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    Tutorial: Painting time-lapse by David Revoy

    on August 18th, 2009, by Ton

    david-tuto-lezardAs a preview of what to expect in the Durian DVD box – and most probably also an additional title in our “Open Movie Workshop” tutorial DVD series, our concept artist David Revoy made this incredible cool time-lapse video of a concept art painting. His workflow reveals great tips and tricks, a must see for everyone who’s in awe about watching people with artistic skills, and for every artist who is interested to learn from the masters!

    Click on the image to watch the vimeo clip.

    David writes:

    This is a time-lapse of a full digital painting illustration with Mypaint / Alchemy and Gimp on Linux.

    It was recorded in august 2009 as a technology demo for the 2D open source industry, done with Blender Video sequence editor as well as VLC/Mencoder and (gtk)Recordmydesktop.

    Creative commons “attribution 3.0” (by:)

    To Kevin McLeod (Music) –
    and David REVOY (video & art ) –

    A large picture of the result ( not full resolution ):

    Inspiring note for (new) MyPaint developers: the program is great, but would be truly competitive with layer blending:
    [Mypaint-discuss] Durian & Blend & Paint DVD : Feature request

    PS: Some info usually asked :
    Alchemy :
    Mypaint :
    Gimp :
    >gimp-for-painter :
    >Gimp Paint Studio :
    Linux Mint :

    36 Responses to “Tutorial: Painting time-lapse by David Revoy”

    1. felix Says:

      Absolutely awesome!

      thanks for the post. πŸ™‚

    2. trinux Says:

      awesome! :-O

    3. gaalgergely Says:

      i`ve just watched it, and i have to say: it`s absolutely brilliant!
      i also liked the fact that you have used a multiple OS
      truly exciting times, cant wait to see you guys start on durian.

    4. pb Says:

      Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe the creative process at work here. Just beautiful.

      Proof, if it were at all needed, that Durian will something quite special. If you haven’t done so already then go put your money down for a copy. You do know it’s going to be absolutely fantastic, don’t you? Don’t you!?! πŸ™‚

    5. dusty Says:

      NICE!!!! Really awesome tutorial!!!

    6. derLars Says:

      awsome, especially the inside on the creative process. I would really like to see more of this part, since there are countless tutorials on techniques for blender and gimp, but very few about the planning and pre-production / creative process. Also, the project management and teamwork aspects would be very interesting for me.

    7. Dark Star Says:

      Insane πŸ˜€ Amazine.. I wonder how much time it will take :O

      BTW where to find Alchemy ? Mypaint seems to have awesome results πŸ˜€

      Great work

    8. Deevad Says:

      Thanks all for the comments πŸ™‚

      @Dark star :
      Have a good download & try πŸ™‚

    9. Blunoah Says:

      Congratulation for the great tutorial!

      Amazing creative tips!

      And cool to discover 2 new programs for paiting!

      Thanks a lot, David πŸ˜‰

    10. lascapi Says:

      Superbe, c’est impressionnant de voir les nombreux allΓ©-retour que tu fais entre mypaint et gimp.

      Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

    11. Quillog Says:

      Amazing! πŸ˜€

    12. Virgilio Says:

      That’s really beautiful.

      I love your way of thinking, David. Congrats! πŸ™‚

      The concept for project Durian is on great hands! πŸ˜€

    13. Richard Says:

      That was absolutely amazing, David! Seeing that picture coming out of nothing but odd shaped greyscale blocks was extremely impressive.

      I wish I could paint with even a quarter of your talent.

      Anyway, I have two questions for you.

      1) What was the full resolution of the image (as you were painting it)?

      2) As an artist, do you think that someone with barely any artistic skill could ever create something amazing as that? Or is this something you need to be born with?


    14. StormRider Says:

      Awesome, David!!! Durian will be amazing!! Can’t wait to see whay you’re preparing there!! Good luck!

    15. Cathy & India Says:

      Absolutely brilliant.

