Tom Parrish Concept Art and Illustration

Tom Parrish Concept Art and Illustration: May 2013

Thursday, 30 May 2013

First Contact

It's finally finished! I started this painting back in February, before I really started to get my head around a lot of the concepts and processes we're being taught at the Oatley Academy. As such, it started off ok, but then quickly devolved into endless reworks, as it just wasn't working. I ended up binning it for a couple of months (in which time I did the Michelangelo painting and more studies!) before picking it up again earlier this month. It's funny to look back at the original version compared to where it is now, as I feel like I've learned soooo much in such a short space of time, it's almost as is if the first draft were by a different artist. Anyhow, it's finished finally and I can now look onwards to working on more AA based work, amongst other things....

In other news, I'm off to the Workshop in London tomorrow, so will no doubt have loads to share from that. I'll keep you guys posted! :-)

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Lunchtime Study 23rd May

Here's a 1hr still life study from yesterday lunchtime - the recording is up from on LiveStream!

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Lunchtime Study May 22nd

Here's a colour study from yesterday lunch time.. and my first LiveStream on the new channel! I ended up getting a bit weird-ed out, knowing I was broadcasting, so I picked a hideous skintone to start with. I then ended up on the back foot through the whole recording! Alas; I got there in the end, and again, focusing on skin tones, it came out ok. Learning more with every one!

I also did another stream last night with a couple of classmates, and worked on a costume design/exploration for my Audacious Accomplishment. I've posted it as well, as I realised I haven't posted up much sketchy stuff of late!

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

New LiveStream Channel!

Following the lead from my buddy Sean Nicholes (fellow OA Student), I've setup a LiveStream channel that I'm going to broadcast to when doing studies, sketches and other assorted junk. You can find it here.

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Anatomical Sketches 1

A quick post from this lunchtime's sketching: anatomical studies from photos and masters' sketches. A fantastic exercise, and one that I really need to do more of... so more to follow! 

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

May 15th: Lunchtime Study

Another 1hr study from this lunchtime - The main focus was really looking at variations in hue in skin tone, pushing the blues, purples and oranges to try and create more realistic skin. Great learning exercise, as I really surprised myself afterwards with how saturated some of the more diverse colours needed to get, to get the right look.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Playing with Copics

After a LONG time of pining and looking longingly on Amazon, I took the plunge a week or so ago and bought a full set of warm grey Copic markers. I've messed around with single markers of other brands before, but this is the first time I've bought a full set - and that I've bought Copics. I've only had a short time with them, but I can definitely say that they are worth the investment; they are MILES better than Pitt Pens, Magic Markers, Trias, Copic Ciaos... you name it. There's a reason they're the industry leader!

Anyhow, here's a snap of the pencils from the first sketch in my new book. I'm not massively happy with it, but I did pick a really tough pose to try and capture (the foreshortening on the arm was a pig -- I think that's what's still bothering me), and I was itching to start with the markers so I may have jumped the gun a bit. I've really been inspired by re-reading Cover Run by Adam Hughes (who is an absolute master.. not only at drawing wonderful cheesecake shots of female characters, but at rending with markers) and re watching the phenomenal Mark Brooks's YouTube videos concerning marker rendering. Still, I've added a snap of how the marker work is shaping up.. and I'm loving working with them so far!

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Monday, 13 May 2013

A9 Armature

I backed the Kickstarter for these guys last year, and after a few months of dogged production over in the States, they've finally arrived! Not only are they awesome and super-poseable, but they've been 3D printed! I still find the whole concept of 3D printing tech so mind numbingly cool -- the future has arrived :-D

In the meantime, more details about the armatures can be found here.

In other news, I started a new sketchbook over the weekend! I filled my last Moleskine in just over 3 months, which is pretty crazy (compared to my previous track record with sketchbooks at least!). I'll hopefully have the all important 'first sketch' of the book finished to post up soon; I wish I didn't get half as superstitious about the first sketch in a new book, but hey!

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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

May 8th Lunchtime Study

 I can't wait to be able to share some of the design work I'm up to at the moment, but for now here's another colour study from lunch.

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

Lunchtime Study

A quick 1 hr lunchtime colour study.


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I've been hard at work for the past couple of weeks on a whole truck load of stuff that I can't share (but is soooo exciting!), so I thought I'd post a quick update with a couple of book recommendations. I picked these up on Amazon after a few of my course mates mentioned them, and have got to say they're great. The Tom Bancroft character design books Character Mentor and Creating Characters with Personality are the best books (heck, the only books!) I've read on the character design process, and James Gurney's Imaginative Realism is just a brilliantly rounded book on painting. All are much more thoughtful and engaging that you're average 'how to draw' book, and definitely worth the money. Still making my way through Loomis' Creative Illustration which arrived a while back... it's VERY dense read!

Right, that's it for now... back to the sketchbook! :-)


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