Just sketching a thing for a thing#dayofthedead #devil #ink

Just sketching a thing for a thing#dayofthedead #devil #ink Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Just sketching a thing for a thing#dayofthedead #devil #ink

Frequently Asked Questions for artists

New Frequently Asked Questions for artists section added

HULK HATES FAQs!!
I get contacted a lot by aspiring artists, which honestly, is extremely flattering. I found that a lot of the questions were the same, so I put together this comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section on my website at https://www.flylanddesigns.com/faq-for-artists/

Please let me know if you have any questions you want me to add, or if you have any answers to add (I’ll give you credit).

Frequently Asked Questions for artists

Inks for a design I worked on for Commando Racing Gear, a really cool brand of racing apparel that sells their gear at races.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#racing #inking#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Inks for a design I worked on for Commando Racing Gear, a really cool brand of racing apparel that sells their gear at races.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#racing #inking#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Inks for a design I worked on for Commando Racing Gear, a really cool brand of racing apparel that sells their gear at races.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#racing #inking#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

I ordered a box of 24 of my favorite Prismacolor pencils from Amazon with Free Shipping. Someone screwed up, and they've been sending me the pencils one at a time over the past two weeks. Here's number 22!

I ordered a box of 24 of my favorite Prismacolor pencils from Amazon with Free Shipping. Someone screwed up, and they've been sending me the pencils one at a time over the past two weeks. Here's number 22! Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
I ordered a box of 24 of my favorite Prismacolor pencils from Amazon with Free Shipping. Someone screwed up, and they've been sending me the pencils one at a time over the past two weeks. Here's number 22!

Detail of a shark illustration I was working on in Manga Studio 5 – I love how the brushes blend naturally in this program – it saves me so much time compared to when I used to paint digitally in Photoshop.#MangaStudio4LifeIllustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#shark #dyesub #mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Detail of a shark illustration I was working on in Manga Studio 5 – I love how the brushes blend naturally in this program – it saves me so much time compared to when I used to paint digitally in Photoshop.#MangaStudio4LifeIllustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#shark #dyesub #mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Detail of a shark illustration I was working on in Manga Studio 5 - I love how the brushes blend naturally in this program - it saves me so much time compared to when I used to paint digitally in Photoshop.#MangaStudio4LifeIllustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#shark #dyesub #mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Drawing an angry shark for a dye-sublimated rash guard. Why is everything I draw angry? Does it have something to do with my personality? Shut up – what a stupid question!Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#shark #rashguard #dyesub #mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Drawing an angry shark for a dye-sublimated rash guard. Why is everything I draw angry? Does it have something to do with my personality? Shut up – what a stupid question!Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#shark #rashguard #dyesub #mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Drawing an angry shark for a dye-sublimated rash guard.  Why is everything I draw angry?  Does it have something to do with my personality?  Shut up - what a stupid question!Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#shark #rashguard #dyesub #mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Custom Texture brushes for Manga Studio

Custom Manga Studio Texture Brushes

Custom Manga Studio (Clip Studio Paint) Brushes –
Texture Brushes

100+ Brushes Available for $2.99 here:
https://www.flylanddesigns.com/shop/

There are over 20 texture brushes here that I created from found and scanned textures. All can be used with any color, and have fine-tuned settings to help you beat up your illustrations in Manga Studio 5.

This video quickly walks you through each set of brushes and shows them in use.

Included in the pack are

-14 Inking Brushes
-18 Paint Brushes
-12 Pencil Brushes
-5 Shading Brushes
-16 Splatter Brushes
-20+ Special Pattern Brushes
-22 Texture Brushes

The brushes are useful for all styles of illustration. As a freelance digital illustrator, I use them primarily for Comic Book illustration, t-shirt design, logo design, character and concept illustration, sketching, and painting.

