Common Pitfalls for Beginner Artists

So you have decided to take up drawing and painting, you have got the kit but what now?  Time to get started! Here are a few pitfalls I see over and over again that you might want to consider if you are starting out:

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How can I Learn Painting Techniques?

This was a question I have been asked a few times, especially when a learner wants to be able to paint something specific like hair for example.  Learners can get very hung up about techniques and how to learn them.  Techniques need to be thought of as ways to apply or remove paint to create a visual effect, that is all they really are. Some techniques are extremely simple although at first glance you may not be able to tell how the painter achieved the effect.  Some techniques are more complex and require more of a knowledge of materials.

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