I created this mad scientist character for an auto-repair shop whose specialty is custom built choppers and hotrods. The brand wanted a dark but playful design that illustrated them as a blend of mechanic and mad scientist. I thought it would be cool to show a frankenstein-ed hotrod on the operating table behind the mad scientist, as he raises his creation up to the lightning. This design was created for direct-to-garment printing.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #scientist #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #science #igdaily #followme

I created this mad scientist character for an auto-repair shop whose specialty is custom built choppers and hotrods. The brand wanted a dark but playful design that illustrated them as a blend of mechanic and mad scientist. I thought it would be cool to show a frankenstein-ed hotrod on the operating table behind the mad scientist, as he raises his creation up to the lightning. This design was created for direct-to-garment printing.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #scientist #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #science #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
I created this mad scientist character for an auto-repair shop whose specialty is custom built choppers and hotrods.  The brand wanted a dark but playful design that illustrated them as a blend of mechanic and mad scientist.  I thought it would be cool to show a frankenstein-ed hotrod on the operating table behind the mad scientist, as he raises his creation up to the lightning.  This design was created for direct-to-garment printing.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #scientist #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #science #igdaily #followme

Stylized illustration of a bucket utility truck for a power company

Bucket Truck T-Shirt Illustration

Client:

Studio Eleven

Description:

Stylized illustration of a bucket utility truck for a power company’s brand of apparel I created in Manga Studio.  This was fun to take on a subject matter that I don’t deal with much, and practice drawing vehicles for a bit.  I find it tricky inking vehicles because every line has to be right – and it’s tricky to not slip into drawing something that looks too rigid.  The client was happy with the final result, which was set up for full-color printing on t-shirts.

Client Testimonial:

Wow! The owner’s expectations have been exceeded!

-Mark Hill

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Cyborg robot mascot character

Robot Mascot Character Design

Client:

Talos Security

Description:

I created this mascot character for the internet securtiy firm Talos, of a cyborg cyber-crime-fighter.  The brand approached me with the task of designing a character that would be used on their website and other marketing materials.  We went through a few sketches in the beginning, exploring different options, and eventually arrived at the idea of having a realistic looking, futuristic cyborg, projecting the

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My new friend at Happy Valley Custom, Andrew Marzka was kind enough to show me some silk screening tricks in his shop – along with the most impressive Star Wars toy collection the world had ever known. Every inch of the walls is covered with hundreds of these toys. So awesome#silkscreen #starwars #happyvalleycustom

My new friend at Happy Valley Custom, Andrew Marzka was kind enough to show me some silk screening tricks in his shop – along with the most impressive Star Wars toy collection the world had ever known. Every inch of the walls is covered with hundreds of these toys. So awesome#silkscreen #starwars #happyvalleycustom Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
My new friend at Happy Valley Custom, Andrew Marzka was kind enough to show me some silk screening tricks in his shop - along with the most impressive Star Wars toy collection the world had ever known.  Every inch of the walls is covered with hundreds of these toys.  So awesome#silkscreen #starwars #happyvalleycustom

Full coloring tutorial in Manga Studio 5 (Clip Studio Paint)

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This video shows how to digitally paint a colorful tiki head using my new set of custom Manga Studio brushes available for download for only $2.99.

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

Per request, I slowed this video down and added commentary to walk you through step-by-step the process I use to color a piece of artwork.

You’ll also hear tips on:

-Using the comic book flats method to color under lineart

-Using the Reference Layer tool in Manga Studio 5

-How to choose a proper color scheme from reference

-Limiting your color palette from the beginning

-What size and resolution you should work at in Manga Studio 5

-Why you should be careful not to zoom in too far into your illustration while working

-Viewing your artwork in a smaller, separate window to get a better composition

-How to color your lineart to add interest to your illustration

-Adding texture to a digital painting

-Adding sharp highlights to your pieces in the last step to increase interest

-Not being afraid to change the colors of your piece if they’re not working

I hope you find it helpful!
Please post your questions in the comments.

