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10-29-2010, 09:17 AM
Speed painting, at least in the communities I was introduced to it, is an interesting way to rapidly produce interesting looking and quite impressionistic painting. I've seen Speed Painting also applied to those artists who show their work greatly speeded up - certainly these are still painted extremely quickly (and far better than I could do) but for me a speed paint needs to take less than an hour to complete - usually much less.

Anyway, here's my latest couple. I usually post work in my blog, but I guess I need to post here more before I can link you to it :) If you like these I'll post some more, but I haven't time now - that works as a compromise. :)

I really need to make a note to post on here more often anyway; until now I've only used the user gallery.

10-29-2010, 12:59 PM
I really like this impressionistic style you have going with the speed painting!! I viewed your detailed work in the art gallery and also love your portraits. The styles are so different. Both are just great!!:D:D

10-29-2010, 08:24 PM
I like where you are going with these pieces. I always thought a speed painting is a bit of a misnomer... that it really is something that takes a
lot of time but they speed up the videos. I am confused again. Anyway I like both of these.

10-30-2010, 06:50 AM
gzairborne: Ah, yes, I didn't really clarify that very well. these are what I would consider true speed paints - The girl was done in 20 minutes, the bridge in 40 (And I consider that quite slow), but the term can also apply to those who take several hours on a piece but then show its creation speeded up for the viewer.

steverino: Thank you, that means a lot. I do tend to have a style for every occasion, I should probably work on that :) I'll put up a couple more tonight, but I don't have access to the files just now.

10-30-2010, 01:50 PM
Here are a few more. All taking between 20 and 30 minutes.

How do you get attachments to stack, rather than lining up horizontally?

10-31-2010, 05:04 AM
These are all very very good and looking forward to seeing many more:)

11-03-2010, 11:32 PM
Fine sketches! :cool:

07-19-2011, 04:46 PM
Since I'll be away for a few weeks I thought I'd update this before I go. Some of these are actually quite old - not sure why I haven't posted them earlier. Most are from reference of some sort or another. I'll add some more in a minute...

Death took 30 Minutes, The portrait 35.

07-19-2011, 04:51 PM
I give up - I'll never figure out how to stack them, so I'll edit the last post and move two of them down here.

Reindeer took 35 Minutes, the Dog took 50.

07-19-2011, 04:53 PM
Dragon took 45 minutes, Portrait took 25.

07-19-2011, 04:56 PM
Both of these took 40 Minutes. One more post and then I'm all caught up (at least on the ones worth showing)

07-19-2011, 04:58 PM
The girl took 30 Minutes, the car one I got carried away with and it took 90 (almost not a speedpaint at all).

07-19-2011, 06:06 PM
great work. I especially love your portraits and figures. awesome.

07-19-2011, 06:11 PM
You produce really fresh and energetic results with your "speedy" process, and show a fine talent for achieving your results so directly and spontaneously. I like your thread, one you can really build on. Terrific work.

07-19-2011, 06:45 PM
Hi. Just one word. Smashing. Fantastic. Buitiful. Amazing :eek::D

07-19-2011, 07:21 PM
If there is something like achieved result to invested time ratio, they all are damn hard to beat :) Thank you for update.
As for your question, after upload of your attachments, you can manage them using this button for each of them. Just put them in separate lines in your post:


07-19-2011, 09:07 PM
Great art!

07-19-2011, 09:35 PM
You have some fabulous paintings HarlequiN:):)

07-20-2011, 01:50 AM
amazing work... the colors and deftness of the strokes. marks show a surety of the hand and eye that not many possess.... well done;);):cool::cool::cool:

07-20-2011, 02:03 AM
Very well done, enjoyed viewing all of them;)

07-20-2011, 03:49 AM
The time doesn't matter but rather the end result. You have great results!!!

07-20-2011, 04:47 AM
Thank you all for your kind words - I'm glad you like them :)

Strandy: thank you so much - that will make posting them far easier in the future.

And now I depart for a vacation for three weeks - hopefully I'll have a great many photographs to draw inspiration from by the time I return.

Thanks again!

08-21-2011, 12:01 PM
Been a while since I've done one of these (I've been on holiday/vacation). Still Life - 50 minutes.

