Goodbye Photoshop, Hello Clip Studio Paint : “West of Oz – South of Fantasia” – Sixth Clip Studio painting.

And here it goes. Here´s the final illustration I´ve been working on the last few days just to relax between another book project I´m doing right now and which has nothing to do with this image now. 🙂
I need to paint this images of my own universes just for fun or I would spend all my life just illustrating other peoples dream visions, so I try to always have a little time to do my own personal work and create the universes that I like.
This is starting to become a series of paintings so here goes another: “West of Oz : South of Fantasia”. Inspired of course by The Wizard of Oz and by The Neverending Story.


The only idea I had for this image before starting was that I wanted to show the signs point to OZ and Fantasia and that I wanted to do some sort of creature on a field. Other than that I´m as surprised as to what this image turned out to be as all of you are. Otherwise I would be bored to death just trying to paint an already planned illustration.

Here´s the complete making of with all the images now in one place as the other posts I did about the work in progress now are scattered about this blog in between other stuff and people always like to see how I do my paintings.
Making of:


The end result.
By the way it´s very important to mirror your painting while you´re doing it because it helps you notice things to fix and also as in this case you might find out that an oposite angle is after all the right one to tell the story you want to tell all along.


After more than 15 years using Photoshop for most of my original illustration/concept-art work stuff, I´m replacing it with Clip Studio Paint ( also known as Manga Studio in Japan ).
It can do most of the things I did with Photoshop when it comes to creating a painting, the layers work the same way, etc, but it comes with some really cool pre-made brushes that I love to use. Also it has some great comic creation features which are outstanding.


Don´t let the name of the software fool you, it is not a clipart creation tool but a fully developed software for painting and illustration. Thing of a cross between the classic Painter with plenty of the Photoshop advantages mixed in and you get Clip Studio Paint.
It is known as Manga Studio in Japan but the name is also not very good there too because people may think this is just something to create Manga, which again, it is not.
I have no idea why somebody didn´t give this amazing full illustration creative painting tool a really good name that reflects the true nature of what it can do but for now we´re stuck with “Clip Studio Paint” which must be the most awful and misleading name someone ever gave to an amazing painting sofware.



If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for an affordable children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project ( I do not descriminate print on demand material for sure; I love it ); do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let´s see what we can do.