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Getting Started in the Character Design Process

11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Whether they are your characters or you have been hired to create them for some one else, there is a process to creating a successful character. There are, of course, the visual aspects, but deciding on the mood, the motivation and the environment are just as important to the process. This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating characters.

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Introduction to Hand Drawn Lettering

11:00 AM, Monday, September 1st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

While it is true that most of the lettering in comic books these days is done by computers, hand lettering is still an appreciated form of lettering. This is because it is rare and that gives the feeling to the reader that the artist took extra time and care to make the lettering in itself a piece of the artwork. This video gives you the tips needed to hand letter.

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D&D Attack wing to have a Monthly SOP Program

1:00 PM, Sunday, August 31st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

WizKids will support its new Dungeons & Dragons: Attack Wing fantasy miniatures combat game with a monthly Storyline Organized Play program, which begins on October 29, shortly after the game's launch on October 1 .

WizKids teased the OP plans in July with the announcement of the Tiamat and Bahamut dragon figures (which are part of the company's D&D sister release Icons of the Realms miniatures line), which stated that the Tiamat figure would be part of the combat game's OP program as a prize. The theme of the first Storyline OP program is Tyranny of Dragons, mirroring the first Wizards of the Coast Dungeons & Dragons RPG Adventure league program.

Much like WizKids' storyline OP for its DC and Marvel HeroClix games, retailers will order monthly kits that contain limited edition competitive and participation prizes as well as rules for the monthly events, which must be scheduled in the WizKids Event System. Each kit is designed to support up to 10 players, and stores may order multiple kits based on their demonstrated D&D: Attack Wing performance. The kits are not for resale.

For example, the D&D: Attack Wing Tyranny of Dragons Storyline Organized Play Month One Kit contains three limited edition competitive prize figures (Large White Dragon), 10 limited edition participation prizes, and an organized play addendum/instruction sheet. The prize figures in subsequent months include limited edition versions of the Large Brass Dragon, Large Bronze Dragon, Large Hieracosphinx, Large Solar Angel, and Large Chimera.

Stores will also have the option of purchasing limited edition blind D&D: Attack Wing Tyranny of Dragons boosters, which will contain exclusive content for sealed booster play and are not for resale, beginning in month two.

Stores who participate in the program will also have the option to purchase the limited edition Attack Wing: Tiamat figure, which comes with cards, movement dials, a D&D: Attack Wing base and token sheets. For each Month Six OP kit a store orders, the store can order up to two of the figure, which is not tied directly to the OP Program, and can be sold to the public, or used as grand prize figures for the tournament. The figures will release shortly before the Month Six kit arrives.

The first two waves of expansions for the game have already been announced and will release in November, right after the first monthly OP kits arrive.

Source: ICv2

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Getting Started in Computer Coloring

11:00 AM, Sunday, August 31st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Before you can add even the first drop of color onto your finished line art page, you have to scan it into the computer and set-up your line art page for coloring. This video is an excellent tutorial on that process.

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Getting Started Digital Inking

11:00 AM, Saturday, August 30th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

From the artist: "In this video you'll discover the true and tried, digital inking insights I've gained throughout my experience in comic book illustration. Inking over the pencils drawn up for Mikey in last weeks demo, I'll show you exactly how to apply these techniques so that you too can give your pencilled comic art some slick, streamlined, color ready lines."

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How to Make a Comic Digitally

11:00 AM, Friday, August 29th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Digital is fast becoming the standard for the independent side of the comic industry, at least in the early stages. Mastering the programs involved is the important first step to creating a comic digitally. This tutorial will help you get started in creating a comic book in a digital format.

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Getting Started in Animation

11:00 AM, Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Everyone starts somewhere. You may be a gifted artist but you may have never thought that you could make those images move. You may be someone who always dreamed of being an animator but don't have the opportunity to go to some area where you could learn that. Or you just may be a really smart person that likes learning new stuff. Well this video is a perfect starting point for all of you!

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How to Draw Smooth Lines on Tablets

11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

The transition from using standard hand held art tools to a tablet and digital pen is a large learning curve. You've been holding pencils and pencil shaped objects and making marks with them for years. And while the digital pen is pencil shaped, it does not always operate like one and has frustrated many an artist including myself. This tutorial is a big help in making that transition and being able to create smooth lines.

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Flex Marker Commission Drawing

11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

CHOOSE YOUR WEAPONS! Or in your case, your supplies wisely. Cheap supplies are good when you start out but you will eventually be throwing good money away because it takes a lot of the cheap brands to make the colors and shades that you want. Here, the artist details her supplies and creates a commissioned piece.

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The Key Differences Between the Male and Female Face

11:00 AM, Monday, August 25th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Effectively differentiating between the male and female face in your drawing is one of the most important skills that you must master as an artist. In this video, the key differences are explained and explored.

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