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Speed Painting is an exercise, primarily digital, in which one paints on Matte filmmaking a time budget, using already developed methods to create a piece. It is about using value, color, texture, and composition to create a Speed painting compelling and narrative piece within a relatively narrow timeframe.
Contrary to (somewhat) popular belief, Speed Painting is not the same as a time-lapse video of a painting. An example of a traditional speedpainter would be the late Denny Dent, who made a name for himself painting Speed painting 4 x 6 portraits of famous rock stars from start to finish during the course of a single song.
Sadly, before Denny died, he had trained only one A follower in Dent s footsteps would be Dan Dunn who also creates large scale paintings set to Speed painting music in relatively short periods of time(typically 3-7 minutes). Raw speed painting is akin to the Alla Prima method of traditional fine artists, in which there is no sketch or underpainting (which are found in Di Mattia s paintings). Technically these videos were not speedpainting, though they helped publicize Speed painting the practice.