Speed painting is a method of painting/illustration in which one paints usually using digital means on a time budget, using already developed methods to create a piece. On this blog I will be looking at Nico Di Mattia, an awesome speed painter……
Speed painting requires so much talent its amazing, to be a speed painter you really need to know how to not only paint/create quickly, but you have to learn how to keep going after making mistakes, somehow integrating them into your art. For me I love nothing more than to sit and watch an artist create a piece, the video play back side of things speeds up and shortens the viewing time, so you can see a masterpiece take shape and form in a matter of minutes.
In this blog I am going to look briefly into the life of widely known and widely popular speed painter Nico Di Mattia.
Ever since he was a child, he was attracted to the arts, comic books, animation and narration. In 1998, at the age of 15, he independently published his first comic book. Because of his passion for drawings and colours, he improved his skills and sought out his own style. In 2001, he entered the Cinema and TV School at Cordoba´s National University. While studying there, he acted as a scriptwriter, director and post producer for various short films, most of which emphasized his skills with aesthetic experimentation.
It was during his first year at Cordoba´s National University that Nico made his very first “speed painting”. It was a painting of the poster from “Planet of the Apes“, created on his bedroom wall with acrylics. This process, which he recorded on VHS, was accelerated and musicalized, resulting in a performance that he called “Arte Fusion”.
On 2002 he made his first animated short film, and it was selected to be part of the International Animation Festival “Anima 03″. On 2005 he graduated as a Technician Producer In Audio-visual Media and he directed the short fantasy film “La liga de los Imperfectos”, which took part and was awarded in various National and International Film Festivals.
In 2006 he was the key co-animator in a cartoon series and TV commercials, made by an audio-visual company of his city.
He also directed two new animated short films between 2007 and 2008, which are participating of different national and international film festivals.
In 2007 Nico received worldwide attention with his performances of “digital speed paintings” posted on his YouTube´s channel, which has thousands of subscribers and more than 50 million of views.
He currently directs and edits his own comic book and illustrators’ magazine and works as a freelance illustrator and caricaturist for different business, companies and private clients from all over world.
Lets now look at some of the great work of Nico Di Mattia….
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