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Dark Temple Concept Art V1

Dark Temple Concept V1
Dark Temple Concept V1

Here is a concept picture of The Dark Temple Of Mymosule from my upcoming digital comic.

In Manga Studio, I imported the planetary rings render I did from Blender and added a bunch of digitally painted layers:

  1. A cloud layer.
  2. A background mountains layer.
  3. A layer for the Dark Temple Of Mymosule.
  4. A mid-ground mist layer.
  5. A foreground cliff layer.

I’m not sure the temple really looks like a temple so I will do a bit more research into dark temples and maybe do a 3D model to get my head around it all.

Ruined Steampunk Factory Concept 1

Ruined Steampunk Factory Concept 1
Ruined Steampunk Factory Concept 1

I’ve been rolling ideas around inside my head and have settled upon a ruined steampunk factory as the site of the opening scene in my comic book project.

The next task in my comic book project is to do a concept picture of the ruined steampunk factory.  My approach so far has been as follows:

  1. Gather reference images.
  2. Watch YouTube videos of people doing ruined castle type environments.
  3. Try out a few rough digital paintings for myself (as seen above).

One thing I’ve noticed is that for environments, the pro’s seem to use many more layers.  This works pretty well when you’re going for an environment with mist and a distant background landscape.

After struggling to get a good brush stroke for the planetary rings in the painting above, I reckon I will model the rings in Blender and then combine with digital painting in Manga Studio.

Winged Panther Digital Painting 1E

Winged Panther Digital Painting 1E
Winged Panther Digital Painting 1E

I’m done with my winged panther digital painting.  The background was done using Manga Studio’s water colour brush set at a really big brush size.  I also tried out the snap to grid feature when drawing in the gold border.  The total time taken was 5 hours, less than half the time of my previous picture so I think I will stick with this new process.

Winged Panther Digital Painting 1D

Winged Panther Digital Painting 1D
Winged Panther Digital Painting 1D

I’ve given Iyeon the Winged Panther some more definition on his hind legs and also given him some armour.  The membrane of his wings now also has a redish tinge to it which I thought would look more natural – not sure when I last saw a winged panther in the wild though …

Winged Panther Digital Painting 1C

I’ve been working on a winged panther digital painting.  Again I’m skipping the line drawing stage and going straight to painting.  Time spent is at around 3 hours so far in Manga Studio.

Here he is, Iyeon the Winged Panther:

Black Panther Digital Painting Practice

After taking 13 hours over my previous picture I thought I’d try out a faster technique.  This time I’ve missed out the line drawing stage and gone straight to digital painting.  I used a reference photo, Manga Studio and the Wacom Intuos3.  This black panther digital painting took 2 hours.  Next I will paint one with bat-wings and some armour!

Black Panther Digital Painting 1
Black Panther Digital Painting 1

eComic Concept Art: Sylen Benevolen 2H

 

eComic Concept Art Sylen Benevolen V2H
eComic Concept Art Sylen Benevolen V2H

Added in the light tones, tidied up a bit and added a background with a brush tool set to watercolour.

This picture has taken 14 hours in total due to me struggling with getting his legs right, changing my mind on him being topless to wearing a jacket and spending too long on the linework instead of getting straight down to the painting.

Anyway I’ve added this to the eComic Concept Art page of Project ADC-1.

eComic Concept Art: Sylen Benevolen 2F

After the blocking in of colour I’ve started adding in the shadows for my full body ecomic concept art picture of Benevolen.

This picture has taken me 11 hours so far and has made me realise that my process is very inefficient.  I spent a lot of time adding details to the line drawing which is getting painted over anyway.

I think what I should do in future is just do a very quick line drawing and not add the difficult detail till I’m painting in the colours.

eComic Concept Art: Sylen Benevolen 2F
eComic Concept Art: Sylen Benevolen 2F

eComic Concept Art: Sylen Benevolen 2E

For this concept I’ve changed my technique slightly.  In Manga Studio, instead of having the line layer on top and the paint layer beneath, I’ve switched it so that the paint layer is on top.  This means that instead of having the line layer always visible it will now disappear as I paint over the top of it.  I feel that this approach will allow me closer control on areas of detail as I paint whereas before, the line-work was obscuring the paint-work.

Total time spent on this is now at 10 hours and I have just completed “Blocking In” colour:

 

eComic Concept Art: Sylen Benevolen 2E
eComic Concept Art: Sylen Benevolen 2E

eComic Concept Art: Sylen Benevolen 2D

Further progress on my eComic Concept Art in Manga Studio.  I reckon I’ve finished the line work now, next will come the flat colours.

EComic Concept Art: Sylen Benevolen Version 2D
Sylen Benevolen Concept 2