Speed painting tutorial horse men in snow. This speed painting I am after the Mongol invasion of Kiev story. Mongol invasions progressed throughout the 13th century, resulting in the vast Mongol Empire which covered much of Asia and Eastern Europe by 1300. The Mongol Empire invaded Kievan Rus’ in the 13th century, destroying numerous cities including Ryazan, Kolomna, Moscow, Vladimir and Kiev. This campaign, part of the Mongol invasion of Europe, was heralded by the Battle of the Kalka River (1223) which resulted in a Mongol victory over forces of several Rus’ principalities. The next year, the Mongol general Batu Khan reached Kiev. At the time, the city was ruled by the principality of Halych-Volhynia. The chief commander in Kiev was Dmytro, voivode of Danylo of Halych. The number of defenders inside the city was only about 1,000. Danylo at that time was in Hungary seeking a military union to prevent invasion.
In this tutorial, I will show you my approach to speed painting as most professional concept artist would do on day to day basis. Speed Painting is an exercise, primarily digital, in which one paints on a time budget, using already developed methods to create a quick composition painting to represent their idea. Mostly speed painting are done in pre-production stage for video games and movies. It is basically the same as concept art or visual concept mocked up.
Below is a speed painting video tutorial, Horsemen in snow or Mongol invasion.
Preview of step by step painting process.
Step one, I just block in basic shape. Step two, I draw in a shape of a horseman entering the left side of the frame. Step three, I use different kind of custom brushes in Photoshop to create texture on tree trunks. I also paint more elements to create depth of field in the background. Step four, I painted more trees in the mid ground and add more horsemen.
Step five, I paint in a few more horsemen along with their armors and weapons. Step six, I add fallen small branches, snow dust and grime element on to the foreground. Step seven, I finish up by adding a dull blue color using overlay mode.