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SPEED PAINT tutorial: vaporeon by purplekecleon SPEED PAINT tutorial: vaporeon by purplekecleon
Here you go. Let me know if you have any questions.

I do have a couple of things to say about color though: be bold in experimentation. You can only learn from what doesn't work. Generally it's very hard to make things stick out on a background that has the same color as the thing; for example, Vaporeon would have a hard time being prominent underwater unless you really understand how to work with light and color.

You need to give yourself good starting colors to work with, in a speed paint. If you only want to spend an hour or two on it, you need to lay out a good foundation. The rest of it, the part that looks good, is honestly not as important, because if you have a bad foundation, it doesn't have a chance of looking good.

Always draw from the colors you've laid out. There are a couple of exceptions that I follow, and that's if I don't have a light enough color. For instance, in the ice beam, I wanted it to be a little brighter, so I stuck some BRIGHT YELLOW-ORANGE on top of the blue, which helped a ton in making the blue stick out. This is a good trick to remember: to make a light stick out, stick a very bright variant of the complement of the color on top. That is what I did here: orange and blue are complements, so to place the orange-yellow on top of the blue helped the blue to look very bright.

Anyway, I might make a guide later to how I understand color, and different ways I use it. For now, I hope this helps!
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Sophiaricetiger Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
ok so how do you speed up the recording? I have movie maker, but it doesn't have the speed-up/slow-down feature. I don't want to download anything either. But the tutorial helps a lot with the drawing part! thank you!
PixelHeartArt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, Movie Maker does have the speed up option both old and new versions! Just look it up and you will see links that will tell you how to speed them up!
Sophiaricetiger Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
SaatciSpider Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your tutorials are really helpful! Thanks!
NintendosZelda Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm SO confused with the layers T______T

Let's check if I did the layers correct:
First, I have the sketch layer (overlay, opacity 100%)
Than a copy of this sketch layer (multiply; opacity 50%)
And then a background layer (normal; 100%)
(are there more?)


In Step 4(and Step 5):
Are the flat colors of Vaporeon directly drawn in the same layer as the background? (I did it, just wanna make sure)
In Step 7:
Thats the most confusing part for me... "working on top of the sketch" So... right at the sketch? Same layer? If yes, WHAT sketch layer?
The overlay - 100% -layer (First I thought this layer, because of the 100% but It looks weird and not like in the tutorial D:)
the multiply - 50% -layer?  (do I have to change opacity afterwards?)

(Or did you create a new layer above the others for this step?)

And after this, do I have to hide/delete the other sketch layer? D:
I'm really confused about which layer is used for each step  T_T (Maybe you can tell me how many and what layers you have)
I'm surely making something wrong, argh Q^Q
Sorry for being so super dumb, please somebody help me, I really love this style and I'm so grateful for this tutorial, thats why I'm so frustrated of myself for not getting it right Q__Q

Please help me, I'm begging you ;___; *kneels*

My english isn't perfect, hope it's clear (maybe that's the reason I'm missing something v.v)

PS I love your art, you're my favorite artist here in DA *_*
Maybe I didn't get everything but your tutorial already helped me very, very much, especially with coloring, Thank you :D
HRandt Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice tutorial! Thanks you Love 

It would be too much to ask what brush settings do you use? I'm always very confused about what bleding, dilution, persistence and advanced settings to use Oh Noes! 
KaueD9 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
You are awesome! Thank you so much for your tutorials!
dacostac Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Could you provide a link to the Brush Tool you use? I am trying to set up my SAI to have all the things I need :) Thanks!!
PlatinaStar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Might come in handy!
DraggieTheArcher Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What website or program do you use to speed paint?
M1ZAR Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is done in sai im pretty sure
DraggieTheArcher Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ok cool
Valronic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
This is great. Thanks for the progress shots being according to progress and not time.

Too many tutorials are: ok easy... ok easy...k i got that...WTF?! How did that happen?
kapsArtist Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hellfiredemonchild Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Artist
could you tell me what a speed painting is, please?
Lmiris Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A speed painting is a video with actually the fastened version of the art process, so it won't take so long to watch.
hellfiredemonchild Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Artist
thing is, there are speed paintings on my game and their not marked as videos, so i'm alittle confused
Lmiris Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O that way, you also have speed paintings/ drawings, those videos, but you also have drawings made in a short time. Like he or she said in the description 'if you only want to spend an hour or two'. Sorry, i didn't know that you ment that way! Hope this helped :)
hellfiredemonchild Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Artist
lukenessmonster33 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I think everyone here needs an explanation about the layers. As much as I love this tutorial, I can't follow it; thus it's rendered useless to me. :c
Turkey-Wang Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty sure it's one layer. You can see at step 9 that the sketch is being covered over with yellow at the tail.
myarian83 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I just wanted to know if you use just your mouse when you speed paint or do you use those pen things for the computer? :)
Airinx Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Can anyone tell me how does " overlay " do in SAI paint :U ?
VelociraptorCupcake Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
It really helped me :)
Zalanye Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are truly inspirational! I wish for more tutorials like this ^^,
Recently tried to use this in my painting, and for me it was a big step forward! Thank you!
AonoTratai Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used :la:
SkumEye Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love this! Needed to fav.
Skreechie Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How many layers did you use? I see that there's atleast 3 to begin with, but is vaporeons colors on the same layer as the background? Great tutorial, anyway :)
thedazedartist Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used a few of your steps on this to make a Persian! [link]
Squishy-Squash-Squid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i was how could you make a speed paint/video for youtube
Icecats Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Artist
I'm a little bit confused about the layers in step two... I've got the modes set right but it's not turning right at all :/
Icecats Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks so much for this! It really helped me a lot :D
vanyeeah Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
I used your tutorial <3 [link]
firefly-pony Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Thanks for making this! I'm really trying to push past relying on line art. I used this tutorial, and I've been reading through you colour guide (so much info, haven't got through it all yet!!) to make this: [link] I find the pallet choice very difficult to grasp. I found it very helpful from your work to look at the way you use contrast so that the picture doesn't look too faded out, my other attempts without lines look very washed out.
Deleritas Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Love this tutorial. Thank you~!
RCgoesRAWR Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Do you ever record your speedpaints? I'd love to watch one..
small-sanctuary Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It can be better, but I'll just have to practice.
Thanks for the tutorial; it helped a lot!
Dragoon694 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't really understand the part where you said you were coloring on top of the sketch. Did you put the foundation colors on the sketch layer or did you color on a different layer and when you were coloring above the sketch, did you get another layer or used the same sketch layer?

I'm working on a painting and I'm getting a bit confused from the lack of instructions about layers and how you separated them and etc
DarkJanet Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What exactly kind of tool are you using?
pinkiedash434 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what programme should i use?
idanei Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist
What about layers? How many did you use here, what did you draw on which layer?
limb92 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist
I really love your artworks, I wish I could have your same color and light sensitivity _.
Well, this was my personal result of following your amazing tutorial: [link]
Venomrabbit Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been trying to follow this without an inkling of success.:( Maybe I'm just dumb...
iMumble Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist

Thanks so much :D [link]
ScorchTheCyndaquil Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this once, and then I just couldn't find it. This work is superb!
theterrible1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student
in the first picture it looks like the sketch is purple, but when you added pink to the bg it looks like it's blue...MINDFUCK
pikachusally Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you do lineless? I'm having some trouble with that :iconsadplz:
GraphicD-WannaB Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial Sensei! Very interesting! :D
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