Thursday, March 22, 2007

Plein Air Pachyderm

This elephant miniaturist is dedicated to my outdoor painting and drawing friends:

William Wray
Laurent Beauvallet
William K. Moore
Jennifer McChristian
Leslie Sealey

I'm still pretty busy but I hope to start posting again regularly. In the meantime you can check out the beautiful work of the artists I've provided links for. Please tell them I sent you.



Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Wow, great job! I can't imagine it was easy to get the texturing of an elephant's skin right, but you nailed it!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

Hehe, AWESOME!! Now I'm ready to do another hippo. ; - 0

1:39 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Tom have you seen the 3x3 illustration annual? I just picked up a copy and I'm blown away by much of the work. Your elephant piece would certainly be a good fit in this publication. I won't comment on all the killer element's (no pun) in this work, but I will mention your use of texture and color. That's out of the park material! Okay.. rhythm and balance....

1:24 AM  
Blogger ron said...

I rest my case. Imagination, one way or another- anyway, thats the thing.

1:52 AM  
Blogger ron said...

If you didn't come back- "a pick" according to my kids is a person who nags or criticizes incessantly. As in your such a pick, Dad! Kids are grown and flown. Noun from the verb picking-You're always picking at me, Dad. Ergo, a pick, picks. Near as I can tell. What about a pickle you ask? Don't.

9:12 AM  
Blogger ron said...

Dig your stuff, linked you. Any obs?

9:39 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Well guys, thanks.

On the elephant skin, I actually took down the wrinkles some. Those pachyderms are born old. There are two texture layers I noticed to elephant skin. It's similar to bark on a tree. First I paint the roughness and then the bigger in and out shadows.

I love Leslie's hippo pictures.

Thanks for the suggestion William, I've bookmarked the information on that annual. It might be good.

Ron, nope, no obs. Thanks! I have to expand my links soon. It's going to be another late night of painting now. Must be a good little illustrator. Must meet my deadline at morning or I'm dead. Is the grim reaper just another deadline to the freelancer?

10:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Extremely well done technically, but as or more important a natural charm to the character and clever humor of the moment. I'm flattered to be included in the group and I'm glad you back to posting again. Thanks Tom.

12:49 AM  
Blogger Jennifer McChristian said...

Love the elephant!!
It's whimsical, inventive and beautifully done-incredible textures too.
By the way, thank you for the link add :-)

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom,thanksalot for linking me here, It's very inspirational to be included in your list of plain air painters; I mean, I'm just a part-time ballpoint guy, right now. It is clearly inspiring, thank you. Now, 'off to my own deadline :)

8:31 AM  
Blogger Scott Altmann said...

Great job - just love your elephants and there definitely is a Tom Kidd elephant, much like Klee had his own elephants. I want my own elephant ! Gotta work on that.

-I know of Lesie's work, but it was nice to see all the other excellent artists as well.

12:49 PM  

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