Painting Tips That Every Artist Should Know About

Every day you might read a hundred articles on how to do get better with your painting skills, but there are some essentials that every painter should know irrespective of whether they are a beginner, learner or professional. In this article, we share with you 8 painting principles which every artist should know to execute the better results out of their painting. You can refer website like Instapainting for some painting samples as they really have some good artists. Reading them will not just boost your expertise but also help you reflect on what is it that you are lacking in while painting and what is it that you are doing right.

  1. Points And Background

Three important things in a painting are background, light effect and focal points. Your background accentuates the beauty of your painting so ensure that the background compliments the objects and elements in the foreground and gives the right vibes to the painting. The kind of light and shadow effects you utilise in your painting makes your painting look as close to real and creates the right impression for onlookers. The focal points cannot be too many in a painting, which means that you need to be sure about which elements do you want to place on the foreground and showcase as the focal points in the painting.

  1. Paint Thickness

Your brush strokes depend on how much painting you use in the painting. If you want the painting to look really heavy, go for thicker paint on the brush and if you want to give a fresh and soft touch to the painting, keep the paint light. This will also directly affect the contrast, dynamics and vibrancy in the painting.

  1. Relationship Between Elements

Your painting cannot be a curation of objects, it needs to tell a story – a story between the things or people in the painting. No one element can be in total isolation. The painting needs to show the correlation between each element with one another. It is only then that the painting can weave the story you are trying to portray.

  1. Light Effect

There are three rules to light effect in a painting. All elements in the painting will either be light against a dark background, dark elements against a light background or same element effect against the same background effect. The transition should be smooth and the layers should come across as a smooth blend not overlapping.

  1. Light To Dark Transition

When you are applying gradients to the painting or showing a transition from light to dark it has to emerge as gently and in a crisp way as possible. As mentioned before, the gradual shift should be as smooth as possible and not be jumping from one layer to another.

  1. Shadows On Object Is A Must

If you want your painting to have a realistic touch to it then accentuating the objects with shadow effect is a must. You don’t want the elements on the painting to fall flat on the canvas and would definitely want to give a three-dimensional approach, which is why every element would require to form a shadow around it.

  1. Highlights

When you highlight a certain part of an element, never begin highlighting from the edges. If you look at things around you, highlights are never on the edges. They are somewhere roughly on the right or left, a slight shift from the centre.

So tell us which one of the above tips did you like the most? Share with us your thoughts on the comments below and if you feel we have not shared some must-dos with you on the list, feel free to drop in a line. Happy Painting!