Sunday, March 14, 2010

timed speed painting... fail



I'm getting back into speed painting for practice. For this one I referenced some mountain pics I took from our snow trip last month. The focus was shapes, values and time management. I set the timer for 1 hr. Once I had a blockout with nice clear shapes and decent composition, I looked up at the clock and it says 20 min. "Sweet! I still have 40 min to make it look cool!" says me. So I start pushing around diagonal snow shapes to break up the vertical stones and trees, pushing contrast in the foreground, etc. All good stuff. But at some point the detail switch in my head flips on and speed paintings arch nemesis, noodler guy shows up to crash the party. I hear the BEEP! and instantly snap out of the zone. "Oh shit, times up..." I hesitate for a moment and then struggle to put the pen down. I take a deep breath then zoom out... FAIL. The shapes and values started blending back together. I got hung up on details and ran out of time which ended up hurting the final image. In retrospect I should have saved an iteration at 20 min to show the difference. With another 10 min, I could greatly improve this image with a lighting and base snow fixing pass. Sometimes its just better to fail and leave it to remind yourself what not to do next time.  =)

4 comments:

bob nelson said...

Peet! Looks good, despite running out of time. Failure is a great way to learn!

peet said...

Hey! Long time no see Bob. I totally agree. Failing is pretty much the only way I learn. hehe. =)

Christi said...

Enter your comments here...Well, I love it! Send it to me, I'll frame it and put it in my house! It's gorgeous!!! Love ya!

Christi said...

Enter your comments here...Well, I love it! Send it to me and I will frame it and put it up in my house!! Love ya.