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Making Of 'Macaw'

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Step 18

Finally, finishing touches are put to make it all work together. To have different areas of a painting, work well with each other is very important. Harmony and balance is what that I worked for at this point. Colors, values, shapes, composition must go well together for a pleasant result. As a finishing touch, I put some random strokes here and there, without disturbing the overall composition. You have to decide which areas need to have such strokes.

For me, a painting is complete, when the objects appear solid and the composition unified. Painting an entire composition requires constant attention to the combined effect of the overall masses. What holds the busy brushwork together is the strong pattern of light and dark that weave in an out of the various forms. Plus, the soft edges and the melting of the objects in the background are good to achieve at the same time. This helps the overall unity, which for me, is very important. It also defines solidity and roundness of forms.

Steps 19

This is how the final painting looks like in the end. I am quite satisfied with it. This style of painting is better viewed from a distance of about 4 to 5 ft.


You must have noticed that I don't finish a particular area at one time, I keep on working on the entire canvas. This is the way I paint and this is not the only way that's right, u can finish an area and go for other parts and still have a desired result. The bottom line is:

Whichever your style is, be it realistic, all blended, impressionistic, etc, there is no rule for such things, we just have our own style. It's always good to have a distinct, very own style of painting, that separates your work from others. A viewer must recognize your piece by just seeing your brushwork.

That was the walkthrough of my painting procedure, I am sure, with patience and dedication you can produce work that will amaze you and everyone else. Enjoy.

Happy painting,

Waheed Nasir.

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Rama on Mon, 03 September 2012 6:12am
Beautifully done. I will give ArtRage a try. It seems more intuitive than Photoshop. Your work looks like real paint on canvas! Thanks very much for sharing!
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