Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Sketchbook Pages...and Speedpaint Workshop

sketching while playblasting my animations ^^
The flu is almost gone. I'm feeling kind of good but it's getting really cold lately...Yesterday I had to scratch off the ice from my car windows T.T

I'm still practicing guitar like left hand hurts but I use it only for my keyboard shortcuts anyways, so it doesn't matter that much. ^^v

Last monday I did a little painting workshop here at the Filmakademie where I work.
Every monday there is a Sketch Round arranged by my buddy David Maas. This time he had the idea to do a digital speedpaint session using photo reference.
When I started painting digitally back in the days, it helped me a lot to paint from photo references to get a basic understanding of color, values and light.
So we thought it would be a nice exercise for the students to start of using reference images.

Before we started, I talked about some speedpainting techniques.
Everyone had a timelimit of 30minutes
The students did really great and I was really exited that so many people participated. We will continue to do those painting sessions.

This was my 30min painting.



cool stuff all around. I was "about" to show the guys at work some painting methods myself on Fridays until the dreaded production monster reared its ugly a$$ head. (sigh)
People always have mixed reaction to using photo reference. I personally think it's a great idea. Going outside to a forest range just can't happen for most people. lol.
But, others like myself and you Goro will agree that the key is: "don't be a slave to it."

blabla said...

yeah, painting from reference was a really good exersize for me to understand the basics. I rarely use photo references nowadays. I use reference images when I need to know how certain things look like, folds, technical stuff etc.

Painting from life is always better but as you say...if you paint digitally it's hard to go outside. ^^

mamĂș said...

help me out here...Its a demon-bunny on top of a meza surrounded by lava-stream, summoning clouds? you're gettick wicked :])

...i bet i would benefit, but photo-ref still troubles me; Just as I see something already picturised, it feels redundant doing it all over again....

Unknown said...

These are beautiful sketches and great paintings as always! :)

Robin said...

Wow, goro! You are a speed painting guru! I have to practice working on that. If you get a chance, would you be able to post some of the techqniques you mentioned in the class? I'd love to hear how you go about doing it, not necessarily from start to finish, but tips you have for getting the most out of your time.

Anyways, you always have amazing pieces up, keep up the great work, it's inspiring!

Unknown said...

awesome 30 min painting Goro!

Alexei Martins said...

You have a wonderful style goro!!!!Love your works!!!!it's so INSPIRING dude!!!Awesome blog!!!

Marco Bucci said...

Awesome work here! I like both your drawing and painting.

blabla said...

Thnx guys!

get you point how about painting from life?

there you go ^^

Anonymous said...

Really like this sketch . the hot ground versus the cold sky is really working and it also has a bit of humor to it with the character in th fg looking to the sky . Is this part of an overall idea you have for a book .
A lot of your sketches seem connected in some way . Strong collection of work . Looking forward to more .

davidmaas said...

Great stuff, Goro!
As to painting from a photo - I think its great to paint from reality, but we don't have that many people with a laptop - prerequisite for going out and painting digitally. Might make for an interesting exercize to do a colleague paint from everyone's omputer, but that's a bit down the road. First understand color, depth, lighting.
What's great is that the sketch session - which had tipped in at about 5 loyal scribblers - is now a gung-ho group of about 15. And everyone is doing live drawing of each other for half an hour before we go digital. My goal is to get the paints loosened up - distorting the forms or maybe taking a portrait that's just been scribbled and fitting it into the light situation from a paint.
Thanks, Goro!!! Great inspiration!