How to Do a Speed Paint

By Lindsay Haskell
Speed painting is a technique digital artists use to show off their work and technique.

Speed painting is a method digital painters use to publicize or simply show their artwork. It is a video of you creating a digital painting in fast motion. The viewer is thus able to see every stroke made on the digital canvas and get an idea of how you made the picture. The technique became popular as YouTube became a means to put and watch videos on the Internet. The procedure is simple to follow for experienced digital artists.

On your computer open the digital art software and the screen capturing software.

Open a new file in the digital art software and set up the canvas on which you'll paint your digital picture. You want to have an idea of what you're going to paint and be able to visualize yourself painting it.

Go to the screen capture software and start it.

Switch back to the canvas and paint your painting without stopping.

When you've finished making the painting, stop the screen capture program and save the movie.

You can put your speed painting on YouTube.

Use a simple video editor such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker to import your new movie and double its speed. Export the movie and it's done. You can put it on YouTube and from there embed it on your own personal website or email it to others.

Tip

For best results paint at a consistent speed. Depending on your speed of paining, you may need to increase the speed of the video on your video editor to more than double the speed.

About the Author

Lindsay Haskell began writing fiction and nonfiction in 2008. Her debut novel, "Grace," is to be published in January 2011. Having lived in five different countries and traveled across five continents, Haskell specializes in Third World social and political issues, with a concentration in the Darfur conflict. She is currently a first-year student at Wellesley College studying history, Africana studies and English.