    16. Deevad Says:

      @lascapi : Hey cool, bien le bonjour πŸ˜‰

      @Virgilio : “Thanks πŸ™‚ with ” wrote as an answer to you on Blendernation, is a type mistake or copy/paste from Tomboy mistake πŸ™‚
      I wanted to write, “Thanks with your kind comments :)” ; btw, I’m happy to see double post are use-full to get double answers.

      @ Richard :
      1) My final piece is 3141Γ—1959 pixel , I just manage this size speedy to have a good resolution to work on the girl face at 100% ; that’s why in Gimp during the time-lapse ; I resize 2 times. First time to make the picture bigger than 2.5K pixel on the biggest size , second time to adjust a bit more to have all the face of the girl in my working virtual sheet at 100% , that’s all πŸ™‚ ( and I even do a mistake just before ; I do “Canvas size” instead of “scale image” )

      2) I’m from the school that believe that drawing can even be learned to a robot ; just a big set of rules that need to become automatism ( ; from Niklas Jansson , is in my link treasure one of the best ressource from the net. In my future Dvd I will follow his way of thinking drawing by rule set. )
      So, I digital painter build their own render engine machine, and library of volume/pattern etc…
      The last point is , it’s ok to know how to draw thing , but it’s better if you have the fire to love to draw/paint and want to express a part of yourself with this media. So, may be , the “born condition” is to be enthusiastic with creative media ; and the desire to be a bit perfectionist to learn a part of the big set of rules.

    17. Jakk Says:

      Thank you for creating such an inspiring and useful video. I love to watch other artist’s techniques and I can learn a lot from you!!


    18. Tomas Says:

      +1 Awesome, This is great and inspirational. I am always interested to see how artists create their work.

      Thanks so much for sharing this.

      One question I have though, Did you use a tablet (Wacom or otherwise to do this), if so what did you use. I’m very much a Linux user and am always interested to know what type of hardware artists use. I’ve not used Linux Mint yet but have used Fedora, Mandrake, Red Hat, CentOS, SuSE, Debian, and Ubuntu.

      Thanks again!! Looking forward more fantastic work from Durian!!!

    19. MrNoodle Says:

      Wonderful although i like thinking what i ‘ll draw and then paint it rather than drawing a chaos.

    20. Jarred Says:

      Yeah very inspiring, I loved your choices of music too, everything well done.

      One thought for future might be to have the pop up title’s not quite as obstructive. But it’s really no issue, I hope you do more πŸ™‚

    21. Deevad Says:

      Thanks for the last comments πŸ™‚
      About tablet ; I use a Wacom Intuos 3 A4 at home ; and bamboo fun A5 with laptop. I recommend always tablet with A5 size minimum and 512 level of pressure minimum.

      For obstructive title ; that’s noted. I’m sure I did them as big cause I didn’t expected Vimeo had a so good quality for sharing video. Different than my old Youtube experience ( I see they have HD too, but still limit to 10 min ).
      For the Dvd I will certainly keep writing instead of talking, so your comment will be usefull for I reconsider the things. Thanks for the feedback !

    22. rogper Says:

      I think that if you change your “Youtube profile status” from “Youtuber” to “Director” you can upload movies until one hour πŸ™‚
      At the moment I think there’s other status to choose from and all are accessible to everyone.

      About the concept painting I bow to you πŸ˜‰
      I was hopping the the lead actress of Durian would have more loose cloths but is amassing like it is anyway πŸ™‚

    23. rogper Says:

      … And a real thank you very much for the time-lapse and inside of your work method. It helps everyone allot and especially me πŸ˜‰

    24. Jarred Says:

      @ Deevad, I should probably have mentioned that they were very informative, and nice to read, I was just so eager to see what was going on behind them. I can’t think of a more improved way to do it though, it does ‘Chapter’ the timelapses quite nicely

    25. Tim De Graeve Says:

      I was really impressed by your video. I had tried Alchemy before but I couldn’t find any good use for it. But now that I have seen your video I think I will give it another try.
      Maybe you should submit your video to ImagineFX (, they often put stuff like this on the DVD that comes with the magazine.

