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Fooling around with the brushes from my brush pack, realized I'm really bad at it. LOL

You can try the brushes here if you want
Johnson Ting Brush Pack V1.1 by johnsonting
Johnson Ting Brush Pack V1.1 by johnsonting
Johnson Ting Brush Pack V1.1
Full view of the image right here If you want a better look:
Johnson Ting Brush Pack V1.1 - Notes by johnsonting

Hey guys! So over the past years I've always been asked questions like what brushes do I use, what tablet do I use or what software do I use. It's  okay, its a common question and I used to ask that when I just started art, so I'm putting up the answers right here right now :D

Ok so first thing first, brushes/softwares/hardware doesn't really matter, the same applies to traditional art, you can buy the same brand of color pencils Drew Struzan use but it wont make you draw like him. He took years and years of knowledge, trials and errors to be good in what he do, strong fundamentals, vast knowledge of values, materials, colors etc. You can give him a cheap set of color pencils and he can still draw stuffs that makes your jaw drop. Keep in mind that these are just tools, these tools won't level you up right away when you use them, what matters is the person who uses the tools: You.

So don't get fed up or give up when you download Dan Luvisi's brush and you can't paint as great works as his, it doesnt work that way, life is fair! hah! Just keep working on it and keep on painting! Do some life studies and sketches from time to time, sit down in a cafe, have coffee and draw. Go out with your dog, sketch how he runs. Check out fashion videos, observe how models walk and study the line of action. Things like these will help you a lot!

What brushes do I use?
Well this post is about that question and the answer is just in the download button beside >>
The zip file will contain an .abr file and a full resolution image of the notes, I did some quick examples on how I use them for your reference. Pardon my spelling errors and english in the image, I had to a big chunk of my time out to work on it though! Be kind :P Just hope that it'll help you guys and answer the question of what brushes do I use, feel free to share them among your friends! 

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, the image is pretty much self-explanatory but if youre confused let me know and I'll answer it asap!

What tablet do I use?
Sometimes I state my tools on some paintings, last time I used to work on a Wacom Bamboo Fun (Small), that was my first tablet which my dad bought, the one that got me into digital painting and my career! It was in the early 2007 and I've been using it until 2013, and it still works. After that I bought a Wacom Intuos Pro (Medium), and now I'm using a 22" Wacom Cintiq HD Pen Display. 
Using all three different tablets, I can tell you this: It doesnt really matter again! Because for me I dont feel theres much difference between these, just different ways of working, of course technically its different, things like pressure sensitivity and such, but I mean generally as a tablet. 

If youre looking to start digital painting, the cheapest and most basic Wacom Tablet is definitely an option, it's a good tablet to start and it wont hold you back, I've been using the cheapest tablet for a good 6 years and it has taken me a long wayy. However, if you have a lot of spare cash and willing to take risks, buy a 27" Wacom Cintiq LOL.

What softwares do I use?
I've been using photoshop since the early 2005, mainly for graphic designs and photo editing, after I got my first tablet in 2007 I continue to paint in Photoshop as well, since majority of digital artists that time also paints on Photoshop, the other was Corel Painter, I only use it a couple of times but I gave up, maybe cause it doesnt suit me as much, the features in Photoshop makes thing easier for me I guess, things like masks, filters and blending modes. So right now I'm using a Photoshop CS6, versions doesn't really matter but definitely the latest versions are more stable and has more built in features. Anyway, Photoshop CS2 is now absolutely free to use!

Sometimes I also fool around with google sketchup, 3ds Max and Zbrush, you would see a lot of concept artists has knowledges of these 3D softwares as well, it helps build up a concept real fast using 3D as a base, with precise lighting and values, it saves a lot of time trying to get it right. 

So I guess that's about it, I'm going to do a walkthrough/tutorial next, some sharing on tips and tricks on how I paint stuffs, it's been awhile but it's gonna take a while longer, I'm gonna make it a little more detailed, something like gumroad, but free of charge of course.  Probably gonna drop another set of brushes in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Anyway, thank you guys again and have a great day! Let me know your thoughts/questions if you have any!
This one was from the piles that was going to be in the book, so figured I can post it here :D

"In the year 2180, December 28th, Japan's newly developed star cruiser "JSS VICTORY" crashed outside the coast of Nemuro during its maiden voyage, the cause of the crash was never released to public but citizens nearby initially reported seeing a bright green light emitted from the engine of the cruiser before it went down. However, when reporters came to interview the citizens a few hours later, all of them reported that they never saw anything wrong with the cruiser. 

