Paint­ing with­out a plan

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1 Sketch out the fig­ure

I start with a sim­ple line sketch. It’s sup­posed to be a por­trait, so I don’t bother with triv­i­al­i­ties such as the rest of the scene. I fill it with colours; I of­ten pre­fer to start us­ing colours early. I can check my val­ues us­ing a quick tem­po­rary fil­ter.

2 Over­paint­ing and re­search

I de­cide that the por­trait is bor­ing and the rest of the scene isn’t work­ing. I have a beer and do some ag­gres­sive over­paint­ing – as if it’s done by some­one I de­spise – then go to sleep. I start the new day by re­search­ing ma­te­ri­als and themes.

3 Add paint on a sin­gle layer

I ren­der ev­ery­thing us­ing a sim­ple square brush on a sin­gle layer. I don’t like us­ing fancy tricks and spe­cialised brushes. I like to do it the old-fash­ioned way, ap­ply­ing paint where it’s needed. I of­ten use the Liquify fil­ter or cut and paste to move things around.

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