At 9/21/07 09:19 AM, Dile wrote:
There is no real definition of speedpainting.. everyone has their own, but 10 minutes is just absurd. Thats not painting, its doodling...
Did you even look at the video links I posted? As for definition, Wikipedia defines speed painting as:
Speed Painting is an exercise, primarily digital, in which one paints on a time budget, using already developed methods to create a piece. Contrary to (somewhat) popular belief, "Speed Painting" is not the same as a time-lapse video of a painting. Speed Painting is a widely used term in the Entertainment industry, often amongst Concept Artists. While it is cloudy where the term was first coined, it appears to have been started on an art forum by the name of Sijun with 'The Speed painting thread', which still exists and has planted offspring on other art communities such as ConceptArt.Org and CGSociety.
Its popularity amongst internet-goers was drastically increased with YouTube's featuring of Nico Di Mattia's fan-painting of John Locke from the hit television series "Lost". While his paintings do not fall under the speed painting category, they are commonly associated with it due to the time-lapsed nature of the video. Another example of an artist misclassified as a speedpainter on youtube is Dan Morris (a.k.a moggo23) who does so-called "speed-paintings" of a mixture of people he knows and famous actors such as "Daniel Radcliffe/Harry Potter" and "Chris Tucker(Rush Hour 1/2/3)". A more appropriate example of a speedpainter would be the late Denny Dent, who made a name for himself painting 4' x 6' portraits of famous rock stars from start to finish during the course of a single song. His most famous piece being of the guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Another follower in Dent's footsteps would be Dan Dunn who also creates large scale paintings set to music in relatively short periods of time(typically 3-7 minutes).
Raw speed painting is akin to the "Alla Prima" method of traditional fine artists, in which there is no sketch or underpainting (such as in Di Mattia's paintings and especially in the works of Dent and Dunn). It is about using value, color, texture, and composition to create a compelling and narrative piece within a relatively narrow timeframe. The pieces usually have an "unpolished" appearance, which stresses the importance of every stroke made on the canvas, digital or otherwise.