Smith Micro is launching a series of weekly Featured Artists to promote skilled digital artists who use our software; Anime Studio, Poser, and Manga Studio aka Clip Studio Paint. This week we are featuring a different artist each day. These featured artists are also promoted on our Twitter page & Facebook page. A piece of their work will be shared on both of those platforms on their featured day. Thanks for reading. Enjoy!
David is an award-winning animation filmmaker, pre-visualization artist, and author/illustrator with over ten years of experience in the video game and animation industries. He has worked for industry-leading toy company Fisher-Price, New Era Cap, and video game development studios including Insomniac Games and Wayforward Technologies. At Insomniac, he contributed to ten games as both an animator and cinematic artist. Among them were several titles in the acclaimed Ratchet and Clank series and the recently-released Sunset Overdrive published by Microsoft Game Studios. In 2014, David left full-time employment to dedicate his time to the development of Dreamside, a trilogy of graphic novels. He formed D.M. Cumbo, LLC to serve as a platform for releasing Dreamside as well as a host of future media.
Advice to digital artists: In general, my advice is to narrow down a goal. If you can identify exactly what it is you hope to achieve, it can help you understand the right path. As far as improving your skills as a digital artist, software like Manga Studio and other digital applications will amplify your existing capabilities, but those skills need to exist first. Ultimately, it's best to take the hard road of bettering yourself as a traditional artist. That's not to say it's important to stick with pen and paper, you can learn just as well on a pen tablet. But, daily dedication to your craft is the best possible way to improve. Just about every issue you have will be solved in time so long as you draw as often as possible.