‘Big City Girl’ Time Lapse Video

I recently had someone contact me via Etsy and request a commissioned painting similar to City Girl except much larger. This made my heart sing since I love doing big paintings, but usually don’t unless they are commissioned since I just don’t have any more room for them in my apartment. Even more exciting is the fact that I had just figured out how to use a time-lapse app on my iPhone (LapseIt) and I was excited to give that a shot.

In under 4 minutes, see how I turned a blank white canvas into this painting, that I named Big City Girl (for obvious reasons).

36x24" - Big City Girl - Acrylic on Canvas
36×24″ – Big City Girl – Acrylic on Canvas

Disclaimer… please ignore

(i) my awful outfits and unbrushed hair (I didn’t realize I was going to be in the videos…)

(ii) the TV show going on in the background (it’s 30 Rock, in case you were wondering)

(iii) the several times when I block your view with my butt (a cinematographer I am not… this is clearly amateur hour)

(iv) the lighting (like I said, amateur hour)

Oh, and in case you’re watching this at work while you should be, you know, working, you may want to turn the sound off. There is music.

Let’s recap with a few photos. First the background.

Background

Β Some foreground.

Starting to add in some lights and shadows

Some more foreground.

Almost done!

Β And donzo. Here she is displayed in my room.

Displayed in my room

And a side view.

Big City Girl - side

What did you think of the time-lapse video? (other than my outfits/hair/lighting issues)

Should I do this for future paintings?Β 

This painting is obviously sold already, but if you’re interested in a commissioned painting, more information can be found here.

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21 thoughts on “‘Big City Girl’ Time Lapse Video

  • September 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm
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    I think it’s very cool to watch the process and the lighting/clothes/hair is so not an issue! Hopefully just doesn’t add to your work.
    Love this series btw πŸ™‚

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    • September 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm
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      Thanks Laurel! Glad you’re enjoying it πŸ™‚

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  • September 23, 2013 at 9:23 am
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    I love it! Very much enjoyed watching your painting “come to life.”

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  • September 23, 2013 at 11:28 am
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    Enjoyed the time lapse. Fun to see the painting emerge.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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    Agata, I really enjoyed watching the video. I haven’t been keeping up to date on your work, but each time I check back I am impressed. I’m proud of you and wish you all the best.

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    • September 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm
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      Thank you Luc. Your support means a lot to me πŸ™‚ Wish you all the best too!

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  • September 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm
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    ha that was fun to watch a painting come to life.. very nice painting Agata!

    i think you can spoil is with more vidz in the future, but i guess it’s all up to you πŸ™‚

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  • September 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm
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    Agata, the video is great. It really shows the painting coming to life. Impressed at how neat you are while painting. I always seem to get paint on me, the floor, etc. πŸ™‚

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    • September 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm
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      Haha that is totally an optical illusion with the time lapse. I get paint everywhere too. Typically on the carpet, in my hair, on my clothes, and all over my hands.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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    Hi Agata,

    Good to drop in on you again, and what a great video! I particularly liked the spots of light ‘coming to life’ as it were. I couldn’t tell exactly how you did them though. Did you use a really large brush to get the big circles or did you twist the brush to make a big round dot?

    Beautiful painting. I’m hoping that one day I may commission you to do a painting for me, but probably by the time I get any money into my savings you’ll be out of my price league!

    Thanks for inspiring me again πŸ™‚

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    • September 24, 2013 at 7:15 am
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      Hi Marija,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the video. I’m already looking forward to doing more.

      For the “dots of light” I used a small brush and just twisted it to make a round dot. That’s not to say that you couldn’t do the same thing with a large brush too.

      And I would be very honored to do a painting for you one day πŸ™‚

      Cheers, Agata

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  • September 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm
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    Amazing video!!!! So what are the chances that you and I both put up a youtube video showcasing our artwork on almost the same day?

    I’m so glad you decided to make a youtube video for your work. I’m going to subscribe right now. Please do more!

    Keep up the amazing work! Really loved the picture!

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    • September 24, 2013 at 7:11 am
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      Clearly great minds think alike!! Thanks for subscribing πŸ™‚ I’m already looking forward to making more videos.

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  • September 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm
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    good idea to have a time lapse video-like to see the progress of a painting

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    • October 15, 2013 at 8:30 am
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      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it. They’re fun to make too.

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  • October 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm
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    I love this so much. I’ve loved the painting every time I’ve seen it, but I finally got to watch the video and I love it even more. Annnnd it makes me miss the smell of oil paints, because you seriously make acrylic look like oils…

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    • December 10, 2013 at 5:41 am
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      HAha, can’t say that’s a smell I think I’ll ever miss… But thank you for the kind comment πŸ™‚

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