The Art Of Speed Painting
Posted September 29th, 2009 2 Comments
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Cintiq12WXI have nothing special on the menu today, so I wanted to talk a little about speed painting. For those of you who don’t know what speed painting is all about I have posted a little explanation further down. If you want to master the art of speed painting you have to practice for years, by hand on paper and infront of the computer.

Speed Painting demands a lot of  patience and a lot of artsy skills. A lot of beginners think they will master this artform in a matter of weeks or months. Unfortunately that’s not the case. There is a reason why digital artists get paid big bucks for their projects :)

What is speed painting?

Speed Painting is an exercise, primarily digital, in which one paints on a time budget, using already developed methods to create a piece. Contrary to (somewhat) popular belief, “Speed Painting” is not the same as a time-lapse video of a painting. Speed Painting is a widely used term in the Entertainment industry, often amongst Concept Artists. One of the great speed painters is Nico Di Mattia.

What do you need if you want to get started?

Well, you really don’t need much more than a mouse, a monitor and a computer, BUT (yes, there is a always a but :), if you want to master speed painting you should get a Wacom board. You can start out with one of the simple Bamboo boards and move on from there to the more advanced Intuos or Cintiq boards. I should probably emphasize the importance of a GREAT montior as well. (look for IPS panels on flatscreen monitors or preferably even a good old CRT monitor). You don’t want to work on a painting for hours and find out that the color balance is totally off on other monitors. I know I’d hate it if that ever happened!

Here are some of the most amazing speed painting videos I’ve found on youtube. Feel free to share others if you know of any ;)

A dragon
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Indiana Jones
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Megan Fox
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Michael Jackson
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  • On September 30, 2009 at 11:13 am
    Queenie wrote:

    That is so freakin awesome. I LOVE the Megan Fox painting, it looks so realistic and photographic.

    I SO have to learn how to do draw pictures like that. Hopyfully my parents can get me one of those Wacom boards you were talking about. How much do they cost?

  • On February 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm
    Thorsten wrote:

    Hey Queenie,

    Wacom boards aren’t that expensive. You can start with one of the cheaper Bamboo boards to see if you like it. The downside of the regular bamboo boards is the fact that they don’t give you the same brush sensitivity and desktop resolution as some of the more advanced wacom boards.

    The cheapest A6 Wacom boards are down to a couple of hundred bucks so if you’re sure about giving this a go you should just jump straight into it and get the good stuff.

    Good luck and let me know what you ended up with :)

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