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How to Draw and Paint Small Details

Every now and then, there’s a painting that requires the utmost attention to detail and precision. Perhaps, you’ve decided to take up this task and have been successful – perhaps not.

Whatever the case, drawing and painting small details is an art in itself. Learn how to do it from our professional who is an expert in acrylic paintings online here!

1. Use a larger brush

Really? Yep, it seems a little counter-intuitive, but a larger brush is way better than using a smaller brush. Don’t go for a single bristle detail brush—it’s a pretty bad idea.

Seeing a small brush will give you a false hope that it can help you paint small details, which is definitely not the case. In fact, it’s one of the first things you can get your hands on. Why? Simple; small brushes’ narrow, short bristle tufts can’t hold enough paint. This causes the paint on the brushes to dry out way too quickly—it’s impossible to paint small details with dried pigment.

However, a larger brush has a sharp point and a large belly. Due to its fine pointy tip, it can hold a lot of paint. Thanks to large brushes, you can draw as much as you want as it would never go dry.

2. Take breaks

Do you tend to paint in drawn-out, long sessions? If yes, stop! Break your painting sessions up; for example, a single session can be of an hour (perhaps shorter). Taking breaks is important because you can physically and mentally lose an edge if you keep your body sitting for a long time.

Try this: paint for 30 minutes and then take 5 minutes off. During your 5-minute break, you can clean your brush, check your email or social media, etc.

Breaks are crucial when you’re drawing and painting small details because they require a good amount of effort. If you keep up with this effort without taking any breaks, your hands may begin to shake. So, give yourself a few minutes, take a deep breath, and continue from where you left off.

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Maintain a good body posture

If there’s one way to improve your ability to paint details, it’s by maintaining a decent body posture. If your back is hunched over, that is, your back isn’t straight, then the core of your entire body is restricting you from using your hands optimally. Yep, everything is connected!

Neck, head, feet, body, hands, your entire body play a big role in allowing your hands to do their job.

For instance, if your chair is too tall that it isn’t allowing you to put your feet on a solid surface, you’ll need to get rid of it. Remember, stabilizing your body is key!

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