Speed Painting!

I've never been a big fan of digital painting, mostly because I'm not very good at it. I could give you a litany of it's short comings but I'll admit it, it's just frustrating.

I know, I know, boo hoo you cry, and your right.  Well it's time to do something about it. And not just because I'm being forced to by a class assignment either (though that always helps).

We're starting a unit on speed painting here in concept art, and after watching a thoroughly engrossing instructional video (complete with highly entertaining  French accent, "reactors" were prominently featured), we all selected paintings to reproduce sanz-paint.

Guess what, it was loads of fun! So much so that I did three.

This first piece is a reproduction of an illustration by Gianni De Conno for the book When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. De Conno is one of my favorite illustrators because of the way he works with color. My reproduction is on the left, and the original is on the right. I made it smaller so, well . . . honestly, to cover up some of the inconstancies.  Don't give me that look. It's my blog.

The second reporduction is from a sketchy sort of study painting by Gustave Caillebotte, one of the French Impressionists. The original is called Man and Woman under an Umbrella. Again, mine on the left, original on the right.

Now I said before that I did three speed paintings for class. Being the scoff-law that I am I decided to paint the last one by hand, a gouache reproduction of John Singer Sargent's Portrait of Madame X. Unfortunately I neglected to scan it before turning it in, so you'll have to wait to see it.

Obviously it was superb, fantastic, shiny, I may have heard the word "genius" at some point, who can remember. If you could see it I'm sure you would agree. Oh, but now of course you'll build it up to something beyond magnificent in your head. You're doing it right now, I can tell. *sigh* Now when I finally post it there's no way it can ever live up to your expectations.

Just remember when you finally see it, it IS magnificent, it only LOOKS bad because YOU built it up so much.

In any case, I had a lot more fun at this that I though I would, so I'm thinking of doing a few more of these over the winter break. Hopefully it will be a good way to get some practice with color theory.