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Speedpaint Tutorial

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Hello everyone! I’ve been practicing speedpainting (illustrations completed in 30min or less) and I wanted to share my process with this picture tutorial. :3

Special thanks to Mark for editing these ramblings into something coherent.

MATERIALS:  Photoshop (recommended,) tablet, a quick hand, and a decent amount of experience with lineart.


I start with a idea of what I want the image to look like before I begin. Then I sketch it out, which gives me a rough guideline of where my lines need to follow.

This step usually takes around 3-5 minutes to complete. If the sketch takes longer than that, I re-evaluate if I can complete the whole thing in 30 minutes. If the sketch is just not working out, I trash it and start over.


This is when I begin the lineart. I use a hard round brush with transfer selected to do my work (example below the step 2 image.)

As you can see, I didn’t follow all of the sketch guidelines. I usually draw a whole line in one stroke, undoing and redrawing it until I like the result. Some artists slowly rough their line in and try to get it right the first time, but I find that slows me down.


I use multiple layers to save time during line art. For example, I had drawn some of the dress before I drew the arm. So I make a new layer and draw the arm over it, returning to the first layer and erasing the underlying lines afterward.

Remember that little X on the hair in step 2? That tells me what parts I need to eventually fill in with black.

This is a little trick that most manga/comic artists use to save time, since many professionals have an assistant that fills in the blacks so the artist can focus on churning out more work. I don’t have an assistant, but I find it saves time anyway.


After the lineart is done, I usually have about 5-10 minutes left (depending on the complexity of the image). Now I check for any holes in the lines between the figure and the rest of the image.

Selecting the background with the magic wand tool saves more time than selecting the more complex figure. With the background selected, go to select > invert, which will then select the figure.

Then, I fill it in with a medium grey so I can do the shading in Step 6. Go to select > modify > expand and choose a pixel size based on how big my lineart brush was (I do 4px if I used a 7px brush) and fill it in. If you’d like to adjust it, you can go to filter > other > maximum or minimum.

I have this entire step saved as one action.


Take whatever type of brush you want (I use a rough painterly brush) and erase the parts of the figure where the light will be hitting.

Don’t worry if its not quite right, just get the idea down. You can refine the image later if you have time.


I like to portray a mood with some atmospheric lighting, so I will do a quick color overlay.

At this point you can color the image pretty much any way you want. I really really want to encourage you to mess around with your own unique way of doing things. So play around and figure out something that works! That’s what I did at least.

Once you get a routine that you like, save that as an action to save even more time (this is why I recommend Photoshop above the other drawing programs.)

Then add some more layers with different properties, and create more brightness and color highlights with a soft brush.


If there’s any time remaining, we’ll add the finishing touches; this is also your chance to address any problems.

I thought the bright red color on her eyes and pale blue skin made her look kind of creepy. It was the wrong mood, so I added skin and hair color to make it warmer.

To color, I hide all layers except for the lineart, then create a new layer and use the flood fill tool to quickly dump in the colors I want. Then I use filter > other > minimum to fill in the edges of the color layer, then set it to “color.” I have that saved as an action as well.


In this illustration I decided to create movement with falling rose petals. I also added wings at the last second because I realized that the daily topic was “rose ANGEL,” which I had completely forgotten while working on it.

Sometimes I don’t have time for this step, but with this piece the sketch only took a couple minutes and the lineart wasn’t complicated (as in, one figure with simple attire).

The 30-minute time-constraint is harsh, but it pushes you to prioritize the important parts of your image, and to not dilly-dally on areas that aren’t necessary. I personally use it as a daily warm up before I get to work creating manga pages. I hope this helps you create your own awesome works of art.

Keep at it and never give up! ^_^

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