Sometimes I’ll put down textures or fine details midway through my painting so I’m aware of how they’re affecting the composition. I can then compensate as I go. Other times, like with the beak of the bird, I’ll immediately subdue the contrast so it can exist without pulling attention away from anything else.
I have a variety of textural brushes that can be a lifesaver when I’m putting in detail quickly. The leather jacket and trousers have been bothering me the whole time, so I finally add some subtle texture to the surface, concentrated in places where I know there would be a lot of wear, such as on the seams.