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    Speed painting - Definition?!

    Hey guys, I'm a bit confused about the term "speed painting".

    I've always assumed it meant a painting that has been created fairly quickly, for example under an hour and a half or so.

    Then I found this definition on wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_painting

    That definition doesn't seem quite right to me. I know wiki is a 'quantum dictionary" at best in terms of accuracy, but I'd love some clarification.
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    don't question Wikipedia, it knows all.

    the "painting done with great speed" term you are looking for is 'Alla Prima'.
    meaning 'all at once'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cwn Annwn View Post
    I've always assumed it meant a painting that has been created fairly quickly, for example under an hour and a half or so.
    Yeah, this is what I thought, too.
    Wikipedia's definition seems to have sprung from the many time lapsed videos that get put on Youtube, being labeled as 'speed painting'.
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    typically when a person says speed painting, I believe they mean a painting done in a very short period of time (also sometimes called a speedy, a paint sketch, or study). I call bullshit on that wiki definition
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePalumbo View Post
    I call bullshit on that wiki definition
    Agreed.

    The article was created and edited (mostly) by a single person.
    The only other edits have been for grammar and tags.
    It's likely that the original creator is simply confused as to its definition.
    Someone should take it upon themselves to edit it properly.

    Speed painting is just that, painting fast.
    It differs from alla prima, in that alla prima isn't necessarily fast.
    Though it is painted "all at once", that can take all day.
    Alla prima usually refers to a process where it is painted in a single coat... no drying.
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    Yeah, I always assumed that Alla Prima meant "All paint", as in, no drawings/previous sketching etc.

    I have seen people show a timelapse of a 12 hour painting and still call it "Speedpainting", but then again, that's youtube for you. =(

    I just read the article.
    Holy bullshit. Wow. If you DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, don't make a fucking wikipedia article about it. "The best speed painter of all time is Nico di Mattia"? What the fuck? Prick much?
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    Glad to see it's been edited already.
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    Hehe, thanks peeps for clarifying that.

    I wonder who fixed up that article. Luckily wiki is easily edited.
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    Although he's right about the fact that Sijun is the origin of internet speed painting. Can't touch this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSillustration View Post
    Speed painting is just that, painting fast.
    It differs from alla prima, in that alla prima isn't necessarily fast.
    Though it is painted "all at once", that can take all day.
    Alla prima usually refers to a process where it is painted in a single coat... no drying.
    But wouldn't you say that Alla prima and color roughs are extremely close?
    So you could do detailed color roughs in a day and call them Alla prima?
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    I've always seen speed painting as a color sketch, that's all. Something you stop when the main ideas and composition intentions are laid out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowlin View Post
    But wouldn't you say that Alla prima and color roughs are extremely close?
    So you could do detailed color roughs in a day and call them Alla prima?
    Alla Prima is rather specifically an oil painting term that differentiates the using-all-of-your-colors-at-once-right-now tactic from the more traditional many-layers-over-many-weeks tactic. It doesn’t necessarily imply unrefined or unfinished.
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    The definition is pretty spot on in my opinion.
    It's SPEED PAINTING, or painting fast, or quick painting, ...

    How much more complicated does everyone need to make it?
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