This is Mitchell. He lives with his mama, Jessica, from Mad in Crafts. Jessica is a really good friend and she’s taught me a lot.
Jess was a high school English teacher. Before meeting her, everything I knew about English I had learned in my shorthand class. It’s really handy having a blogger friend who also used to teach English, believe me.
Total aside: I realize there’s a fairly good chance that some of you have never heard of shorthand. Which is fine. If you’ve never heard of shorthand, I probably don’t know the names of any of the songs you listen to either. But none of that has anything to do with painting dogs now, does it?
Ah, painting . . . the bridge to generational differences.
Where was I? Oh yes, Jessica. Well, it turns out that her dog had things to teach me too. Not necessarily life-changing things, like those books, “Umpteen Things My Dog Taught Me” or whatever.
No, Mitchell taught me things about painting and drawing.
1. I take too long painting backgrounds.
Life’s too short to worry about the background which will hardly be noticed anyway.
2. I draw eyes too far apart and noses too long.
3. Craft paints take longer to use than tube acrylics
4. It’s time to grow up and start using tube acrylics.
It’s time to use tube acrylics so I can work, not only faster, but better on each piece. Oh, I’ll still use craft acrylics for teaching because I do love the layering qualities of the liquids. But for portraits, I’m putting on my big girl pants.
5. Use your photos for comparison
I take photos all the way from beginning to end, and yet, I haven’t placed them side by side until Mitchell. As soon as I did, of course, I noticed all kinds of discrepancies which would’ve been caught if I’d done a comparison earlier in the process.
Who knew you could learn so much from a bassett hound? And while I thought I’d only learned things about painting and drawing, it turns out that Mitchell’s advice really was life-changing.
I mean, I’ve started using these 5 tips in a bulldog portrait I’m painting and I can’t tell you how happy they’ve made me.
I’d call that life-changing.
What about you? What new things have you learned lately? Whether it’s about painting or anything else. Learning is learning!