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Imagine FX – Ashley Wood Article

It was recently brought to my attention that the current (February 2011) issue of concept art/digital art magazine Imagine FX ran an article on to how to emulate Ashley Wood’s painterly style using the custom brushes and techniques provided by the magazine.

I set out to acquire this article for myself.

Imagine FX - Ashley Wood Article Page 1

Imagine FX - Ashley Wood Article Page 2

What I discovered from this article was very much the same as I had found from research and this was that the images are all about the under drawings, followed by the blocking out of colour underneath. After this it is all about using complementary tones to pull the whole image together.

As you are going along its important to use texture brushes to develop that oil painting look and at the end use a textured brush stamp to go around the painting to add more to the illusion of the paints texture. It’s important to make sure that you don’t over do the same stamp so it becomes obvious it’s not a natural brush stroke.

As I don’t have time for a proper Oil Painting this will be the technique I will use when creating my Ashley Wood image.


Ashley Wood – Technique

While there are many ‘tutorials’ on the internet claiming to teach you how to paint like Ashley Wood, none of them are by the artist himself and are very inaccurate. Alot of the people posting these tutorials are under the impression that all of his work are digital matt paintings. They couldn’t be further from the truth, he is a fine artist who embraces all methods for creating images, as shown in the below interview with ‘ComicBookResources’.

Image: An example of Ashley Wood's oil on canvas paintings

An Interview in 2001 with ‘ComicBookResources’ where Ashley Wood discusses his technique.

KG: What kinds of materials, methods, etc. do you use for a painting?

AW: This is the million dollar question and there isn’t an easy answer, and I’m not being evasive. I use everything from watercolors, oil paint, pen and ink, computers, and digital photography. I literally use it all and always in different combinations. Of course all will be revealed in my Bob Ross style videos in which I will teach you to create any of my images with a fucking giant house brush and three primary colors.


One of the best ways to gather information on how Ashley Wood creates his art is to follow him on his blog.

Here he posts daily updates on the projects he is working and what he is using to create them.

From following him on his blog and reading his interviews I have deciphered the following techniques:

Oil on Canvas
Ashley uses to Oil paints on canvas to create, images with a ‘speed painting look’ on his blog he comments that ‘Pushing the paint around, searching for the right feel, trying not to draw with it !’ (source)

Image: Ink sketch in preperation for an oil piece

Image: The resulting oil painting from the Ink sketch

Ink and Watercolour
Ashley seems to use Ink for sketching things out in preperation for an oil painting (see above). The exception seems to be when he is creating artwork for comic books, where he combines his Ink with digital colouring and overlaying other effects digitally, such as benday dots.


Image: An Ink and Watercolour sketch

Image: Ink with digital after effects

More Penny Arcade Inking Videos

Trawled youtube to find more videos on Mike Krahulik’s inking technique.

Ben Templesmith – Page Layout

More pages from Wormwood on Ben Templesmiths technique showing the process from start to finish of the creation of a page of ‘Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse’.

Image: First stage of a page from Wormwood


Image: Second stage of a page from Wormwood

Image: Finished page from Wormwood

Ben Templesmith – Technique

As research for this project I recently re-read the entire collection of Ben Templesmith’s Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse. As I was reading through them I found stashed away at the back of the comic’s one or two pages in which he explains the process of his artwork.

Image: Ben Templesmith Watercolour & Photoshop


Image: Ben Templesmith Traditional Ink & Photoshop

Ben Templesmith appears to prefer working with more  traditional media and only using Photoshop to add layers, depth and manipulate the final images.

In a Recent Interview with Ain’t it cool news Ben Templesmith had this to say:

@: Your distinctive art technique seems to involve quite a few steps utilizing a number of different mediums. Can you take us through your process from initial idea to finished product?

BT:In a nutshell, or a colostomy bag if you will, the art is all hand drawn, on tonal paper, then I ink it, lay in some grey tones and white highlights using paint and markers and anything that comes to hand. Then I scan them in and add photographic layers, be it textures of cracked walls, collages I’ve made and bits of faces, before adding colour, all in Photoshop. At the end of the day it’s still about 80% drawn and 20% computer. But I don’t actually draw on it, I just use Photoshop as a composition and layering tool really.

@: Do you see computer art as the next logical step in comic book art evolution? Will the old pencil and ink format ever become obsolete?

BT:I used to be one of the young punks, but now many, many people have surpassed me, and actually do all their work on the computer literally. I still like the hand drawn aspect. I like the object at the end (not least because you can sell or exhibit it!). I still use a mouse myself. Never bothered to get into the Wacom tablets everyone now uses…though I will be getting a Cintiq (the next phase of that sort of tech really) and will probably get more into the computer side of things…but there’ll always be some people that prefer the feel of real media on paper, even if they know how to do it all on computer too. The medium evolves due to budgets and deadline constraints. So the computer wins. But the original art market will never die, and I think collectors and fans will always make sure there’s at least some pencil and ink real world pages out there to be had. I’m not swapping to computer only work myself. I’ll just keep using it to enhance.



Mike Krahulik – Bobba Fett Technique Tutorial

A video Tutorial by Mike Krahulik the artist behind Penny Arcade. This video displays the transition of the piece from pencil drawing to a fully inked line drawing that will then need to be coloured.

His technique appears to be nothing more than skill and practice. He is using Photoshop and what appears to be a bog-standard brush, with pressure sensitivity from the Wacom turned on. He then just draws the lines  over and over untill he is happy with the mark he has made.  He tends to stay very zoomed in resulting on much smoother mark making.

I will be trying this technique myself, results to follow.

Image: Mike Krahulik's Bobba Fett Lines

Image: Mike Krahulik's Bobba Fett Inked Lines