The Gnomon Workshop

Imaginative Illustration with J.P. Targete Vol. 3

The Final Color Illustration


In this third and final title of the series, J.P. discusses the color painting techniques he uses to finish an illustration. Sit back and let J.P. be your guide as you learn how he colors and details an illustration using Adobe Photoshop®. He covers color palette along with color lighting, color glazing and value. He also discusses how he uses his original color sketch to help with the final color painting. Watch and learn how J.P. paints fully detailed foreground characters from start to finish. Throughout the title, he explores materials, texture and atmosphere, as well as ideas on creativity and realism. In this lecture you will get an insight into J.P.'s thought process as he completes the "Dark Riders" illustration.

Duration: 149 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

J.P. Targete

Concept Artist / Illustrator

J.P. is an accomplished digital and traditional illustrator, concept artist and art director for books and video games. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and started working professionally at age twenty, illustrating book covers for Avon Books. Soon after, he got his big break and began illustrating sci-fi and fantasy book covers for Berkeley/Ace Books, Bantam Books and Warner Books. He continued to do work for Wizards of the Coast, The Science Fiction Book Club and many role playing game companies. With over 300 book covers, J.P.'s work has also been published in Spectrum and on collectable plates from the Bradford Exchange. In 2000 J.P. won the A.S.F.A. Chesley Award for best paperback book cover. After many years of illustrating he decided to try his hand at concept art and landed a job with NCsoft. That same year he became Art Director at NCsoft Santa Monica, where he worked on creatures and environments for games such as Tabula Rasa and Aion. He is currently freelancing for publishers and video game companies and is working on a full color graphic novel.

  • "J.P. is one of the most inspirational and creative artists I have ever known, if I could only tap into 1/10th of that creative stream of thinking."

    - Ron Lemen
    Instructor and Co-Founder Studio 2nd Street