08-22-2011, 10:10 PM
Great new paintings HarlequiNQB I especially like the last one as you have such wonderful shine on the fruit and the cup. Very well done:)

D Akey
08-23-2011, 05:38 AM
Looks like you think in application like a marker comp/commercial story board artist. It is speedy, and the calligraphic feel while getting it to read well is a very good way to go. It's all in the editing. I really think this bowl of apples one is especially cool. Hand done, quick and says it all.

08-23-2011, 06:13 AM
All excellent pieces Harlequin, adore the little dog

08-23-2011, 08:55 AM
Oh my...these are wonderful! I think my two favorites are the reindeer and the still life, but I love all of them! Thanks for sharing them with us! :)

08-23-2011, 09:43 AM
great speed paintings!! :)

08-23-2011, 09:54 AM
That still life done in 50 minutes is absolutely amazing. gorgeous art work.

08-24-2011, 04:41 PM
Wow :) Thank you so much for your kind words.

I've done quite a few of these now - this is just a small selection, though I may add some more at some point in addition to any new stuff. I find them relaxing to do; although sometimes the stress of picking a subject offsets the stress relief ;)

D Akey: I try to experiment quite a bit with how I produce them, but I do seem to come back to a very fast "marker pen" workflow if I'm not consciously trying to do something different. I don't use the marker tool often though; it's usually oil paint. For some reason I just like the way it "feels."

08-28-2011, 11:32 AM
Tonal study (terrible proportions) - 40 Minutes

08-28-2011, 09:09 PM
This is very very good. I keep looking at his face and wondering what he is pondering about but there is a great glint in his eye:)

08-30-2011, 04:33 PM
Thank you Coops - means a great deal coming from you :)

01-03-2012, 02:00 PM
A handful of new pieces from the past few months.

Time taken: 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 35 minutes respectively (The 90 minuter was my finally giving art markers a go, slower going to start with :))

01-03-2012, 10:24 PM
Love the lady in orange it is so vibrant but they are all so very good:)

01-04-2012, 06:48 PM
Thank you Coops. I was very happy with the vibrancy of that one too; I tend to suffer from letting things become a little dowdy I feel. I only wish I knew who the subject was - it was based on a small thumbnail I found some time ago, but other than the thumbnail no details were attached. I'm 90% sure it dates from the 60's. Lovely source to work from whatever it's origin.

Evil Robot
01-04-2012, 07:35 PM
Wonderful gallery of images. I really enjoyed going though your work.

01-17-2012, 07:22 PM
Thank you Evil Robot :)
Here's another, a self portrait this time. 50 Minutes, Oils, with a custom splatter sicker for the spray.

01-18-2012, 02:40 AM
This is great and amusing at the same time. Very skillful:)

01-18-2012, 05:17 AM
They are all fantastic:):)

01-18-2012, 11:49 PM
A terrific display of mastery for sure! I like very much this gallery and the new entries are just fantastic!

01-19-2012, 05:53 AM
:oSorry for late view, I've lost it.
Beautiful paintings, all of these.
skill and safety features, congratulation:)

03-11-2012, 05:37 PM
Amanda, Coops, Caesar, Silvy; Thank you for the kind words - appreciated as always :)

Now, it's been a little while, time for an update (I really should make an effort to visit more often)...

03-11-2012, 05:45 PM
In order (I hope):
Iron-Man, done in 65 minutes (for my Son)
My Son, done in 50 minutes
A girl (based on this image (http://mmb-stock.deviantart.com/art/Stock-1-105191513)), 1 hour
Han Solo, an extra long 80 minute piece

I have another, but I'm waiting on permission to post it :)

03-11-2012, 07:55 PM
fine artwork indeed. enjoyed visiting again. great stuff.

03-11-2012, 10:15 PM
These are all so very well painted, well done:)

03-11-2012, 11:57 PM
You're a master, dear mate! More and more awfully good paintings!

03-22-2012, 05:16 PM
Thank you :)

Since I'm around I may as well post the latest one (You've seen the dog elsewhere (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39385) of course, so no point posting him again)

My son's old shoes. 55 minutes.

