…

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.

Force Six 22 Wheels and Cogs

September 1, 2018 Leave a comment

Force Six, The Annihilators

#22: Wheels and Cogs: Weak Links

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LunStar-G goes Biker-babe.

22 Wheels and Cogs Part I Weak Links – Available on comiXology

It’s a well-heeled wheeled adventure when LunStar-G ventures into a bundle of bikers and works her way into a gorgeous gang of gangsta gals. Here’s the catch: Catch them without getting caught or caught up. Wheels weaved and written by Drew Spence.

This starts a new story arc! Enjoy. The full story is already being enjoyed on Patreon.
LunStar-G force Six by motortbike

Sometimes, the game starts before you’re ready.

Force Six, The Annihilators. Episode 22

Let’s get ready to go.

Force Six panel pull from episode 22

Action from early in the episode

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New comics, books and Season II

A ton of new releases today.

The final episode of Incendiary: The Man who Burns story arc arrives!

Force Six, The Annihilators

#21: Shade of Sight

The Annihilators season II comes to an end with the final piece of the Incendiary story arc.

It doesn’t take that many dragoffs.

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The final fight and flames of a dying fire as Kojin Ahsaguri faces off against a powerful pugilist. What has the assassin learned and what lesson will Kojin need to teach in order to survive the burning gaze of his ultimate adversary? Force Six season II comes to a close in this 21st episode. Singed scenes and sentences by Drew Spence

Force Six The Annihilators Kojin is ready

Second stage action is about to start

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Body, chin, temple!

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Pressure points on point

And with that comes the entire story arc in one collectible, humongous offering.

Force Six, The Annihilators: Collection: Incendiary: The Man who Burns

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It’s a twist of flaming fates and turning temperatures as Force Six member Kojn Ahsaguri takes on three -for two reasons and only one will survive. Force Six episodes 19, 20 and 21 are combined into one hot adventure. 92 pages, full color. Additional artwork included. Series created and illustrated by Drew Spence.

Available in DIGITAL on comiXology and in print.
And, and that book ends Force Six, The Annihilators Season II which was dominated by the Building Blocks story arc.

Force Six Seasons: Season II Building Blocks


Force Six season II comic cover

Force Six Season II, the collection

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Season II Building Blocks

Welcome to Force Six, The Annihilators Season II Building Blocks. Drew Spence presents episodes 10 through 21 as a complete collection. We begin with the main Building Blocks Volume I story arc and continue with Fire Destiny’s Coils of the Medusa which combined episodes 14 and 15. Episodes 16, 17 and 18 gave us the Last Resort where Agility and LunStar-G are sent on vacation to solve to murder mystery. We close out season II with Kojin’s Incendiary: The Man Who Burns, episodes 19, 20 and 21. 348 pages, full color, deluxe format.The Dynamic Universe thanks you for your support in making season II a success. Your enthusiasm inspires our efforts and will continue to follow the adventures of Force Six, The Annihilators. – Drew SpenceAs always ..Where to get our works…..

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Professional Comic Book Foundation Course

Digital Art Live 2D – 3D Webinar


Join us for a special two part foundation set of webinars to assist you in producing your comic. These two webinars will give you a great overview to help you get started. Presented by Drew Spence, the creator of the Force Six Annihilators comic series.

This foundation comic creation course is perfect if you are wondering of HOW to get started with ideas, tools and general workflow. REGISTRATION PAGE 1…

PART 1 Planning and Plotting :

Sunday the 26th of August

Commences 20:00 BST (London)/15:00 EDT (New York)/12:00 PDT (Los Angeles)

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Planning and plotting, before you start drawing and rendering.

– Steps to success at no (or minimal) cost.

– Doing it all yourself and the many hats of Writing and Illustrating – Overview and Vision Synopsis

– What will I be reading and experiencing?

Pitch Points and the one sentence elevator pitch Short story slices of life as episodes, issues and side quests. Long planner for what will happen if you get a full run?

– My Genre

– My Audience

– My research, my resources

PART 2 Story Telling and Sequential Art :

Sunday 2nd of September Commences 20:00 BST (London)/15:00 EDT (New York)/12:00 PDT (Los Angeles)

Duration: 1.5 -2 hours

Story telling and selling a story about sequential art

– Deconstructing the narrative.

– Reinventing the Wheel

– Templates, Libraries, Actions and Presets.

– Saving and archiving assets and notes (for location and regeneration)

– Time framing and real time versus creative time..

– Panels and Page planning.

The Annihilators #20 The Burning Man

Force Six, The Annihilators

#20: The Burning Man

Force Six comic book cover #20

The Burning Man burns!

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Force Six member Kojin Ahsaguri finds he’s playing with fire as his vision dims in the grips of Grippa the Grappler. The last spark of life may be the dying ember as the Force Six, Annihilator graphic comic races towards its Season II climax. Phrases and frames by Drew Spence

SPOILER ALERT (since episode 19 ended with our cliffhanger!)
Page Pullers from episode 20
Force Six action shot from episode 20

Kojin in trouble

More opening action!
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Kojin in action against Reva the grappler.

As always ..

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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. Story & art by Drew Spence.