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    Neil Blevins' Speed Paintings

    Hey there. While I primarily make 3d artwork (for some examples, visit http://www.neilblevins.com), I come from a traditional painting background, and over the past few years have been looking for ways to incorporate the immediacy of painting with the accuracy of 3d. I have also decided to teach myself how to paint on the computer.

    At the beginning of November I had the good fortune to take 2 weeks of vacation to do nothing but paint with my new cintiq. The experience was very rewarding, and I feel I've learned a lot, not to mention I got the opportunity to knock out some ideas that had been floating around in my head, some for 2 to 3 years.

    The following images are from those sessions, and I'll add new stuff as I get to work on them. I'm going to try to start ever 3d image I do in the future with a speed painting, as a way to grab hold of my concept faster, turning the 3d process into a way to flush out the final design that I start with my painting.

    Process wise, each painting starts out with super simple 3d geometry I then paint over. I'm a huge fan of collage, so these images will be part 3d, part photo collage, and mostly painting in photoshop and painter. Each image took about 5-6 hours on a single day, + 1 more hour a few days later. I always find my work looks best if I can get some distance between working on it and completing it, my mind can rest and has a chance to see what really needs to be changed.

    Anyways, thanks for listening, hope you enjoy the artwork. I'm just gonna keep moving forward, working on improving with each image.

    - Neil
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    Two creatures meet on a foggy morning by the shore, and my guess is they won't be friendly with each other.

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    A more experimental piece, I imagine these two weary travelers crossing an unending desert in the burning sun, no rest in sight.

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    Depicts a stormy planet and an alien device, producing electricity in an unconventional fashion.

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    I was going super 2d graphic for this image, a bit of a departure I know, but hopefully there's still some Neilness to the work. I'm also pretty happy with the perspective on this, I hope he really feels like he's towering over you. Inspired by the finale in Fantasia, the mountain devil in that animation scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, which immediately made me facinated with him.

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    A more finished looking painting, completed in about a day and a half. Pretty happy with the lighting on this one, although if I did it over I'd do it from a slightly more dynamic camera angle. I'll probably redo this painting as a full 3d render at some point in the future.

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    This was the first image I painted during my recent 2 week vacation. A few days earlier one of my heatsinks started failing, and so the cpu got up to 90 degrees C during the process of making this painting. Thanksfully a friend came over a few days later to help me replace the heatsink (thanks Nick!) The inspiration for this image came from a photo I took while in Vancouver of a hillside and these really tall, thin, burnt out trees. The camera angle, perspective and shapes were really quite beautiful, so I decided to reimagine the photo in a hitech world.

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    Great to see you here Mr. Blevins! always liked your stuff and your cool 3d experimentations and tutorials long ago

    Those are cool, maybe somtimes lack a bit of depth though. Keep em coming!
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    Thanks M@, I like your work a lot as well.

    Some of my images I specifically tried to go for a more flat look (such as "The Mountain King" or "Dynamo"), but for the other images, depth is definately something I'm working on.

    For example, I'm happy with the lighting on "Leviathan", but I ended up putting the camera angle way too much from the side and it made the image far too flat. I'll probably do a similar image again sometime but do a more 3/4 view to give it more depth.

    Thanks for your comments.

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    Another new one.

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    This image came to me one day when I just just doodling. Some of the blobs took on a form, I refined it, and then explored it in this speed painting.

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    Another new speed painting, I had this vision of space stations built onto giant lilipad looking things, and later decided that maybe in the future, what with the polar icecaps melting and all, we'd have to build udnerwater living stations, maybe colonize the marianas trench. Or maybe it's just some sort of scientific research lab.

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    Super quick 3 hour painting, I'm pretty happy with how this guy came together. I'm also feeling that my custom brushes are becoming more successful in adding the kind of texture I'm after.

    Neil Blevins' Speed Paintings

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