03-22-2012, 07:34 PM
Quite well done


03-22-2012, 09:54 PM
Your outcomes adn speed are absolutely outstanding!

03-23-2012, 11:33 AM
Fantastic thread so many great images to look at . Heaps of highlights ,well done.:cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::):):):):)

03-24-2012, 10:31 AM
Agree with Cesare: you're a master;):)!

03-24-2012, 08:29 PM
A real treasure to browse this thread fantastic work dear friend:):)

03-25-2012, 02:34 AM
Great thread, and it looks like you keep getting better and better - well done! :D

03-25-2012, 12:12 PM
Thank you once again all :)

The point of these is akin to a swiss march. Lots of rapid fire paintings, followed by one nice leisurely painting. If you are seeing improvement then I guess it must be working. It does have the advantage that I am getting faster at certain things too, but the downside is that I need to refer to something, at least so far.

Also, they're rather fun to do, even when they turn out badly. Great way to relive stress.

I'm glad you are enjoying them, I guess I'll keep them coming :)

04-04-2012, 05:21 PM
I'm away for a few weeks from tomorrow (trying to bump into Peter P. or something) so I thought I'd leave you with the latest before I go.

Saturated Portrait: 55 Minutes. Just felt like doing something more colourful than usual.

Composite portrait: 85 minutes (25 minutes a channel plus 10 minutes to stick them together) - This one is an experiment. I based three portraits on the red, green and blue channels of a photograph and then recombined the results to interesting effect (recombined in different software though). I've included one with the three source paintings too. Source (http://fav.me/d4ukprc)

Elderly Hands: 75 Minutes. I'm rubbish at hands :) Source (http://fav.me/d37nvxx)

04-04-2012, 06:08 PM
Really nice paintings


05-28-2012, 06:34 PM
A handful of new ones:

Geisha: 25 Minutes, no reference
Waiting: 40 Minutes, no reference again
Frosty Silence: 1 hour, based on http://fav.me/d3etc8g (I meant to paint the whole thing, got stuck on his head - I'll do it all one day)
"20 Seconds to Comply": 2 hours, used the airbrush for a change.

05-28-2012, 09:10 PM
I'm in awe in front of Your last entries and Your mastery with the airbrush!:eek::cool:

05-29-2012, 12:33 AM
:eek:You're a Master!!

05-29-2012, 01:29 AM
Great work!

05-29-2012, 01:46 AM
Its great to see you again and with such fine paintings, well done:)

07-02-2012, 06:02 PM
Argh, I feel terrible - I didn't write any response after the last time. Thank you all for the kind words - I'm really not a master Silvy, but I keep the less impressive stuff for my blog rather than inflicting it on you here :)

Caesar - that means a lot. It's the first time I've really tried using the ArtRage airbrush - it's quite a bit different from the Photoshop ones I used to use. I like it though, might (most likely will) try it again some time.

New Stuff:

Melancholy in Brown | Time Taken: 1 hour | Based on this (http://fav.me/d12okg8) image.
30's Man | Time Taken: 20 Minutes | Heavy Caricature based on a photo.
Girl in Green | Time Taken: 35 Minutes | Based on this (http://75ver50.skyrock.com/photo.html?id_article=1404250333&id_article_media=-1) photo. I also recorded a timelapse of this being painted, you can find it here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD3N0ANdN-E).
Headphones | Time Taken: 35 Minutes | Based on a photo; but the girl was topless in the reference.

07-02-2012, 08:02 PM
Delightful new entries!

07-03-2012, 12:15 AM
Very very stylist paintings,:)

07-03-2012, 08:08 AM
Super new entry! The girls are very stylist:)

07-03-2012, 09:35 AM
Wonderful paintings!

07-03-2012, 10:16 AM
Thank you :)

Coops; while I've been working on the more stylistically formal commissions I'm finding that my speed paints are becoming more loose as I'm using them more for relaxation than learning. I quite like the way they're going, but as always I like to experiment with style as a failed speedpaint doesn't cost me much time :)

Silvy; Yeah, I do seem to be painting a lot of girls recently - maybe it's as an antidote to the subject matter I've been doing in my more formal work (young boys and zombies). It wasn't a conscious decision though :)

07-04-2012, 12:21 AM
Absolutely fantastic, really enjoyed viewing all your wonderful work, HarliquiN

12-15-2013, 09:52 AM
Oh gosh, it's been ages since I've swung by. Everyone I used to know has improved so much, it's amazing, and so many new faces and new paintings. New Years resolution - don't be a stranger.

