Today’s featured artist is Erik Tiemens, a watercolor and gouache painter, as well as a film concept artist who has worked on such movies as Forrest Gump, Jurassic Park, and even the more recent Star Wars trilogy.
Although Tiemens uses digital tools when creating concept art for films, his art blog showcases mostly watercolor and gouache paintings from life.
Tiemens’ style is often characterized by almost whimsical brush strokes layered on top of each other. His use of gouache in addition to watercolor lends an extra texture and brightness which watercolors alone will often lack.
Scenes of California appear most frequently on Tiemens’ blog, like the painting below entitled, Above Sea Cliff Beach.
It’s a simple, very illustrative-feeling sketch that shows a tee-off spot on a golf course that overlooks the ocean.
The radiance of Tiemens’ skies (like in the first two painting) and the sunlit walls of the building below, make a lovely contrast to the dark trees and lush foliage of California.
But perhaps I’m just biased; I’m a big fan of the West Coast in general so I love finding artists that can capture its beauty.