Many paintings of art students look like colored in drawings instead of a painting. One of the main causes of this is when they first draw the outlines of the painting using pencil and then simply try to fill it all in in one layer.
It’s a very common problem that usually leads to disappointment because you will have a very rigid looking painting with hard outlines.
Also, did you know you can actually help to solve this problem by learning to draw better. Remember, drawing is not just making an outline around an object.
In the short video that I made for you, I use the painting of a master to explain the concept. The painting is of a little girl with a frilly dance costume. Certainly a piece of material that does not call for a hard outline.
Enjoying your mailings – there was no sound on this video on edges, however. Would have loved to hear what you were saying!
Thanks for the information – Laurie
Thanks for letting me know. I embedded the wrong video. It’s fixed now
Hi Ethan! I finally got my painting course downloaded, I love it!!!!I’ve been painting for a long time, but thanks to you, I am going to be a lot better painter!!!! I find something new in every facit of the course. Thanks again–Pat
I like this tip very much, but I knew it. How so? I bought The Secrets of Oilpainting Techniques and the painting formule DVD’S. If you want more of these brilliant tips just buy it and all of your problems will be solved!!!
thankyou again for your teaching. so easy to outline and spoil a painting makes you think
loved your explanation of soft outlines . It will encourage me to be more careful in future. Thankyou