If I’m not liking my painting, I generally have to cover it up. Usually, the parts I don’t like are either my character’s eyes, posture or face shape. If it’s the eyes that I don’t like (or the entire face), I’ll often pour water on top and smudge the features out.
This helps to give me a new place to begin, but since I can still see some old outlines, it’s a way to continue what was already there and push the painting in a new direction.
If I’m feeling really intimidated, I’ll redraw the character with their eyes closed. This is one of the easiest ways to fix a character and instantly gives calm to a painting.
Even if that’s not what you see in the finished piece, it usually softens my character so I like it again and can move forward.
Once I like my painting again, I feel more confident. Sometimes all I need is to return to that comfort zone so I can stop thinking so much and really get into a flow.
It’s taken a lot of paintings and mistakes to create with this freedom. But learning to paint whimsically and develop your own style are completely do-able — you can learn how in my online painting courses. I’ve also put together a Free Painting Workshop to get you started.
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