Well, I am sort of trying to get myself fluent with some new styles and subjects somewhat for that purpose. I think I may work a bit too slowly to cut it in the concept world. Seems like video game and movie concept artists do an awful lot of speedpainting and not as much full illustration stuff. I've done a bit of speedpainting but need to get faster I guess. I wouldn't mind because I love concepting stuff. Most everything I draw/paint is just out of my head.
Yeah, that's a great idea! I've been trying to do the same thing. I really want to be a conceptual creature designer, so I'm trying to branch out and do things that aren't wolves. I feel like I'm really far behind, though, so I know the feeling. They do! It really scares me, personally. I see a lot of great artists whipping out amaaazinggg speedpaints and landscapes in maybe an hour or two. I know people get faster with time and they have all day to work on that sort of stuff, but it's still intimidating! Yeah! I think that's great. It really is the ideas that count, and the ones that come out of your head are really original. I've heard it said over and over that your ideas count more than anything, even your technical skill, so that's a good thing you've got going for you.
One thing to remember with a lot of the artist that do speedpainting - they begin painting but they aren't always painting with a hard defined target. They let themselves evolve the painting. Conceptualizing often requires you to work toward a hard defined target. So trying to merge those can be more difficult. I start with a concept, pencil it and then paint it. That makes it more difficult since I have defined it on paper first. For speedpainting it would be better to just start trying to paint it without drawing it first. That's where my conflict usually starts. I think we both might share the same problem there.
You're totally right! I agree. I always have things defined in my head first, almost completely. But they often develop when I'm drawing them and sometimes morph into something completely different as I draw, which is both cool and frustrating. I agree there too though, it is really hard to do, especially to just start painting like that- I certainly can't. I'm working on it and getting better, but I'm very far from being able to speedpaint like the pros do- it really is amazing what they do when you think about it. Yeah, I feel like I don't have enough skill/knowledge/whatever else to be able to do what they do yet. Ah, well, better keep practicing. There's so dang much to learn.