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New on Amazon! The Concept Art Idea Book By Jeffrey Hunt

Concept Art Idea Book

New on Amazon. Last month I published my first book, The Concept Art Idea Book. I am really excited about the opportunity to help other artists this way by sharing my own lessons learned and my creative processes. Are you struggling with an idea? Are you looking at a computer…

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Best of 2017

Best of 2017

The year is almost over and I wanted to share my best designs I was inspired to create throughout the year.

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Christmas Lights Around Town

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Around Town!

Christmas lights around town everywhere you look. They glowing in the night as they reflect off of houses and trees and anything else the lights attract. Walking through the neighborhood, you can pick out the decorations you like and get inspired to decorate your own house.

 

Snowy Peak Overlooking a Mountain

Snowy Day

Snowy Peak

Snowy peak on a very cold day on top of a mountain overlooks a valley below. Grass pokes its way through the snowy layer that has started to accumulate. The mix of thick and thin snow flies through the air and makes it very hard to see. The mountains in the distance sit back humbly shaping the countryside with a rigid form. What is missing here? A snow man of course.

Background

This piece is the conceptual background for a story that I am going to do about a snowman. I am still working on the story but conceptually, this is part of the journey my snowman character will make. Winter is on its way as the last leaves fall from the trees. Soon the snow will fall and fill up our sidewalks and driveways. Those who live in the forest regions will have their own challenges as well. It is very easy for the snow to cut one off from the rest of the world.

The Design

This design was created in Clip Studio Paint and consists of two layers. I used a heavy inking tool to layout the shape of the trees and then used a painterly texture brush to fill in the detail of the branches. I used the airbrush tool for highlights and shadows. This is the fastest way to do this although there are other ways of accomplishing the same thing.

The second layer is of the mountains. I used the painterly brush again and painted in the mountain shapes. I used triangular forms and let them fade off into the distance. The painterly brush can be used to create light and shadow just by changing the direction of your stroke. The last step of this piece was the snow and rain. I used a spatter brush to do the large snow and a rain tool to scrape in the fine windy snow flakes.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, maybe you’ll like the one I did during the fall. I also did an interest autumn piece earlier this year as well. If you liked this, my latest book discusses all of the pieces from 2017 and how I designed them.

I hope you enjoyed this piece. Please let me know what you think! Your comments are important to me.

 

 

About Me – More About My Digital Work

About Me – My Digital Work

About Me Digital work.  Good day everyone! My name is Jeffrey Hunt and I love to create digital paintings and comics.  I have just started writing and publishing more digital work and books to complement my art.  Most of all, I enjoy sharing how I create my digital designs to help inspire artists everywhere to keep on drawing and perfecting their style.

While serving in the Armed Forces for the last 19 years, I have been to 15 different countries and almost all 50 states. I enjoy talking with folks, sharing ideas, and creating new art. I bring my sketchpad with me everywhere I go. Inspiration can hit at any time or place.

Understanding the Struggle

Artists everywhere struggle at times to put their ideas, thoughts, and concepts onto paper. As a result, many artists give up too quickly.

The dreaded blank sheet of paper can be a little scary at times or intimidating at the very least. Because of an understanding I have with my own struggle, I want to share all my ideas and projects here and share with you my processes for creating my stories and designs. Furthermore, on a regular basis I will be posting my work and providing tutorials for how I created the finished designs. In addition, here are a couple of my most recent posts both  here and here.

My blog is my primary means of communicating my style and any new breakthroughs I have using Clip Studio Paint. I also want to hear from my fans everywhere. So, wherever you see a comment box, please let me know what you think and what you want to see more of.

Last month I published my first book, The Concept Art idea Book. It is free if you are an Amazon Prime member or you can get it through the Kindle Lending Library. Especially relevant, the book details my work over the past year and is packed with my processes for each design. Get your copy today. It is available in E-book and hard copy.

