Artist Tips

For practical tips and techniques to improve your artwork click on the following tips:

Hair

How do you paint hair?

When seeking to paint subjects such as hair, animal fur or the leaves on a tree it is easy to become overly focused on their complexity. It is helpful to remember that the most descriptive part of an object is the edge of the shape. Instead of starting with individual hairs or leaves, start with a contour drawing making sure the outer edges have detail and direction. Showing the direction hair grows on fur, for example. Often beginners neglect making these lines descriptive.

Once the edges of the shape are defined the foundation is laid so that your drawing or painting will "read." The next step is to "squint" so that you see shapes (light and dark) inside the subject instead of complex details. By painting these shapes next, paying special attention to their edges you will create realistic work. Then and only then should you put in the detail.

Happy Painting - Lee Baughman

 

 

Copyright 1995-2015 Art Adventures, Vancouver Washington