Mist Walker

2 months ago I have decided that I will start participating in The Gnomon Workshop 2D Image challenges, where each month is given topic and first 4 winning designs are rewarded with educational content from industry professionals. Last month I have won 3rd place with my Street Patrol design, but  this month I have managed to win 2nd place with my Gigant Mist Walker concept. I strongly recommend participating in this challenges even if you are just starting out, since idea is what matters and not highly polished artwork.

Here is link to 2D Image challenge forum: http://forums.thegnomonworkshop.com/forumdisplay.php?f=2

For Mist Walker challenge I had to imagine a character or creature that appears when the fog rolls in. I did around 15 thumbnails of possible creature designs, from which I have selected best and did another 4 thumbnails of different environments and compositions. Each thumbnail took me around 10 minutes and they were done in black and white. After that I have started colourizing them and adding details as it is showed in attached gif image.

I encourage you to give it a try and even if you don’t win, you will definitely improve as an artis and designer. Good luck to you all!



Environment Speedpainting

I am posting final result and a recorded video of my last environment speedpainting attempt. This time I have focused mainly on composition and how to control viewers eye to stay on the areas that I want him to see. I tried to create a triangular composition using rule of thirds, so the eye flows nicely between castle, foreground barrack and distant sphere. I have started with no particular subject matter in my mind and it took me around 2 hours to finish it. If you have any questions or requests be sure to send me a message and I will try to answer you as soon as possible. Have a nice day!

Fantasy Castle

Daily Sketches 9-16

Yes, I am still doing this quick daily sketches. They are really fun, and I am a little proud of myself, that I haven’t given up on them yet. This is a great way to explore different styles, discover yourself as an artist and also a great place to fail. You don’t have to share your sketches with anyone, keep them for yourself and keep track of your progress. It may not be visible after first week or even month, but with regular practise you are going to achieve some really nice results. Trust me!

If you are relatively new and you are just starting out, I suggest you to watch this video lesson about doing studies and how to improve as an artis.

The reason I am sharing my sketches with you, is to let you know that failing regularly doesn’t make me quit painting. I spend very little time per piece, max 40 minutes, and then I leave it as it is. It may turn out good, but if it doesn’t, I dont care. Tomorrow is a new day, new painting and a new opportunity to improve. Just don’t give up.

Since I am trying to cover all different kinds of subjects and themes in my daily sketches, please suggest some nice ideas and I will dedicate the sketch to you. If you wish, you will also recieve full resolution (2000×850) file of an painting. Leave suggestions  in the comment section below, on my facebook site, twitter or you can even send me an email (jan.drenovec@gmail.com).



Daily Sketches 1-8

Few days ago I have decided to do a 30-40 minute sketch per day. The reasons why I am doing this are the following: I want to improve as an artist (practise on composition, capturing ideas, mood and realism), spend some time on relaxing paintings without any pressure and to remind myself how fun is painting. I am not following any rule of subject matter, I paint what I want. In some cases I do a photo study, sometimes I have some cool idea in my mind that I want to paint or I just let it happen without knowing wgat in particular I will paint. I strongly recommend you doing this, if you are struggling with art and find it somehow stressful. Paint for fun and enjoy it!




Different but wonderful request

               Few days ago I have recieved a bit different request than I am used to. A good friend of mine is celebrating a 5th year anniversary as a couple and he asked me to paint romantic painting of him and his girlfriend. I was honored to do the painting for his beloved one, but it was quite a challenge for me, since I have never done something like that before. While I was painting,  I was using photo reference for their faces. I wanted to create a warm painting, with a traditional feel with some rough and undefined shapes. I hope it turned out well and I wish them many more wonderful years together.



Process for World of Lightning

I wanted to share some steps of creating a environment concept with a bit of background story.

Main purpose of this painting was to design an interesting world, which is a bit similiar to our home planet. The story I came up with goes something like this: World of Lightning was a planet with an Earth like atmosphere. There were lots of jungle forests, but an alien civilization arrived and started abusing rare ore, which contained  electric power. In their greed they have started overusing this rare ore, so nowadays ligtning storms are raging around the planet and forests are becoming deserts and wastelands.

First I start off with grayscale sketch, where I define basic composition, perspective, shapes and design elements. Everything is extremley rough but main shapes are already visible. Second step is to find some reference images and photo textures to add some visual noise, from which is for me faster and easier to paint. But almost all parts of phototextures end up completely covered with paint and are not visible any more in the final painting. I also define basic color pallet and overall mood.

When all this is established I continue with painting details. At this stage I might still tweak some design elements, which doesn’t work well. Up to final stage I don’t use any other brush than basic round brush set to pen pressure. When everything is pretty much finished I spice up painitng with some custom brushes for clouds, grass, leaves and branches. For defining architectural and manmade elements I use lasso tool, which enables me to make nice clean lines.

In the end when painting part is finished, I add some textures with overlay blending mode to big areas and adjust colors and values with Photoshop edit options, add signature and call it done.


3 stages of process


Since I don’t always have my computer and wacom tablet around, I often draw in my sketchbook, which is a bit easier to carry, but just as fun to draw in. So that is why I decided that I will share some of my most recent traditional sketches. They are done in few steps: pencil sketch followed by pen line work and shading with brush tip marker. This kind of sketches usually take me from 30 minutes up to 1 hour. Main purpose of doing them is to express some ideas and concepts which may end up in my digital paintings.

Have a nice day!

 Tonguehead creature Unusual tree Earth guardian and air vegetation Torso and head sketch



My new site is up!

Hello and welcome to my website!

Main purpose of this blog is sharing my current work, news or announcements with the rest of the world. I will not bother you with boring things that happen to me in every day life. Instead I will try to make these posts as interesting as possible with giving some art tips and tutorials, revealing hot news from world of concept art, doing some motivational posts or answering your questions.

There are also going to be monthly sketch jams on a specific topic, where all of you will be welcome to participate. After the event will be over, I will choose some of the most interesting paintings and do critique and paintover (of course only with your permisson).

In future I might also do weekly/monthly livestreams with Q&A.

Although this site is already up, there are still going to be some modifications, especially art wise. The reason is that I am still in a process of making decent portfolio (most of work that you see is pretty old).

If you are interested in art and you want to recieve notifications about new blog posts, follow me on twitter or add me on my facebook page Art of Jan Drenovec. Also suggest this site to some of your friends who may like it.

Have a nice day!