One of the easiest improvements you can make in a painting is to clarify the important shapes. Doing this doesn’t require good craftsmanship, expert painting, or years of experience. All it requires is a bit of planning.
In short, objects are hard to distinguish if they match their background. Imagine the fuzzy edges of a polar bear in an ice storm. Take that same polar bear and place her on a black platform, and she’d be much more visible. This episode of the fix list explores problems with shape clarity, and how to fix them.
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