Speed painting

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Speed painting is an artistic technique where the artist has a limited time to finish the work. The time can vary, usually a duration is set from several minutes to a few hours.[1][2] Unlike sketches, speed paintings may be considered "finished" after the time limit is up.

Speed painting is particularly common among digital media artists,[3] because digital painting mediums allow for a work to circumvent drying times of traditional media. Digital media artists primarily use speed painting to practice working quickly and efficiently. Speed painting techniques are also frequently used in concept art, particularly in the early stages of a production when the polish of an individual image matters less than a clear basic presentation of many candidate concepts for consideration.[4]

Traditional media artists also use limited-time pieces as a challenge of skill, and an exercise in not over thinking their work.[5][6]

Speedpainted pieces both digital and traditional are considered by artists to be an excellent exhibition of the subjective skill of a painter, as the time constraint requires efficient rendering of form and detail and a deep understanding of their chosen medium to capture a complete, strong image, and leaves little time for noticing and correcting mistakes.



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  2. ^ Anthony, Cara (23 June 2013). "Speed painting - Easels in Frederick hosts art competition for second year". The Frederick News-Post. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  3. ^ 3DTotal Firm (2009). Digital Painting Techniques, Volume 1. ISBN 9780240521749. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  4. ^ 3DTotal Firm (2009). Digital Art Masters, Volume 4. ISBN 9780240521701. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  5. ^ Tonge, Gary (1 November 2011). Digital Painting, 37 Advanced Tricks and Techniques. ISBN 9781440322983. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  6. ^ Blackburn, Tesai (24 February 2014). Acrylic Painting with Passion: Explorations for Creating Art that Nourishes the Soul. ISBN 9781440328688. Retrieved 18 May 2014.