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Daz Store Visual Story Writing

December 9, 2019 Leave a comment

Visual Story Writing : From Inception to Production

Drew Spence, comic creator shares his experience on story writing for your 3D art using Daz Studio. This two part tutorial set runs for 3 hours and 24 minutes in total.

Every road trip requires a map to prevent the driver getting lost along the way. Similarly the crafting of any well told story for a visual narrative is potentially a long road trip!

On the way you may find some diverting stops and detours. You might even change your mind about the final destination.

But if you are wandering aimlessly without a plan, your passengers (or readers) will eventually get tired, hungry and grumpy. They’ll think again before going on a road trip with you.

Without a proper map there is no answer to the question, “Are we there yet?”

High quality stories tell you plainly when you have arrived at the destination. Don’t leave your passengers guessing about whether you’re getting close.

Stories have deliverable payoff points- just like like the signs along a highway counting down the miles until you’ve reached your destination. They give you a sense of scale and a growing anticipation that the end is nearing.

Part I Creating Your Story from Inception to Production (tutorial 1)

  • Nailing down the “Big Idea” and inspiration behind your work as you create a vision worth investing your time and resources and being worthy of reading and supporting.
  • Pro Tips and the necessary elements that you should have in place BEFORE you start creating your story.
  • Breaking your story into deliverable chunks and creating incentives for support and the emotional investment from your readership.

Part II Caring for your story (tutorial 2)

  • Crafting characters and creating a curve. We’ll go beyond the heroes’ journey and focus on the ‘lost art’ of storytelling through images and well, more images.
  • We will tackle maintaining a production schedule along with time management and the intersection between inspiration and technical skill.
  • We will provide tools to address writer’s block, lulls, dry spells, rough spots and even avoiding dead ends.

Part III Closing out your story, taking breaks and exit points. (tutorial 2)

  • We will address buffer zones and creating natural gaps, a hiatus and premature endings.
  • We cover the techniques to ramp the entire series towards a satisfying climax.
  • We finish with the finale -After the story is done and the open-ended ending.

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/

Available on comiXology in digital format

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:

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  • 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/

Prime Postwork Solutions Workshop (17 MAR 2019 Sunday)

As a digital artist are you stuck on:-

  • Arranging a scene?
  • Getting good composition?
  • Postwork challenges?
  • Special effects with Photoshop?
  • Portraying your visual story?
  • Which filters to apply?
  • Repairing a render?

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 provide expert advice on composition improvements, offer postwork tips and power up your story-telling artwork.

  • 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: Sunday 17th March

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.

DETAILS

Date:Sunday March 17Time:8:00 pm – 9:30 pmCost:$29Event Categories:Community MasterclassCompositionDAZ StudioPhotoshopPostworkEvent Tags:ChallengeCliniccomicgraphic novelIllustrationPostworkSolutionWorkshop

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/

Digital Kit Bashing in the Daz Store

January 22, 2019 Leave a comment

Easily Create Innovative Props and Scenes

Details

Digital Kit Bashing : How to create new innovative props and scenes all from your existing content

Drew Spence presents a tutorial on how to extend the usefulness of your Daz Studio library. Learn how produce your dream place or prop!

Drew will include highly recommended resources as part of this comprehensive process to give you “prop permutations” from your library. Save money by utilizing your existing assets to the max!

In this tutorial:

  • Two kit bashing case studies
  • The best product and product types to facilitate kit-bashing.
  • Generating textures and creating a uniform look.
  • Shading props and tailoring the feel of your assets.
  • Expert uses of scale and lighting to create a signature style
  • https://youtu.be/iqbg3J6S4zc

What you’ll need for this series:-

  • Daz Studio
  • Photoshop or a photo-editing program (light use)

This and other tutorials are available from Digital Art Live, in the Daz Store.

Digital Kit Bashing Part 2

January 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Part II : Space and Spaceships

Date: Sunday January 13th – 20:00 GMT/12:00 PST/15:00 EST

Missed a part? Buy the “Complete Series” ticket to gain the previous webinar recordings

In this unique webinar series, you’ll learn how to gain much more value from your DAZ Studio product library, extending the usefulness of your existing models. This will help you create innovative and fresh props/scenes all from your existing content. Drew Spence from the Dynamic Universe will include highly recommended resources as part of this comprehensive process to give you “prop permutations” from your library. Save money by utilizing your existing assets to the max!

Digital Kit Bashing Series

What you’ll need for this series:-

  • DAZ Studio
  • Photoshop or a photo-editing program (light use)

Part II is all about the open spaces and the starships that travel across your galaxy. We have in the Daz store space HDRI products and alien-world skydomes. We can create our own galactic backdrop and build on those environments through kit bashing. We can take the post work approach and create our own scenery or add our extra touches directly in DAZ Studio to whatever environment we have chosen to use.

We will cover:

  • The best products and environments to start from and aid in our kit bashing efforts.
  • Software to generate spacescapes, skies, beautiful starfields and more!
  • Creating your own planets and worlds in 2D and 3D.
  • Resources for royalty-free images
  • Generate Spaceships or build them yourself plus the best sites for modular parts and pieces.

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/

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

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

Comic Book Creation : Part 2

October 19, 2018 Leave a comment

The Comic Book Creation :

Foundation Course Part 2

is available in the Daz Store.

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Details

How to Create Comic Books using DAZ Studio (Part 2)

Have you ever considered using your Daz 3D assets to create a comic book?

Have you wanted to turn your rendered pictures into a story?

How do you do this and where do you begin?

In part 2 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. The Griffin Avid takes his knowledge, gained from his formal education and the experience of creating one of the most popular CGI comics, and distills it into these tutorials

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.

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Tutorial 1

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.
  • Enhance and Elevate
  • Envision your Environment
  • Find fine details in the Frame.
  • Special Effects
  • Lighting Effects and Helpers

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Tutorial 2

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. 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
  • Word balloons and encasing text.
  • Titles
  • Logos
  • Covering your Cover
  • Publishing and pushing

The Comic Book Foundation course is commissioned by Digital Art Live and created by Drew Spence from the Dynamic Universe.

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.

Scene Optimizer Not Included in this Product.

In case you missed it…

Comic Book Creation : Foundation Course Part 1

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Tutorial 1 Planning and Plotting

Tutorial 2 Story Telling and Sequential Art