One of my inspirations for inking is the artist Steve Becker, who refers to himself as a "killustrator." I just got this awesome book he put together with a one-of-a-kind original ink sketch on the cover. The whole book is over a hundred pages of his realistic dinosaur ink drawings, which he has become known for. Please check him out – the dude is just exploding with talent.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#stevebecker #ink #shark#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

One of my inspirations for inking is the artist Steve Becker, who refers to himself as a "killustrator." I just got this awesome book he put together with a one-of-a-kind original ink sketch on the cover. The whole book is over a hundred pages of his realistic dinosaur ink drawings, which he has become known for. Please check him out – the dude is just exploding with talent.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#stevebecker #ink #shark#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
One of my inspirations for inking is the artist Steve Becker, who refers to himself as a "killustrator." I just got this awesome book he put together with a one-of-a-kind original ink sketch on the cover.  The whole book is over a hundred pages of his realistic dinosaur ink drawings, which he has become known for.  Please check him out - the dude is just exploding with talent.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#stevebecker #ink #shark#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

My 7 year old son michael was drawing this all over his notebook. Loved it. He covered like 6 pages with this stuff. It made me realize that even though I draw every day, it'd been a long time since I just sat down and drew NOTHING. I need to make time for that

My 7 year old son michael was drawing this all over his notebook. Loved it. He covered like 6 pages with this stuff. It made me realize that even though I draw every day, it'd been a long time since I just sat down and drew NOTHING. I need to make time for that Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
My 7 year old son michael was drawing this all over his notebook. Loved it. He covered like 6 pages with this stuff. It made me realize that even though I draw every day, it'd been a long time since I just sat down and drew NOTHING. I need to make time for that

This was the back of the Fire Dragon t-shirt I illustrated for #SpiralDirect. This was a rare case, where I liked the back design better than the front.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#skull #mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

This was the back of the Fire Dragon t-shirt I illustrated for #SpiralDirect. This was a rare case, where I liked the back design better than the front.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#skull #mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
This was the back of the Fire Dragon t-shirt I illustrated for #SpiralDirect.  This was a rare case, where I liked the back design better than the front.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#skull #mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Here's the finished t-shirt for #SpiralDirect I created earlier this year. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I've been told the design is doing really well in their catalog. Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#dragon#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Here's the finished t-shirt for #SpiralDirect I created earlier this year. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I've been told the design is doing really well in their catalog. Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#dragon#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Here's the finished t-shirt for #SpiralDirect I created earlier this year.  I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I've been told the design is doing really well in their catalog. Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#dragon#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Painting skulls because it's Monday Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#skulls#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Painting skulls because it's Monday Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#skulls#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Painting skulls because it's Monday Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#skulls#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

My artwork published in Showcase 100!

Wanted to share this – one of the highlights for me last year was having my artwork published in the Showcase 100 book, which featured artwork from 99 amazing artists, and me! And by the divine powers of alphabetically order, I’m on the first page! Always works great (except when I was in gym class and always had to go first).

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Grim Reaper Speed Painting

Digital Inking Tutorial for album cover design in Manga Studio

How to digitally ink and color an album cover design in Manga Studio 5 (Clip Studio Paint) featuring the Grim Reaper.

This design is meant to subtly resemble a yin and yang, as the grim reaper reaches out to a woman emerging from a swirling portal to hell. I had a great time working with the creative people behind the music on this album, and I’m really happy with how this turned out.

–Created with custom Manga Studio brushes available from:

 

FIRE! (followed by wicked guitar solo) – detail shot of a t-shirt illustration I worked on earlier this year for #SpiralDirect of a fire dragon. I painted this by going back and forth between photoshop and Manga Studio.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#dragon #fire#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

FIRE! (followed by wicked guitar solo) – detail shot of a t-shirt illustration I worked on earlier this year for #SpiralDirect of a fire dragon. I painted this by going back and forth between photoshop and Manga Studio.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#dragon #fire#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
FIRE! (followed by wicked guitar solo) - detail shot of a t-shirt illustration I worked on earlier this year for #SpiralDirect of a fire dragon.  I painted this by going back and forth between photoshop and Manga Studio.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#dragon #fire#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

I WANT YOU… to stop drawing me so much.Illustration by Brian Allen www.flylanddesigns.com #art #digital #mangastudio #patriotic # unclesam #illustration #instaart #instaartwork #instaartist #instaartpop #artist #artshow #creative #artwork #followme

