Speedpaint from a still of the music video for Ladytron's 'Destroy Everything You Touch'

Monday night…speedpainting?

I’ve missed out on a couple of life drawing sessions because I’ve been too busy being ill. So I’ve been trying to make up for it with speedpaints:

Speedpaint from a still of the music video for  Ladytron's 'Destroy Everything You Touch'
Speedpaint from a still of the music video for Ladytron's 'Destroy Everything You Touch'

Quick and dirty speedpaint (proportions what proportions), but at least even the dirtiness shows I’ve progressed a bit since I started going on this speedpaint binge a month ago. There was a lot more I should have played with this picture (oh, her lips!), but I’ve been trying to pump these out as quickly as possible and move on, to see if that helps me learn more quickly. So far, I’ve been learning.

Here’s a process for the picture:

process for the Destroy Everything You Touch speedpaint
process for the Destroy Everything You Touch speedpaint

For those who are interested, here’s the original music video – my reference comes from about 1:29.

I used a lot more layers than usual this time! With most of the speedpaints so far I have been painting on the one layer. No particular reason, though it is surprising as I generally use a lot of layers in my work. I’ve also been doing all my speedpaints by eyeballing and, well, making up my own palette – that came back to bite me with the values and hues for this one. Although the yellow worked okay, I think next time I tackle something with a similar palette I should just use yellow as an intensifying colour for shadows, rather than as the base of the image!

This week, after a couple weeks of referencing photographs for speedpaints, I decided to do a little drawing from imagination. Specifically, I was going for the wispy watercolours look of so many Chinese pulp novel covers.

First attempt...much more comic booky
First attempt...much more comic booky

I still used reference for these – very loosely on the first one, and very very much on the second! I used a photo of Korean model Im Ji Hye, particularly for the hands. I also found myself wandering off the novel technique a lot, because I kept thinking about what kinds of colours should be used where, what should be intensified…it was very exciting to think I was learning from all the speedpainting!

Also painting a new idea from a reference model is fun 🙂

The Mumu picture, the second one, I would like to keep working on. Or redo. But in between my many many naps, this one gets put aside for now.

 

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