Earlier in my artistic development I would do several speed paintings a week: quick (usually 20 to 180 minutes, tops) paintings from photo reference. My goal was to improve my ability to work from photo reference (which all of my work does, to some extent) and just get a ton of practice. It’s better to do lots of paintings than it is to sink 40 hours into one big bundle of mistakes, and doing lots of speed paintings is an easy way to paint subject matter you otherwise wouldn’t want to dedicate a few weekends to.
This process was so effective that I felt compelled to document and share it with other aspiring artists. (Click to enlarge)
My speed painting tutorial has been my second most popular DeviantArt entry for nearly seven years – I hope you find it useful, too!