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Oil Painting That Every Artist Follows

On the off chance that you feel enlivened by Picasso’s cubist expressions, Van Gogh’s intense utilization of shading, or Dali’s dissolving timekeepers, now is a decent time as any to get a paintbrush, and understand the feelings on canvas. Oils are an awesome medium to begin with, as remedies and changes are effortlessly made. Additionally, you can take as much time as necessary with it, taking it up just at whatever point motivation strikes so it is never constrained or mechanical. All things considered, if an imaginative procedure is done under pressure or in weariness, a become wilted scarce bit of workmanship lacking feeling is the outcome. The magnificence of this workmanship, among different viewpoints, lies in having the capacity to see real brush strokes. While prepared craftsmen will be acquainted with these pointers, here are some oil painting tips for amateurs.

Helpful Tips

  • Any list of tips, firstly, will tell you that every time you begin a new painting, it is advisable to first paint it with acrylics. Once they dry (which they do, fairly quickly), then you can fill it out with paints, especially for light and shadow, or glazing. Finally, let it dry out for about three to five months before varnishing. While most beginners focus on the surface quality of the brush work, plenty of other details, such as the surface you work on, the preliminary staining of the surface, and the underpainting dictate the quality of the finished product.
  • Your first few attempts are likely to appear like a mess to you. While it is natural to get exasperated, try to salvage the situation by scraping off as much paint as possible, using a palette knife. After this, dip a bit of cloth in turps and rub it over the canvas, which will help you get rid of more paint. You should be left with an even, gray canvas, on which you can start afresh.
  • Among some of the tricks, an important pointer is to increase the proportion of oil with every layer, as the underlying layers soak it up from the layers over them. As the upper layers are the first to dry, not doing the right thing can cause them to crack. Also, when the paint on your palette dries and forms lots of wrinkles, it means that too much lubricant has been added.
  • Many artists use linseed oil for an underpainting, as it has the best drying capabilities (dries the most thoroughly). It is usually used in the base layers of paintings done wet or dry. However, its use as a medium in whites and blues (or other light colors) is discouraged, as it will yellow and will be noticed. Certain tips always suggest that when working with light shades, the slower drying poppy oil is more suitable, as it has the least tendency to turn yellow.
  • A frequently mentioned tip is that one must not dry paintings in the dark. This is usually known to cause a thin, oily film to rise to the surface, leaving it with a yellow tinge. If this has already happened to you, the situation can be remedied with exposure to sunlight.
  • While painting, if you struggle to decide between a bottle of mineral or white spirits, you can carry out a patch test. Dab a small quantity of the substance on a piece of paper, and allow it to evaporate. If it evaporates without leaving any residue, smell, or stain, then it is suitable for use.

These tips are just a few basic guidelines as you commence your artistic expressions. Be prepared to learn most of the others through trial and error, and also know that in a few months’ time, you will have your own list of tips.

Info of Sketching for Beginners

Sketching is a fine art, delighted in by individuals of all age bunches. You can start Sketching at any age. It will give you a chance to hone your inventive aptitudes. It is not extremely costly as a leisure activity, as you simply require a pencil and a paper. It is not an extremely troublesome expertise to learn. You can begin Sketching by taking a gander at a few articles, or you can do as such with the assistance of your creative energy. It might be anything but difficult to duplicate work of different craftsmen, however you ought not do that, since you are denying your innovative abilities from getting created up to its potential.

Portraying Tips for Kids

➺ Always use good quality pencils and paper. For any good quality sketch, these two are the most important things required. Otherwise, you will not get the kind of end result you were looking for.
➺ Sit in a place where there is enough sunlight, or a room with a full spectrum light. If you are a right-handed person make sure that the light comes from the left side.
➺ The first step of sketching for kids is drawing simple lines. The lines could be curved, crossed, straight, or scribbled. It will help you to develop a sense of control over the strokes of pencil.
➺ Then, you can start drawing curves like oval, circles, and such other geometrical shapes. In the initial stages, you may not get the kind of figure that you are trying to make. Do not be disappointed, as you can improve through practice.
➺ Also, try to draw lines with varying thickness and darkness. This will help you to sense the kind of pressure to be exerted on the pencil to obtain a certain type of line.
➺ Identify those weak areas of your sketches and practice them more.

Drawing Tips for Beginners

Correct Use of Pencil
➺ Use a range of different varieties of pencils like hard pencil, soft pencil, etc.
➺ Sharpen all your pencils well, to obtain the best effect on your drawing.
➺ You can keep one pencil with blunt point for using it on some drawing techniques, like shading.
➺ Hold the pencil in a way which you feel most comfortable.
➺ Some people hold the pencil for sketching in the same manner as they hold it for writing.
➺ Others prefer to hold it with the thumb and index finger only, while the pencil is placed below the palm of the hand.
➺ Whichever is your style, just make sure that you do not press it too hard on the paper.

