Welcome to today’s art podcast episode. Today we’re going to chat about how sometimes the smallest things can make a big difference to our art. It’s those little aha moments that can thrust our art forward. This is part two of two.
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Little things that can make a difference to your art
- Using hard and soft edges
- Drawing what you see rather than what you think you know
- Squinting so you can see the lights and darks and making sure you have enough contrast in a piece
- Using basic colour theory – eg. complementary colours to make a colour pop
- Doing a little bit regularly rather than a lot in one go.
- sketching with a pen to force you to commit
- using the rule of thirds – I can remember how much this helped me when I first started painting again. Thinking about elements you can place on those thirds can really help a painting look good.
- Balancing colours – don’t just put a colour in one place try and inject a little somewhere else to balance and create harmony
- committing to one thing for a period of time – eg. 30 days to practice drawing hands or learn the basics of watercolour – this can really help you improve, rather than skipping around.
- Using proper watercolour paper for watercolour and mixed media (less puddles)/sometimes using better materials helps.
- Using a softer pencil for smoother shading – 2B and softer
Presenting your art
- Giving your art a title
- photographing your art in good light
- Wrapping your art nicely before posting
- Writing a handwritten message to say thank you when someone buys your art
- writing something about your art or a story to go with it on Social media. It could be how you created it, why you created it or just a story that you can link to the art.
- depending on the type of art considering a mount or border between your art and frame if you are framing it.
- Use an app to show what your art could look like in a room scene Frame X is a cheap one and I also use Smartist. If you know how to use Photoshop you can also find some good royalty free frame images.
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