Step-by-step: Speed up your paint­ing process

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1 A great way to cut down on op­tions is with a limited pal­ette. Try choos­ing a dom­i­nant hue and paint­ing pri­mar­ily by warm­ing it (of­ten with yel­low) and cool­ing it (usu­ally with blue). Once ev­ery­thing feels co­he­sive, try adding a touch of your main colour’s com­ple­ment into the fo­cal point to draw the viewer in. Here’s I’ve used some red to play off of the green. 2 The leaves in this il­lus­tra­tion act as a frame that, while hav­ing a com­plex edge, doesn’t re­quire much paint­ing be­yond their out­line. Use el­e­ments that can be ex­pressed en­tirely with their sil­hou­ette. That doesn’t mean that they won’t be taken any fur­ther, but they don’t have to be. A rhythm be­tween sim­ple and com­plex shapes can work won­ders. 3 Now that you know what colours you want to use, put some sub­tle gra­di­ents into your main shapes. Few things in na­ture are lit evenly from top to bot­tom, so avoid large ar­eas of flat colour (un­less part of the de­sign is non­rep­re­sen­ta­tive). Con­nect­ing the forms of shapes with sim­i­lar value ranges will also gen­er­ate a more co­he­sive de­sign.

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