Inking a mad scientist in Manga Studio 5 for a character design – having a pretty good time.#ink #digital #art

Inking a mad scientist in Manga Studio 5 for a character design – having a pretty good time.#ink #digital #art Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Inking a mad scientist in Manga Studio 5 for a character design - having a pretty good time.#ink #digital #art

I put together this comprehensive best-of guide of Manga Studio resources (and then I threw in my own on top). Please let me know if you'd like to see anything added https://www.flylanddesigns.com/manga-studio-resources/

I put together this comprehensive best-of guide of Manga Studio resources (and then I threw in my own on top). Please let me know if you'd like to see anything added https://www.flylanddesigns.com/manga-studio-resources/ Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
I put together this comprehensive best-of guide of Manga Studio resources (and then I threw in my own on top). Please let me know if you'd like to see anything added https://www.flylanddesigns.com/manga-studio-resources/

French Bulldog cartoon character sitting on tropical resort beach with drink

French Bulldog Character T-Shirt

Client:

The Grille Restaurant

Description:

T-Shirt and character design illustration I created for the beach resort restaurant The Grille.  The client wanted a French Bulldog character designed to represent the brand, and we plan on creating a line of apparel and marketing materials with the character in different situations.  This design was created for full-color direct-to-garment printing.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from your friends at FlyLand Designs!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from your friends at FlyLand Designs! Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Happy St. Patrick's Day from your friends at FlyLand Designs!

Finally warm enough to draw zombies in the great outdoors!

Finally warm enough to draw zombies in the great outdoors! Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Finally warm enough to draw zombies in the great outdoors!

Fantasy horror book cover with zombies

Zombie Horror Book Cover

Client:

V & R Publishing

Description:

This is a book cover I created for a series of fantasy/horror novels featuring a the strong female lead Allison Hewitt.  She goes on adventures slaying zombies with her trusty hatchet.  The cover was really fun to work on, because the author loved my style and wanted the cover to have a pop art/ serial horror magazine look.

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I designed and illustrated this angry gargoyle busting out of its stone skin for a line of ATV and sled wraps put out by 393 Components. It was a challenge to position everything and design it in a way to make the design look interesting on as many different vehicle types and shapes as possible. I kept all the elements in layers so that the design could be modified if necessary to fit different wraps. I needed to make it look as different as possible from a previous gargoyle design I had done, so I came up with the idea of having the gargoyle a green-skinned creature bursting from stone, as if it was coming to life.It was really cool to be working with graphic decals again for ATVs, because my first full-time position as an artist was at a custom decal shop called XGX Racing.This design is available for licensing for uses other than vehcicle graphics – message me if interested

I designed and illustrated this angry gargoyle busting out of its stone skin for a line of ATV and sled wraps put out by 393 Components. It was a challenge to position everything and design it in a way to make the design look interesting on as many different vehicle types and shapes as possible. I kept all the elements in layers so that the design could be modified if necessary to fit different wraps. I needed to make it look as different as possible from a previous gargoyle design I had done, so I came up with the idea of having the gargoyle a green-skinned creature bursting from stone, as if it was coming to life.It was really cool to be working with graphic decals again for ATVs, because my first full-time position as an artist was at a custom decal shop called XGX Racing.This design is available for licensing for uses other than vehcicle graphics – message me if interested Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
I designed and illustrated this angry gargoyle busting out of its stone skin for a line of ATV and sled wraps put out by 393 Components.  It was a challenge to position everything and design it in a way to make the design look interesting on as many different vehicle types and shapes as possible.  I kept all the elements in layers so that the design could be modified if necessary to fit different wraps.  I needed to make it look as different as possible from a previous gargoyle design I had done, so I came up with the idea of having the gargoyle a green-skinned creature bursting from stone, as if it was coming to life.It was really cool to be working with graphic decals again for ATVs, because my first full-time position as an artist was at a custom decal shop called XGX Racing.This design is available for licensing for uses other than vehcicle graphics - message me if interested

