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Into Darkness – insight into the painting process

October 10, 2014

Tomas Honz

Enjoy some insight into what had to be done to finish this painting.

I was always captivated by the absorbing darkness of dense pine forest. When you stand on the right spot, it almost feels like it is going to devour you. I wanted to paint that thing. And this summer, I finally got around to do that. Bellow is a moderate size oil study. I also took lot of photos for aid.

Into dakness - plein air sketch


The idea I had in mind was little bit different though. So I did what I always do when I want to do some deep exploration – digital painting. This was the sketch that I decided to go with.

Into darkness - digital sketch


And this image is a snapshot of what I painted after the first session. My goal is always to fill the canvas as soon as possible, this was also the case.

Into darkness - painting in progress


And the final painting. Executed in oils on 150x100cm canvas. You can see that I made some further changes in composition along the way.

Into darkness


The Black End – process

February 4, 2013

Tomas Honz

Hey guys. I hope you like one of my latest paintings called “The Black End”. I wanted to let you see a bit of how I work ,so I made a simple three step process picture for you. I believe it shows quite well how I work and more importantly how I use digital painting as a creative tool to find the optimal composition.

The Black End

The Black End

Tomas Honz - tutorial

Waiting for the End – process explained

December 17, 2012

Tomas Honz

Waiting for the End

Waiting for the End

How did I create my latest large painting?

First, I took a plein air study with appropriate color harmonies. At this stage I already had pretty clear idea of what I wanted.

Then I took advantage of my digital painting skills and made a new sketch in photoshop. I picked colors right from the plein air study and created this epic scene depictig last hours of mankind.


The photoshop sketch served well as a map for large studion painting, but I let the painting evolve a bit on it’s own.

Waiting for the End

If you are familiar with photoshop, don’t be afraid to use it for your advantage!

Circus Duo

November 9, 2012

Tomas Honz

Oil on board, 50x70cm, October 2012

Oil on board, 50x70cm, October 2012


I used these two plein air sketches as references:

Let’s learn some technique – Sargent

April 9, 2012

Tomas Honz

John Singer Sargent is one of the best examples of artist with clear ability to simplifi without loss of realism.

Bruce Mcavoy, in his brilliant article, describes Sargent’s unique focus: “…identifying by the accumulation of single brushstrokes the minimal arrangement of signs necessary to produce a completely convincing reality.”

And what is the best to way to obtain an ability of an artist you admire? To copy his works. Following image is not precise copy of Sargent’s painting: Golden sail. But rather an attempt to learn his brilliant technique.

A brook in Prague

April 5, 2012

Tomas Honz

This is a studio painting I did three weeks ago. I used a plein-air study as a starting point, but at some point, I took a new direction and let the painting evolve on it’s own. Do you like it?

Oil on board, around 50*60cm,
March 2012

Traditional and digital technique in symbiosis? – Process

February 27, 2012

Tomas Honz

Hey guys,

I’ve received few questions regarding the latest pack of pictures. “Where is the border between original and digital painting?” Was one of the frequent questions. And here is the image which explains it quite simply. On the left are original tempera paintings, on the right photoshop overpaints. Main purpose of this digital post-process was to emphasize important qualities of each image. You can clearly see that both aspects, traditional and digital, are equaly important.

People also ask why don’t I just paint them from start to finish. The answer is simple. It would never look like this if I just painted it. If I want to keep this specific visual, I have to do it this way.

Thank you guys for looking, I’m very greatful I can share my stuff with you.

Traditional and digital technique in symbiosis? Part 2

February 24, 2012

Tomas Honz

As I promised in earlier post, here comes a second pack of new pictures from my factory.

The process of their creation was following: I painted a quick and energetic sketch with tempera. Then I scanned it. And in the end, I did some overpainting in photoshop.

See? It really is a symbiosis of old and new craft.


Traditional and digital technique in symbiosis?

February 23, 2012

Tomas Honz

I’ve just finished first bunch of new artworks. This time, I seriously took tempera paintings and tweaked them in photoshop while trying to maintain original idea. But what now? Print them on canvas and do oil overpaint on same areas? Or leave them as they are?

More stuff of this kind is coming anyway guys. I will be hoping in your comments.

Prague at night – large oil painting.

January 20, 2012

Tomas Honz

I get fascinated by night over and over. Sometimes, despite wind and cold, I go out, holding a sketchbook and doodling incredible shapes of shadows and glaring lights.

This work was done in the studio. But with help of many direct studies you might have seen in my older posts. It pretty much captures what I see when I look out of my window.


A portrait of grandpa and a still-life

December 29, 2011

Tomas Honz

The painting of my grandfather was a christmas gift for my mum. Well, it’s far from perfect but the effort also counts, at least this time. :)


Marshes in black & white

December 20, 2011

Tomas Honz

Today, my beloved subject – marshes. I used black ink for underpainting and black and white tempera for actual marshes. I didn’t cover all canvas equaly so I was able to highlight what was important – the water, it’s shapes and reflections. Did I succeed?

Tempera to digital

December 15, 2011

Tomas Honz

This is what it might look like when I take a traditional painting and give it more detail with my tablet. What do you think? You might also be interested in the five-step process I included!


Time of tempera

December 11, 2011

Tomas Honz

Like many others, I’ve always been treating egg tempera like something inferior, especially to oil – the technique of masters. But last week, I discovered how wrong I was. In right hands, it’s as powerfull as anything else.

Chek out for yourself what I created when I was mindlessly doodling. Mindless doodling is incredible by the way – you do the subjects you like in a way you like – no thinking, just spontaneous painting.



Street lights and atmosphere

December 4, 2011

Tomas Honz

Dear fellows,

Today, I’d like to share with you several pastels I did about two weeks ago. I strive to capture atmosphere every time I create something and this time was no different. I painted only air (as I saw it) and light. No ground, no trees, no buildings – just pure atmosphere. I also get fascinated over and over by that glow around street lamps when there is a fog outside. I always feel like if there was something behind the fog and that something was far beyond understanding.

Pastel is a great technique for this kind of stuff btw. It allows me to create beautiful and very soft color transitions only with my palms.

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