Tried my hand at speed painting last night. Lately I've been kind of getting down on myself with how slow I can be when working on seemingly simple pieces. I tend to overthink things waaaay to much and constantly find myself wrapped up in limitations either prescribed by work/clients or myself. While I do enjoy problem solving, I'm finding I need some sort of mental rinse before I crash out for the night. Otherwise I'll just end up staring at the black ceiling stewing about how much work I have ahead of me or how I could of done things differently.
Enter Speed Painting. I've been eyeballing a bunch of amazingly talented artists throw down some digital pieces crazy quick to either warm up, do some value studies, or just blow my mind with how awesome they are. It was super intimidating to me. Time limits!!! Out of my comfort zone looking stuff!!! No Plan??? NO GRACIAS!...buuuut I figured why not at least give it a try.
I gave myself 20 minutes with some photo reference and gave it a go. This is what I got done. While I can come up with a million things I did wrong with this piece I'm not sweating it.
This was crazy satisfying! It served its purpose of letting me cut loose, zone out for 20 minutes and not obsess over the decisions or process. Just make marks and move on making changes, adding stuff, reworking areas on the fly. It felt really organic and way more fluid than I expected. I really enjoyed doing this and it got the rendering bug out of my system for sure. As an added bonus I slept like a baby last night. While I wont be giving up my sketchbook any time soon...this was a welcome break and help me tackle some fears for sure. Fun times!