A Jerry's Online Street Team Art Project with Ron Croci

Multi Media Artist Ron Croci demonstrates how to create an exciting Book Cover


In our Artist Spotlight post about Ron Croci, we learned about this inspiring multi media artist and his love of art and the ocean. In this fun follow-a-long activity, Ron guides us step-by-step through the creation of a fantastic piece of art!

Take it away Ron!


In this tutorial, I am showing how I developed the cover of my soon to be published book by Island Heritage, The Atlas of Surfing History. What I want to show here is Captain Cook's first view of Hawaiian surfing. The painting is titled "The Legacy". Here are my steps for creating this painting.

First I start by making small watercolor thumbnails of the entire scene. At this point, I do a lot of research on what compromises the people, place and things in the picture. 

Then I start to develop the main figures.

Then I develop the secondary figures.

Here is the first sketch of the total scene.

Here is my first color composition.

Then, here is the color composition withe the rough of the book title.

Here is the rough under-painting of the final art. The size is 30x40 inches and is painted on a wooden panel. As you can see I changed the main figures.

Detail of the main figures in the under-painting.

Second detail.

 Third detail. This is Captain Cook's launch. 

This is the artwork of the scroll that will hold the title. It will be dropped in with Photoshop.

Here is the final cover art

Here it is with the title applied.

Here is the final art with the wonderful Lukas Oil Paints and a set of Ruby Satin Brushes. These are the 200 ml tubes. I love this paint because of its buttery consistency. I use it for many applications, however, since I specialize in marine subject matter it is especially useful mixed with poppy seed oil to create water and reflection techniques.

Here are the wonderful Lukas oil paints I used. This is also my pallet. Permalba white, and Cadmium Yellow for the yellow sunshine and Yellow Ochre for the yellow shadows. Cobalt Blue for the sunlit blues, and Ultramarine Blue for the shadow blues. then Cadmium Red Light for the sunlit reds and Alizarin Crimson for the shadow reds. I don't use Black, but mix the Alizarin Crimson with the Ultramarine Blue to the make the darkest shadows, modulate the red and blue to vary those shadow colors. I mix a single primary with the other two primaries so that no primary will compete with the other two. I never cross the shadow primaries with the sun lit primaries.  

Read more about Ron in his Artist Spotlight!



Multi-Media Artist Ron Croci Jerry's Artist Spotlight!

Introducing Ron Croci

Ron Croci is more than just an accomplished multi-media artist with 30 years of commercial and fine art experience. He continuously searches for new and different ways of expressing his love for the ocean.

As a water sports enthusiasts, surfer and diver, his paintings and prints depict joyful scenes of woman in water sports, ocean landscapes and beach scapes. Ron's artistic history began in the 1970's with a unique surrealistic style reflecting the tumultuous events of current society.


As time progressed and after numerous showings in prominent galleries and museums throughout the United States, his artistic themes evolved into more landscapes and expressive figurative art.


Castle Mare Beach on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Throughout the 1980's and 1990's, Ron's passion for bringing life to a canvas took on new and different forms, as he became a well-known illustrative artist in feature films, commercials, corporate and public murals and print illustrations.

At heart, Ron is first and foremost a fine artist, continuously perfecting his nationally-recognized vibrant figurative art and beach scape themes. He currently resides in Palos Verdes, California where he dedicates his full creative time producing luscious beachscapes and figurative art, as well as designing feature films for major motion picture studios. Ron's love for the ocean, vitality and water sports is clearly seen in all his rich and beautiful designs.

Ron's Gallery

Painted in Hawaii with LUKAS watercolors


The Casbah in Morocco/Ron Croci in action painting with LUKAS Watercolors


Ron painting the cliffs in Palos Verdes, California, from his boat, the Aqua Angel

Want more Ron Croci?

Stay tuned for Thursday's article, A Jerry's Online Street Team Art Project with Ron Croci.


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