At 6/19/07 09:17 AM, MindChamber wrote:
so how long does a painting actually take you?
The ones on the first page are all around 15-30 minutes. The more detailed ones like the last one I posted take around 4-5 hours. I do the basically the same routine for most of my paintings.
1. 10 minutes: Basic sketch. In my opinion, this is the most fun part because it's where you start to see your vision come to life.
2. 2 minutes: Sky Color. This is the first layer I put down on all of my paintings because whatever color I choose for the sky will determine the colors I choose for everything else. Sometimes this layer needs adjusting throughout the process.
3. 10-30 minutes: Rough blocking in of color. Sometimes I get a little carried away and do more detail in this step than I really should. It makes changing things later more difficult.
4. 45 minutes - 1 hour: New layers and getting a little bit more detailed. No extreme detail yet. I'm still zoomed way out so that i can see the overall picture.
5. 1 hour: Working a little bit more on some detail in the background and mid ground. Maybe zooming in a little bit to get into small spaces.
6. 2 - 3 hours: Zooming way in to add details. Adding dirt, fire, some lighting effects, moon shine, grass, people, etc.
7. 30 minutes - 1 hour: Contrast layers, level layers, color curve layers, color balance layers, lighting effects layers (using overlay blending mode)
and that's where I usually stop. Sometimes I'll sharped the painting a little to make it a bit more crisp.