Be creative with edges
Edges are important for making your painting believable and are a good opportunity to be expressive and creative with your mark-making. Too much sharp edges and it’ll look like layers of cut-out graphic elements all stuck together; too soft and it will just be mush. Edges are great tool for bringing elements in and out of focus, and telling the viewer what’s important.
Trying out textures and effects
I start using elements from the background of another painting of mine to try to find ways to frame the portrait. I like using the Exclusion and Difference layer modes to stumble across bizarre colour combinations. Presentation is key to selling your work, so don’t become lazy at the end. We live in a visually saturated world, so always push the best elements of your art.