Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Based on the "overwhelming response" to my drawing lecture I've decided to do things differently. This is why I'm not a teacher. I don't have a dynamic bone in my body -- I'm a yawn fest. It would've been better to post all those pictures one at a time. All at once they blend in with each other so I don't get individual comments.

As I've said before I like to study the visual properties of objects. On any airplane trip you'll find me staring out the window entranced by clouds. "Hey buddy, they're clouds! Once you've seen one, you've seen a million. What do you need to know other than that they're big puffy things and that rain snow and lightning come out of them?" Well, I have to know anyway. "Why don't you just get all of that from a book or go talk to a meteorologist?" No, I want to observe on my own and reach my own conclusions. Too often people miss important details when they observe and besides, my concern here is only what makes the clouds look the way they do.

When I was a kid a teacher asked me what color the sky was. I said gray with a purple tint. She said I was wrong, that it was blue but I could see out the classroom window differently -- it was an overcast day -- the visual proof was there. That’s one of many reasons I make my own observations and I don’t automatically accept what’s in books or comes from authority figures.

One day when I’ve got the energy I’ll write up my detailed and boring analysis of clouds. Till then I’ll tell you this: they’re pretty.


Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I love the amount of attention you give to distortion of parts of the body, from a simple depiction of a penis wrapping around an arm to the morbidly obese gnomes(?).

5:19 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Outstanding Fantasy Work Tom-- Clouds can be hard to do you make it look easy.
People have know way of knowing your here until you post on other blogs more, your traffic will build.

7:48 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

The man can draw!

7:48 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

I would enjoy reading your cloud treatise. You paint beautiful ones...

1:18 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Thx Tom for posting at my site. Want to follow up by saying I get the same buzz viewing your work as I get from a few hours hanging around the Hollywood ASIFA office. Inspired..

1:09 PM  
Blogger Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Tom,

Found your blog through Bill Moore.
Incredibly work!
Bill is right, you can draw!!
Look forward to seeing more. :-)

1:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Thanks, thanks and thanks four more times. I've spent the day working on a cover that I had trouble starting. It's a long sad story that I'll tell when I post it. The cover is a Rembrandt pastiche. It was art directed to be that but mostly it's several portraits. I've never done this before, not ever in all my career, but I put myself in this painting. It'll replace my false blog face that looks nothing like me in a few days.

By the way, take the time to check out everyone's blog who wrote me here. You'll really enjoy what you see.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Oh, Tara, I want to make some charts and graphs for the cloud thing. I also need to 'sculpt' some specific forms and make a special camera setup for it. And I'll need to design various types of ambient and direct light generators. Then I'll need to make many photographs of manmade 'clouds' and nature-made clouds.

I'm not kidding when I say I want to do this; I really, really want to do this. It's the only way to make my points clear and to do a thorough test of my theories. You've come in late. I've been thinking about this for quite awhile but I should probably pace myself on getting this done.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Konstantin Pogorelov said...

Its an absolute honor to be in your links! I'll try to prove worthy. By maybe trying to sketch as much as you...
You make clouds look easy but I know I've failed to capture them every time. I saw a cloud in a dream a few nights ago: I was on some kind of floating island that looked like a postcard from Japan, and all of a sudden everything went gray, and in a few seconds the light came back and I saw that a huge cloud, fluffy and gray and egg-shaped, like a chubby zeppelin, just blew by engulfing the gardens for a few seconds and flying away fast into the distance. Am I ever going on a ramble. Sorry.

11:35 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

My goodness Tom! It sounds like an entire book in the making! (It sounds like Maxfield Parrish's amazing models and lighting reference techniques). I'm awaiting with bated breath!

4:36 AM  
Blogger internboy said...

"I'm a yawn fest." Well I can attest to that. I mean when you talk a....b..ou..zzzzzzzz. Uh, what, ah, oh, okay I'm back. Sorry I must have dozed off when I was reading how you stick it to the man in regards to clouds.

Hey, and how many times have I told you not to use my likeness! I'm referring to the last sketch in your previous post.

You should have never told me about your blog..bwahahahaha!

1:03 PM  
Blogger LauraBraga said...

Hi Tom.
Wow, i really like your pencils. You have great stuff in your blog.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you'll come back.


4:16 PM  
Blogger cinderelly said...

i too, love looking at the clouds, especially when on a plane trip. your drawings are amazing! i came by your site from tara's.

12:21 PM  

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