A Speed Painting is a time-lapse video recording of a digital illustration as it is being created. The image is entirely hand-drawn and rendered using a graphics editor and tablet, sometimes with reference to photographic material. Whilst the artist is constructing the image, every action on the screen is automatically captured and compiled into a real-time video. That recording is then edited, accelerated and paired with an appropriate choice of music. It takes more than five hours to make, but less than five minutes to watch.
Speed Paintings are an original fusion between art, music and technology that deliver beauty, entertainment and wonder to the viewer. Reminiscent of the early "can you see what it is yet?" performances on UK TV by Rolf Harris, Speed Paintings are only seen on the internet at present. YouTube effectively gave life to the art form this year where it is now receiving huge audiences, top ratings and much discussion, all of it positive.
Nico Di Mattia is generally considered to be the best and most well-known portrait Speed Painter, which is a status he quickly achieved by posting on YouTube. Nico's YouTube channel is the 79th most subscribed and his most successful Speed Painting has attracted over 3.6 million viewings. It figures the character John Locke from the TV series Lost and some of the honours it has earned include:
#7 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Film & Animation - All
#14 - Top Rated (All Time) - Film & Animation - All
#33 - Most Discussed (All Time) - All
#3 - Most Discussed (All Time) - Film & Animation - All
#56 - Top Favorites (All Time) - All
#5 - Top Favorites (All Time) - Film & Animation - All
#63 - Most Linked (All Time) - Film & Animation - All