One of the things I love doing most is speedpainting. Since Halloween is nearly upon us, I thought I’d make a special edition of my most creepy and spooky speedpaints.
When I first started, there was a lot of trial and error. For the first ones I did, I wasn’t sure about the subject, about what it will be.
The Evil Clown would be a great example. It started out as an excuse to try out new brushes. I didn’t have a specific thing in mind when I began, but it slowly evolved into something resembling a clown, so in a way, I discovered what was already there.
The Mothman was a daily speedpaint topic. I wanted to make a frightening piece, in as few strokes as possible. Brush economy is somewhat neglected by artists, but I find it very important.
Nosferatu was made after seeing the first episode of “The Strain” TV series. I found the way they connected the rats and vampires fascinating, so I had to put my spin on it.
Agony is a bit of social commentary. People place a lot of importance on vanity, and this causes a lot of suffering. In my eyes being shallow is not a thing to strive for.
The Reaper is more of a style exercise. I wanted to try my hand at a minimalistic art style, while keeping shapes and silhouettes strong and readable.
I think the most important thing to know about speedpainting is that you need to work without thinking of time limits. It’s much better to let yourself go, let yourself create in a crazy rush and see what comes out of it. Start drawing something, even simple lines crossing each other, it doesn’t matter. The more you do it, the easier it will get and this way you’re sure to get something original.
The best thing with speedpainting, for me, was that by exercising every day, doing at least one speedpaint a day, it changed my way of creating art and it affected my style. In the beginning, for example, my style was rather raw, but now, after a couple of hundred speedpaints, it is really different. It’s cleaner and crisper.