How to work up a speedpainting
Alexander Nanitchkov paints a card art lizardman.
This illustration started as a speedpaint for Facebook group Daily Spitpaint, which is a useful composition exercise. The group comes up with daily topics, and members can create and post speedpaints as long as they’re done within 30 minutes and without using photo-techniques. If any of my speedpainting concepts either have potential or were well accepted, then I turn them into fully developed artworks.
This concept was chosen and commissioned for Spellweaver, a card game that I’ve been working. It features a mythical race I’ve had a lot of fun with: lizardmen. I wanted to convey the character as strong and agile, and I used the pose, tail and even the strain on the rope, to hopefully achieve that.
When working I regularly flip the image horizontally to look for mistakes in composition or anatomy. At the end, I applied Smart Sharpen at 100 per cent to tighten up the image.