Thursday, April 01, 2010

New Painting: 3324 North California

Well, I finally finished with this painting. It took a while, considering I worked on it off and on in between other paintings that I had to do. While painting, I spent the majority of my time squinting my eyes, my objective was to capture the light and "character" of the "diner".

Detail. I enjoy seeing brushwork, especially when rendering realistically. Had fun with my palette as well, as you can see, I used lots of greens . . . I thing green and dirty yellows are some of my favorite colors to paint into flesh tones?

Some quick thumbnail sketches that I did while coming up with my idea and composition.

My next class on Caricature at starts on April 16th. Seats are filling up! Any questions you may have can be emailed to me or the staff at Schoolism. Thank you.


Blogger Caricature Girl said...

its absolutely amazing....I can smell the diner.:)

1:56 PM  
Blogger Tony Mac said...

Absolutely brilliant !

2:06 PM  
Blogger alexis said...

awesome!! love the colors.. love the light. My favourite part is the texture on the stools. I really enjoyed watching this come together from the prelim sketch.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Jon Casey said...

You've got a great career as an illustrator Jason, but one of these days you need to go james jean style, drop your magazine covers and have some sold out gallery shows of oil paintings! show people what you can do when you have complete freedom!
exciting to see this.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Mathurin du BOUETIEZ said...

This one of the most impressive paintings I've ever seen.
I have no words, this is insane.
Congratulations, I hope I'll be as good as you are one day!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Thomas Fluharty said...

PARDON the lango, but this is FRIGGGAN BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!
This is really a fantastic piece bro. COngrats!!!!!!!~T

2:53 PM  
Blogger galvinator said...

Wow this is stunning! Outstanding attention to detail. Even down to the guy in the background with the hat is brilliant.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Patrick LaMontagne said...

You keep raising the bar, Jason. This is really a wonderful piece.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Aaron Wilkin said...

Really Awesome man!!!!! The lighting is amazing, and it really helps to make this piece look so good!!!! As soon as I saw this painting, I immediately went and signed up for your April course!!! It gave me the kick in the ass that I needed!!! I can't wait!!!!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Attractive Art Community (Big Sam) said...

completely insane! completely!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

WOW Jason! this is amazing! Love the soft lighting, its amazing how you rendered this painting. WOW bravo Jason!

4:54 PM  
Blogger Adrien Bernard-Reymond said...

Verry impressive!
Do you pick your colours from a photograph? 'Caus they are just perfect, and so is the light.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Heng said...

Very beautiful and a little sad. I'm wondering what the background guy's hand gesture indicates. Another bar raised, man.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Alucard said...

Suuper beautiful. The best part is the white hair top of the old man's head. Oh and the nose, and the loosy lines on the hand, and ... damn this is a masterpiese.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Miguel Garrido said...

Tiene algo de la magia de las ilustraciones clásicas americanas, bravo.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Eric Zampieri said...


6:06 PM  
Blogger Paul Moyse said...

That's beautiful Jason, really beautiful!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Adrian Lubbers said...

I love it.It reminds me of soooo many diners on my travels. hahaha

AWESOME as usual Jason.

6:27 PM  
Blogger liz wiltzen said...

Outstanding work!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Dominic Philibert said...

Wonderful job my friend!
Nice composition
Love those 2 little stylus in the pocket! ;)

9:20 PM  
Blogger alex fine illustration said...

I was telling Otto on the train that what sets you apart from a lot of other illustrators working digitally is your attention to detail. The hairs that are dark in front of the light part of the window next to the white hairs in front of the dark window frame really makes the illustration come to life for me. Amazing work!

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:20 AM  
Blogger Barry O'Donoghue said...

Great, great piece Jason.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Tim Bye said...

This is my favourite of yours Jason! Amazing!

8:29 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Jason - scene captured! Mood delivered ala carte with a flurry of brilliant color and brushwork. Love the two vacant seats in the foreground... actors or characters in their own right -- red and blue.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Patrick Strogulski said...

Love this one !!! Magnificent capture of an american everyday scene. Reminds me a bit to Hopper.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

That place has the most amazing hot dogs!!! Beautiful piece Jason, makes me homesick!

11:33 PM  
Blogger ARI said...

astonishing!!!! You did a masterpiece

6:47 AM  
Blogger Charles DA COSTA said...

fantastic jason !!
I love the atmosphere that emanates from your illustration
you are one of my favorite illustrator !!
my admiration !!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Will Appledorn said...

it's great in every way, but i'm really impressed with the apparent thought put into the composition that ended up really working nicely. it's tied so well together i end up really looking at every part of the painting.

inspiring stuff, as usual

7:19 PM  
Blogger Adam Ford said...

This is just completely bonkers man! Just completely beautiful!

12:20 AM  
Anonymous JewelD said...

Jinkies! That light is delicious. Great work!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Daniel Bejarano Casarino said...

Its absolutely stunning Jason! really great work I love the colors on this one and the details are masterfully executed.

3:56 PM  
Blogger kencoogan said...

Jason, this is impossibly ridiculous.........what I'm trying to say is, it's amazing!

5:14 PM  
Blogger sensei said...

I think between that and the tiger woods are the best ones you ever did!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Restrepo said...


7:40 AM  
Blogger calcinaro said...

great job! wonderful!

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Carl Buell said...

Jason, I've been a working illustrator for 40+ years, but until I saw the way you render human skin, I never felt like a hack. Truly an impressive piece. Maybe if I keep painting another 40 years...

12:51 PM  
Blogger Huck said...

How do you do this man? You're kinda like the David Blaine of art now. Thanks for sharing and I'll keep looking.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Rajput said...

Wow Nice Work.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Jenea said...

Beautiful finish of your big art work! ;)

9:33 AM  
Blogger Kei Acedera said...

WOW Jason, you're so good! I LOVE this.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Damion009 said...

oh my GOD!!!!! what?. OH MY GOD!!!!

3:51 AM  
Blogger Harringtoon said...

Congrats & BEAUTIFUL piece, Jason!
What is the guy in bg doing? looks like there should be something in his hand, ...a cup?

That diner should let you eat there every day for FREE forever...only problem is you'd probably end up looking like your subject if you do that!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Gary Locke said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE this piece! man in the dark sweater is drinking "never coffee!!!""

3:09 PM  

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