I WANT YOU… to stop drawing me so much.Illustration by Brian Allen www.flylanddesigns.com #art #digital #mangastudio #patriotic # unclesam #illustration #instaart #instaartwork #instaartist #instaartpop #artist #artshow #creative #artwork #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
I WANT YOU... to stop drawing me so much.Illustration by Brian Allen www.flylanddesigns.com #art #digital #mangastudio #patriotic # unclesam #illustration #instaart #instaartwork #instaartist #instaartpop #artist #artshow #creative #artwork #followme

A fun illustration I created for my friends at Commando Racing to help bring people to their cool shop – check it out!www.commandoracing.comIllustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#santa #skull #racing#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followmeplease

A fun illustration I created for my friends at Commando Racing to help bring people to their cool shop – check it out!www.commandoracing.comIllustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#santa #skull #racing#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followmeplease Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
A fun illustration I created for my friends at Commando Racing to help bring people to their cool shop - check it out!www.commandoracing.comIllustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#santa #skull #racing#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followmeplease

What's the secret to illustration? Cigars. A big fat cigar works every time. This is a character design I created for a game I've been working on with a client on and off. It's a really cool space shooter that has a heavy metal theme to it.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#characterdesign#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

What's the secret to illustration? Cigars. A big fat cigar works every time. This is a character design I created for a game I've been working on with a client on and off. It's a really cool space shooter that has a heavy metal theme to it.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#characterdesign#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
What's the secret to illustration?  Cigars.  A big fat cigar works every time.  This is a character design I created for a game I've been working on with a client on and off.  It's a really cool space shooter that has a heavy metal theme to it.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#characterdesign#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Here was the finished "Pig Pimpin" t-shirt I designed available at my RageOn store http://www.rageon.com/collections/the-art-of-brian-allen – If this doesn't make you laugh, then you are a better person than me.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#muppets #pimpin#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Here was the finished "Pig Pimpin" t-shirt I designed available at my RageOn store http://www.rageon.com/collections/the-art-of-brian-allen – If this doesn't make you laugh, then you are a better person than me.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#muppets #pimpin#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Here was the finished "Pig Pimpin" t-shirt I designed available at my RageOn store http://www.rageon.com/collections/the-art-of-brian-allen - If this doesn't make you laugh, then you are a better person than me.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#muppets #pimpin#mangastudio #photoshop #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

How to import Brushes into Manga Studio 5

How To Quickly Import Multiple Brushes Into Manga Studio 5 (Clip Studio Paint)

Importing multiple brushes into Manga Studio 5 can seem tricky at first, because it appears that you need to do it one at a time, which would be a nightmare if you have many brushes, which most of us do.

Here’s a quick and easy method to drag all of your brushes into Manga Studio 5 (Clip Studio Paint) and import them all at once.

100+ Brushes Available for $2.99 here:
https://www.flylanddesigns.com/shop/

 

9,000 Followers on Facebook!

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Humbled again – thanks Facebook! Reached 9,000 likes on my page just before the year ended.

Last year was the best year for my business in just about every way. I’m kind of dumb-founded to be honest.

My sincere thanks to everyone who has been following my artwork – your likes, shares, and comments truly do matter to me. The feedback is really useful, and I’ve often found some great projects and clients as a result of your interaction.

This year I want to up my game a little on tutorials and other resources for freelance artists. Please let me know if there’s anything specific you want to see.

Take it easy!

https://www.facebook.com/brianallen.flylanddesigns

Skillshare Teaching

I was invited to teach on SkillShare!

I was humbled recently to be invited to teach a class on SkillShare, a really great website that has a TON of very cheap tutorials. I found it through some of my favorite artists, Patrick Brown, and Chris Parks of Pale Horse Design who both taught really helpful classes there.

Now I have to come up with something worth teaching. What would you like to learn from me? Any suggestions would be very helpful.

Some options:
1. T-Shirt design and setup in Manga Studio and Photoshop
2. Illustrated Mascot/Logo design
3. How to act way cooler than you actually are