Wednesday, December 13, 2006

30 Minutes Painting Project

I just went trough a rush time which is finally over. So I'm back on my blog... finally!

Lately, I've been thinking of new ways to get better and go to the next level as an artist. I named one of my new idea "The 30 mins Painting Project". This is actually not something new but I made a few rules for myself to keep the essence of the exercise. Basically, I'm going to make a painting everyday using a photo as reference. The rules are:

- to make it in 30 minutes or less

- to never use the dropper tool to pick up the colors directly from the picture

- to use just ONE layer

- to keep the picture under 1000 pixels for height and width (which is a lot for some people, I now! But I'm planning on being so good that I'm going to paint every single leaf eventually! :) )

So here it is. I hope this exercise will help me understand colors better and be looser with my paintings. These are the two mains purposes of this self inflected exercise. I'm going to start with landscape and move on to figures eventually.

Here are my first ones from yesterday and today (30 mins each).

Hope everybody is doing well. I'm sorry again if I don't reply to all the comments. I really appreciate them though.

Have a good day everybody!



S.T. Lewis said...

Both are great, Sebastien, but there's something about the bottom one that's extra great. The lighting, the style, the brushstrokes, the magic... whatever it is, I love it.

And also... your "rush time" is over? Our rush time continues.

Sebastien Gallego said...

I meant "my rush RUSH time" is over! :) As an artist, and for the project we are currently working on, this is always rush time!
Good luck to you Shane!

S.D. said...

You love challenges, that's a good point for progress! Like Shane, I have a preference for the second one, very "enchanted" (cette forêt ressemble beaucoup à celles de mon Auvergne natale, donc ta peinture trouve un certain echo en moi, c'est touchant...), but both are great realizations. Keep it up! (et vivement les suivantes :p )

Anders said...

Yeah! Seb is back!!!
great paintings and rude rules!!!
but it seems to be the best way to progression!!!
30 minutes uh? is that exclusively for the exercise or also because you've not so much time for these? ;-)
(jolie cabriole Seb, adapter un manque de temps effectif en bon exercice!! chapeau bas!!)

courage my friend and thanks for sharing this with us!

Anonymous said...

Ouahhhh! quand j'ai vu j'ai fais: "
wouahhhhh! trop beau!!!!"
C'est magnifique, l'ambiance est superbe!!!! Encore bravo monsieur trop doué!!!!^^

Adrian Lubbers said...

I agree... I love the second one. I think it's the mood and the more dramatic lighting. The colors I find are also much more appealing. Very Nice.

Adam Ford said...

Wow Sebastien,

These are great. Make me want to do some digital plein aire. Great stuffs.

Sebastien Gallego said...

Thanks guys!
I totally agree with everybody: the second one is more successful. Which is good since it's the second one I painted! :) Hopefully, it will get better. I'm going to wait a few days and put a bunsh of them at the same time. Thanks for the critics everybody. There are more than welcome.

Anonymous said...

really like the 2nd one! congrats on your new challenge, really inspiring!

ACO said...

Only 30 minutes? You have a great talent Sebastien!

Unknown said...

fantastic! i love quick stuff that turns out great.

Ron said...

Great suff for 30 minutes, bottom one is my fave too.

Jamin LeFave said...

These are great. I love the mood and the color. Its amazing what you were able to accomplished in 30 mins.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

These are super fantastic--I could NEVER in a million years do that in 30 minutes.