      And for those who are interested. In the past I also used Wacom Tablet for my artwork. But recently I bought a Tablet PC with Wacom technology and it really feels more natural to work on that because you can really rotate it and don’t have to use software to do that. Anyway, I think it’s a great tool.

    26. David Cordeiro Says:

      Can someone please make a torrent or put-it somewere to download? the video stops loading at about 50 seconds for me… πŸ™ weird something about my mobile conection probably…

    27. nicolas Says:

      Excellent, this is really well done. thank for your magnique demostration expert. know you if the tilt of the wacom stylus is used in Gimp, Mypaint and Blender with linux. Tablets such as Aiptek, Genius did not tilt.
      Thank you again.

    28. tyrant monkey Says:

      you are the man david nice work, I haven’t watched the video yet but I have taken a good look at the painting stunning. Though you must have some level of patience to work with ‘my paint’ tried it out but was shocked by the lack of a decent layer stack and layer blending modes. I work from grey values than colour using color/screen/overlay/multiply layers so this stopped me dead in my tracks.

      Though that alchemy program is something wicked.

    29. Jon Nordby Says:

      Whats wrong with the layer stack? Anything apart from not having a GUI widget for manipulating it (on the way, allready in a dev branch)?
      Tools for better integration with GIMP are planned, but even layers blending modes might pop up soon if anyone is interested in doing what needs to be done (hint hint πŸ˜‰

      — jonnor (MyPaint contributor)

    30. tyrant monkey Says:

      @jon Nordby what is wrong with the layer stack? It does n’t exists.
      as far was I can see in MyPaint you can create a layer, change from one layer to the next and merge down…the general functions in the layer menu

      As far as I can see there is no way for me to do the following
      -name my layers
      -change the position of my layers
      -no layer blending modes
      -no opacity control
      -no means of locking layers
      -duplicating layers
      -can turn layers on/off

      no selection tools and channels, when painting i sometimes select areas on my drawing and save them up as channels or lasso select areas and than paint within those ares

      not to seem to harp on negative things only, what I have liked about mypaint is the brush engine.

      I haven’t seen what is in the development branch so what am commenting on is the current avaible build

      …if those blending modes could be extend to the brush that would be sweet

    31. Jon Nordby Says:

      tyrant monkey:
      Note that MyPaint has a limited scope, we do not aim to be a GIMP or Krita (image editor). We cannot implement all features people would like to have.
      But if you think its important, feel free to elaborate on why you’d like a certain feature and how it makes sense for MyPaint to implement it (in a more suitable channel, like our wiki or forum).

      -no selection tools and channels
      This is one of the things that are probably out of our scope.

      -change the position of my layers
      You can do this in the latest release.
      -duplicating layers
      You can do this with Copy, New Layer, Paste ?
      -no opacity control
      In mainline git, ready for next release.
      -no layer blending modes
      One of the devs hopes to find time to try to implement this soon.

      -name my layers
      -no means of locking layers
      -can turn layers on/off
      These are being considered and worked on (the issue is the UI, how to present it to the user). Also some challenges in how to standardize it in the OpenRaster file format.

    32. diosa Says:

      DONDE PUEDO ENCONTRAR tutoriales para uzar gimp de este modo????

      Where can I find tutorials for gimp Uzar thus????

    33. burt Says:

      Very inspiring loved it, great process….

    34. Ephalim Says:

      Very very helpful

      Thanks alot.

    35. Tynki Says:

      Great job!


    36. PROFESONE Says:

      Why? Why is a selection tool out of your scope? What kind of crap is that to say? I can make this bad ass paint program but it having a selection tool like all the other paint programs out there is “out of our scope”.

      That’s ridiculous!