Other Art Related Projects

I design presentations for business use to convey branding messages and for information. Additionally, I also design business cards, letterhead, spreadsheets, and just about anything else you can think of. If you have a  project and need someone reliable to partner with, contact me here or you can use my contact for below. Here is a list of other things I can create. Feel free to browse through my portfolio items

Future Projects

Some projects that I am working on now

  • Whilshire Manor – This is a story about a man named Jeb. He started off as an ordinary guy heading in a hurry to a destination he can’t remember. After an accident left him dazed and confused, he finds himself at the mysterious Whilshire Manor.,.where things just don’t seem to be what they appear.
  • *Coming Soon–Cirque Muertos – Circus of the Dead – A train crashes while heading to the next big show….there are no survivors. Subsequently, the two clowns face changes they may not be prepared to handle.

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Wooded Forest in Fall

Wooded Forest in Fallwooded forest

 

The Story

It’s a cold day in the fall and you come up on a wooded forest.  Should you go in? Why of course you should. The waning sunset is almost complete as the last few rays of the sun shine through the darkness illuminating the woods in an eerie orange.  As you walk through the woods, you can hear the sticks break underneath your feet. The breaking twigs and sticks echo off the dense trees surrounding you. The grass is tall enough to hide any critters from your sight but causes you problems as you push your way through.

About This Piece

I started out with a yellow canvas background and then shaded in where I thought the sunset would be coming through. I used a watercolor brush and made circular motions. Watercolor makes a nice transparent base that makes it easy to build off of.

On a new layer I began sketching in the trees using a thick watercolor brush and the airbrush tools. The watercolor brush made the trees seem distant and the air brush tool was used for shadows and highlights. The brown background of this layer mixed very nicely with the car of the top layer.

This is another layer with the tree details and some foliage. I scraped the individual tree details into this layer so I could play with them more without disturbing what I had on the other tree layer.

Pilgrim in the Woods

Pilgrim in the Woods visiting a Thanksgiving Dinner near you.

pilgrim

 

Pilgrim in the woods is visiting a Thanksgiving dinner near you. Halloween is over but are all the spooks really gone? The ghosts aren’t screeching and the werewolves aren’t yelping but the woods is not empty of danger.

The Pilgrim

How is it this pilgrim is here and what does he want? It’s been many long years since the Puritans first came to America and shared the first Thanksgiving. Was someone left behind or is this would be wanderer plagued with unfinished business? Time will tell when the truth is finally uncovered. I could write horror stories all year round. My goal this year is to come up with a horror idea that ties in with every major holiday. I don’t know if I will ever write a full story or not but ideas are where more ideas come from. Let me know if you have any special requests out there.

About this Design

I hope you are all enjoying my latest design. Please let me know what you think by commenting on this post or dropping a note through a form.

I used 13 different layers to design this scene. I didn’t start with a pencil sketch. In fact, I clicked on the oil paint tool and went right to work painting out the scene. The scene background was painted with the oil paint flat brush tool. The digital oils provided a nice blending affect to build the background just like playing with Play dough. I alternated shades and used the blending tool as well to get the lighting effect I wanted.

Tips and Tricks

Below are some screenshots of layers that I used. The first one is a 33% opacity layer that I drew the trees on in the distance along with some shrubs. I used a very light brown within the pallet that I was working with. This effect created some of the white noise that comes with designing wooded areas. A G-Pent was all I needed to design the trees. A darker bleed tool brush was used for the shrubs. I like to keep things murky and then pull the details out.

Background

background

 

This next section is of just the trees themselves. See how they are on their own layer? I can manipulate the depth of the piece easier this way and control the highlights and shadows without creating digital mud. Using the selection tool helps to keep the overspray from going out of control. I still have a little. Through color discipline practice, it becomes easier to paint in this fashion. The airbrush highlight and shadow tools create nice textures on the tree. I selected where the light was coming from and then I just stayed consistent until I got the trees completed. Additional texture was created by using a darker pencil to enhance the bark.