Since I've been away so long I have quite a few new pictures to show.


Time Taken: 100 Minutes
Based on stock by charligal-stock (http://fav.me/d598t0q)


Time Taken: 1 hour
Based on a photo by a friend

Time Taken: 70 Minutes
Based on a photo of Izabel Goulart from Elle (brazil) (http://www.imageamplified.com/2012/10/elle-brazil-izabel-goulart-in-body-of-evidence-by-eduardo-rezende-susana-barbosa-october-2012-wwwimageamplifiedcom-ima.html)

More to come...

12-15-2013, 09:58 AM

Time Taken: 50 Minutes
From a photograph taken at Chanute Air Museum, IL.


Time Taken: 3 hours
Based on stock (http://faestock.deviantart.com/art/Blue2-4-68885743) from Faestock


Time Taken: 2 hours
Based on stock (http://random-acts-stock.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Angel-stock-49-105575471) by Random Acts Creative (http://randomactscreative.com/)

Yet more to follow...

12-15-2013, 10:05 AM

Time Taken: 70 Minutes


Time Taken: 1 hour
From "Day of the Doctor" the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special.


Time Taken: 75 Minutes
Robin Hood's Bay


Time Taken: 125 minutes
Based on Stock (http://fav.me/d1imo7x) by NicklausseStock (http://nicklaussestock.deviantart.com/)


Time Taken: 90 Minutes
Based on stock (http://fav.me/d12y224) from Ahrum-Stock (http://ahrum-stock.deviantart.com/)

(Edit): I forgot to mention that I captured a timelapse of this one by playing all the undo states backwards. You can see it on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL7H2nY9yVo), it's 2:46 seconds long.

And that's all for now (speedpaints at least)

12-15-2013, 10:27 AM
Absolutely great thread, worth every minute viewing it!
I'm blown away! Takes my computer and me longer to get
going, then half of the speed paintings you accomplished in the same amount of time!
My coffee doesn't help me at all!
Very Cool stuff!
Like 'Han Solo and all the rest!

My Gallery:http://members.artrage.com/vb_users/34590

12-15-2013, 10:31 AM
I'd work days to get stuff like this. Great job :)

12-15-2013, 11:59 AM
Days! I wish I could do this in days....Very nice work.

12-16-2013, 05:09 AM
Gorgeous work. really inspiring :D

12-16-2013, 06:59 AM
Thank you all so much :)

One last one, done today before I go on vacation for the holidays.


Time Taken: 90 Minutes

Not really happy with this one. It's on my "should probably have another go one day" list.

Based on a photo of Korean(?) model Jung Se On, I found via Pinterest.

Thanks again! I may upload some more finished work before I go, but no more speedpaints until the new year,

D Akey
12-16-2013, 09:08 AM
Love it. I assume that "speed painting" is a term you're using as a way of saying for you it's pushing your speed? You're showing a wide range of complexions in people which is very useful and your landscape does have some complexity. So these are all really cool.

I always liked doing what I used to call "comps" where I would knock in colors in order to get my color mixing and value skills up more than getting a finished looking picture, even though I actually often preferred the look over a tight finish. It was a way to orient myself to where I wanted to go with the final painting. But I only really did it when I was stretching to get out of my personal cliches, which looked good, but began to bore me about my own work.

Your images are simple, which certainly would work in certain contexts. These have a sort of graphic novel look where that level of detail in composition is seen frequently with creative cropping for dramatic effect. But in a graphic novel with all those many many panels, it would still represent a heck of a lot of work. It could look awesome too if you did it.

So what are you trying to accomplish? What did you have in mind as an end point?

Nice stuff. Without a doubt you can paint well.

12-16-2013, 09:55 AM
You certainly can paint well! Sometimes you don't want to accomplish any more than just explore your joy of putting it down on canvas.

D Akey
12-16-2013, 10:54 AM
True enough, Robyn.

