I've decided to compile all my artist tips that I tweet on my twitter account. These are tips that I have learned as I go about doing art. If you want to see more future art tips from me or odd posts about yellow shoes follow my twitter account here http://twitter.com/#!/JessaSininger I hope these are of help.
Artist Tips of the Day:
Never try to be clean with your drawings. It forces your brain into a state of fear to not make mistakes. Dirty up the page and smudge it to your hearts content! You can always clean it up when your done.
When using photo pose reference shrink it down to thumbnail size to study. It will train your creativity to grow and make it so your not dependent on copying.
When sketching try using the side of lead to draw with. It will push gestures more & will exercise the ability to control a drawing.
The secret to drawing realistic hair is to treat it exactly like a piece of cloth. That includes draping the hair.
Lighting within a painting is one of the most crucial things in a piece...if it lacks a lighting scheme it lacks life.
When painting a composition don't go overboard.Too many textures/patterns can clutter a piece. Keep it simple so it can read.
When watching movies pay attention to the colors in the scenes as a whole. This will help with coming up with color keys for your paintings.
When drawing long hair think of it like a ribbon wrapping around for construction then start detailing. Don't create uniform lines they should be simple and done with a purpose to show the foundation of the hair. Don't create lines for the sake of lines!
Don't be afraid to scribble on the paper. Loose gestures offer appealing designs.
Take some time to think about the overall colors you are using in your paintings. Do they fit...are they appealing...
When painting eyes bleed a little color of the iris into the pupil. It will make the eyes more soulful.
When painting make sure you are keeping an eye on the thumbnail of it. If it pops as a small image it will pop as a whole!