Foreground Trees

 

As I go over each part of the tree, I can slowly pull out the natural texture of the tree along with other minor details such as the roots and growth defects in the tree that make it look more interesting.

I used the ink pen tool to design the Pilgrim and then I sketched out lightly what I wanted and then filled it in. I already knew that I was going to use a silhouette so I didn’t worry about every detail with the character.  Extra grass created the mired affect. The woodlands known to be wet.

The Pilgrim Design

 

I used the polygon line tool to detail the parts of his outfit that I felt viewers would need to see to understand he is a pilgrim. I used Google to find a some good ideas for what I wanted the pilgrim to look like. Again, not a lot of serious detail required. Using my G-Pen with white pigment, I colored in some wrinkles and added some buttons. If I did my job well enough, you can tell that it’s a pilgrim.

Some additional details I added were the sun beams shining through. The line tool is awesome to get this detail. I changed the opacity on the beams so they look more transparent and played around with the color. True yellow just wasn’t covering it.

I designed the bridge with just blocks of grey matter that I blended together. I used references for this too because I just couldn’t picture the bridge the way I wanted in my head alone.

Summary

That is all for tonight. If I left some things out that you may want to know more of, please ask. I am always happy to help everyone out.  Also check out my book. You can find it here. Amazon Prime holders can get it for free. It is available in hard copy and E-book format. The book has a lot of these types of tutorials designed to help you come up with design ideas.

 

Beach Sunset

Beach Sunsets

Beach Sunsets

Beach Sunsets are one of my favorite events. What would they look like from another world? What kinds of colors would you see at night? Please let me know what you think!

Happy Halloween Tree From J HUNT GRAPHIX

The Halloween Tree

The Halloween Tree

Halloween Spirit

Happy Halloween from J HUNT GRAPHIX.  The air is cold and the sky is dimly lit. The colors of orange and yellow dominate the night as they permeate from lit pumpkins and harvest lights. There is a minor wind blowing across your shoulder. It is just enough to make you think a ghost is notifying you of its presence. There are just enough clues to let you know that Summer is gone and won’t be returning anytime soon.

Enjoy the Night

As you walk from house to house this Halloween take in all of the holiday aura. As you see the day wane into dark blues and blacks and the horizon fade into a blur of trees, bask in the revelation that Halloween brings forth all of the scary things at once. Little specs of white or yellow eyes peek at you from hidden bushes and the sounds of skittering bugs hiding from the colder air echo from the grass. Was something trying to grab at you or was there something on the sidewalk causing you to trip?

About the Picture

The scene above was created using Clip Studio Paint. The objective of the scene was to capture all of the cool colors of Halloween and accentuate the look of a brightly lit pumpkin by having it reflect off the tree. What do you see?

Five layers were used to create this piece. I used two flat color layers to help pull the tree away from the background of the scene. The tree, inks and colors, is on one layer and the background is on a separate layer. By doing this, I was able to use a blur filter on the background to make it more misty and mysterious without disturbing the look of the tree.  I really wanted the tree to be the most distinct object  in the scene other than the pumpkin of course.

The glow layer amplified the light from the pumpkin and made it look brighter against the darker background. I didn’t put a lot of detail into pumpkin other than the face as a composition strategy to keep the primary focus on the tree.

Instead of using basic flat colors, I used many colored pencils and colored inks to create the color effects that I was seeking. I wanted the scene to look more of a painting than a regular digital image.

The Future

I hope you enjoy this scene as well as other scenes that I have at Jhuntgraphix.com.
In the months to follow, I want to focus on the “How” of my designs and not so much the “What”. This means more instructional posts and not just images themselves. I have a video on YouTube that you can watch here.

As always, I want to know what YOU want to see more of. What kind of content can I produce that is more useful to you? Does anyone like comics? I can do those too. Let me know.

I wish youHappy blogging!

The Halloween Tree

The Halloween Tree