Thank you for this excellent advice. I'm going to remember this rule as 'spend most of your time on that (small) part that most of the audience will focus on'.
At the very least, it'll help prioritize things.
PS I swear, art nowadays is as much an intellectual pursuit (contemplating all aspects of what one is depicting) as it is an expression of ones skills in manipulating the materials to express one's vision! [Though the powers of observation still trump.]
More like a quick tip than a tutorial, but still a valid point that you bring up. Ideally, every element of a painting will be as rendered equally, but in the case of directing the eye to the more crucial elements of a painting, it helps to focus in on that area.
Interesting. I can't say I've seen it hold true for myself though. I can barely see the difference between your last two example pictures, and can't really fathom why you would spend 5 hours on such subtle touches. I am not really one for tiny details anyway, though.
Whether or not the details are tiny depends on what scale you plan the image to be viewed at. This is much smaller than I was expecting people to see the image at, so a lot of those tiny details were actually pretty rough in the final.
While this is a great use of the rule for conceptart, there is an even more effective use of the Pareto Principle that applies to freelancing: 20% of my clients make 80% of my income, concentrating on these makes the painting process much easier
This is good advice and has definitely given me food for thought. I often find myself excited at the start of a project and spend a lot of time on details. The longer it takes to finish, the sicker I eventually get of staring at the same drawing for hours and towards the end I'm tempted to take more shortcuts and be sloppier with the details. I guess I should start by determining which areas of the picture I want to really shine and which ones don't require as much work. thanks for this.
Yeah, I think that exhaustion is a lot of the reason why this method works for me. If I focus my abundant energy at the beginning on the parts that matter most, then when I'm feeling lazy toward the end I don't feel so bad about cheating on the details.
I kinda get it but not really, does this means that when painting you should conentrate on the main subject of the painting with details? as the background and the rest of the painting should be left more loose and less detailed?
Not necessarily more loose, and the attentional 20% may not necessarily be all of the main subject of the painting. I'd say after you block in your colors, step back and squint at the painting and see if there are specific parts that are catching your eye or that you think should be catching your eye. Focus your efforts on detailing out those areas first, and you'll find (most times anyway) that you know how far to go with the other parts of the painting. That doesn't necessarily mean you won't apply detail to the other parts of the painting, but you can usually use cheats to get those parts filled in (customized brushes/photo overlays/etc., and sometimes even rough/loose strokes are even enough).
its very nice! i was hoping for a much higher rez version of this cuz its hard to see the details on the picture here. would you mind maybe sharing the full size tutorial? its too small to really learn much
It's not a step-by-step tutorial, the point isn't how to follow my process, but to get an impression of how much your progress slows in that last 20% of a painting. But I did post a slightly higher res version of the steps here if you're curious to see the specifics (scroll down and click on the series of images at the bottom).
This is very helpful to see how the times play out. I think you might have put a typo in the last little segment. It says to prioritize the last of our 80%, but I think you meant to put 20%? If not, then I need to go back and reread it. X3
Not a typo, just not terribly clear writing. The last 80% refers to your time and effort (see point 1, where you spend 80% of your time doing the last 20% of your piece). So prioritizing that time towards the 20% that matters will help you work more efficiently.