Wouter Tulp: Translating what you see into what you paint

To me painting is not just copying reality. You can even ask yourself if there is a true reality, because maybe we all perceive the things we see hear and feel differently.
With that in mind, I try to think of painting as putting my personal impression on the canvas, rather than trying to copy reality.
This goes for painting from life, but also when I am constructing a composition for an illustration.
Studying perspective, color, light, anatomy, using different media all help to be able to translate your experience to marks on the canvas, that, hopefully, communicates my concept to the viewer.

I added some examples of some works of great artists and how they use their references. None of them just copies what's in front of them. They use it to absorb as much information about their subject as they can, in order to create their personal version of it.


Monet:


Norman Rockwell:










  Gil Elvgren:







Steve Huston:


 Tom Fluharty:





Marc Dalessio:


Gregory Manchess:


James Gurney:












Florian Satzinger: Process Sheet

A little rough process snack.

Wouter Tulp Podcast interview

I'm happy to share this interview. Chris Oatley (www.chrisoatley.com ) asked me some questions, and I was happy to answer them. I hope this is inspirational to you.
Click here to listen to the podcast 

Florian Satzinger: Watch Redraw

You can watch the redraw of this rough warm-up sketch right over at Stash: CLICK HERE

Florian Satzinger: Snack

A little work-in-progress snack...

Florian Satzinger: Reference Paint Over

I can't often enough point out how important references are. This very visdev speed sketch here illustrates perfectly the idea of using references as an essential component of the design. The reference here BTW is a French single-seat concept car from 1965, the Peugeot 404 Diesel Record.

Florian Satzinger: Bones For The Monster

A couple of days ago I sketched a monster character for a piece I did in collaboration with Eric Goldberg. Eric did the lovely fox, btw. Today, I got out the monster drawing and - for warm-up - sketched in the bone structure. I love this kind of exercise, it keeps anatomy studies from being boring.

Florian Satzinger: Basic Construction Plus Clean-Up Process, Bird Character

Process sheet

Florian Satzinger: Colour Reference

For the design of these very snow bears I did a lot of research. Finally, I used for colour reference (like brown tones of the cabins, blue tones of the snow etc.) an old tourism poster from 1937 by Erich von Wunschheim. The colours work so well with these looney beasts.

Florian Satzinger: Drawing Tools

I swear by sharpen my pencils with a knife, it makes the pencil lines so extra.
I also enjoy to start a sketch with a regular ballpoint pen and follow up in Photoshop. I like how this adds a kind of telephone doodle touch to it.