Draw Outlines
➺ As a beginner, you should start drawing figures of various shapes, that are simple to draw.
➺ You can start with fruits like bananas, apples, grapes, oranges, pears, etc. All of them have different shapes.
➺ Keep them on a table and touch the edges of each fruit with your fingers. This way you can get the idea of their individual shape.
➺ Then, start drawing them on a paper with the help of a regular HB pencil.
➺ Draw outline of each of the fruit at least ten times.
➺ This way you will learn to interpret a three dimension structure on a two dimensional surface.

Add Shading
➺ After the outline is drawn, add shading to it. Observe each of the fruit carefully.
➺ You will find that the surface of each of them is different. These difference has to be interpreted on the paper with the help of shadings.
➺ See how the textures of each surface reflects light and accordingly apply the shading on drawing.
➺ The surface of an orange is rough, so you have to add patches and spots on the surface with the help of variations in shading.
➺ For a shiny, smooth surface of pear, the shading should be distinct and only at parts where the light gets reflected.

Correct Use of Eraser
➺ Always use the eraser lightly on the drawing paper. Or else, you can end up damaging the paper.
➺ Avoid too much of rubbing of the same area to prevent breakage of the paper. If you have to erase a large section of the drawing, use white eraser.
➺ When only a small portion of the drawing has to be erased keeping the surrounding area intact, use a soft eraser.
➺ To get rid of the graphite stuck on the eraser rub it thoroughly over a white paper.

Preserve each of your drawings properly, so that in future when you see them you can see how much you have improved. In this manner, you will get a lot of enthusiasm to improve yourself further.

All about Warm up Art

The technique for signal drawing is utilized by craftsmen to slacken up, much the same as competitors warm up before a diversion. In this frame, one needs to rapidly portray things he has as of now observed. Such sort of drawing is for the most part finished inside 10-30 seconds. Utilizing signal drawing for activity and general outlining is normal. This action helps in making drawings rapidly by examining the articles. Give us a chance to see more about this method through the passages beneath.

A form of drawing which depicts action or movement is known as gesture drawing. Presenting a human figure in motion can also be termed as gesture drawing. It is the depiction of character/essence of what one observes. The activity of portraying motion through gesture helps depict the relation between forms/objects with their surroundings.

A simple, step-by-step and easy-to-understand procedure of making a gestural drawing is given below.

  • The object to be drawn should be placed in front and observed properly.
  • A charcoal (about 1-1½) should be used for drawing. One should just glance at the paper occasionally while drawing.
  • The process of drawing should be a continuous one. The general shape of object, important curves, angles, etc. should be sketched quickly in order to get an idea about the basic outline or probably the nature of the drawing.
  • The strokes made while sketching need not be limited only up to the outer areas of the drawing. One can also think about working through the basic shape.
  • If the hand eye movement is coordinated properly, one can draw a satisfactory sketch in quick time.
  • To establish the proportion of the whole sketch, it is recommended to draw a line from top to the bottom of the sketch.
  • Once all the basic shapes, angles, curves are drawn, detailing should be completed. The sketch should be created within 30 seconds. Time limit for drawing should be increased gradually for different drawing poses.

Mass Gesture Drawing
To make mass drawings, the general guidelines remain the same; however, few things differ. Lines used for creating these sketches need to be broad. The charcoal should be held sideways for making such drawings. One should start from the interior of the sketch and progress towards the outline. Keeping in mind the baseline of still objects is important. Pressing the charcoal harder is the way of adding depth to the sketches that are drawn farther away. The pressure on charcoal needs to be lightened while drawing an object that appears to close in. The light and dark effect is an important feature of mass drawing as it helps in unifying the drawing and creating a rhythm.

Sustained Gesture Drawing
The sustained gesture drawings are created with an objective of combining the activity of the object with its actual appearance. A quick study about what is expected in the drawing should be carried out and appearance of the object should be analyzed. The proportions and scale which defines the dimensions of the drawing should be understood. Edges need to be drawn beforehand as it helps in developing the sketch further and to carrying out the detailing. The movement or activity to be portrayed in the drawing should be verbalized in the mind. The sketching work becomes much easier with this activity. One should first begin with light strokes and should continue for 2 minutes and stopping only to analyze the subject should be the set procedure. Corrections if any, should be made after analyzing the drawing.

The gesture drawing examples could be anything we see in day-to-day life. One should practice a lot to master this form of drawing.

Information about Canvas Painting

On the off chance that canvas painting appears like an action that you might want to attempt your hand at, then it is vital that you remember the accompanying tips. These will help you begin the specialty of painting, without making the botches that a great many people tend to make when they begin painting. For your benefit, we have partitioned the tips into three sections―the tips that you should use before you begin chipping away at your work of art, those that you can utilize while painting, and the things you have to remember after you are finished with the artistic creation.

