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30 minute speedpaint for the Daily Spitpaint group on Facebook. Need to work on my efficiency!

Art by Ilse Gort, 2016
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Snafflepod Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
Very cool!
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Ghostz4 Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
I wish you could teach me how to do amazing art like you do!
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VesaiasTheValiant Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Whoa! That's one grim-looking wolfie. :) (Smile) 
Neat efficiency exercise, if indeed done in 30 minutes. ;) (Wink) 
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Brendavid Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
"Need to work on my efficiency!"

as I start yelling at my computer screen

"you did THIS in 30 minutes and you need to work on your efficiency? Rat bastards!"

But seriously, good job here. :D I've been the opposite lately. My work is never detailed enough, so I've had to really slow down and pay attention. It should hopefully speed back up once I get into the swing of it. Meh, not like I'm going to stop drawing anytime soon. I'll get it figured out. =P
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awh, thanks! 

Yeah, always remember the phrase "first you get good, then you get fast, then you get good fast". Don't skip out on practice or try to do everything quickly, speed will come once you familiarize yourself with the subject matter and the tools you use.
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Brendavid Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Good advice! Always good to hear back from you.

You commented on my conceptart.org sketchbook like 4 years ago, and even back then I was "Lhune commented on my stuff!"

you're still very vocal, amiable, and approachable. It's a breathe of fresh air around here :la:
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Seas-and-Ravens Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are people usually not responsive? I have no idea what the general rules are here or devaintart. It's so confusing for a beginner like me!

Wow LhuneArt that 30 minutes is stunning I thought it was 2 hours at least :0
I always admire people that can make so many details in a short time!

Sorry for butting in but great work! :)
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Brendavid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have exact statistics, but there are a lot of artists that won't really have conversations with those outside of their skill level. It never made sense to me, as someone who very much likes the attention and conversation.

Also, Lhune won't see your reply in their inbox unless you reply directly to their comment or tag them in the post like this : dev lhuneart : without the spaces. Will look like this --> Brendavid That said, you may have to comment again for them to see.
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Seas-and-Ravens Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah thanks for the reply Brendavid ! That clears some things up! nahhh your response was great thanks! :D I love talking to anyone no matter the skill level! (I'm low so I don't have any problems hahaha) Thats a bit silly, that they cordon themselves by skill level... how is anyone supposed to learn or get motivation if they're not willing to talk? It seems sad and a bit elitist :( 
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Brendavid Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Some people legitimately don't have time or only chatter on one of of their accounts. Some speak a different language and don't even know what to say so don't try at all. But some of them.. Some I just don't get :P
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DinoGirl121 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
This is amazing!!!!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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LoLo-is-SeaDoo-ing Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Digital Artist
If this is a speedpaint, I'll be damned ;) It's gorgeous work for something done in 30 min, just beautiful :heart:
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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LoLo-is-SeaDoo-ing Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016   Digital Artist
You're welcome :D
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Neelai Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can you DO that in just 30 minutes!? :O
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Practise, practise, practise xD. Also brushes, gradients and masks.
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Neelai Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course :) (but it's still insane) :)
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EclecticManta Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is stunninggg! really popped out of my notifications. I love the style, lightning and brush strokes. Great stuff!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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EclecticManta Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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MoaWallin Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! It feels very three-dimensional. 
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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makangeni Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   General Artist
this is beautiful, I love the brushstrokes!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Whoooah you're the master of the hard-edged brushes!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Don't forget gradients and masks ;).
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
I humbly prostrate myself in your presence:worships: 
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Katakire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
It looks really great for 30 minutes, go you :)
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Absolutely breathtaking as always coming from you! Be it a speed paint, or a 20 hour effort your works are always have such a recognizable painting style in my opinion. Full of energy and palpable atmosphere. I've done a lot of speed paints but I just have get it through my head anymore that although I love paintings whenever I open up photoshop I always remember, oh yeah, I really hate painting. They are never fun to me and they always end with nothing but frustration and a worthless file. You really nailed everything in this painting, just a perfect portrait full of mood, perfect texture and everything. I really wish someone could teach a class to paint like this because I've mainly only seen self taught artists do speed paints like yours that are this breathtaking. I couldn't draw it even a quarter this good even if I took all week and traced. 
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That is a really lovely comment, thank you very much :).

