How to Master Character Art in DAZ Studio

November 11, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

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November 11, 2018
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT
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Creating effective and compelling character art lies at the heart of most DAZ Studio art projects. How do you create characters that compels you to know more about them, to ask questions about their story and character traits? What decisions do you make along the way to produce a characters that you can believe in?

Sonja McClung (IceDragonArt) has created many fantasy characters using DAZ Studio and provides a wealth of high value tips to guide you on your character creation journey.

Tools used for this tutorial : DAZ Studio and Photoshop.

Sunday 4th November – 20:00 GMT (London)/12:00 PST (Los Angeles)/15:00 EST (New York)

Duration : 1.5 hours

1. Laying the foundation in DAZ Studio and considering backgrounds

2. Learn crucial elements for successful character artwork.

  • Focal points
  • Contrasts
  • Mood
  • Theme
  • Setting
  • Colour sets
3. Faster art : Sonya’s favourite short cut keys for speedy art.
4. Powerful editing tools : learn Photoshop blend modes. Which are the most effective and why!
  • Multiply – Darkens an image
  • Screen – Lightens an image
  • Overlay – Boosts contrast
  • Color – Blends only the color
  • Luminosity – Blends only the brightness
5. Using “dodge and burn” layers in PS
    Multiple ways to apply
6. Adjustment layers in PS
     LUT tables
     Gradient maps
7. Textures and mapping
    Applying textures – playing with modes – using mask effects in selected areas.
    Applying textures on top for blending and effective artwork
8. LUT (Look up tables)
     What are they?
     How to add LUTs
     Uses of LUT
9. PS Filters including the NIK collection.
10. IceDragonArt’s best resources for character art and where to find them.

About Sonja (IceDragonArt)

“I’ve loved fantasy for as long as I can remember. Fairies, elves, dwarves, centaurs, and of course, dragons. I love the possibility of the impossible that fantasy brings, the wide open opportunity to get lost in a world that is far different than ours, full of magic and wonder, feats of heroism that defy the odds and best of all, good always conquers evil. What’s not to love?

I’ve always loved to draw as well. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have a crayon (or a pencil, or a paintbrush) in my grubby little hands. I took a long hiatus from drawing when I was raising my kids (best art project ever!) and started to really get back into art in the last 6 years or so. I picked up photoshop and immediately fell in love with being able to draw and paint digitally. A couple of years later, I found Daz Studio, a 3D art application and was totally hooked!”