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Thread: Neil Blevins' Speed Paintings
September 10th, 2009 #91
Wow, great to see you're still posting! (posted on your sketchbook about 2 years ago or something).
I've noticed that for a while you did speed paintings of environments... and thought you might get some inspiration from Milford Sounds, here in New Zealand.
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September 18th, 2009 #93
Here's another new one. This started off as a speed painting, ended up finishing it off to be more of a matte painting (total of 4 hours of painting over a few days).
A few words on the technique. This is based on a photograph my wife took, I decided to paint this all by hand rather than doing some sort of photomanip (it's good practice), using the photo simply as reference. The only photo used in the actual painting are the two photoshop tree brushes, which I created by taking real photos of 2 trees against the sky, making them greyscale, and then contrasting the heck out of them. 99% of the image is the three brushes below.
May I say that painting clouds is both fun and incredibly frustrating. But I'm happy to get the practice in.
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October 20th, 2009 #96
Wow! Really nice looking sunset.
I just saw your sketchbook for the first time and while I liked the stuff you had around two years ago, I definitely like the newer stuff more.
I'll pay attention to this sketchbook from now on!!
Good luck with your drawings!
October 20th, 2009 #97
whew, i just read trough your whole sketchbook, i like yar style!
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December 18th, 2009 #100
Not quite a speed painting, since I finished it up a little more, but the image did come together pretty fast, maybe 2 hours of work.
The inspiration for this piece came from the lighting I saw driving into work one morning. The sky was dark with rainclouds, but the sun was pouring through the clouds behind this one hill near the Berkeley / Oakland border. Rather than doing a normal study, I decided to use the ambiance for a more imaginative piece. All painted in Photoshop.
Think I'll take a break from the sunsets a bit in the new year. Have a great holiday time everyone, see you next year for some new stuff.
March 12th, 2010 #101
March 12th, 2010 #102
Beautiful paints! So glad to see you posting again, I can't wait to see more. Lots of inspiration in your sb.
March 12th, 2010 #103
March 17th, 2010 #104
Was able to pick up your DVD. Thanks for putting that together. Learned a lot from it and started using some of your techniques right away. I've watched it a few times now and always pick up something new.
Thanks for sharing your art and insight with the artistic community. I appreciate your continued contributions.
March 17th, 2010 #105
March 18th, 2010 #106
http://www.neilblevins.com go to the art gallery and check the Environment section. There's a number of more finished landscape pieces there.
Originally Posted by AphexTweak
Got another couple of speedies coming up, just wanna do a few last tiny tweaks
March 20th, 2010 #107
Gotta love those sunsets, twice a year for about 3 weeks each, sunsets happen almost exactly when I head home for the night, so I am treated to some of the more beautiful colors nature can provide my whole drive home. Here another feeble attempt at capturing some of that magic.
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Urgff... wow. I am jealous of your style, your colour sense, your composition, the moods you portray, pretty much everything. Thanks for sharing, makes me want to paint now. Very inspiring!
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March 26th, 2010 #110
A friend at work is very ill, and some co-workers decided to organize a charity auction for him. So I took the opportunity to do my first Acrylic painting in close to 10 years, and donate it to the auction. Here's the speed painting I did as a test for the final painting.
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June 18th, 2010 #116
Here's a few starship hull tests I've been working on. I made these images to explore variations in greebling and hull plate shapes and configurations. The tests are a little less practical and a little more abstract, but they have been really helpful, and should be a great source of inspiration and practical experience the next time I decide to make a full fledged 3d model of a starship or space station. Parts were modeled in 3dsmax (many wires were done using my wirebundler script), rendered with brazil, some was painted in photoshop (so the image isn't 100% 3d), and many patterns were inspired and produced by Darktree, Bercon Noise and Filterforge procedural patterns.
More to come in the coming weeks.
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