Trying to figure out how to speed painting. Any advice on what i need to do it or any tips or hints to it? I'm a little lost on my way with this.
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Since you asked...and I hope people don't totally sidetrack your OP after my reply...
This notion/term of "speed painting" irritates me no end. Never heard it before I came here. Traditionally in concept art, illustration and some design there is an evolution or "heirarchy" of types of images - from simple to more complex/finished of course.
Generally it goes:
Value study (a few)
Color study (a few)
Comp (comprehensive) (one)
Final (can be a "Production Painting", finished illustration, etc.)
There is a lot of exploration, design, compositional experiments, etc. in the early stages where the work is fast, loose and free to explore a variety of solutions, compositions, formats, etc. What people call "speed paintings" seem to fall under sketch or color study.
As far as the "how" - Jim Gurney's book "Imaginitive Realism" has some great stuff on the entire process. Syd Mead is the epitome of the process. The idea is to keep it simple, quick, define the forms, light, basic color scheme, etc.
Hope that helps.
Imo, if you want to learn to speedpaint, you should spend a few years learning how to paint slowly. Your speedpaints are only ever going to be any good if you have a consummate knowledge of color and light and if can draw really well. Look at the 'father' of speedpainting, Craig Mullins; every stroke he puts down has a purpose, and behind that purpose is a ton of knowledge won from years of careful, laborious studies.
Alla Prima painting or what people who don't know art history call speed painting
requires you to finish a painting in one sitting. To do this you need to be in control of your chosen medium. Train yourself to make the mark and leave it with little correction. In this way you are finishing the painting from the first step. These kinds of paintings usually, but not always, express an energy lacking in works created with a slower methodical process.
Last edited by dpaint; June 7th, 2010 at 11:06 AM.
to me speed paint is like gesture drawing, and usually stems from that branch of thinking. And you cant gesture draw without an understanding of proportion. But you cant get good proportions unless you know anatomy. And you cant know anatomy unless you've sat down and studied the anatomical figure. =) So you see, speed painting actually takes quite a lot of mental girth to pull off well! I don't even dare venture into the "speed" anything realm. I'm barely making it as it is with my turtle's crawl pace!
speed paintings on youtube that u see are actually fast forwards.Three to four minute video that u see actually takes two to three hours in real time.
Are you talking about speed painting using a software such as photoshop, or speedpainting by wet on wet with real paint? For the latter, I think it's pretty impressive and educational to watch some Bob Ross episodes, he produces finished oil landscapes in less than an hour. For the former, there are several photoshop speedpainting videos on youtube.