Pro secrets: Creating a grotesque painting
1 Don’t Be afraid To fail and start Again
This was probably my third or fourth attempt on this same surface before I got something that interested me. If something isn’t working, don’t force yourself to push forward on something you probably won’t be happy with in the end. Paint right over it and start anew.
2 Don’t Be afraid To experiment With Your art
Try different combinations of media to see what results you get. I’ve been traditionally an oil painter, but I tried watercolour, acrylic and soft pastel on this piece before it really started to come together. It was only after this that I finished it in oil paint.
3 Don’t Be afraid To leave areas unfinished
You don’t need to bring all areas of an image up to the same level of finish. Bring the most detail and finish to the area you want the viewer’s eye to focus on, and handle other areas in a looser fashion. Ambiguity in areas can add to the creepiness of the piece.