Huevember – Day 5

Orange alert! I grew up in the 80’s, the era of Aliens, Predator, 2001 and other movies where there was an element of horror being introduced to the idealistic visions of the future. Nothing quite struck a chord in me as the heroine in distress trying to avoid a nasty fate, with danger lurking around the corner she wasn’t watching.

I’m not having as much time to work on these pieces as I’d like, and am having to post them out of order. This is a messy thing to try to do on a daily basis, hence the challenge. I’ve set up a page where they’ll be posted in order that you can find at this link: Huevember Challenge 2017.

Speed Painting Exercise #2: Rapid Improvement

Okay here’s my second speed painting. This took me 45 minutes. I’m actually okay with this one, compared to yesterday’s post.


You can see that I have a much more defined picture of a knight holding his shield up, and that I was even able to get a little more defined on the shoulder armor. From yesterday I applied using keyboard shortcuts to change the brush size quickly, as well as blocking in big shapes and making decisions. I initially wanted to have the knight kneeling from the brunt of the force of a blow he was blocking, but after I had painted in the placement of the shield and the helmet, I felt it was better to have him standing with the view from above him. It gave me a new idea, and now I have this painting and the one I had started out wanting to do.

I actually want to finish this piece, because the idea of it is good to me. Keep track of the ideas you have as you go through the process of creating something, whether that’s art, music, schedules, or even marketing campaigns. You’ll find that what you end up with is rarely what you started wanting to do, even if you’re good at what you do. The ideas that you start with and the ideas you come up with along the way are usually worth pursuing again once you finish what you’re working on. The bonus of keeping track of those ideas is that now you can approach them with more experience than last time.

One other note: don’t show off your “learning” work publicly in the beginning. I’m breaking that rule to give you encouragement, that you are not alone and that you know the path you’re treading is not uncharted. Show a few people who will encourage you to continue learning, because that’s the feedback you need in the beginning.

Speed Painting Exercise: Oh God I am Rusty

Even great artists can produce objective garbage once and a while. Anyone who is intimidated by the skill and craft of another person who has had years of training, practice, and experience more than you can take comfort knowing that you are more talented at something that they are not. With practice of your own, you can catch up to the masters that you idolize, even learning from their work. Behold, my garbage first speed painting.


Speedpainting, so everyone knows what this was supposed to be, is the goal of rapidly sketching and painting in the major items into your piece so that you can arrange the composition, shapes, and colors of the painting. The idea is to have everything in place except the details in 30 minutes to an hour. It forces you to make decisions on a larger scale for your piece so that you don’t spend endless hours painting and repainting without ever finishing.

This was supposed to be a mountain next to a lake, and I did everything that I wasn’t supposed to.

It looks like I fingerpainted it with my thumb after it had been severed in a bizarre desk adjustment accident, and that glorious piece of garbage took 35 minutes. A toddler does better work than that, faster, and has an art gallery on the fridge to display their work to their adoring public. I have a blog that maybe my friends read out of politeness when they haven’t seen me in two months and after reading this are probably wondering whether or not they need to do an intervention.

Don’t worry. The point I’m trying to make is, you are going to be objectively terrible at something the first time you try it. What you produce is not going to match the idea in your head of what it is supposed to look like, and that’s okay. Be proud that you did it, and be curious enough to learn what you did wrong. Then be brave enough to try again and apply what you learned so you get better.

Keep at it. I am. I’ll post the next speed painting soon.