As I’m not a fan of the holiday season, I’ll tend to keep to myself over the next couple of months. With that in mind, I plan to keep busy with paintings and other projects and I’ve made sure that I’ve got plenty on the go, including a number of paintings.
One project I’ve planned is creating a short promotional video of my painted work. Not sure how I’ll use it, but I still think it’ll be a fun challenge. Basically, it’ll be a video commercial for one of my animal paintings, which translates to all of my paintings.
I recently acquired the license for four reference images for wildlife paintings and while I’m looking forward to working on all of them, there is one in particular that has me excited. The image is very clear in my mind, and the photo I have to work from is incredible in its detail. With that in mind, I’m going to create a 2.5 minute video of the whole painting process, from start to finish. Most of the painting will be sped up quite a bit, but there will be sections from the entire process included in the video, sketches to finished work.
This video you see here is a test, using the bighorn sheep painting that I’m currently working on. You have to look closely to see some of the brushwork that I’m doing in the video, something I’ll do better in the future piece. This is about 20 minutes of painting, sped up to be around 2 minutes in the video. I bought the royalty-free piece of music yesterday, and while the license cost more than three CDs, you have to pay for quality and it’s not like I’ll be doing this on a regular basis.
I’m a big fan of movie-making and movies in general, and there’s a lot added by an appropriate piece of music. This one is fine for the bighorn sheep painting, but it’s a perfect fit for the actual painting and animal I’m planning to use it for. In this video, you don’t get to see the whole painting, and that’s intentional, because it’ll be done this week and I don’t want to show it too early. The real detail has yet to be painted.
This was a learning process, but not as difficult as I thought it would be. Some of the things I’ve got planned for the next one will be complicated with the software I have, but figuring that out will be part of the fun.