1. Your Painting Critique
Use this form to critique your own painting. The better you get at doing this, the faster your painting will improve.
After all, if you want to create art that makes YOUR soul SING, whose opinion matters most?
2. Do I love the subject?
Painting subjects or themes that have meaning for you results in your most heartfelt work.
3. Did I capture the essence of my scene? Did you say what you wanted to say?
4. Did I begin with a visual concept? What’s the big idea? eg. Light foreground vs dark background, Atmosphere, Interesting shapes, quiet simplicity, mood. A visual concept is a concept, not a thing, like ‘big clouds’. eg. The visual concept for big clouds might be ‘big light shapes vs dark background’.
5. Does my design read easily from a distance? View it from across the room. Is it still readable?
6. Is the drawing accurate? Can’t tell? View the painting and source photo in a mirror or reverse it on a computer. Investigate the drawing of anything that seems odd.
7. Did I use a planned process? Eg. Dark to light, thin to thick.
8. Is there enough shape variety? Did I avoid pattern making?
9. Did I consider the scene’s lighting condition? Eg. A strong warm light source (morning or evening sun) will make coolish, dark shadows with hard edges and warm lights. Eg. An overcast day will make lighter, warm, soft edged shadows and cool lights.
10. Is there enough colour in the shadows? Did I avoid making the darks too dark or too grey or all too similar in colour? eg. all dark grey or all dark blue.
11. Did I use a variety of brushwork? Various sizes and lengths of marks?
12. Did I use a variety of edges? ie. Soft (lost) edges and hard (found) edges.
13. Is there a variety of texture?
14. Is there a good sense of depth?
ie. Did I avoid making any areas that jump out when they should sit back, or any areas that sit back when they should jump out? Eg. Are there any horizontal surfaces that seem to stand up as a vertical flat shape? Eg. Have I used atmospheric perspective in the background? Eg. Have I placed the sharpest edges, strongest contrast and most vibrant colours in the foreground?
15. Am I happy with the painting?
All done? Print this page out if you want to keep your answers for your reference and make a note to focus on any weak areas in your next painting. That's how to improve your painting skills quickly.