Most people should be confident in at least the following four basic skills:
Drawing good shapes in watercolours, with good accuracy
Drawing good shapes in watercolours, with good accuracy Making lines with pencils and/or pens using shapes that really pop out.
You don’t need to use waterbrushes or similar brushes, this just takes time and learning about how to control a brush before you can use it.
Writing well-balanced and beautiful words, with the ability to express ideas and emotions with them.
Being good at drawing faces that really capture their personalities.
The above skills are absolutely essential for starting a painting journey. If you can’t get them down, stop painting.
However, this is not an exhaustive list and many other skills can really help. Check out this list of 5 key skills in painting and read the list on the left side of this page to see how I define those skills.
3: What is this, really?
Before starting a painting journey you must ask yourself if this is really the best option for you.
This question will help guide you through the process of deciding if you need a canvas or not, as well answering a simple question:
Do I really need it?
In my opinion this must be your top priority if you want to have a fulfilling painting session.
Here are 3 more questions to help you work out if you need it (and if it is for you):
Do I really need a canvass?
Do I have the means?
And finally, do I really need it to finish the painting?
When you are in doubt you should definitely know if you really need a canvas, especially if you are just starting this journey.
Also, the key to making sure you don’t buy the wrong canvas is to keep it clean, dry and sharp.
4. The final key to a rewarding painting session
What will you want to say in the end?
Do you really want to paint a masterpiece that you will be proud of forever?
That’s why it is essential to have fun and do your best and you must have fun with all of these questions that I have listed below.
It is also essential to get your painting out of your head and onto paper as soon as you can, so you can start learning as soon as you are comfortable enough with the concept.
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