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Speed Painting and Studies

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We prepare selections of topics and make speedpaint studies from them.
The next theme will be announced on the 15th of each month.

Everyone is invited. You find a folder for each theme in our gallery.
We expect you to make speedpaint studies - that means you make the study in 2 hours and don't use tracing and the color picker. You can compare your results to the other members and hopefully you give and receive feedback.

You find the references in the Favorites of this group - i wanted to add the references in the galleries but that needs the stock provider to coorporate and some visit their stock very seldom.

As our group grows, so do the onslaught of submissions. Our group is not a portal to promote yourself, but rather a learning study group. If you do not actively participate in challenges or offer helpful feedback to others, dont expect us to accept your art in the non-challenge speed paint study folders.
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Hey speedpainters !



Well, we're in for a treat this month!  While going over possible suggestions to put in the poll, an idea was born....

Screen capture studies!

What are screencaps you may ask....Well,  they are still pictures captured from movies or movie stills if you may.  Hollywood pays a lot of people a bunch of money to come up with the best HD quality, lighting and composition in each and every scene of each and every movie.  So, why not pull our studies from there this month?

We are well aware that even though we all share a passion for painting, our tastes of what we enjoy painting may vary.  Some may like realistic, others may prefer manga and then again, there may be a few that are passionate about science fiction and/or fantacy art.

Hence.... no poll this month.  In replacement, Wolkenfels has generously supplied an awesome gallery of screencap references for us to choose from!  By clicking on the link below, you will will be led to WolkenfelsArtRefLinks.  Within, you can then choose from a library of 31 of the best Movie Stills sites available.…

If for some reason one of the links doesn't work, just move on to the mentioned... There is definitely something here to meet every interest here!

Here's Da Rules

Same rules as always. 2 hour time limit! No tracing! No color picking from the original ref! Figure out your own colors. Make sure you include credit and links where you got your stock photo in the DA description.

In this case, the stock provider will not need to be informed, but Wolkenfels should get one hug per post ;-)  However for study reasons referencing to the original source is better for getting crits.

When your done submit it to this folder here:


Also say a few words on your study in the description. Helps others when commenting on your work. Its always good to take a moment and reflect on your studies so you can better tackle and improve on those areas in the next study.

Common things to answer are:

►What did you learn from doing this study?

►What did you find difficult?

►What area's do you wish to improve on?

As always, if you're participating in these studies, it's highly encouraged to comment on other peoples studies when they get submitted to the group. Sharing advice crits and tips will help each other grow!

That's it! Best of luck this month! We are looking forward to seeing each others studies!

Have Fun!!!

Indu-art, Wolkenfels, Charfade and Yinetyang
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Vote for July Speed Paint Study Theme (starts July 15 2015) 

16 deviants said Environments: Snow speedpaintstudies.deviantart.c…
15 deviants said Material: Armor and Metal (speedpaintstudies.deviantart.c…)
12 deviants said Portraits speedpaintstudies.deviantart.c…)
8 deviants said Anatomy: Torsos (speedpaintstudies.deviantart.c…)
7 deviants said Anatomy: Backs (speedpaintstudies.deviantart.c…)




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sahinduezguen Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
deerbard Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I just studied one of the photos from "torso" folder. I found it difficult to find a folder where I should upload it now, the structure of folders is changed and I don't see a "torso" folder in the gallery. Help? :)
deerbard Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha sorry, my mistake, there has never been such topic :) That explain the lack of the folder.
fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Edited Jun 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi there :)

So I know that there are certain challenges for the month (that you say will be announced every 15th of the month)  but are we allowed to do other studies besides what the month's specific challenge is? ^^;

Sorry if this is a stupid question :lol: but I was just wondering :hug:

Also, are we allowed to use stock pictures not shown in your Fave gallery? If they are free to use as reference by owner?

charfade Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015   Artist

Yes you are allowed to do other studies besides the ones selected for the challenge. We ask that you include the reference you used to study from as well as what you learned from it in the description. You can submit to this folder here: speedpaintstudies.deviantart.c…

You may use any stock images you please, but make sure the photographer of the stock allows a artist to study from that time. Everyone has different opinions on it so please check with them first. ^^
fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student General Artist
:nod: Okay got it! Thanks! :tighthug:

Also, one more question: for the monthly speed paint challenges, how many submissions are we allowed to do?
TeachingMyselfSpeed Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I'm new to this group and I'm a bit confused about the gallery. They all look empty. Where do I see the submissions for various challenges, etc?
Indu-Art Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Hi TeachingMyselfSpeed, and welcome!  Yes, at first it can seem confusing!  Due to overwhelming activity we've had to subdevide our foulders.  So, when searching for clouds, for example, you'll need to go into the Nature Folder and find the cloud categorie  and so on...  Looking for on 
the anatomy foulder and Forage down, same thing with buildings and so on.

Hope this helps!
Zearthus Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Is this still going? 
yinetyang Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Yup! Here we go, all fresh and new: speedpaintstudies.deviantart.c…
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