This is a topic I wish I knew about when I was a beginner artist. Taking the time to study this and practicing observing this detail can make all the difference between an artwork that jumps off the canvas and one that feels a little bit flat.
I’m speaking today mostly to those of you who wish to develop your ability to capture likeness and achieve a level of realism in your work. Edges are where we perceive the start and stop of an object and the start of another.
I’m going to talk about the importance of edges in our art and why we should avoid or severely limit the outlining we do in our art.
This is a common mistake we make that flattens our faces in portraits we create. I’m curious, where has focusing on the edges in your art helped or hurt you?
Now its your turn: share your ahas and comments below.
And if you feel feedback like this from my program Self-Taught to Self-Confident could help you or that you have gaps in your art foundations, take my free quiz, “Which of these beginner drawings mistakes are you making?” here: https://quiz.artiststrong.com/sf/d74b29e6