Others have asked about my process, I've been looking around for some screen capture software, I'll see if I can record how I work some time. I do have one speedpainting video here but it's not very high quality and a bit long. Still, might be of use :).
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Your very welcome!
I remember seeing that one a while back, to me although its very awesome of you to record that, speed paints like that really demoralize me. I'm not good at seeing a video and knowing "oh thats when the artist does THAT technique!" I really only learn anything when theirs commentary because I honestly don't know any techniques. I've tried so many times doing the (for lack of a better term)  "put down some random color and values and see what you can make, like looking into clouds" trick and it was so frustrating to me, I guess I'm a drawing guy, because I neither had the ability to see or have the techniques to be able to paint it. I really have no idea how you pulled such perfect anatomy out of the air like that, the atmosphere, gesture and composition look so perfectly planed out. And when I go to paint I always hesitate thinking " no that not what they did in the video!" instead of what comes natural to me and I end up with a worse result. Although I really want to thank you for making the video, it really makes me even more confused how you did it, none of the techniques from what I can tell are familiar to me and I have no idea what to think when doing it and I can only paint if its exactly from a photo. 
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, so what if you make a sketch first? It's how I did it with my latest - www.youtube.com/watch?v=u49LCy… . That way you don't have to guess everything, there is already a base and of course you can always use reference, I certainly did (I had Google Images open on my other screen after I searched for "red fox").

The thing is, it's all practise and daring, and persisting. We all have that internal voice that tells us we're not good enough, or that the artist who inspired you is so much better and that there's no point in even trying. Also, while I'm speedpainting I tend to hit several moments where I think it's starting to look bad, but I push through those moments and just keep painting. I think that's a big part of it - simply pushing on. Keep going even if you think it's not going anywhere, don't be afraid to pick a large brush and make drastic changes if that's what's needed. Work from big to small, try not to put any limitations or expectations on yourself.

It's possible that you simply have a knack for drawing that you don't have for painting, but I find that hard to believe. I think you're just much more familiar with drawing, it's your comfort zone and you've done it enough to feel like you know what you're doing. If you want to get better at painting, you'll simply have to do it more. And by the way - painting from a photo is not a bad thing at all. It's great practise in fact, and you probably should paint from reference a few times before trying to paint from imagination. It's hard enough to come up with something yourself entirely, and it's even harder if you have little to no previous experience doing it.
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Very interesting sketch of a fox, thank you for recording it!

I don't think its from lack of experience, I've done hundreds of paintings. Hundreds from digital alone and hundreds from traditional alone so I've put in at least some mileage. I've tried sketching before hand,doing tight lineart, drawing with the brush, photo-bashing my own photos, working in multiple layers or just one and nothing. I've tried doing thumbnails, photo reference, value drawings, preliminary sketches,plein air, color theory, color studies and still nothing. I can't think of any tricks I haven't done. I've done so many still lifes even a art teacher would cringe. ( probably not, but still a lot of boring paintings I learned nothing from.) I feel all I do is practice, I can't do a single finished image to save my life. 

For me, painting is super mentally painful. The entire process is not enjoyable, some find it very relaxing or therapeutic but I find it insanely stressful. With drawing theirs only so many things to get wrong, painting stresses me because their is SO much to think about. I hear this all the time "Paint in values? Well your colors will suffer, paint in color? Oh well your values will probably suck. you need to draw more! Only draw? Oh then your paintings will suffer. " I can never practice correctly!

In drawing you can draw through form and see whats wrong, Like in your fox sketch I believe I saw you draw boxy shapes and drew details on top of it, I hate in painting to work for hours only to have it covered up to start over again, that kills me, having a revision really kills the little energy in me. I feel like I'm only working on the surface scraping mud while everyone is in the deep exploring. When I don't put expectations on myself I always end up with nothing, I just give up and the painting becomes nothing but ugly blobs and I pretend its professional to keep my sanity, at least when I do that I have some painting, though terrible.

