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Speedpaint Tutorial - scenery by SkarValidus Speedpaint Tutorial - scenery by SkarValidus
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Here/s the finished thing: [link]
I can't believe I just did that so quickly. I was asked to do a walkthrough, so here it is. I borrowed some ideas from other artists all over the place, and some of them are my own observations. I should have done this as a video!

This was painted in Photoshop CS4, with a Wacom tablet. I highly recommend a graphics tablet if you're interested in digital art.



Anyway, if you enjoyed it, faving and such is always fun, but I would be ecstatic if you just linked me to your work that I've inspired or helped. I may even be able to offer some pointers! But maybe not, I'm not very pro :lol:.

to me. If you redistribute this, please leave the copyrights and whatnot intact, so people can find their way back to me. Thanks.

PS: If you find the spelling errors, you get a cookie. I may fix them later if I really feel the motivation.
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SinnerDom Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That was great!
Very practical and straightforward.
Just the thing I needed to get me practicing on my backgrounds.
Thank you!.
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very, very welcome. By the way, I moved to a new account several months ago, and I've since done a longer video tutorial. This one has treehouses and golden light too (weird, right?). Anyway, you can see the image here: [link] and the video link is in the description. I've become a much better artist since I made this :P
If you end up finding my stuff useful, and you start doing your own environment stuff, shoot me a note or a comment on my new profile so I can check it out!
:lol:
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SinnerDom Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
OK.
Thanks a lot.
The one I've been working on has the treehouse and golden light and it was enough of a challenge
for my limited photoshop skills.
I think my gpu, core and ram are limited too since everything is so slooooooow when I try and do large backgrounds at a decent dpi.
I've still learned a lot.
I will start working on the longer video tutorial now. Thanks - if I ever have anything worth showing (highly doubtful since even though I've owned an intuos 4 for four years I still can't get the hang of painting with it. I still go back to doing things in hardcopy and scanning them it when I really want something done) I will let you know and comment on your new profile.
Thanks again!.
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds great, I wish you all the luck in the world!
And with the tablet, probably others have said this before, but just go for it. You can totally get the hand of it in a month. Just watch some painting videos so you get how the general flow works and then get practicing! Like I said, good luck.
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5UNNYR4Y3 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
could you follow this same basic process with a speedpaint of a person?
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's much easier to use the "chaos to concept" process on more loose subjects like landscapes. You'd need a pretty good understanding of human anatomy and posing to be able to speedpaint people into a scene this way. As far as portraits go, I would recommend doing them entirely in colour, from start to finish. Skin colours are too complex to paint in greyscale and then convert. Does that help?
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5UNNYR4Y3 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
yes, thank you ^^.

now i just really need to work on BGs lol
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Practise, practise, practise! Haha. I'll probably be posting a few more walkthroughs and tutorials on my new account in the near future...
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5UNNYR4Y3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Digital Artist
your new account? does that mean you'll be making a new account in the future, or that you already have one?
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I get the feeling you found it already ;P
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5UNNYR4Y3 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012   Digital Artist
meh, i decided to be self-sufficient XD
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DragonNinja1018 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial I will use it and it has inspired me to do some speedpainting :D whenever i get the chance to draw something i will be sure to give you a link :D
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! Thanks for letting me know. I really appreciate it!
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool! And helpful! :D
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themutant Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Love the tutorial- I'm wanting to get some speedpainting done. Is there a triangular brush tip like available in Photoshop's presets anywhere, or do you need to make one yourself or download one from somewhere? (I use CS3.)
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, it's good to hear from you. I made my own and there are no triangular presets that I know of. I showed you the base stamp in the tutorial so you can easily make a similar one or screenshot and edit the one I provided. Let me know if you end up using the tutorial!
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AthenaMyth Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Used here for the first time. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
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AthenaMyth Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] sorry, forgot link. ^^
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks! Great work! You may want to try making some custom brushes so you don't have to do all those little lines by hand!
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AthenaMyth Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I will try that next time. :)
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Harmonygrl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what?
I do deserve icecream.
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Only if you do the tutorial.
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Harmonygrl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Psh. Naw. You can't stop me. :P
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Geez...
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John-Boyer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Dang, I want to try this... but, no graphics tablet... :(
Amazing tutorial!
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwe, well I've seen people do incredible stuff with mouses, and I did a few back before I got my bamboo. Maybe you could practice picking colours and establishing depth? If you need a tablet to get you started, I recommend the Wacom Bamboo. Cheap and effective.
Thanks for the compliment!
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John-Boyer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wacom Bamboo, eh?
Thanks for the advice! :D
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problemo!
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ScreeeamMore Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool!!! Like your work :) :)
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Sometimes I confuse my watchers or forget who is who, but your avatar is (for some reason) very unique. Keep it!
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ScreeeamMore Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you (yours too, btw^^), it was made by [link] and fits me perfectly :D so, nope... I'm not gonna change it^^ greets from... Mrs. Lovett ;)
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ShadowQueen25 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Rhodonculously helpful!!! LOVE
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad. Like I said in the comments, I'd love to see your take on it!
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ShadowQueen25 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
As soon as I get some free time...
School needs to end
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.
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ShadowQueen25 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
As soon as exams are over, I'm shutting my brain down for the summer.
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Edchriev Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student General Artist
This is a good idea.
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Hope it can help you.
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That-Random--Artist Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool! :clap:
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'd love to see what you could come up with based on this (hint hint) =p.
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That-Random--Artist Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol I might :D but your program has a lot of stuff Gimp doesn't have... or stuff I just haven't figured out yet ^^; I think I could make up more it though using other tools ^-^
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've worked in GIMP a lot (I seem to remember that that's what you're using, right?) and it has the capabilities to cover the stuff in this tutorial. The biggest differences are the behaviour of the brush tool which will result in a more streaky style probably, and layer styles, which I intentionally veered away from. If there's something program-wise that you're struggling with, I may be able to help.
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That-Random--Artist Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep!

ohh cool! layer styles? from using layers?

ok thanks! then.. how do you set a layer to color? like in the tutorial O.o
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Layer styles allow for fancy glows, textures, strokes, bevelling, etc to be applied to a layer in realtime.

I believe it should be at the top of your layer palette, and by default layers are set to "Normal." So look for a drop-down menu that says "Normal" and also has screen, overlay, soft light, hue, saturation, etc.
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That-Random--Artist Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh cool!

.. um, layer palette? :confused:
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Speaking of which, check this link out...
[link]
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you paint in multiple layers or is it all done one one?
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BlackwolfSilverpaw Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is great! Thanks a lot for loading up!
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Take a go at it!
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