Simple Painting Tips To Make You A Better Artist
1. Create Thumbnail Sketches -
Creating thumbnail sketches before taking on a full size painting is a good idea. Thumbnail sketches can be useful in conquering a solid composition and color palate, and will keep your indecision to a minimum while in the painting phase. This tip alone will save a ton of time!
2. Determine a Light Source -
Determining a light source in a work is what separates good paintings from great paintings. The light source influences so many factors in a painting, such as the temperature of the light, the intensity of the shadows, the color of the sky ... you get the point. For now though, focusing on simple highlights and determining direction and length of the shadows will do wonders for your paintings.
3. Draw on your Canvas! -
It is OK to draw on your canvas! Drawing out your design can be a great way to keep paintings neat and on track. And for those worried about the smearing the graphite or charcoal, try using a fixative before you paint.
4. Create an Underpainting First -
An underpainting is a simple rendering of the subject using just one color and is constructed directly over the sketch. A watered down wash of this color is generally applied over the whole canvas before the artist applies a darker variation of that color to represent areas of shadow, and lighter colors to represent highlights.
The underpainting's primary purpose is to better illustrate the 3D structure of the subject, and furthermore suggest the appropriate value of the local color. Another advantage of an underpainting is that the initial wash of color covers up the bright white canvas equalizing the value on any spots that show through the final painting.
5. Study the Old Masters -
This tip is one of the best ways to become a great artist. Studying the Old Masters such as Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh and Vermeer can uncover so many valuable tidbits of information.
Examine their brush strokes, color choice and their handling of the medium. Even better, study some drawings from their sketchbooks that could shed light on how they developed a composition for a painting.
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