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When it comes to learning how to paint, it can seem daunting, especially when you're not used to the many nuances that are presented with different styles, brushes, and paints.

For instance, if you want to figure out some oil painting techniques, you'll have to look into a variety of different things before you can move forward to becoming an expert.

Getting to a place where you feel like you're a great artist is not going to happen overnight, and for some people it's going to take years of practice before they see major strides in the way they work with paint.

However, despite the high learning curve at times, there are still plenty of ways to move forward with oil painting, and here are some tips and tricks that can help novice painters become experts:

  • Sketch - The first thing you need to do is sketch your preliminary work on a piece of paper. Utilize a pencil and make broad strokes to make sure that you can get the hang of managing wide angle strokes compared to the ones that you will be doing with oil. Don't just sketch before you're going to go ahead and paint, make sure that you're continually sketching to make sure that you're honing your skills as an artist. You have to keep composition in mind, and your drawings have to be generalized, not precise. Remember, you're not trying to draw comic books or anything of that nature; you're making broad strokes that will eventually translate into bigger options.

  • Take Your Time - When looking for oil painting tips, many people assume that you can rush through a project. You need to make sure that you wait some time for your painting to manifest itself. If you're not careful, you might not be able to complete your overall picture. If you're making a portrait of some kind, making the strokes is important, but they need to dry a little before you start making major changes to the color palette. Do not rush through the process, take your time.

  • Tones - Lastly, the color to any piece of artwork is important, and making sure that you understand the way tones work to create further color palettes. Most oil paints have three tones that you can exploit and they can change and shift the way your painting looks. Make sure that you add a little white to brighten and a little black or gray to darken, but you have to be careful, it's easy to mess up a lot of paint doing this.
Oil painting tips are a dime a dozen. There are a lot of different schools of thought when it comes to this, but you have to remember that only you can know when you're satisfied with your work. Don't let others dictate how you're painting, but rather take time to learn the slow and steady way. If you take your time, you will improve in short time and make major strides forward.

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