But I was keying in on the fact that he was talking specifically about speed. Placing on it a modifier often implies a question and answer kind of scenario, ie what would happen if (x, y, z). And that's often what suggests looking at a certain aspect of painting. Of course, we all like painting for the fun and experience of it. But sometimes we like to fine tune and that means getting a little more analytical, and for some that's fun to look close. Doesn't mean the natural evolution gets shut off necessarily. Fun is the point of it in either case for some who tend to think either analytically or without restrictions or both.

12-16-2013, 04:46 PM
Ah, why indeed? Why do we paint anything? But you're right of course, I've very specifically called these speedpaintings (as distinct from what some call speedpaintings, which are actually timelapses). It's not, in general, in order to get faster (indeed, if anything I've been getting slower!), but more that I wanted to improve in general, and there's an awful lot of things I want to paint as well. In the community I come from (video games art) speedpaints are a fairly well known thing, along with speed modeling and texturing, but in those contexts they were usually used as gentle competition rather than a means to improve (someone would lay down a subject, and a group would go off and model or paint for an hour), so I used the term without really thinking about it, even though the only competition is against myself.

It started out as a way to rapidly improve certain skills given my relatively tight schedule. A finished piece (and I'll post some on another thread shortly) can take weeks, and doesn't generally lead to a lot of advancement, so I started doing these little things taking under an hour (though now it's usually under 2 - getting slower as I said), usually done in one sitting. Some are just for the fun of it it, but quite a few are for specific reasons. The last two (for example) are part of an attempt to improve my rendering of perspective, and to improve how I paint ethnicities other than my own. Some are experiments in different techniques, or compositional styles, or what have you. Some are even done in other software (I only show the ArtRage stuff here of course). The advantage is that I can bang out something fairly presentable, and learn from it, fairly rapidly.

The mindset behind them is slightly different too - it's less about accuracy; though that's slowly improving (measuring every little thing takes too long and pulls me out of the zone, so it's 90% just by eye with a couple of measurements here and there), and more about mood, and focusing on the particular thing I'm working on improving at the time. About 30% of them devolve into an unusable mess. Those I'll post on my blog, but not here - I learn plenty even from the mistakes, but I wouldn't inflict them on people unless they seek them out (which I think people expect on my blog).

So it's for many reasons, but the reason I call them speedpaints specifically, is more on the difference in mindset during their creation, rather than specifically how quick they are to paint :) In many ways they are very similar to comps, except it's much rarer that they'll make it through to a more finished piece (I think I've only ever taken 4 of them to what I would consider a more finished level).

I'm very happy you like them! I love the idea of a Graphic Novel using this approach. I suspect it will be some time before I'm up to the standard of doing that, but it's worth bearing in mind I think :)

12-16-2013, 08:35 PM
Don't mind the last one at all, it's got a good start to it, and
some night when your "Milk and cookies kept you awake",
maybe you'll have another go at it?
You knew that was coming!
Take Care,

In my case, had to have another go!
Still not finish though!

12-16-2013, 11:31 PM
A most extraordinary gallery of a great master, dear mate! Your paintings are all absolutely wonderful and they all share a confident and artful style! Congratulations and thank You for letting us too enjoy Your creations.

12-17-2013, 07:27 PM
Thank you caesar :)

Steve, "They're my friends. I make them," but I don't always like them. I'm happy if others do though, thanks :)

12-17-2013, 08:57 PM
OK, I lied, one more before I head out.


Time Taken: 30 Minutes

Based on the photo from This blog post (found on pinterest).

12-18-2013, 12:27 AM
... and we appreciated Your lie, dear mate! Have a great time during Your holidays!

12-18-2013, 03:27 AM
I like this latest one very much and the scarf is terrific.:)

12-18-2013, 08:22 AM
You've achieved an awful lot in just 30 minutes. A wonderful effort. :cool:

Marilyn Anne
12-18-2013, 01:21 PM
I think rapid painting does teach you to see what is important.

