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Time of digital sketching

April 16, 2012

Tomas Honz

Some of you might already know that I spent several years working almost exclusively digitaly – with my trusty tablet and photoshop. I was doing stuff like concept art, matte painting or illustration mostly for movies and video games.
However there is also a posibility to use these skills in fine art.
You can do infinite number of quality sketches before you start a traditional painting. You can retract steps, flip images, change values or hues on the go and end up with the best possible compositional solution. But it would be limiting to think about digital tools only in terms of supporting medium. They can stand on their own. But more about it in the future. For now, I will be glad to share with you some digital sketches I did during past few months.

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?

Spring studies

March 31, 2012

Tomas Honz

Three small oil paintings done in plein air during last month.

Edmund Gosse said about John Singer Sargent: “His object was to aquire the habit of reproducing precisely whatever met his vision without the slightest “arrangment” of detail, the painter’s  business being not to pick and choose, but to render the effect before him, whatever it may be.

I should adopt this goal too. Or at least I should not be too picky about my subjects.

February 2012 field studies

March 8, 2012

Tomas Honz

I would like to share with you today few plein air paintings I did during February. Let me know what you think of them.

Btw: Few days ago, this site of mine reached 10 000 views! Thank you guys for support.


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.

Studies of snow

February 20, 2012

Tomas Honz

Finaly some snow fell here in Prague!… Well, it’s gone already, but still I managed to take my gear and go out couple of times. And following four studies are what came out. My biggest concern were beautiful colors of light and shadows on the snow. Did I succeed in capturing them?


Digital environments

January 30, 2012

Tomas Honz

I owe digital painting a lot. Without it, I would barely do what I love the most – ART.

These two digital paintings were my entries for latest two Enviornment Of the Week challenges at I also uploaded a simple five-steps tutorial for those, who are interested.



Mini atmoshpere studies part 3

January 28, 2012

Tomas Honz

Weather finaly changed here in Prague and I had to capture it. So here you go, another pack of mini atmosphere studies. I have over incredible 70 pieces now!

Check out also the first and the second pack of mini atmospheres.


January 22, 2012

Tomas Honz

Ultramarin blue, kadmium yellow pale, kadmium red light, titanium white – just these 4 colours and little bit of solvent and everything is possible.

Anyway, I’d like to share with you few quick still-lifes from recent weeks. Glass and light in it was my focus this time.

And finally, I’m starting to use more paint! For long time I’ve been too afraid to waste it. How foolish that was!

Website up and running!

October 30, 2011

Tomas Honz


Today is a great day. I’m happy to announce, that this new website of mine is up and running! It will serve as a base for my fine art endeavours and I will hapilly share my latest works with you here. Feel free to check out all it has to offer. Sign up for email news, leave me a comment, share an interesting content with friends or purchase one of my works and support my career.

So far I’ve been using another site. So if you want to see some older articles, please visit>

I still will be using that site as a base for my digital art portfolio even though this website will be my no.1 priority.

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