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Speedpaint, 45 min. (got carried away with the shingles, so went over the 30 min a little)

Photo reference of a Barn I took pics of last fall.

Photoshop and tablet.

~sticmann's speedpaint challenge focusing on composition....here, the rule of thirds
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Excellent :D This is exactly the kind of discussion I like to see happening.
You have a strong, weighty subject. It's very heavy, but well grounded. I think it works well. One idea for things like bricks or shingles might be to develop a way to give a hint of them being there without drawing every one. Actually, if you didn't have the beveling on those pieces, you probably wouldn't have needed so many.
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
You kinda get on a role with something like that... do a few shingles and you brain wanders off and before you know it time's up and all you have are shingles! :D
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
:)
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kurome-tenshi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Having a bird perched in the window would be a good attention-grabber.
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Yeah, that would have been more interesting. Or a nest even :)
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think you got the composition down. *eyes shift straight to window in barn roof*

On other aspects, I feel that it may have been interesting to see something at the focus point to hold my attention. I like how you've captured the textures of the bricks and thatching, and I'm not sure if it's my screen, but I think a little bit more contrast would pop the tower out even more. Good job!
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
You know, I still really have trouble with the "speed" concept of "speedpainting" and never quite have time to nail down the details that would make it a stronger piece. So I definatly still need a LOT of practice! :D Yes, I guess it does lack a strong focal point. And I have a new (bright!) monitor, so I don't know how well my contrast and brightnes balance are working...
Thanks for the feedback! :)
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No I don't think it lacks a strong focal point at all, it's just that at the focal point I get a bit "bored" (plain grey window). But my barn was kind of lacking in focal point so I shouldn't talk.
I guess for speed painting it's not the details that matter so much in creating a strong piece but the fundamentals...composition, values, colour, mood etc....I know that I have (quickly becoming, had) a tendancy to get bogged down in details, umming and ahhing over the minute rendering of a little corner of something that someone wouldn't even notice, which is why these challenges are so great! Build the basics and the good pieces will come. :D

I think by practicing and keeping to these "brutal" time limts we will invariably be creating a fair amount of crap, but the pressure with practice will make us simplify and become more efficient and eventually be speed painting genius freaks of nature, garnering comments like "Ooooh, you did THAT in 20 minutes...wow!!!: My ultimate goal as an artist. ;)
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Yes! All will stand in awe of my crazy skillz....probably a lifetime from now.... ;) It's funny, but composition comes naturally to me in photography (all the technical stuff less so) but in painting not as much. Like it wouldn't have occured to me to put that window there if it hadn't been there in the photo... I can capture it on film without realizing it but don't think to plan it out in a painting, rather I just start throwing colored pixels around to land where they may! :laughing:
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:laughing: Well I find that to be somewhat true as well. I think it may be easier when taking photos because you have the viewfinder putting limits on everything to start with and the subject matter basically takes care of itself. If it doesn't look right, jig a bit to the right here, lean back a bit there, and kachunk, done. A little different for paintings where you have to create the frame, viewpoint, as well as the subject matter.
Maybe you could start a painting with the thoughts of what would make a cool photograph...thereby tricking yourself into composing naturally ;)
Keep flinging pixels, but be mindful of the couch. :D
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
I used to think an artwork wasn't complete until either I
1) ruined some article of clothing
2) spilled coffee on it
or
3) bled on it (that usually happened in the matting stage, not painting.)

By the way, can you really reverse-psychologize yourself? I mean really, who would fall for that? Oh, wait...yeah I would...I just convinced myself to try it by deciding it wouldn't work! :rofl:
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:laughing: your work flow would be an interesting thing to watch. Quite entertaining. You could sell dvd's!!
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
It'd be like Bob Ross mixed with extreme sports! XD
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