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Some of you may be familiar with the art of Bonsai. For those who are not, it is the art of growing normal trees in containers, and grooming and shaping them for aesthetic beauty, generally with an attempt to replicate how that tree would look if allowed to grow to full size. While bonsai trees are grown from the same stock as any other tree (they're not genetically different), simply putting a tree in a pot does not make it a bonsai. It has to be pruned, shaped, groomed, and meticulously cared for to achieve something that can be labeled as such, and mastering the art takes a long, long time.

Just as bonsai are not just trees growing in pots, speed paintings are not just paintings done in a short amount of time.

Speed painting is the art of quickly depicting an idea by providing the viewer with the necessary textures and colors and compositional elements without going in and explicitly painting every one of them. It is beauty through imprecision. It is an expressive art form. The purest ideas for your artwork come at the very beginning of a painting when the inspiration is fresh.

If you find yourself carefully blending skin tones or drawing every blade of grass, you're doing it wrong! If you're doing a 2-hour Speedy du Jour and have your idea conveyed at 45 minutes, you're DONE. You should absolutely NOT take the rest of the time to refine what you painted! --not if you want to count it a speedpainting at least!

Does this mean your painting should look crappy when you submit it? No, of course not! :) While the work may not always be everything you hoped and dreamed it would be, especially if you're just beginning to speed paint, expressing your honest idea quickly is a successful speed painting! Skill at painting quickly and depicting exactly what was in your head will come with practice.

So...
Given all of this, I'm going to go through the galleries (current SdJ is safe for now) and sort out work that doesn't meet with this description of speed painting. (Concept art is something I consider to be a longer form of speed painting. I expect it to be loose as well, or it won't be accepted.) I intend to be fairly picky with what is allowed, BUT, I believe that a speed painting done by someone just starting out that honestly strives for these ideals will still be accepted.

Going forward, SdJ's will also need to adhere to this definition of speed painting, or they won't be accepted.

If you've got any thoughts/questions/comments/addendums, please share them!

Bear in mind, this is a Speed Painting group! That's what people are here to see (and do), and that's what I intend to show!
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Elsaicepony Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
what is the average speed for a speedpaint?
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Birgitte-Gustavsen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
With speed i assume you mean time, as how fast anyone works is based on experience, personal working method and style. The average time of speedpaintings in this group would be 1 hour due to the sdj challenge, but on DA in general i would say maybe 2-3 hours.
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UntoldPromises Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Love it! Thanks!
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xvortexbladex Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Monet paintings come to mind when I think of speed paint- its about the mood and suggestion of form rather than the actual depicition of it. 
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timohuovinen Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Your definition of a "speed painting" sounds a lot like the definition of a "sketch".
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DarkBubbles28 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I don't know where to possibly start! (Literally, I don't know where to go.... HELP!)
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timohuovinen Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist
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Holly-Mellor Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Watch some videos on youtube, it really helps! Then, just do, that's the key. Open photoshop or whatever programme you are using and paint!
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Mikhanator Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't even started, but I plan to do my best in supporting and contributing to this group :D Go easy on me for the time being ~nyaaa? :iconmoesmileplz:
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poplet Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm just wondering, does speed painting with a reference photo still get accepted?
I have a feeling this question has already been asked, but if it could be answered here that could be great. :)
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nikki2290 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
very well written, and thanks for clearing out any of my doubts! :)
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the-dead-empress Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student
The faves gallery looks really rendered but loose. I was wondering if it's possible to render to the point of the faves gallery. I already work -usually- fast but I wasn't sure how rendered is too rendered bc some stuff in the gallery seems really detailed but stylistically painterly instead of painterly from speed. I want to make sure I don't break any rules!!!!!

Can you give images of "too rendered" and "just perfect" side by side? I'm sorry! I just wanna be a good participant and maybe others are wondering too! Thank you for accepting me into your group!!!
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Hmm...I'd have to dig to find good examples of "too rendered" vs "just enough". As a general rule, if it looks like you'd see it on a book cover, it's probably too rendered. If you have only *just* enough detail that your brain fills in the gaps and it kinda looks like a roughly-rendered photograph, you've got it!

I'm very lax with the SdJ's as they're mostly a forum for practicing and learning. Other folders I'm more strict about, but I try to tell everyone why if I can't accept something to a given folder. :)

Don't worry too much...I want to encourage people to work at it! I appreciate your concern though!
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LutherTaylor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Never looked at speed painting this way! you have deepened my appreciation!
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ALPHA27296 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
The short form:
a weapon is only as strong as his owner
and the pen is your weapon ...
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Qud Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Ou darn, I'm creating speedpaints and using photo as a reference. I'm doing it wrong then I guess. :D
Don't know if I still can post a pic? :)
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
You can use photos as reference, just cite your source images in the description and submit them to studies. They still should look speedy/painterly though!
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Qud Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Okey, I'm not sure my work looks painted enough. So maybe I won't post this time! :)
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
You can always submit. We'll let you know if it doesn't quite fit with the group, but generally if you're making an honest attempt at speedpainting, we'll usually let it in, no problem. :)
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Qud Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Hehe okey we will see. :)
I just might wait until I get inspirated and paint something more of this group style! Such amazing art there. :)
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Hehe, we will look forward to it!
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Sciocont Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm such a perfectionist that speedpainting would seem bad for me, but I actually find it quite relaxing to be able to make something so fast- it's supposed to be imperfect.
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
I definitely feel the same way. It definitely makes you a faster painter when you *do* finish pieces though! :)
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hail-the-oblivious Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
speedpainting is good to practice composition and lightning composition :nod:
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ryuji90 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
:giggle: This is gonna be hard for me! I'm one of those people who spends hours and hours working in the details, but hey! :dummy: That's why this group interested me! I see a problem I have and this seems like a good way to try and work on it!
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Skipyau Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
You may need to start from a new direction to remove your need to smash out tons of tiny details. Try watching this tutorial on one method and make up your own mind about it: [link] :)
It's 20 minutes.
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ryuji90 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
:dummy: Thanks, man! I really appreciate it! I'll watch it in a bit once I let it buffer a little!
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krazykrista Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
I hear ya! I used to be that person too, but I've since sworn it off. :)
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reine7 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
May i know what is the max time for any speed painting? 30 minutes? 1 hour? 2 hours?
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krazykrista Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
I've divided up timeframes in the gallery...you'll notice there are <1 hour, 1-2 hours, and over 2 hours, which should still have a quick/painterly style about them.

For the Speedies du Jour, the time will be given at the same time as the topic is announced.
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ultravioletbat Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
I certainly need a lot of practice with mine. I tried the 30 minute one and just couldn't do it with in that time.
It was certainly rough,.. just still not done fast enough.

I wonder if there are any reasonable tutorials or tips on-line that could help me learn to tackle them?
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Hmm... I don't know about tutorials. Most of what I know is what I've inferred from looking at lots and lots of speedpaintings (mostly at the sijun forums). If you (or anyone) stumbles across them, let me know and I'll happily post them here!
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JillLenaD Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
[link] This might help?
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ultravioletbat Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
OK :)
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JillLenaD Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
[link] This might help?
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iolarnula Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
This is something I definitely need to work on, too often I get caught up in fleshing out little details when they're not needed!
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johnercek Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
"If you find yourself carefully blending skin tones or drawing every blade of grass, you're doing it wrong!"

hey! there was nothing CAREFUL about my blades of grass. :-P

but I'm guilty. I try my best to keep the energy up- but then I get too loose
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Hehe :)

Keep at it...you'll get there!
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