The speed painting is a colour rough. It’s very useful for
creating moods, storyboards, or for proposing different ways to explore an
illustration to a client. To achieve a sound workflow, it’s essential to be able to try and
compare a lot of different moods and compositions before starting to paint a
picture in detail and spending hours on it. Thus, the focus in this exercise is
not on detailing or concept accuracy, but more on composition, light and
In this tutorial I’ll show you my own process for creating a
colour rough from a couple of hours’ work. Here, as you can see in my picture
above, I’m designing a dark fantasy character. It’s essential for this kind of
work to pay attention to the light. If your light sources are correctly placed
and you have a good idea of the volumes and planes of your subject, you’ll be
able to make it solid with only a good silhouette and a few values, and a few
details here and there to add some interest to the piece.
Speed painting is not an easy task. It requires a large
visual library in your mind and a good understanding of lighting. I recommend
that beginners make a lot of studies from life and photos, and try to
understand how things work, before trying the exercise themselves. In this
tutorial, I’ll try to explain some of the concepts that you need to keep in
mind while speed painting.
The software used in this tutorial is Photoshop CS2, but the
overall process can easily be used for other software.
From issue 10.