artist in­sight

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use a dry brush

Some­times use a brush that’s ab­so­lutely dry and free of paint, to fade and soften shapes. If your paint­ing is small enough, you can rest it on a ply­wood panel and dry it in a pre-heated kitchen oven at 200˚F (or 95˚C) for two hours.

13 A ap­ply re­touch var­nish

Re­touch var­nish is sim­ply da­mar var­nish di­luted with tur­pen­tine. It glosses up the paint­ing, deep­en­ing the blacks and ren­der­ing ev­ery brush­stroke vis­i­ble. I ap­ply it with a 2in hake brush, tak­ing care to pick out the in­evitable hair frag­ments with tweez­ers be­fore the var­nish be­comes sticky.

11 Wind down with sec­ondary char­ac­ters

While savour­ing fig­ures that turned out well, now is a good time to at­tend to com­plete­ness. I paint that ex­tra buf­falo and make sure there’s meat and struc­ture in­side the shad­ows. I add some ex­tra var­ie­ga­tion to the tun­dra sur­face.

12 Savour, con­tem­plate, dou­ble-check An im­por­tant stage, I take maybe 20 min­utes to just let my eyes roam over the piece, mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing is as I want it. If not, now is the time to go back in and make cor­rec­tions.

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