Timelapse Painting Youtube Videos
January 22, 2022
These timelapse videos show the process I use to paint pictures on the iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil 2 in ProCreate. Some of the pictures I painted with Infinite Painter on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with the S-Pen.
It has been quite a journey... from regular sketching and digital painting to using AI to generate high-quality renderings of my sketches.
From early December 2022 to end of January 2023, I sketched and rendered 15 pictures in ProCreate and Infinite Painter on the iPad Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. I usually started with a quick sketch in "pencil" on one layer. Since both Infinite Painter and ProCreate provide automatic recordings of the creation process, it was super easy to just export them and upload the process videos to Youtube.
The Digital Painting Process
I start by sketching out rough outlines to get a feeling for the available space and the distribution of the figures. On a new layer, I then begin the detailed rendering of the outlines in pen. I would also take the opportunity to make corrections to the initial sketch. Once I'm happy with the outline, I spot the black areas. I now hide the original sketch layer.
On a new layer beneath the line drawing, I fill the gray that serves as the shading layer of the painting. Then I add a background layer, put in some shades of gray and white, and used the blur and motion blur filters to make them look atmospheric.
On the gray layer under the line art, I added two shades of gray for more depth and added highlights in light gray. I was preparing this layer of shading for the next stage of smearing the tones to blend them.
Using the smudge tool, I blended the shades on this layer. I work at a relatively high zoom level. While looking at the details and working on the blending, I'd occasionally add highlights or dark tones for depth and then smear those in.
I then usually overlay the primary flat colors of the objects and persons in the digital paintings and use one of the blend modes to overlay the color transparently over the shaded layer.
As a final polish, I add some more highlights and shades on independent layers using colors that are darker but have a distinct tone.
Sketch to Finished Painting using Midjourney AI
Having said all that could have saved me the work. Just making a quick sketch and uploading it to Midjourney gets much better results much faster.
I sketched the original line drawing and uploaded it to the Midjourney Discord. Then I copied the image link and fed it into Midjourney with
/imagine prompt:image-path.png --ar 3:2 (the last bit is for the proportions and orientations).
When Midjourney produced four versions, I told it to upscale the one that I liked and then fed that into Midjourney again. It looks like there were a lot of folks testing out Midjourney because the service was quite busy and took a while to finish but around 15 to 20 minutes after the first render, I got a really good hyper-realistic dude smiling kindly at the onlooker. And... I didn't need to put any effort into it.
It makes me wonder if it pays to learn and practice sketching and digital painting these days.
Still quite an exciting process of discovery.