Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Painter Test

I lost all my brush pallets in Corel Painter, so I decided to try and create a new load of brushes, includong blenders, while doing a test. I think it is the best way as you are using the brush for a real application. Here I found a brilliant, loose, painting and used it for referance. I now have two blenders and an oil brush although I am not happy with the oil brush yet.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Fantasy art!

Ok its been a while, all sorts of things going on but not been anything I can post. Here is an image I have been fiddling with for a week or so. A possible job for the studio was to produce a CGI poster for a martial arts game. No real brief as the job got blown out but I just cobbled some ideas together. I didn't do enough design for the thing, as I say there was no real brief. but looking at ImageFX mag I wanted to try something similar.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Car in Photoshop.

Coupe design. I was trying to take one of my scribbles and neaten it up in Photoshop. I tend to find that my initial drawing becomes too simplified and looses its energy. But the colours are nice.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Pastel Painter.

Another attempt at Corel Painter and the Pastel/Chalk tools. Not quite finnished but having fun with the blender tool also.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

David Lynch

Just a little work on the detailing and smoothing of some areas.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Nearly there.

I have done a fair amount to the image in the last post. Added more canvas and even done some measuring to get the proportions right.
I have found that I have to set canvas to 'artists canvas' when openening the file again to keep the texture. Working in Corel Painter IX by the way. Using the chalk brush and blender tool.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Unfinished Corel Painter

I found a picture of the director David Lynch and thought it would make a nice subject to try out Corel Painter.
This is how far I have got after just under 3 hours.
Will try and finish it soon and show the result.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Photoshop test

This a video of the photoshot test I did back in July. A good size copy of this is on an earlier blog below.

I started the layout and then moved it down before finishing the piece.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

At the easel for 30mins.

This picture was taken by one of my boys, Danny.
I had 30 minutes to paint before the family was going out so I decided to paint the view from the cottage patio.
I would have finished but I decided to add some sheep (they came into the field next to the cottage) and this slowed me down.
I will finish them and post the end product.

The view.

This is the view, to give you some idea of what I changed.

The painting.

Work still to do in forground. Make more interest in the rock line and grass areas.

Walking the dog..and painting!

So I finally got away with the family for a small holiday and managed a couple of quick paintings.
Not finished but here is some pics I took on my phone of the event.

Yes it was nice and hot on the coast in Poole Dorset. Yogi found some shade behind the seat but I managed to get sun burned.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Nearly there.

Ok I have spent long enough on this image. It still isn't like my original concept but I am a little happier with it. Will try and dig out some of my scribbles for another time.


This is an image created in photoshop.. Its not quite finished but I have wanted to get it posted for a while as I am going to alter it and want to see if I can get to what I was originaly after with the design.
I feel that as I finish up a design it loses its 'life' and becomes stiff and stagnent. Original idea came from a great image of a Vauxhall Astra coupe, although the title of the image was 'Holdensmallcar'.

Friday, 31 July 2009

Came across a'photobucket' web page of the wife and our dog? So i thought I could put an image of him up here. It was drawn using Karismacolor pencil. Drawn from a photo I used it on the back of the Christmas card. Yogi came to us from a rescue centre and had been poorly looked after before that. His ears have been mutilated. The Australian Kelpie has large pointed ears that stand proud, Yogi's look like a bears now, hence the name Yogi (bear).

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Lift Off.

Here is the picture that I got accepted into the Guild of Aviation Artists 2009 show. http://www.gava.org.uk
Depicting the launch of the Saturn 5, Apollo 11 mission. Because of the 40 year anniversary I wanted to try and capture the event in a slightly different way. Here we are part of the crowd watching the event. I hoped to try and draw us into the picture wanting to be able to be part of the moment, the history. I suppose that with such a momentus event it was always going to be hard.

guild picture

Monday, 6 July 2009

Photoshop girl portrait.

This is another test using a photo my mate Taf took. (www.taffmanton.com) I thought the lighting was great on it and hope to be able to capture that with the brush tool in Photoshop. By zooming in and out the detail can be increased. However this can upset the overall composition.

Please feel free to add comments of thoughts you may have. Thanks John.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Dr Who

This was a test using Photoshop. I took quite a long time doing it as I wanted to see how close to my reference I could get. Always good to have a nice image to start with.

Monday, 22 June 2009

My Profile

This is an A4 profile I did for last years Christmas card. I did one of each of the family. Just using black and white pencil on a coloured textured paper.
A friend said they liked it and I don't think ts on my website so here is a chance to see it.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009


Me in the Southend half marathon Sunday 14 June 2009. Just under 1hr 57 mins.
I am the one in sunglasses and USA bandaner.
Have a look at the painting I did of me in the London marathon on my website, in the portrait gallery.
More paintings soon.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

I coloured up two photos in Photoshop (adding textures and colours then playing around with layer propeties).

No CGI..

This is a Super Sculpey model that was produced from a character design worked on at Style Machine. I am in the process of painting him and will put some pictures of that on when finished. More of my sculpts can be seen on my website.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Style Machine

Good news. The studio where I have space in London, Style Machine, has a website now up and running. Have a look..
Here you can see some of my commercial work (mainly cars), storyboards and visuals. Todays image is more in keeping with this.
Above is a visual of an Opel Insignia as a design proposal.
I used Copic inks before scanning the image in and finishing in Photoshop.

Monday, 1 June 2009

CGI girl

This is another cgi test done this time in Corel painter X. Good ref and a lot of pushing colour and textures around.
Some of these images our on my websight http://www.thomosix.co.uk/ but as I come across things I have photographes or scanned I am trying to get them on here.
My thanks to Tatiana who has linked to this blog.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Autumn Smithfield Market

20" x 16" Oil on canvas. My morning walk to the studio takes me through the market. Autumn light is my favorite. So I took some pics, on the mobile.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

St Pauls

This is a small painting 10" x 12" done on mdf. I walk past this view during the cold months and took the picture with a mobil phone camera. I want to do more London subjects and get the confidence to paint plein air.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Sara in poppys.

Sara in poppys is a 20" x 28"oil painting. The work was done from a photograph I took back in 1987 in Poros Greece, on our honeymoon.

Sara and Yogi

This painting is of the wife Sara, and our dog Yogi. Walking on Pothcothan beach Cornwall. It is 20" x 28" oil.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Lift off in July.

I have had a painting accepted for the Guild of Aviation Artists anual show held at the Mall galleries. Depicting the launch of the Apollo 11 mission, Saturn 5 rocket. I have no picture of it completed.
My father has exhibited for the last 30 years. Here is a link to some of his work.http://www.charlesjthompson.com/

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Material Girl.

I uploaded the slideshow and it doesn't give much detail . I hope this jpg shows the detail better. If not I will try a higher res detail.

Material folds. Test.

A slide show of a test done in Photoshop. I used a William Whitaker image as ref. A good lesson, although I did spend a long time on it. I saved when I remembered as I went along and have made a simple slide show. I will put up a better jpg of the finnished pic.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Taf's girl.

Oil painting done on board and finnished in 2 hours. 7" x10"(254mm x 178mm). Hope you can see the texture. For me that is what it is all about.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Painter was used for this test. I like the pastel on textured paper and blend tool. Again I used good reference.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

In the begining there was darkness, Let there be light.

My name is John. Son of Charles Thompson (aviation
artist and Ford designer, Cortina Mk 1 and others. Hope to put some of his work on here one day).
I have been looking at the artists here for a while, and have liked what I have seen.
I hope you will find my work of interest.
More work to follow as I get aquainted with the blog World.

This is a Photoshop test trying to create skin texture with multiple layers.