See things you haven't seen before.
A subscriber recently sent me an image of her "finished" piece. A day later, she sent me another image of the same artwork, saying she'd worked on it a little, and now it was really finished. Today, I got version three of her "finished" piece!
It's been kind of cracking me up to tell you the truth...since even now, I fully expect that she'll tweak it a bit more and send me her final, final "finished" image! Especially since I suggested a tip that has worked wonders for me in the past. When you've worked on a piece for a long time, you get so close to it that it can be hard to see what's wrong with it (which is a much better scenario than not being able to see what's right with it!). But here's a little trick that will help you see your piece in a whole new light:
Take your artwork into the bathroom, or some other room where you have a large mirror. Look at the mirror image of your art. It's amazing what you'll suddenly see that you hadn't noticed before.
In fact, I was nearly finished with my "Three Boys" drawing, decades ago, when I decided to look at it in the mirror. I was floored, absolutely gobsmacked, when I saw that all the boys leaned slightly to the left! I have a pretty strong astigmatism, which is probably why I didn't see that while I was working on the piece, but the second I looked at it in the mirror...I saw these three boys leaning to the right!
Try this little tip. It was too late for my Three Boys...but it's a tip that has saved me on other work!
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