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Speedpaint: Stadium by inetgrafx Speedpaint: Stadium by inetgrafx
The Montreal stadium ... well ... looks ugly from far, actually I heard people here saying it looks like a "toilet bowl" ;-)
But I went a bit closer, and found the architecture kind of interesting from a sci-fi point of view :). So I felt like sketching it ...

1h 30 mins speed painting, photo-reference used, standard brush, Photoshop CS2 (yeah, no CS3 ... waiting for CS4 ;))
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JAID-SHADOW Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:-)Can I use this please?
SeijiMarcelo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
MTERM775 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Wow!! Looks like a photo when standing far away! Great Job!!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
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Unkn0wnfear Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
0112893 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
It looks like a real picture.
dietCRACKED Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
dayum boi/gurl
arianovan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Stares for hours at the awesomeness of the painting
Gearsofwork Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
simply amazing.. when in thumbnail it looks like a real photo.
0kHz Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist
How do you do that? Heheheh
sk8nrail Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Amazing painting, and so quick. Love the reflections of the sky on the ground puddles.
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
I think the light and color here are absolutely gorgeous. POW :+fav:
SpringLilac Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
wow wow wow I can't believe it's not photo !!!!!!!!!!!
forexus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
Awesome work!
Xeshema Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It'd be interesting to see that same stadium with spaceships flying around it lol
MPMG Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007
The reflections in the water is just beautiful ^^
widethink Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Looks very real in preview mode, I like the reflections those are well-done.
venkatvasa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
amaging work !!!
i like your gallery;)
Slimmey Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Man... for cryin' out loud i thought it was a photo.
itakuDesK4Syn Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007   Digital Artist
frankhong Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man... nicely done..
Zirngibl Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It's awesome how you did the light reflecting from the puddles, everything, really. I love the hard line of the stadium against the sky. Beautiful colors, too.

So, did you sketch it with a pencil, then go home and do a digital painting? Or, did you take a laptop and set up right there and paint it from what you saw? Did you take a photo?

See, I've never seen anyone do anything like that (painting a landscape on a laptop). However, I don't get out much...

Your work is beautiful.
inetgrafx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment! I see you spent quite some time on writing those! I appreciate your input!
I took a photograph from the montreal stadium. At home I tried to reproduce it in Photoshop. In my opinion it's one of the best methods to learn digital painting. By actually "copying" a photograph.

I tried sketching from a laptop, but it's more interesting at a place where you are able to sit convinient + you have a powersupply + it's not too bright ... so you wont end up outside, rather in your office or so ... unfortunately.
I hope in future, tablet PCs are going to become faster, lighter and of course more affordable.

I have seen once in a while guys at lifedrawing, using a laptop instead of a canvas. it worked pretty fine.
I used to go with some of my friends to a internet cafe to exchange painting techniques witheachother, that helped a lot too.
rotane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Professional
Woah, really impressive! :thumbsup:

But CS2? That's the worst version IMHO.. CS1 was (is!) still the best for me -- for 2 reasons: the amount of new features plus it runs so smoothly on a non-high-end system. CS2 fails in both areas for me. CS3 looks fairly promising, but I can't really use it (only 512MB RAM on my PowerBook, which clearly isn't enough).
inetgrafx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It's true that CS1 is more stable ... and actually a long time I sticked to CS1, before switching to CS2 - The first version of CS2 had some bugs that caused a bunch of crashes, independly which machine - at this time I had a Dual Xeon 2.8 GHz with 4 GB of RAM. Since they released the patch everything is fine - featurewise, there's a huge!! difference between CS1 and CS2. Photoshop in general shouldn't be used on a slow machine, like any other program that fits in this domain - similar to a 3d program, that needs resources. CS3 needs a major change, before I decide to switch ...

