Tom Parrish Concept Art and Illustration

Tom Parrish Concept Art and Illustration: June 2014

Friday, 20 June 2014

Big Mick

I managed to restrain myself as I got into colouring this piece and avoid disappearing down the detail rabbit hole that I invariably get drawn towards once I get into a painting. I saved some WIPs and tried a couple of different techniques here to blend comic colouring and painting workflows that I'd be happy to share if anyone's interested in a lil tutorial write up. Needless to say, a character for a project I'm working on...more to follow!

Have a great weekend guys :-)


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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Sneaky DMJ Mech WIP

Two blog posts in one day?? The madness!

Here's a little WIP pic of a mech I sketched last night for a project I'm working on. I'm experimenting with style here - So far I've just prepped the lines, created the shadow and added a bit of a grad map and bloom, but it's creating some interesting results. Will post more as I colour!


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Birthday Thank You

I celebrated my 30th birthday this passing weekend and had a truly wonderful time. My friends and family all made me feel tremendously loved and I wanted to just share a thank you card I posted up on Facebook to them all yesterday!


I was really lucky as well to receive a couple of amazing new art books to devour, and am going to now be attending the Pixar Masterclass in London at The Natural History Museum in London. 3 days of training and seminars... I can't wait!


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Friday, 13 June 2014

AJ Kitbash Tutorial Review

Boy, it's been pretty quiet around these parts for the last month! I'm still working hard on a lot of work I can't share, but I'm finally starting to claw back a bit of time to start working on personal development stuff again, as well as focus on goal setting for the next 6-12 months.

I recently purchased (at the recommendation of the wonderful Sam Hogg) several of Anthony Jones' video tutorials on concept art workflow. This is very different to the sort of training covered at The Oatley Academy, which is predominantly focused on building strong fundamentals and visual storytelling. Generally speaking, I've shied away from studying speed techniques, as I concentrated on building my understanding of form, lighting, composition and colour. That said, having spent the past several months in fundamental mode it felt pretty good to switch it up and build upon that knowledge with some more technique focused tutorials.

The first video up was Kitbashing Your Own Paintings - a process that I'd only ever heard talked about before, but had not really seen in action. Provided as a 55 minute demo, along with all of the source files and brushes, the tutorial covers the entire process of producing a rapid concept to quickly and concisely articulate an idea to an art director.

Itching to put this newly learned knowledge into action, I jumped straight in. Here's a WIP of a robot sketch I did using Anthony's kitbashing techniques, totaling about 60 mins work so far.


As well as a real time video demonstration and source files, Anthony guides you through the thought process behind the decisions he makes, along with sharing useful shortcuts, tips and tricks on how to save time on repetitive tasks. I thought I was pretty hot on using Photoshop, but even I picked up some valuable new ideas!

It's been a really interesting exercise, and well worth the watch - I can't wait to buy the next videos as they're released, as for a $5 a pop they are an absolute STEAL. Head over here to check out the rest of Anthony's great videos.

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