Tutorial Video: How to Render Concept Art Part 6 – Finishing Touches

In this final episode of the Concept Art tutorial series we add the finishing touches to our creature concept. We will paint the last bit of polish and detail and also create a simple background and make our concept presentable. We take the concept to the final stage so it can be handed off to production or as a marketing illustration. Narrated by the artist.

Tutorial Video: How to Render Concept Art Part 5 – Adding Textures

In part 5 of the Concept Art Tutorial series, we add texture. Using a combination of photographs, photo manipulation, and Photoshop blending modes we seamlessly add texture to our creature design.  This technique will quickly add a nice layer of texture, detail and color variation.  Narrated by the artist.  
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Tonal Composition Studies

A few years ago, I asked several Artists and teachers about an effective way to self-study. They all suggested doing tonal composition studies from old masters.  Tonal Composition study is basically an exercise that develops observation skills. It teaches you how to observe, simplify and distil a complex image into big, simple shapes and 2-3 [&hel
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Studies of the Old Masters in Watercolor

Taking the advice of several teachers I admired, I decided to paint little studies from old masters. Since watercolor is quick to set-up , it makes a perfect painting sketch/study medium that can easily fit into a busy, working schedule. Artists like Anders Zorn, Sargent, Edgar Payne and N.C. Wyeth were the artists I looked […]
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Studies of Rodin @ Legion of Honor Museum

These past 2 years I’ve been working intently and almost exclusively on foundation skills: ie. traditional drawing and painting.  Part of that traditional training is regular studies of the old masters. I recently got the privilege to see master sculptor Auguste Rodin’s work at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, CA.  Sinc
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Review: Steve Huston 2011 Drawing Workshop @ 3 Kicks Studio

Ever since March of 2010, when Steve Huston was last in Los Angeles to teach his annual workshop, I was eagerly anticipating his return to Southern California. The time finally came last April when Steve returned to Pasadena for a one night drawing workshop hosted by 3 Kicks Studio. This was a short but intense workshop. Steve […]
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Nathan Fowkes Workshop Review: Color Concepts, February 2011

A page from Nathan Fowke’s sketchbook. www.nathanfowkes.blogspot.com Nathan Fowkes is a renowned Los Angeles artist and teacher. Among many things he is known for being a masterful color stylist. All you have to do is see hislandscape sketches to know he is a master of color and his craft. Being a fan of his work I […]
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Tutorial Video – How to Render Concept Art Part 4: Adding Color

In part 4 of the Concept Art Tutorial series we add glazes of color to our tonal underpainting. We’ll use the color theory and strategies from the last video to create depth, model form and bring our creature design to life. This video demonstrates how to use blending modes and layers to add a transparent […]
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