I use references all the time, but no matter what it always seems to be a strict copy of the original photo, so no fantasy was involved. I'll paint things I'm comfortable with and still nothing. I've bought James Gurney's books and dvds trying to understand light and values and I came out a worse painter because of it. I just can't understand lighting, I can SEE it, but not know why or how its there. I can't make anything the way it looks or how I want. I'm very good at persistence, its the only reason I think I got this far, but with others although its HARD its not soul sucking. Picking up the brush only makes me never want to draw after it and trust me, I'm still not comfortable with a pencil. painting makes my part time job look like a video game.
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm curious then - do you actually want to be able to paint, or do you need to for what you wish to do with your art? I mean, it seems you've pretty much given up on painting for yourself, and if it's such a hassle and it's not a necessity then you may as well avoid it.

It still sounds like you're putting yourself up to a really high standard where you want your paintings to be successful or up to a certain level otherwise you "failed". This is a mindset that's doomed to disappoint - you'll never meet your standard, so you'll always feel like you're failing. It's not about success or quality, it's about learning and exploring.

I've never cared much for still lifes, haven't done many of them myself. They bore me and I never felt I was learning much. So what I did instead was learn on the job - take requests or commissions and pull out references for everything I'm painting. The fact that I was doing it for someone else was enough motivation to keep going, as well as push for the best result - plus when doing it this way there is the reward of someone's reaction to your work.

And trust me, I can't make anything look the way it looks in my head either. I know my skill is not up to par with my vision, but I can work to get close to it and I try to appreciate everything I learn on my way there, even if on occasion I will be disappointed and demotivated.
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Well, yes and mostly no, I love paintings but hate painting so much. Really the only reason I attempt is because the only way to make money in art I like seems to have painting real mandatory. All my inspirations paint so I pretty much feel I have to. I actually REALLY hate painting though, but with the internet making everyone's standards so high, great art isn't a surprise anymore, its expected and it seems everyone wants a similar western painted style , I feel its basically mandatory anymore. As much as as I'd like to feel like exploring and learning I can't understand that mind set. I'm not good enough to even practice with commissions if I don't have the skills to even get one,  I feel like I'm lying to myself if I'm not constantly trying to compare myself to pros and when I feel like I'm learning, looking back the image always suffered from it.
I've heard that its good to not have a plan b so you'll just practice art, for me I may suck at painting but I suck even worse at everything else. I have no plan b, so even though I hate it, I don't know what else to do. 

Your the first fantasy artist who said that about still lifes! I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates them! I spent almost a year doing nothing but still lifes with painting and I felt so miserable and confused and when I tried to transfer the skills, I found all I could do was random objects. I couldn't learn on the job either though, all the challenges at once was just too much and I never get much reaction from what work I want to make either so its a lose lose situation. 

That sucks though, I've always wondered yes artists can get better but do they ever get good to the point where they have the skills to do what they want? At least you have the skills to get your vision materialized, that sucks its not like whats in your head. To me I'm almost always a blank on the page. 
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Nothing is mandatory in art - you could take your speciality and rock it. You could be an awesome cartoonist, for example, or a storyboard artist. Or a comic book artist that just does the linework. In fact you could make your own comic or book using only your drawing skills. There's plenty of directions you can go where you don't have to paint. You could even team up with a painter and become an "art duo" (others have done this successfully) where one draws and the other paints. 

I've never heard of people having a plan B - of course there are people who take a "regular" job to kickstart their artistic career, but most artists I know do art and want to continue doing art. If there is something else you are passionate about you may as well do that. It's the same for me - art is all I have and am good at, I have no idea what I'd do if I didn't do art.

If you can't get commissions you can do requests - that's how I started too. People will always want free art, nobody is going to say no and most people are going to be appreciative regardless of the result exactly because it's free.

Have you tried looking for what actually interests you? It sounds like you might hate painting because all the things you've tried to paint have been boring things that you don't care about. What inspires you? What gives you the urge to draw? Perhaps that's a direction you should be looking.
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PrecariousWolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student General Artist
It's soooo Gud ;.(
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awh thank you!
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Entropician Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
wonderful, I totally like the brushes you used, very energetic, cool and spiky! very good!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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DemonML Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016   Digital Artist
ooof I love the sketchiness of it and how you can see the brush strokes c:
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you appreciate it! I always have trouble tolerating roughness in my paintings - I keep wanting to refine ALL THE THINGS. Speedpaintings are a good way for me to unlearn that x3.
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PeopleVsPricetag Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
That's a speed paint? It's magnificent!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! Thank you very much!
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