2018 Free Calendar Available Now

The Concept Art Idea Book has been out for almost a year. To celebrate, I have put together a free calendar for you to download. If you haven’t checked out the book yet, you can at https://www.amazon.com/Concept-Art-Idea-Book/dp/1549507869. You can also check out my Concept Art Idea Book page here.

This 12 month calendar has almost all of my designs that were used in the book. Now you can enjoy them in a .pdf downloadable from my store and on my book page. The file is in .pdf format can be printed in its entirety or just one month at a time. Use them on your desk or hang them from you refrigerator or any other place you keep important dates.

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My Snowman Story

My Snowman story, War With WYNTR, is currently in production. The story is about the bond a child forms with the creations that they create from the snow, their friendship, and sacrifice.  Additionally, I am testing the limits with this story about how far that bond can go between creation and child. I have been working on the cover, the storyboards, and story maps for the story this morning. I saw this image in my mind, title and all. Out of compellation, I decided to run with it even though typical covers can be done last.  I am looking for your thoughts though. What do you think of the font and the design? Please let me know what you think!

snowman

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.

 

 

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 visiting a Thanksgiving Dinner near you.

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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

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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.

 

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

Free Art Available!

Free art available! I am celebrating my newly published book on Amazon by giving away some FREE original art filesThe files are available in Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint formats. Why am I giving them away you might ask? The premise of the book is all about how to create new and different concept art designs from initial ideas to the finished piece. By giving away some companion art, I am hopefully inspiring and visually assisting you to create your own. All of the layers are available for editing in both formats. You can easily go in and reconstruct the designs however you want. Besides, who would turn down some free art?

 

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Explore the Spider Web Collection Today

Spider Web CollectionNew to the suite of JHUNTGRAPHIX Society6 shop is the Spider Web Collection just in time for Halloween. The Spider Web Collection is a great conversation starter at any party or social event. There is a huge variety of items to choose from backpacks to coffee cups. You can even decorate your bedroom with curtains or your computer with stickers. Did I mention phone cases? Got them too.

The Spider Web Collection is an original design. Why spiders you say? Spiders are everywhere creating wonderful works of silk art everywhere you look. Sometimes they hang from the garage. Sometimes they appear on bridges and bushes. Every web you see is painfully spider spun. Spiders create their work while blowing in the wind. Webs are built while braving torrential rains. I had the luxury of designing mine while sitting at my computer inside my house. The webs that spiders weave are as original as the design you see here. No two spider webs ever look the same. There is always at least one small element that differentiates one spider web from another.  Instead of using templates, spiders use hard work and innovation to build their webs.

This design is meant to commemorate the hard work spiders put into their designs. The next time you take a walk in the woods, or along a lonely sidewalk, take a look around and find some webs. When you find a web, stop and think about just how hard it is to hang and maybe take a picture for the scrapbook. Take the opportunity to admire the individual quality workmanship involved. It is not an easy task to complete. If it was, everybody would be doing it.

Show your appreciation and wear some spider web gear today available at the JHUNTGRAPHIX Society 6 shop.

 

 

 

The Concept Art Idea Book!

Concept art is a wonderful way to flesh out larger ideas by creating simpler designs. If you have a compelling story to tell but haven’t  worked out all of the story telling elements such as the locations, the characters, or the props, using concept art helps you to visualize all of the elements together so you can see how they work together. Last month I published my first book, The Concept Art Idea Book. to share my lessons learned and creative processes to help other artists.

Are you struggling with an idea? Are you looking at a computer screen or a blank piece of paper wondering what to do next? All artists struggle from time to time when translating their ideas from a concept in their mind to a completed piece of artwork. The Concept Art Idea Book is a  collection of my own original designs over the past year and an explanation of my creative processes. I discuss how some of my pieces were imagined and the methods  used to bring them to life. The goal of this book is to turn frustrations into inspiration.

The Concept Art Idea Book is out in e-book format and located on Amazon.com. This book is for all artists at any level to benefit from. Experienced and amateur artists will benefit from this book. The book can be purchased absolutely FREE if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Below are some samples from my book. All artwork was created using Clip Studio Paint (formerly manga studio 5). This is the most cost effective and flexible design program out on the market.

Ghost Orbs Concept Art

Ever walk into a forest and see ghostly orbs fly around you? This is what it might look like if you do. I imagine a lot of activity all at once as if an energy burst is suddenly being released until finally pulsating out of existence. This piece was designed in black and white to create a spooky mood accentuating the darkness and shadow of the night. The orbs are a bright contrasting white so they are able to communicate their presence, movement, and let everyone know they are there.

This piece was designed using Clip Studio Paint and consists of four layers. The initial pencil layer was later converted to detail layer toward the end of completing the piece. The other layers are an ink layer, background layer, and shadows layer.
To create a more 3 dimensional appearance, elements of shadows and highlights were placed throughout all of the layers with a proper amount of blending where needed to fuse the elements together.

The trees were created with a thick inking brush with fine detailing afterward. A tree texture tool was used to give more of a bark look to the skin of the tree. This also allows for more interesting shadows as they were placed with an air brush tool. The bushes in the foreground were created with an ink wash set to a grey tone much like taking a sponge to a piece of paper with ink. Just enough texture to provide the look of bushes without much more but it helps to frame the piece together.

In the background I placed a slow moving mist moving throughout the trees again to provide some more depth and make it seem as though the orbs were traveling through the woods. The far background has a number of different tree and grass designs making it seem dark and very difficult to find your way through.

The Castle on the Edge of Tomorrow Concept Art

This was my first real attempt at a digital landscape. I really enjoyed putting this one together. Imagine yourself looking through a portal at a castle that divides the point where one world ends and another begins. Is it keeping something in or is it keeping something from getting out? Only your imagination knows the answer to that. This piece was inspired by looking at pictures of old castles.