Before Starting the Painting

The tips that have been given here are a few things that you should remember before you begin on your canvas painting. These tips are in no specific request or succession.

  • One of the first things that you will need to decide on is the kind of canvas you should choose to paint on. There are a variety of canvases available in the market like canvas boards, rolled canvas, canvas mats and even stretch canvas. Depending on the kind of painting you want to make and also what your comfort level is, you can choose one of these canvas types. The canvas can be made of either cotton or linen. If you want a canvas that is strong and has a long shelf life, opt for a linen canvas. Also, the size of the canvas is an important thing to bear in mind. Remember, the smaller your canvas, the less chances there are that you will miss out on details. Also, a smaller canvas is perfect for a beginner to start with. Also use an easel for your paintings.
  • Next, decide on the medium that you want to use. Many people believe that water paints are the best for a beginner to start with, but it is not. Sure it is easy to use, as it spreads easily, but lack of experience can cause smudging of colors and spreading, which is unnecessary. One of the best paints to start out with for beginners are acrylic paints. These paints dry easily and therefore, if you need to make corrections, it is extremely easy to do so on acrylic paintings, but sometimes blending colors can be difficult because of the same reason. Try to blend colors when the colors have dried off a little, but not completely. Some people prefer to use oil paints.
  • These are not as easy to use as say acrylic paints and the techniques are such that beginners may take time to master them. But they are perfect for paintings that need a lot of blending of colors, as they take a lot of time, sometimes even days, to dry.
  • Brushes come next in the list of things that need to be bought for canvas painting. Get a variety of sizes of brushes. You will need thin bristled brushes for details and bigger brushes for background areas and the likes. Pay attention to the quality of the brushes. You do not want the brushes to be shedding hair on your painting. Use a brush tote. If you do not want to buy one, you can fashion one out of a coffee container or use a coffee mug as a brush container.

During the Course of the Painting
Once you have worked out the various things that you need to make the painting, you need to decide on the subject that you want to paint and what technique you are going to use in order to recreate the subject. Remember, creating an almost photographic representation of a subject is best left to masters or maybe master forgers. As a beginner, try to get your proportions right, get your brush stroke techniques right and work on your color combination and blending. Here are some tips that you can try as a novice to the art form.

  • One of the first things to remember as a painter is to avoid the use of pencil on your canvas. It is difficult to erase out pencil marks later without affecting the quality of the paint, and somehow, they always tends to show through.
  • One of the best canvas painting techniques to use when starting out is to paint in those areas first that will have prominent darker colors. You do not need to detail these areas, but you can loosely block these areas out. This will also help you get your composition of the painting right.
  • If you are not comfortable with this idea of blocking dominant areas out then try painting the canvas in sections moving from left to right or top to bottom. But this technique may pose problems with blending of colors, if you are using those paints that dry fast. This is an extremely useful technique for oil paintings
  • Another canvas painting tip that you could probably use if it works for you is start with the details first and then paint the background of the painting. Personally, I prefer it the other way; painting the background first and then adding the various details of the painting as this ensures that I do not smudge the details with the color of the background.
  • While it has been mentioned earlier to avoid the use of pencil on canvas, sometimes, when your drawing needs a lot of details, it becomes necessary. Even in such cases, I would suggest that you first make the drawing on a sheet of paper and then etch it on the canvas.
  • Now that you know what are the different techniques that you can use, focus your attention on studying the subject. Study it in terms of color, shape, texture, line, hard and soft edges, terms that painters would study it in. Try to fit the subject on your canvas with the help of a grid.
  • Once you have studied the subject and decided on the technique that you want to use for the painting, make a rough sketch of the same and then start painting the canvas.

After the Painting
Once you have finished the painting, there are certain important tips that need to be followed to ensure the life of not only the painting but also the different things that you use in order to make the painting.

  • One of the foremost things to keep in mind after you have finished the painting is to ensure that you allow it dry well. Whatever the medium that you have used in order to make the painting, it needs to be allowed to dry well.
  • Try to cover the painting, so that dust does not gather on the painting.
    Once the painting is dry, you should varnish it in order to preserve it. This will also give your painting a glossy look and negate the need of a glass protection when you frame it.
  • Take proper care of your paintbrushes. This is a very important to extend the shelf life of your brushes. Wash the brushes with warm water, which should be allowed to flow outside the bristles of the brush. After that dip the brushes into warm water mixed with soap. While dipping it into soapy water, ensure that you keep moving the brush rapidly and do not allow it to rest. Now do the same in clean water and repeat the process till the brush is cleaned completely without changing the color of the water it is dipped in. Use rubber bands to hang the brushes upside down, so that the water drains out.

Once you have finished your painting, do not be discouraged if it has not turned out the way you expected it to. Every painter in the history of the universe has started by painting pieces that would have seemed atrociously ugly to even the least discerning of art critics. Try again, as you need to get used to the medium of canvas in order to become better at it.