As an artist and art tutor, I have learned a lot of tips and hacks on how to create better paintings and make the process simpler. In this blog post, I will share with you my top 10 pieces of advice for creating better artworks.
- Buy the right materials
It might seem obvious, but you can only be as good as the materials you use. If you buy cheap brushes or paints, you will quickly become frustrated with the results. Hairs will fall out, and cheap paints will be very diluted, leading to unsatisfactory outcomes. Invest in good quality materials to ensure that you get the best results.
- Pay attention to lighting
Having a well-lit area is crucial when creating artworks. If possible, work by a window without direct sunlight. If not, consider investing in daylight lights that you can place over your artwork. Poor lighting can affect the way you perceive colors, making them appear different from what they actually are.
- Prepare your surfaces
Preparation is key when it comes to creating artworks. Whether you are working on paper or canvas, it is essential to prepare your surfaces. If you are using paper and it’s not a heavy weight, make sure to stretch it to prevent buckling. If you are using canvas, even if it’s triple-primed, give it a coat of gesso to fill in any tiny holes. This will prevent your paint from being absorbed into the canvas, requiring additional layers.
- Get to know your colours
When starting out, it’s tempting to buy all the colours you can see. However, I suggest starting with a small range of colours and getting to know them well. Take the time to sit down and mix them. Different colours have different tinting strengths, and some are more opaque than others. Some are great for glazes, while others are not. By getting to know your colours, you can create beautiful mixes and avoid frustration.
- Plan before you start
Planning your painting before you begin can save you a lot of frustration. Take the time to decide on your composition, what you want to portray, and what colours you want to use. Planning ahead of time will make the painting process smoother and more enjoyable.
- Use a limited colour palette
When starting out, using a limited colour palette can be helpful. By using only a few colours, you can focus on colour mixing and getting to know your colours. It can also help you create a harmonious painting without overwhelming yourself with too many colours.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment
Art is all about experimentation. Don’t be afraid to try new things, whether it’s a new colour, a new technique, or a new surface. Experimentation can lead to new discoveries and techniques that you can incorporate into your artwork.
- Practice, practice, practice
The more you practice, the better you will become. Practice your painting skills regularly, whether it’s for a few minutes each day or for longer periods. Regular practice can help you develop your skills, improve your techniques, and boost your confidence.
- Take breaks
Creating artworks can be time-consuming and mentally exhausting. Taking breaks can help you recharge and come back to your painting with a fresh perspective. Take short breaks every hour or so and longer breaks when needed.
- Enjoy the process
Creating artworks should be enjoyable. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to create a perfect painting. Embrace the process, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Art is all about self-expression, so enjoy the journey and have fun!