Tip 1 – It’s never too late or too early to learn. Don’t be afraid of difficulties
Imagine 9 years old kid. That’s when i began to take drawing lessons in the college of art. I was lucky to study art among teenagers, and it was very difficult because nobody took me seriously. And it’s no wonder why: i couldn’t even reach the top of the easel with my hand) But i’ve tried so hard that after some time i could draw just like them and sometimes a bit better. Some of them were really pissed of that. I had an exibition in that college, and someone used keys or something like that to spoil my works. When i came and saw the damage i suddenly realized that if my works raised such jelausy then they are GOOD.
Tip 2 – Don’t take too much attention to single aspect of the painting
Those years in college brought me lot’s of experience. I found my passion there – the watercolors. And my teacher showed me the power of light and shadow. That’s how it was: i was painting still life and focused on the colorful pattern of some sort of vaze. I painted it exacly as original but the vaze looked flat and didn’t understand why. Then my teacher came uo to me, took my brush and some dark color from my palette. He did a single brush stroke from the top to the bottom of the vaze and it got the volume. I realized that i forgot about the shadow.
Tip 3 – Take a small break during the painting process
Sometimes it’s really hard for me to put the brush down because i’m always exited by the process of painting. But when you take a break and look at your painting after some time you can easily see some mistakes you didn’t notice earlier. Make yourself a cup of tea)
Sometimes it’s useful to put your painting upside down to see the mistakes in forms and proportions (make sure it is dry).
Tip 4 – Use your camera
It may seem a bit odd but this helps. Take a picture of your painting and open it in some graphic application like Photodhop. Flip the painting horisontally to see the mistakes in forms and proportions. You can also turn the picture to black and white to see the tonal mistakes. The colors can be almost the same but differ in brightness and contrast. The black and white picture will help you correct the exposure.
That’s all for now) Happy paintin’! Stay tuned, i’ll be posting some new tips and tutorials later. Feel free to ask questions, i’ll gladly answer them.