-By Dan dos Santos
A few years ago at IlluXcon, I got the chance to meet an illustrator named Patrick Jones. Patrick is a phenomenal artist, equally versed in both traditional and digital methods... as well as a wonderful teacher, which I was fortunate enough to witness first-hand during one of his many lectures.
While browsing his website, I had noticed that Patrick offers downloadable e-book and video tutorials, detailing his process, at really reasonable prices. Having made quite a few tutorials myself, I am always curious to see how other artists handle the task. Patrick was kind enough to send me a few for free, and I am thoroughly impressed!
Patrick sent me three tutorials to review; two e-books on oil painting, and a video on digital painting. I thought I would take this opportunity to offer up my personal review of these three tutorials for any of you interested in them.
First is Sci-Fi & Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques.
Next is Sci-Fi & Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques Vol. 2
If you are just learning to oil paint, and don't know anything about the process, you would definitely benefit more from the first tutorial. The second tutorial is more of a companion to the first, and is ideally suited for those who are already have some experience (be it in whatever medium), or interested in learning the more subtle aspects of actually applying oil paint. But at just $8 each, you might as well get both! More of Patrick's e-books can be found here.
Lastly, is the video tutorial: Carnival 3000 A.D.
The subject matter here didn't seem to matter. It was really just a vehicle by which he explained Corel Painter in depth. He also talks at length about texture, color theory, and lighting schemes. But the best part, in my opinion, is that it is all done in real time. This means you can see him select his brushes, and how he modifies them. You can watch him make mistakes, and then revise them. No need to rewind and pause to catch a one-second glimpse of the artists brush palette.
If you are already an expert on using Corel Painter, and are looking for a tutorial specifically about painting sci-fi environments, honestly, there are probably better choices out there for you. But if, like me, you are looking for general art theory and a good software tutorial that doesn't take the viewer's lack of knowledge for granted, this video should be just what you're looking for.
The video comes in three parts, and you get all three for $30 with a total running time of over three hours. Even though Patrick offers the parts individually, at just $10 each, I'm not certain you would benefit from any one part by itself... I think it's more of a monetary and bandwidth consideration. More of Patrick's videos can be found here.
Patrick J. Jones was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, growing up during the height of Ireland’s conflicts and was one of the first people to be awarded a Prince Charles Trust Fund. He now lives with his wife Cathy and two scruffy dogs in sunny Brisbane, Australia.
Patrick has worked for most major SF/Fantasy publishers and film companies worldwide including the likes of Lucasfilm and Disney Studios. He has painted covers for many prestigious authors, including Simon R. Green and H.G. Wells, and has worked as a Concept Artist for movies such as Peter Pan and The Great Raid. Patrick also teaches a Masterclass in SF & Fantasy art at TAFE campuses on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, Australia.
More info at: www.pjartworks.com