29 Aug 2007 By Teemu

Girl with a Pink Necklace

Another late night speedpaint. Backs are interesting and tough to do (without photo reference, that is). There’s huge amount of variety, depending on the pose and how muscular the person is.

Girl with a Pink Necklace
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    8 Responses

    1. Cadwell on

      Beautiful, the shadow of her arm really accentuates the curve of her back. I don’t know anything about digital painting but this looks really nicely done to me.

    2. Teemu on

      Thanks dude!

      I really haven’t done much digital painting either, but all the more reason to do that, right?

    3. Arthur on

      hey man!

      I just did a google search for speedpaint, and I found this. Awesome stuff. :)

      Granted, it’s 2 years old so I don’t know if you’ll ever get this comment, but I’m looking for tips for improving figure drawing/painting. I find that I’m relying too heavily on photo reference, and without something like that, I’m clueless when starting out a painting. So, naturally, I figured speedpainting would be a good way to ingrain form, proportions, comfortable poses, etc into my mind.

      How do you usually start out with a speedpainting? Line sketching, blocking in colors?

    4. Teemu on

      Thanks Arthur!

      Based on the stuff on your website your doing pretty darn well with painting already. So I dunno if this is anything new to you…

      I had a bit of “What? THIS is how I did these?” while looking the working files of the speedpaints. Hahah! Not much sketching for the speedpaints really. I just start painting straight away. I’ve done some of the speedpaints in grayscale first (like this one) and then colored them later on, and some (the newer ones) were done straight in color. Doing grayscale first is easier, and sometimes I just can’t seem to grasp the colors right away for whatever reason. It’s easier (and faster!) these days though. A photoref always makes it a lot faster. Less thinking involved that way.

      Basically I block the major shapes and colors first – trying to get main values and proportions fairly correct. Then I just start tightening it up and working my way to smaller detail (especially the focal points of the picture like the faces). As long as the painting looks fairly balanced I’m cool with it.

      That’s pretty much how I work with more finished stuff too – except that I do proper sketches before anything else. I start with loose thumbnails and work my way to tighter sketches. Color, shading, inking etc. come later on when the drawing works well enough.

    5. Arthur on

      Thanks for the reply!

      I imagined it’d take longer…..hence this late reply. Sorry about that.

      I think what you described is how I normally do things too. I figured out a year or two back that my linework always gets painted over, so I might as well skip it.

      Do you do a lot of work without ref? I think what I’m mainly trying to do is kind of what comic book artists do (which is drawing without any reference) but with regards to painting in color vs. doing sketches/lineart.

    6. Teemu on

      Shit, I’ve taken forever to reply. Sorry…

      Most of my work is done without direct photoreference. I use reference mostly to get details right or just to generally get things to look correct enough – you know, when drawing animals, clothing, architecture or something like that. I use photos for studies mainly.

      Lately I’ve been playing with the idea of using models posed in DAZ Studio for reference, but haven’t gotten around to actually really trying that out yet. It might make drawing and painting people in difficult poses or in complicated lighting much easier. And it’s free!

    7. Drag on

      You did this without photo reference !? thats crazy… I draw a bit, i can easily draw when I look on something but I suck at doing sketches out of my head. I’ll have to figure out a way to learn myself ;p

    8. Teemu on

      No, for this one I did use a reference.