Can you fit 10 hours of watercolor process into 8 minutes of hyperactive painting? Why yes, yes you can. With a little computer magic and some help from my friends, I’m happy to present my first watercolor painting video.
Summary: 10+ hours of painting in an 8 minute video? I share watercolor painting tips and concepts in a time lapse painting of three storybook characters. Check it out, and share it with your friends.
I am very grateful that I was able to spend the month of January focusing my efforts on a personal storybook project. In the midst of preparing the art work for the story I decided to try something new and to record my painting process. 10 hours of HD video later, I brought the painting to an finish. This of course is when I had the challenge of editing down all that video down to a reasonable size! The film is sped up by 2000%, and has been edited down to less than 8 minutes. (not bad if I do say so myself.) The video focuses on the development of one specific character and contains Pro tips like:
- Blotting and Scrubbing
- Graduated Washes
- Color Harmony
- Mistakes Made Invisible with Blending
- Painting Upside Down
- and Polka Dots!
As luck would have it, a cousin of mine Tim Kulig, of AmbientMusicGroup.com was recently visiting California and made a passing comment that he’d like to work together on something. I took him up on his word, and he was really great to work with. Initially we talked briefly about what we thought would work with the art, I pointed him towards two or three influences. Tim took my suggestions and began working on a tight timeline. He put together a rough cut of the music to be included on the video, right away I knew we were on the same wavelength. The music he created is wonderful on its own and this is partly the reason that I don’t talk over the whole video; I didn’t want to cover up all that good music. I hope you enjoy this process video and will share it with your friends. Remember to go for maximum viewing pleasure and watch it in HD!
I want to hear from you. Let me know if you have any questions about what is happening in the painting. I am considering putting out a few more videos, and I want to answer your questions. You can leave a comment below, use the contact page, or hit me up on twitter, but feel free to get in touch. Thank you for your time.