Speed Painting with digital brushes

Speed painting

I present in this post two videos about the Speed painting, with the use of digital brushes. Nico de Mattia and Stephen Maguire, two cracks of contemporary digital painting.

We have a lot of digital painting techniques. One of the most famous and used is the techniques with digital brushes.

With this technique we emulate traditional painting with digital brushes, but with several advantages.

First, on the computer we don´t have a limit of space or canvas, because we can extend it as we work. The only limit is the resolution or quality that has been given to the image before you start. It is better to start with 200 pixels resolution (ppi) and create the file in the size you want, for example, a size of 21 x 29 cm. Otherwise, all our work will be small and impossible to print into a large format.


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Typographic Graffiti

The Grafiti is a new painting technique that consists on painting with spray on the walls, the urban objects, the urban transport and other elements of the city.

Initially, the “painted on the wall” is a quick written expression to leave a message, a protest, an idea or just someone’s name.

The evolution begins when the graffiti starts to be used as a signature (the “tag”) and to indicate the presence of someone on a site. Graffiti is not focused on ideas but on the author, who has painted a signature, knowing that this signature is famous because it is in a place where many people can see it. From here, the aesthetics of typography evolves over the design of forms, colors and composition work. All of this with illustration and paintings.


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Paint on glass

Painting on glass is an application of paint in a very versatile medium. Once painted, the glass objects can be used for common use or as a decorative object. But depending of the quality and method of fixing the paint on the glass, it is recommended to use it only as decorative objects.

Thanks to new paint for glass crafts developed, nowadays it easy to find the necessary materials to paint on glass.

Paint on glass


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Painting on fabric

It is a technique to paint on unprimed canvas, with colors that are waterproof once dried up and therefore, the fabric can be washed. New industries have developed dyes and paint colors that are resistant to washing, light and heat, and therefore serve to paint clothes, scarves, shoes, curtains, tablecloths, towels and other fabrics with which we live.

Painting on fabric

Shirts painted with fabric paints.

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Painting on silk

Silk is a special material and it´s a great hobby to paint designs on it directly. There is a technique developed for this kind of painting, that depending of what you are going to paint, it can have a very high level and complicated.

Painting on silk

About the material: Silk

In the ancient China, the fine fibers yarns produced by silkworms were investigated, and they began to be used to create tissues. For its quality, they soon triumphed, being a very expensive and luxurious material. Later, the island of Java was famous as a great center of the Batik industry.

The silk is an elastic material and it lasts many years if it´s well maintained. Itcan be tensioned, painted, washed, ironed or cleaned and always retains its beauty because of its very resistant fibers.


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Painting on ceramics

There are some special paints used to paint on ceramics and glazes objects, or cooked, as porcelain, earthenware, stoneware and glazed tiles. Modern paintings, once the object has been painted, can be set in home ovens, and even microwave. This fixer allows them to be washed by hand later, but should not be used to contain food, since they have not been fixed with professional furnaces.

Painting on ceramics
Pablo Picasso and Chagall painting on ceramics.

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Painting with Markers

The art of the marker is great for creating quick ideas that are colored with its liquid ink.

Allows much faster drawing and coloring. If you put work well, the result can be quite spectacular.

The pen is very expressive because it is based on the line as the main graphic element and can also provide directions, rates, points, textures, masses of color, deletions, rubbed, color blends, etc..

And if, you mix it with drawing, paintings and even other collage (pasted papers or photos), increases his wealth, his message and expression.

Acetaldehido is a great expressionist painter. Here I present some of his works, that I’ve stolen by leave them on my computer.


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Paper marbling

Craft original from Japan, the papers marbling have patterns similar to a smooth marble or other stones. This papers with marbled forms of water are made with a simple technique that allows a lot of creativity.

The most easier technique is the oil marbling, or with lithographic inks or other oil-based paintings. These paints float on water, which has been thickened with a glue such as latex, and because water and oil repel each other, they do not mix, forming the drawings. The forms created by mixing these oily paintings with the water are very expressive and remember the movement of water and wind.

Marbling paper with oils


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Types of visual outline

The visual outline is the line or group of lines that define a shape or figure. By limiting the shape, the lines isolate this shape into the space or the composition. The outlines configure the shapes.
The length or measure of a contour is called perimeter, used especially in mathematics and technical drawing

The stroke is the line of the outline. We will determine whether the stroke is more or less thick, more or less bounding and closed, or whether it will be discontinuous, for example.

The silhouette is the full form that can be drawn or cut thanks to a delimiter and clearly visible contour.

Man on crocodile, Carlos Luna
The Island II by Carlos Luna

The Island II (Man on crocodile), by Mexican artist Carlos Luna. De 1998 y mide 118 x 73 cm. Gouache on Amate paper.

This is a work very interesting about the visual outline. The figures are limited by the contrast with the background. These silhouettes are very strong shapes, but as they are so close, the crocodile and the man are almost together in the same shape. Thin white lines are defining the outlines of each silhouette, the man and the crocodile, and thanks to these outlines the work is better understood.


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Visual Elements – The position of shapes on the plane

This is an analysis of the expressiveness power of the positions of the shapes in a picture, and how they gain dynamism, stability, rhythm, order, disorder, etc.. depending on how they are arranged.

Some basic types of positions of the forms in a plane:

1. Horizontal alignment of the forms.

We can see this by placing the same or similar shapes along a horizontal, in a repeated way. The distance between elements will make a rhythmic repetition more or less fast. If the elements are very separated it will cost more to relate them to each other.

Horizontal alignment


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