Here's some detail shots of a set of gargoyles I created last year for a graphic wrap company (mainly for snowmobiles). Inked and colored in Manga Studio of course#gargoyle #graphicwrap

Here's some detail shots of a set of gargoyles I created last year for a graphic wrap company (mainly for snowmobiles). Inked and colored in Manga Studio of course#gargoyle #graphicwrap Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Here's some detail shots of a set of gargoyles I created last year for a graphic wrap company (mainly for snowmobiles). Inked and colored in Manga Studio of course#gargoyle #graphicwrap

A little informal sword fighting with my spawn today. Winter seems like it was over before it even started this year. not complaining

A little informal sword fighting with my spawn today. Winter seems like it was over before it even started this year. not complaining Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
A little informal sword fighting with my spawn today. Winter seems like it was over before it even started this year. not complaining

Children’s book series about zombies

Moore Zombies wins award from New Apple!

A children’s book I illustrated about Zombies won an award from New Apple! I’m really proud of this book – it’s probably the only children’s book I’ve ever done where I could really put my style down onto the page and not have to filter it. The book is called Moore Zombies, by Wendy Knuth, check it out!

Children’s book series about zombies

Children’s book series about zombies

Children’s book series about zombies

You can purchase the book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1514310600/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_DUyIwb0A0ZH3S

I was hired to design this angel and devil logo for apparel and a vehicle wrap for the russefeiring tradition. If you haven’t heard of it, basically russefeiring involves an entire class of Norwegian students renting a bus (a Russebuss), painting every inch of it with really cool street art, and then partying in it night and day for an entire month during graduation. The different classes wear their designs ever where they go as they clash with rival classes. I’ve done a bunch of these now, and really enjoy it. Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #russ #illustration #devil #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #girl #followme

I was hired to design this angel and devil logo for apparel and a vehicle wrap for the russefeiring tradition. If you haven’t heard of it, basically russefeiring involves an entire class of Norwegian students renting a bus (a Russebuss), painting every inch of it with really cool street art, and then partying in it night and day for an entire month during graduation. The different classes wear their designs ever where they go as they clash with rival classes. I’ve done a bunch of these now, and really enjoy it. Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #russ #illustration #devil #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #girl #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
I was hired to design this angel and devil logo for apparel and a vehicle wrap for the russefeiring tradition.  If you haven’t heard of it, basically russefeiring involves an entire class of Norwegian students renting a bus (a Russebuss), painting every inch of it with really cool street art, and then partying in it night and day for an entire month during graduation.  The different classes wear their designs ever where they go as they clash with rival classes.  I’ve done a bunch of these now, and really enjoy it. Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #russ #illustration #devil #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #girl #followme

Okay – this probably is going to get me in trouble. This is a detail shot of a logo design I worked on for another Russ team last year. If this offends you, remember that I just draw what people tell me, and I deny all resposibility. Unless you think this is funny – in which case: I know, right?Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #devil #illustration #russ #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #girl #followme

Okay – this probably is going to get me in trouble. This is a detail shot of a logo design I worked on for another Russ team last year. If this offends you, remember that I just draw what people tell me, and I deny all resposibility. Unless you think this is funny – in which case: I know, right?Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #devil #illustration #russ #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #girl #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Okay - this probably is going to get me in trouble.  This is a detail shot of a logo design I worked on for another Russ team last year.  If this offends you, remember that I just draw what people tell me, and I deny all resposibility.  Unless you think this is funny - in which case:  I know, right?Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #devil #illustration #russ #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #girl #followme

My work in Lemonade Agency Portfolio book

I might have forgot to share this from last year – Lemonade Agency put together this nice portfolio book and sent me a copy. Because fo the magic of alphabetical order, I am once again in the front of the book. Never fails!

