January 2, 2014
On how you paint greatly affects what you can paint. That's a basic thing yet something to remind yourself about whenever trying to have a beautiful masterpiece. And you probably know that the “how” relates to the process while the “what” is to the things that have to be considered and/or decided upon. The former is purely dependent on your painting style, as such, you have leeway on the techniques to use. However, when it comes to the latter, there are really specific considerations prior to outlining the subject and polishing the artwork. Particularly, these are what you have to decide on before starting to paint:
Apparently, there is nothing to paint if you have nothing in mind or haven't thought about the subject beforehand. It is a requisite as that serves as your guide on the format and type of support, and the technique to apply in creating portrait painting. This could be easily thought about but not easily decided upon as your mind may be filled with vague ideas or concepts. If this is the issue, you have to opt for small studies rather than full painting so that you can see whether the composition and selection of elements work well without wasting your time and resources.
This also matters as far as the appearance or visual appeal of the pet portrait painting and the size of the wall on which it is to be hung are concerned. So you have to decide on it seriously and do consider your subject and painting skills or ability as the prime bases. Don't just take a particular size simply because that's the length of the paper you have. It is recommended to have various sizes of primed and stretched canvases so that you'll have freedom to choose the best size.
Format and Colors
Deciding on the format (landscape or portrait) has to be based primarily on the support to use. Meaning, you have to choose the one that best suits the subject matter; for instance, opting for landscape is best if you will use long and thin canvas as it can give a senses of drama. Likewise, it is very crucial for portrait painting artists like you to decide on the right colors – will you use the ones embodying realism or those representing your abstract thoughts? And while having several colors is good given the wide options you have, it is still favorable to work with a limited range of colors as this can contribute to a sense of unity in family portrait painting.
Medium and Technique
You don't have to decide on the medium if you intend to use only one throughout the painting process; just make sure that it suits best your subject matter. As to the technique, you have freedom what to employ, but keep in mind that your selection can significantly affect the artwork. Meanwhile, if you're thinking of using acrylics, you should decide on whether to use them thinly or thickly. Also, you should think about using retarders to slow down the drying time, and masking fluid to keep the spaces white.
Type of Support
Primed hardboard, paper, or canvas? On which you're going to use could likewise affect the appearance of your final work; hence, you must never begin the painting not until you are certain on the best type of support. And the best basis here is the technique that you're going to employ, but experimenting on different supports and techniques is also possible.
Considering these things before starting to paint can prevent you from ending up with a mess. But even if all are taken into account, it is still safe to keep in mind that there is really no such a perfect masterpiece.