Speed Painting Tutorial

They say that one of the best methods of mastering something is to attempt and teach it to somebody else. Here’s an old video that I forgot I even had! It was buried in the blogroll. Please leave some feedback via my social media accounts and let me know if you want more of this type of thing. Looking back at this makes me cringe a bit, but I assume anyone would feel the same, as we are constantly growing and making progress.

If there is one thing I said in this video and to this day still believe in, It’s that when you are starting out, you learn so much faster by pumping out as much work as you possibly can. You will always take something out of a piece. Make the minimum viable piece, learn something, and move on to the next one. Don’t dilly dally on rendering one appendage, when the drawing itself is out of proportion, the lighting is wrong, and feelings of things looking “Wonky.” When you are starting off, you NEED volume, you need to build that confidence in your strokes, be able to put down as few lines as possible and have the image read well.

Anthony B. Gude once told me that “In order to have a good painting, you need a good drawing.” Hadn’t really thought into it too much until now. Back then my inner monologue told me “yea ok, but I’m a painter, I block things out and build a picture with color and light…” What an idiot. Not understanding what he really meant. The painting needs a good wire-frame. It needs a spine to hold things together, to have depth, to have enough form to hold volume.

Watch it in HD, and like I said before, if you can take anything out of this speed painting tutorial, it’s that you need to just go work on anything, something, and keep your hand moving.

Speed Painting from Sam Carlson on Vimeo.