The crash outside the coast caused a tsunami that destroyed a small part of the nearby town, within minutes, official has dispatched its rescue and emergency teams and quickly sealed off the area. This is the first major use of a Keisatsu drone as emergency response team, it is estimated that around 120 drones were activated on the site. The drones are specifically modified and its purposed are somewhat different from its law enforcement version, they are mainly tasked with recording and scanning the area for any harmful residues. It is unknown on why the Keisatsu's ERS were carrying weapons and strictly restricted anyone from going near the 15km radius perimeter. "

I think I'll post a painting of the ship next! :D

Here's some others from Neo Japan 2202 series:

NEO JAPAN 2202 - SHIROBAI by johnsontingThe Tojinbo Cannons - Neo Japan 2202 by johnsontingThe Biwa Generators - Neo Japan 2202 by johnsontingNEO JAPAN 2202 - Shin Jinrui Experiment by johnsontingNEO JAPAN 2202 - Enerugi Gado by johnsontingNEO JAPAN 2202 -  Royales by johnsontingNEO JAPAN 2202 - KIKAI YOHEI by johnsontingNEO JAPAN 2202 - KIKAI YOHEI by johnsontingNEO JAPAN 2202 - Hairandazu by johnsonting
DEFCON 0 - LT. MILLER by johnsonting
Update! Managed to squeeze up an update in between works. :iconphelandavion: has some new stocks up and I think its a perfect match for me to do a full body of the defcon 0 suit! Check them out, Phelan is so damn awesome :D

Lt. Miller
Squad leader of Team Zero.

In the year 2039, President Rockwell declared DEFCON 0; a state of maximum readiness, a state where human extinction is imminent.

A year before, an exo-team was given a mission to be deployed near the border of Pakistan, to investigate an Al-Qaeda research facility. Their mission is to infiltrate and retrieve research materials, to prevent any further damages that may occur, and to make sure no one else knows. A mission far more important than their own lives, a mission that was the beginning of an end. 

This is the story of Team Zero, the first who made contact.


More of Defcon 0 here:
DEFCON 0 by johnsontingDEFCON ZERO by johnsonting

I'm featured on kotaku today!

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:27 PM…

As titled, its so awesome to be featured! Always been a reader on Kotaku and I follow their updates pretty closely, i'm sure most of the people out there are the same as well. So to be featured really means a lot to me, personally! Years back I could only look at articles on Kotaku and thought: "Wish I could be on the website someday..", and now I made it! Feels so awesommmeee! 

Glad you guys are liking the artworks! If you're reading this and on this page via Kotaku, high five to you my friend! Deviantart's community have always been very supportive and I'm glad I started everything here. 
Anyway, I'm greatly honored and humbled by all the kind words given! And I take in all the criticism as well, i always keep that in mind, though i may not be able to satisfy everyone, but i've always hoped to find a balance in them. I will work harder!

At the mean time, hopefully more updates but since the holidays are near it would be a fewer updates, hope everyone is doing well! Have a great christmas guys!

Have a nice day and I'll keep the updates coming!

PS: I'll keep the book info on and the poll as well, it still means a lot if i can continue getting feedbacks :D


As for Neo Japan 2202 project, I need some pretty big favor from you guys! Currently im looking to make Neo Japan 2202 into a book before into a game! (hopefully), so there's a poll above this journal (Main page) that i hope you guys dont mind doing a pretty fast two-click survey for me. If it were to be made into a book, it's going to be roughly like this:

-- English! But will probably have japanese translation/subtexts.
-- Most probably hardcover
-- 150 - 200 pages.
-- 50-100 artworks (Illustrations and sketches)
-- At least 30-50 Exclusive artworks that can only be in the book.
-- The Story, tons of it! Not just plain texts but with visuals as well.
-- Documents from the Neo Japan 2202 universe, maps/files/pictures/blueprints/namecards etc.
-- Price wise, im not really sure right now but i will definitely keep it as low as possible, the same goes to shipping, but if its not too much of a trouble i hope you guys dont mind dropping me a price range you would buy it!
-- Probably a digital ebook version as well (Download code for physical book buyers included)
-- Hopefully some soundtracks! (Currently looking for collaborators, you guys recommend anyone?)
-- Prints / posters inside!

I'm planning to make it like "The Dark Knight Manual" book, its really great in terms of the readability, design and information. It's one of my favorite book and the style is really close to what i want the Neo Japan book to look like! Here's a youtube video review of the book:

Feedbacks! These are the most important! Also, if you are a publication company, feel free to contact me if you're interested in speaking with me about it. Email:

P.S: Any 3D modelers/sculptors want to model some of my characters? :p

Anyway, thank you so much guys and hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks and have a nice day!

Here's a link to my store on society 6!…

**But would never hurt to email me if you have a commission in mind, I'll open up slots if im really interested in it!

**Please contact me at for further commissioning infos or inquiries.
Deviantart notes are not recommended as I check my mail 24/7 compared to DA notes.

Commission Samples:

Character Concept Illustrations.

