Messy brushstrokes and choppy rendering are the bane of beginner paintings. Even the most creative ideas lose steam when presented with bad craftsmanship. The real answer to the problem of craftsmanship is to ‘master your tools’. Improve your brush tool technique through practice. But the fix list is all about actionable advice to fix your current painting, so this video focuses on detail.
Surface detail is a trap for beginners - and often leads to poor craftsmanship. In my experience, it’s better practice to start with the large forms --- and add surface details as a second pass. In this episode of the fix list we’ll explore common problems with details, craftsmanship, and how to paint more clearly.