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Color Study (Gerome – Arab Caravan)

gerome arab caravan study painting reproduc

This was a hard study. Not the actual painting BUT the fact that my laptop broke and I had to do most of this on a iPad. Thankfully I was able to finish this on a friend’s computer but he didn’t have Photoshop on it so I used a little paint program called myPaint. It took a little adapting as it didn’t have nearly the same amount of customization as Photoshop brushes. But I like it. myPaint has a infinite canvas, a strange thing for a raster painting program to have.

The coolest thing I have learned from these studies so far is that the painters never use pure black or white in the shadows or highlights. Instead the painter will use a complementary color or a grey tone. there will always be some bounce (or fill) light in the shadow that is the sky’s color or of  a close by object.

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Art Study 1- Dragon breathing fire

dragon art study

I’m a bit burned out with drawing still life. I will be doing some quick studies/copies of artists that I admire and paintings I find cool. Feel free to give feedback.  40 minutes

Mistakes that I made: Left leg to thick, leg is too small, snout is either too long or needed to be cover by the flame. Highlight on neck needs to be stronger. Forgot to draw background

Original painting is copyrighted by a artist who’s signature is too hard to read.

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Daily Painting No.52- Tom Kidd Copy/Study Revisited

tom kidd copy study

I wanted to work some more on the study. I didn’t feel like drawing a still life today. Honestly, I didn’t want to paint at all. Since this I my first color study of a artist, I was surprised how well I did. I think this is it for this painting, I have no interest in continuing.   I studied a painting by Tom Kidd. Painted from scratch in Photoshop using a wacom tablet. Time spent, A little under two hours. My next study will be quick color thumbnail studies of a bunch of paintings by one artist. I saw a fellow artist on WordPress study this way so I want to give it a shot.

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Daily Painting No.50 – Tom Kidd Tank City Copy


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 : 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

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Daily Painting No.43 – Copy of Fierce Dragon Rider – the dragon’s head – Part 2

badass dragon copy 2

Still working on this study. Its about me learning about refining and polishing. It’s getting there. I’m starting to ‘figure it out’. The method is basically crosshatching. I love crosshatching in ink. For some bizarre reason I never figured out that I could apply the technique just as well to painting. I was sluggish at first but what getting in the groove near the end of the hour. It should take me 2-3 more hours to finish this. I painted this in Photoshop. Time spent on this session: 1 hour. 2hours total. Name of the artist who painted the original painting I am studying/coping is still unknown. Next time I study/copy a artist’s painting, I will make sure I know the artist’s name :0. I will work on it more on Friday.