Tips For Painting Realism

by denisesanger on January 18, 2012

When painting real life items, trying to capture every detail that makes it realistic can be difficult. How do you take an image from everyday life and make it appear as though your painting is a photograph?

To start,choose your subject matter carefully. Sometimes choosing an item that holds value in your life is ideal. When your fond of an item, you notice every small detail and memorize the nooks and crannies. If it is an item that you are not too familiar with, be sure to examine the item thoroughly. Check it from every angle. Notice the colors, textures, and size.

Once you have picked your subject and have examined all the details, now it’s time to take note of the environment. Familiarize yourself with the background for the item, the setting, and also make sure you capture the light of the piece. Examine how natural or artificial light hits the item, where it glows and where there are shadows. Capturing this will help give the item depth on canvas.

Lastly, blending and color are important. Be sure when you paint you blend the edges and match the colors based on your subject matter. If you do not have a color that matches, mix one of your own.

To further improve your technique for painting, explore some of these courses available online:

Fundamentals – The Art of Refined Blending – Level I

Understanding Shadows TUSSA1001

Fundamentals – Explore Color Basics III – Mixing FCBllIGH102


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