Now you will focus on finishing your painting. This will mean something different for every piece of artwork, but take a step back and really see your work so far. Is there anything that needs more definition? Maybe another spot is too distracting. What post-processing will help the painting reach your ultimate vision? The smallest changes happen here, but they often make the biggest difference in the end. Let's get started!
At this stage, you'll want to continuously add details to enhance the richness of your painting. Keep in mind the overall composition, and where the viewer's eye will be drawn. It's good to consider the texture of your brush strokes as well.
Cross the Finish Line
Make whatever changes are necessary to bring your painting to completion. Pay special attention to the overall balance between sharp and rough areas, keeping the 'hand-painted' feel. Then upload your finished piece to the Learn Squared homework gallery.
What Makes a Master?
Find three Old Masters paintings and analyze the value, surfaces, light and color within them. Keep in mind how each category combines with the others as well. You can use these techniques as you continue creating artwork in the future.
Go Forth and Paint
Now that you've learned how to fully break down paintings of the Old Masters, try putting your knowledge into action. For extra credit, head back to the beginning of the course, create a new brief, and start on another image using all your newly honed skills. Go forth and paint!
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