12-18-2013, 04:47 PM
Hello HarlequiNQB,

Really liked your last one! And I don't mind a lie everyonce in while, specially when it produces such a well received image!
Now, Have you really headed out?.......Joking!
Have a great Holiday,


01-09-2014, 06:29 PM
I really had headed out at that point! I'm back now and over my jet lag, with a couple of new pieces to share. One was when I woke up at 5am a few of days ago (thanks to the jet lag), the other from tonight, the latter being quite experimental (for me).


Time Taken: 60 Minutes

based on: fav.me/d1revhm
Via www.randomactscreative.com/


Time Taken: 50 Minutes
Based on: fav.me/dft0i7

01-09-2014, 08:30 PM
Glad your back, hope your holidays were great!
Like them both, first one reminds me of a mystery novel paperback cover,
'Wrong Man' theme, going to get the blame for something, and he knows it...
Great colors combo on second one, have to get back to you on that one.
I'm back, just couldn't put a story with it, really like the questioning expression
within it.
Take Care Friend,

Still stuck on this theme:http://forums.artrage.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=78825&d=1389251769

01-09-2014, 09:11 PM
It looks like Your hand is made for speedy painting too! Full marks in my view.

01-09-2014, 09:39 PM
Your works is very interesting, original, attractive to me.
Great! Sorry
I do not know the language so to write the details.

01-09-2014, 11:11 PM
I really like them, nice!

01-11-2014, 09:42 PM
Thank you all.

Rom, that's OK - Your meaning is clear :) Thanks!

D Akey
01-12-2014, 06:21 AM
Really great color in that last one with the orange and blue as a background for that skin coloration. And the age of the sitter and shape of the features work great with it. It's sort of says 'ready to burst' once he latches onto whatever it is that would fire his jets. I think it's in the intensity of color with the brushy quality which takes it out of the realm of being strictly graphic and moves it into emotional. Like he's slightly out of synch with his surroundings. Great picture by the way.

The one before that is certainly well crafted as well, with a whole different mindset - someone with a little bit of vanity and style, careful and calculating in appearance, and because of the angle, somewhat superior. I've known people like that, and they're out to prove their control over their world because the world to them is not cozy. I think also the sharp marks you used for the planes of the face emphasize the control this character seeks. Cool, sharp and calculating.

01-12-2014, 06:42 AM
Truly beautiful new adds. A very pleasant tour :)
I especially enjoy your "Day of the Doctor":cool: and Bust of Virtue:cool:

01-13-2014, 01:33 AM
I have always enjoyed your work and these latest are superb:)

01-13-2014, 04:43 AM
Wow HarleqiNQB, just wow...



02-27-2014, 06:36 PM
Thank you all so much. Again I somehow missed the last posts until I return to the thread (I thought I'd set it to email me, but I guess not).
Your praise is very appreciated indeed, especially on these quick practice pieces.

Oubass' bombing run painting inspired me to try my hand at some wet on wet, which I always have a hard time with, so here are the results (with a subject a little closer to my stomach - Bacon).


Time Taken: 90 Minutes
Based on a photo I took myself, for a change :)

D Akey
02-27-2014, 06:48 PM
And here I was expecting a portrait of Kevin or painting like Francis. Never stir fry like Babe.

Well, like they say in advertising: sell the sizzle.

I think you took that to heart. . . or to stomach.

02-27-2014, 07:58 PM
WOW HNQB just spent some time browsing your thread some terrific paintings here and all so fast love the vibrant colours in this one

http://forums.artrage.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=62888&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1325552276 :)

02-27-2014, 08:05 PM
These are great speed paintings, also love all your work

02-27-2014, 08:59 PM
I can almost hear the sizzling of the bacon frying, but all Your artpieces in here deserve a long applause.

02-27-2014, 09:04 PM
I'm a vegetarian, but I do like your painting very much. Nice and loose and tells the story well. Excellent! :)

02-27-2014, 11:54 PM
That looks very delicious:p

02-28-2014, 02:13 AM
Stunning! but you'd better call the tecnique "wet on steak" :o

02-28-2014, 09:04 PM
Bacon... bacon! I smell bacon.....who's got the bacon?
I like this....but now I've got that commercial stuck in my head....
feeling the sorry for the dog....you know..."if I had hands, I would get it myself"
Nicely done!
Take care friend,

03-01-2014, 02:22 AM
Now that makes me feel really hungry, great painting:(