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Speedpaint Tips: Getting Started!

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 4, 2012, 12:49 AM
In the interest of helping people who are new to speedpainting get started, and also in the interest of getting tips and tricks out in the open that might be helpful to even those who have done it a while, I'm opening this Journal entry up to the group to post your speedpainting techniques to share with the group!

Guidelines for posting (I believe this will help keep the thread readable to those coming in):

1) Give your technique a title

2) Provide a description with as much detail as is necessary to allow someone to try the technique and obtain some success with it

3) If possible, provide a link to examples that use this technique, and indicate how the technique was used

4) Please only include one tip per post

5) You may ABSOLUTELY respond to other people's posts, ask questions, and extend the tips! As this isn't a forum, please make sure you respond to the right posts when asking a question, or the original author might not see it! Questions should ONLY go under existing tips though. Stray questions (not posted under existing tips) will be deleted so there's some measure of order to what could otherwise become a rather disorderly Journal. :)

I'll start out with an example (below).

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zarzo5448717 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014
does anyone know what to use for speedpainting? not a program, but like what you draw ON! i know for a fact it isn't a computer, and even if people DO use computers, they are very talented. well, for the program you can use a computer but you know what i mean.
Birgitte-Gustavsen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
...Do you mean what you draw with? as in using a mouse or a graphic tablet, like wacom?
zarzo5448717 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
yes, what kind of tablet or... thingy?? lol idek
Birgitte-Gustavsen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Any graphic tablet will do, but the most famous and most used is Wacom, with wacom bamboo being it's low price starter, and wacom cintiq being the ultra deluxe (for the very well off or the professionals) . I use wacom intuos, it's middle ground. Though it appears wacom is switching it up a bit, splitting intuos into two groups, one pro and one cheaper and downplaying the bamboo. What could be the new tablet starter goes by Wacom intuos pen, Wacom intuos pen + touch and Wacom intuos Manga. Mine is then an Intuos pro. You can watch a youtube video about tablets if you want more explanation 

It will take time learning to draw using a tablet, so for a long while it may feel as if you've taken some steps backwards, but if you knuckle down and keep practicing, eventually you'll get better. 

Low price tablets - dedicated hobby
Middle Priced tablets - Very dedicated hobby to semi professional
High priced tablets - Professionals who can expect to earn some money using their skills, or already are earning. 
zarzo5448717 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
thank you so much, this really helped! :D And Thank You Also For Giving Me The Overall Picture Of... Well, Everything! 
Birgitte-Gustavsen Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
IRCSS Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a few on my journals, there are all titled as explained…
FoxtailxRavenfeather Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks SOOOOOOO much for all these tips I personally SUCK at using these art programs I can never get a good picture.
Holly-Mellor Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heya, no problem! As they say, practice makes perfect! Don't give up :)!
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
TIP: Keep it Large, keep it Loose. Use the largest possible brush.

This tip is really an addition to krazykrista's tip below. A way to stop from detailing, in addition to working zoomed out, is to always use the largest possible brush you can for what you are trying to paint. This will force you to work on general shapes and form and not be duped into detailing one tiny portion of your painting. This will also help add a sense of movement and vibrancy to your work as you imply things with large strokes rather than show them all with tiny ones.
You should generally aim to reduce down in brush size as the painting progresses and you want to start detailing but resist the temptation to jump the gun and get to detailing too early.
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