I’ve painted daily for 50 days in a row. Wow.
This is a copy/demonstration painting. I have been off and on reading a book called ‘Other Worlds’ by fantasy artist Tom Kidd. He has a few step by step demonstrations on how he paints pictures in oils. I didn’t want to paint in my cold garage so I decided to follow along using Photoshop. I haven’t done a step by step art exercise since I was eight ( you know the ones, make a cat out of a oval,etc) I need to get more comfortable with color in my paintings. First thing I did was look for a Photoshop color swatch library with Winsor and Newton color names so when he asks for Ultramarine Blue, or Burnt Umber I could paint with that exact color in Photoshop. If you would like to download the swatch it is at : http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&extid=1739022. I also had a extra Photoshop canvas open to use as a palette to mix colors when requested.
The book itself is terrific. I have been enjoying the book. Kidd shares allot of his techniques and experience into this book. His step by step demonstrations are a bit to broad and could use some further explanation. However, he is very descriptive on what colors he uses and what colors to mix. He also warns not to treat his demonstrations as ‘recipes’. He recommends copying artists for academic purposes but warns that it can become a crutch if you just copy one artist over and over. In respect to his wishes, I will add something of my own to the picture after I get farther along. But it is what it is, a copy, a academic exercise to improve my painting and nothing more. As for the book I do NOT recommended it for beginners, you need to at least the fundamentals under you belt before even attempting this and honestly he just blitz right past such things. Get the book if you need some inspiration.
I noticed one thing about Kidd’s painting is that he loves Burnt Umber.
I will complete the copy in a couple days. I have a dragon in a jar to finish first.
If your interested in his book, here is his official website for the book http://www.spellcaster.com/tomkidd/otherworlds1.html