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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).Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #showcase100 #littlechimpsociety #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

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).Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #showcase100 #littlechimpsociety #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
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).Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #showcase100 #littlechimpsociety #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

All finished! 110% MERICA! Eagle and flag t-shirt illustration for a welding company, direct-to-garment.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #eagle #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #patriotic #followme

All finished! 110% MERICA! Eagle and flag t-shirt illustration for a welding company, direct-to-garment.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #eagle #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #patriotic #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
All finished!  110% MERICA!  Eagle and flag t-shirt illustration for a welding company, direct-to-garment.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #eagle #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #patriotic #followme

All finished! 110% MERICA! Eagle and flag t-shirt illustration for a welding company, direct-to-garment.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #eagle #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #patriotic #followme

All finished! 110% MERICA! Eagle and flag t-shirt illustration for a welding company, direct-to-garment.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #eagle #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #patriotic #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
All finished!  110% MERICA!  Eagle and flag t-shirt illustration for a welding company, direct-to-garment.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #eagle #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #patriotic #followme

Custom pattern brushes for Manga Studio 5

20 Custom Pattern Brushes for Manga Studio

Custom Manga Studio (Clip Studio Paint) Brushes –
Special Pattern 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.

Sketching an eagle for a t-shirt design in Manga Studio – best penciling software I've come across.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #eagle #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #patriotic #followme

Sketching an eagle for a t-shirt design in Manga Studio – best penciling software I've come across.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #eagle #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #patriotic #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Sketching an eagle for a t-shirt design in Manga Studio - best penciling software I've come across.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #eagle #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #patriotic #followme

Worked on a design with pretty different subject matter for me. Sometimes I have trouble blending a line-art style with things that are meant to be realistic. Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #marlin #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #fishing #followme

Worked on a design with pretty different subject matter for me. Sometimes I have trouble blending a line-art style with things that are meant to be realistic. Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #marlin #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #fishing #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Worked on a design with pretty different subject matter for me.  Sometimes I have trouble blending a line-art style with things that are meant to be realistic. Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #marlin #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #fishing #followme

My work published in Pandaemonium by Out of Step Books

Super-thrilled to share this news with you: my work was published in a gigantic volume of artwork called Pandaemonium: Devils, Demons, & Monsters published by Out of Step Books, alongside some SERIOUS talent. I can’t tell you how pumped I am about this!

The book can be purchased here: http://www.oosbooks.com/Pandaemonium_Devils_Demons_Monsters_p/pandaemoniumhardcover.htm?1=1&CartID=0

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Logo design I created for a Russebuss theme in Norway, as part of the Russefeiring tradition. Basically, this involves a month-long high school graduation party, where an entire class will rent or buy a buss, and spend every night traveling and partying. The classes decorate the busses by having every inch painted, and everyone in the class wears logos that fit their theme, for when they clash with rival classes.This design was meant to be a parody of the classic jungle book characters, as if they were thugs.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #russ #parody #funny #junglebook #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme

Logo design I created for a Russebuss theme in Norway, as part of the Russefeiring tradition. Basically, this involves a month-long high school graduation party, where an entire class will rent or buy a buss, and spend every night traveling and partying. The classes decorate the busses by having every inch painted, and everyone in the class wears logos that fit their theme, for when they clash with rival classes.This design was meant to be a parody of the classic jungle book characters, as if they were thugs.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #russ #parody #funny #junglebook #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme Work in progress from the desk of illustrator Brian Allen
Logo design I created for a Russebuss theme in Norway, as part of the Russefeiring tradition.  Basically, this involves a month-long high school graduation party, where an entire class will rent or buy a buss, and spend every night traveling and partying.  The classes decorate the busses by having every inch painted, and everyone in the class wears logos that fit their theme, for when they clash with rival classes.This design was meant to be a parody of the classic jungle book characters, as if they were thugs.Illustrated by Brian Allen, FlylandDesigns.com#mangastudio #russ #parody #funny #junglebook #illustration #tshirt #art #instaart #instaartist #picoftheday #igdaily #followme