*Refer to gallery for more*

Environments paintings/keyshot illustrations:

*Refer to gallery for more*

**Commissions Terms of Service:

These Terms of Service are relevant to non-commercial projects only, and are subject to revision, without notice. The Client must read, understand and agree to all the below terms before entering into an agreement with the Artist.

• The Artist has the right to refuse any commission request.

• The Artist reserves the right to issue a refund and cancel a commission due to poor communication, rude/inappropriate behavior, or an inability to effectively communicate in the English language.

• The Artist will not create any depiction of illegal activities, sexually explicit (x-rated) materials, or hateful/racist imagery.

• The Artist retains all rights to the commissioned artwork, including the rights to distribution (i.e., to create prints, merchandise, etc.).

• The Artist retains the right to display all commissioned work on any personal website, gallery, or journal. If the commissioned work is time-sensitive, the Artist can delay public display of the art at the request of the Client.

• The Client may not re-distribute, reproduce, or sell the Artist's work, or profit from the artwork, beyond the resale of a physical original painting or drawing (traditional media only).

• The Artist is not responsible for printing (digital media). Works will be uploaded to this site and will be available for Clients to purchase at the cost of printing (no markup).

• The Client may exhibit the Artist's work in any online/offline art gallery without the permission of the Artist but require proper credits.

• The Client is advised to specify the size of his/her commissioned image, whether digital or traditional. Excessively large images (larger than the download size of the samples listed below) will cost more. Excessively small images (smaller than the full-view size of the samples listed below), may reduce the price.

• The Client may resize/crop the commissioned artwork to create icons, wallpapers, or other graphics to be used in non-commercial digital format, but the client cannot alter the artwork itself.

• Client rights can be negotiated for an added fee. If the commissioned image will be used for commercial purposes, the Artist must be notified prior to the start of work. Commercial use of images will be decided upon on a case-by-case basis, and will result in an increased commission price. New terms of service must be decided upon before the Artist begins any work on a commission for commercial use.

**Payment method:

•  All prices are expressed in U.S. dollars, and payments are expected to be made as such. The Client is responsible for sending the correct amount, equal to the listed U.S. dollar amount.

•  Displayed base prices are subject to change according to the complexity, difficulty, size, and medium of each individual piece.

•  At least 50% deposit or a full payment has to be delivered before I start the commission.

• If the Client wishes to cancel his/her commission during the sketch stage, he/she will be refunded 50% of what he/she paid. No refund will be issued beyond the sketch phase of a commission.

• I prefer commission payments be made utilizing Paypal services, and addressed to , if the Client does not have PayPal, other means of payment can be arranged. However, payment is still required up front.

**Paypal address:

Drop me an email at if you're interested!
Deviantart notes are not recommended as I check my mail 24/7 compared to DA notes.


If Neo Japan 2202 were made into a book, a compilation of the artworks along with all the information and back-story. Would you buy it? Details are in my journal! All help is greatly appreciated! 

973 deviants said Yes
274 deviants said Maybe
47 deviants said No


Johnson Ting
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
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Merry Christmas everyone!…
Sat Dec 20, 2014, 11:40 PM
You guys are too kind! Cheers guys! :D
Wed Dec 10, 2014, 5:39 AM
Your artwork is so real, it make me kinda see the glimpse of the future. Thank you for sharing those arts.
Mon Dec 8, 2014, 10:16 PM
Your probably one of the best artists out there. In the entire world.
Tue Nov 4, 2014, 1:14 PM
I love this!
Sun Sep 21, 2014, 4:00 PM
Dude.... Mind if I ask how can I buy this book of yours? :3 "Neo-Japan" :D I look forward to hopefully getting my own copy :3
Thu Jul 24, 2014, 5:53 AM
Any more news on the book? im a sucker for hard sci fi, i already own the district 9 and Elysium art books.
Wed Jul 23, 2014, 5:57 AM
Don't forget to remove your little "hint" :)
Fri Jul 11, 2014, 6:12 AM
Thanks so much guys! But no where near Dan, he's super amazing!
Thu Jul 10, 2014, 8:36 PM
Bloody brilliant.
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 9:11 AM


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TokugawaIeyasu23 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you a human? No one can draw like this! You are awesome.
lefluff-ed Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
If NeoJapan the book ever gets released i will shed tears of happiness.
supergusgus Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg your are   soo cool :)
AranniHK Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Dude! You are one of my favourite scifi artists! So much great stuff here =D
smove Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Mind blowing artwork, two thumbs up!
GeneralSoundwave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Hey Mr. Johnson, did you ever release your book?
SpoonOfTheDamned Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Found you on 9gag, followed you here :)
AnAverageNinja Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I am mind blown and  in awe of your work. It's truly something that I admire and aspire to be able to do. Keep it up!!!
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Your work is magnificent...diggin it ^^
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