I am currently in the process of moving out of my apartment. While packing up my art work, I set aside my first oil painting next to my latest piece. I considered trashing my first piece because it looked so bad compared to my newest one. Since I'm an art hoarder I decided against it. I did begin wondering, what did I not know during my first painting that I know now?
Well folks, here are a few tips that I learned in the past few months that helped improved my art.
1) Use more red
My professor is continually saying "Use more red!" Sure enough, whenever I add more red my piece looks ten times better. I am now a firm believer in if there's a problem, it's because there's not enough red.
2) Paint or draw in a circular motion
Through using a circular motion your painting and/or drawing looks smoother and realistic. To get your painting even smoother, use a dry brush to soften out your brush strokes.
3) Not every piece of work has to be a master piece
This is probably one of the most important tips I learned. It's ok if your piece doesn't turn out how you planned. Consider that piece a practice round and learn from your mistakes on your next piece.