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Beginner Art Techniques!

useful tips for beginner artist

It might be tough to know where and how to begin, whether you are a newbie who has decided to pursue your passion or someone who wants to experiment with new art techniques. So relax, you’ve arrived at the right place! Rooftop has compiled guided beginner-friendly art techniques.

Acrylic Paintings – Techniques

Use Of Water

While painting with acrylic paint, you must use water frequently so that the paint goes on thinner and the end product is matte also ensuring that your paint is mixed properly and has no lumps in it so it goes on your canvas without any difficulty. Remember that this method works best on thick, absorbent paper (like watercolour paper). If you apply it on a water-resistant canvas, the thin paint may drip and pool rather than soak.

Clean Edges

Painter’s tape is a valuable tool for keeping paint off certain areas while also creating clean, precise lines and forms. Use this method for geometric shapes or objects that have a prominent outline.

Dry Brush

Paint on a dry canvas using a dry brush as the paint does not mix into all of the layers present beneath, it is simple to create unique forms or layers. This light, dry-brushed layer is ideal for creating rough textures. 

Acrylic Painting
Image credits: Eileen McKenna (L); Pixabay (R)

Sketching – Techniques

Find The Right Tools

Your range of techniques does not restrict the hues, textures, and shadows you produce on the page. You are significantly limiting yourself if you do not have a thorough knowledge of your instruments. A few pencil possibilities in your drawing toolbox are required for the most successful job. One of the most crucial sketching strategies is, to begin with, the right pencil like a soft graphite pencil allows darker, softer tones and a hard graphite pencil provides strong lines

Shading Techniques

There are sketching techniques available to help you create various styles. The examples above show many techniques for creating shape and depth. It’s crucial to explore and determine what works best for you to not only enrich but also improve your style and end product. Below are 3 shading techniques you can try!

  • Hatching And Crosshatching

Hatching is a succession of lines painted along your drawing’s main line to add shadow and depth. Cross-hatching is a set of intersection points used in the same way as cross-hatching. The closer these lines are to each other, the darker the shading in your design will be.

  • Scribbling 

Everyone has scribbled on a piece of paper once in their life to get through sheer boredom. Nonetheless, scribbling is a drawing style that may be highly effective. The irregular, uneven, and lines that are not straight Inside the artwork are hallmarks of a scrawled drawing. Using movements over the paper will result in a slightly fragmented image, and the closer together the irregular lines are formed, the denser it will appear.

  • Stippling 

This is like hatching or cross-hatching, which is the technique of adding dots to provide shading and depth. The closer the dots are together, the stronger the effect. It’s recommended to use softer graphite for this look, since it comes out darker, to guarantee that your dots stand out.

Image credits: IStock (L); Cowling & Wilcox (R)

Digital Painting – Techniques

Using The Right Device

Having a pen tablet makes it much easier to produce digital artwork. A pen tablet (or a tablet app with a stylus) allows you to draw and/or paint on paper or canvas as if you were using a brush or pen. This is far more convenient than using a mouse or your finger. If you’re performing digital painting in Photoshop, utilising a pen tablet will provide some distinct benefits. 

Texture Brushes

Texture brushes can help you save time. Instead of having to hand-paint fur or fabric textures, you can just locate a brush and draw the design in for you, obtaining the desired impression in seconds while trying to accomplish it by hand may require you hours.  

Digital art
Image credits: Jigsaw24 (L); (R)

Art is a creative effort that necessitates the three P’s patience, perseverance, and persistence. Proficiency in painting styles and art techniques is not simple to achieve. You’ll need to spend hours and hours honing your art. But don’t be disheartened as you are aware of a famous quote by John Heywood; Rome was not built in a day!

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