He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Virtual Gouache Land (Erik Tiemens)

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:26 am

Erik Tiemens
Erik Tiemens is a concept artist and designer working for LucasFilm who also does gallery paintings in oil and gouache, as well as digital sketching.

I first reported on Tiemens in September of 2006. Since then his web site doesn’t look like it has gotten a great deal of attention (there is still a promise of Star Wars Episode III concept art to be added in April 2005 in the Concept Art gallery), but he has been maintaining a more frequently updated blog entitled Virtual Gouache Land.

In the blog Tiemens posts landscape sketches, sometimes digital, but often in gouache. The images are usually linked to larger versions, big enough to get a real feeling for the works, which are generally small-scale to begin with, and to see his wonderfully succinct notation of complex forms (image above, top, with detail, bottom).

He usually annotates the images with a brief description of the time and place, and sometimes the process, indicating when he is trying out new paints or other materials.

In contrast to small watercolor paintings or gouache sketches by many contemporary artists, Tiemens’ work has a flavor of the early watercolor artists of the Barbizon school, and English landscape artists like Turner and Constable. His small images, and digital paintings, are often dark overall, punctuated with brilliant patches of light poking through roiling clouds or the dark canopies of trees.

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  1. Comment by Robert Chunn
    Wednesday, August 1, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

    Tiemens’ work is excellent. Thanks for bring him to our attention.

  2. Comment by marie wise
    Friday, May 23, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

    I just found Erik’s blog through a Google keyword search for “gouache.” He had some lovely little videos showing a painting demo. I just started using gouache to do small studies for larger paintings, and I love how it goes on the paper.

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