Hey guys. I'mma put this in scraps pretty soon, but I just wanted to show everyone who looked at my last deviation what an awful and genuine mess the larger version is.
As I told some folks asking about it, the human eye has a wonderful habit of filling in details where it can't see them (Which is why an underworked painting with a few areas of detail is better than an overworked painting with equal amounts of detail).
With these painting practice exercises the important thing is to get the quality of light and shadow, color, and general shapes correct, or at least as correct as possible.
Others were asking how I managed to do it in 8 minutes and perhaps you can see why, looking at the big image. My process goes as follows:
-Put down a large color field (usually sky). If it has a strong gradient, put that down with a huge, soft brush.
-With a large brush set to about 80% opacity and 50% flow put in the larger shapes of whatever is in front of the sky. Usually trees.
-Work from back to front laying down large shapes.
-Work from back to front with a smaller brush set to a lower opacity scribbling in 'details'.
-Work around the image fixing the colors, shapes, etc. that look the most incorrect.
Which is the basic formula for any kind of painting, really, but in this case I'm doing it very very fast and very very sloppy.