Thanks for your comment!
rotane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Professional
True, the more ressources, the better. But even my (back then) rather high-end system (some 3400+ Athlon + 1GB of RAM) took its time with the (back then) new CS2. But since you say Adobe released a patch, I'll just have to go get it -- thanks for the heads up!
Van-Schneider Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
best speedpaint (at least in terms of photorealism) I have EVER seen. Even when you expand the picture, it takes a moment for the eyes to figure out that the people aren't taken from a photograph. Great job here.
oCeyx Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty inspiring.
Seyan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Just Brilliant!
cyrechris Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
wow! awesome work dude! ^^
yanimator Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
holy, this is nice! even if a photo ref was used. very nicely done. solid!
memod Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional
wow, Dan...this kinda blew my mind. Seriously, it's awesome. Some might wonder's not extremely detailed, and the subject matter is not too overwhelming, and yet I find that this is probably one of your most photorealistic pieces, because the colours and the light are absolutely spot on. I don't even have to squint my eyes much to get the feeling of a photo. When I opened the piece it looked like one for the first second, and I think that's what's important.
My eyes don't even care that the background is so undetailed. it works. I suppose with a few hours of refinement you could totally turn this into a photorealistic, purely painted matte. Might not make sense for this subject, but you have the option here, and that's what amazes me.
Great work :nod:

daniel - a ps7 user :giggle:
o0Tron0o Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
very amazing, but wat's wrong with cs3 just so i know cause i'm using tat right now
WoahStripes Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
Aw man. I bought CS3. I had CS before, so it was a step for me. but they took out the ability to link layers in groups! (Well...okay, you can make "groups" for layers now, but I mean like, linking them together so your brushstrokes don't go beyond the confines of your previously established strokes) ahhh....Ah well, at least upgrading to CS4 will be hella cheaper than buying a whole new CS.

Nice Paint, by the way. I do, however, find the detail on the foremost piece of triangular-ish architecture a little...excessive, for a speedpaint. It's excellent detail, but it looks like it took a little more time than the rest of the piece. Just being nitpicky.
inetgrafx Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
ok, from CS to CS3 it might be a major step of course. Lots of things have been completely reworked and main concepts were changed ...
The feature that you are looking for makes now more sense in CS2 and CS3.
I guess you should have a look at "clipping layers" ... if you have two layers click in between .. yeah, in between the layers ... while holding the ALT button pressed down.
the cursor will change. once you click it will snap the top layer on the bottom layer.
Every operation that you're going to do is going to happen with the alpha of the bottom layer. I think it's better solved in such a way. Alternatively there's still the old ';preserve transparency ....

Thanks for your comment!

WoahStripes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Eureka! That's exactly what I was looking for! Mucho Graci, my friend, mucho graci! Now I don't feel like I wasted 650 dollars...
TWStatonGallery Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Truly an asset to your talent. With only one hour or so of painting, you captured everything that was needed to make this a photo-realistic painting.

I work in PS6, which is so sub standard that I can't even begin to think of doing any digital paintings, but I may have to try sometime. I guess I could create some brushes to help my work.

Anyway, this is very sci-fi to be sure! Just needs a few aliens in the mix. :D
Awesome. I meant to comment on this a while back but DA was being screwy. It's scarily real, especially when in thumbnail. Awesome stuff :D
artytoit Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I could only SLOW paint that well!
Ganoniax45 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
ROFL!!! :D
SilentLegend Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks so much like a photograph when you first see it.
PraeatorZodiak Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
very nice... and I agree that the structure is a grand thing for sci-fi usage ^^
nanao-hime Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
YAY MONTRÉAL ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry... XD I'm French-Canadian, I can't help it) XD I hate the Olympic Stadium....but anyways! It's really cool!!
InTerraFatali Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Filmographer
SilverRaven101 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
*falls over dead* Dude! That's awesome! That is speed paint?! Wicked!
daadaa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
wow u crazy mofo....
actually thought it was a foto....
BPauba Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Amazing display of color! Man awesome.
keight Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
I really like the way you handled the glass and achieved the rainy-day atmosphere without making the piece gloomy.
TwistXD Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
haha bad day, very good photo
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