Be cre­ative with edges

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth Paint From Imagination -

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.

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