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    How Much Detail Is Enough?

    Is painting every eyelash too fussy? Or is simplification too lazy?

    When do you step back, simplify, and just convey an impression of what's there, and when do you put in the effort try and capture the details?

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    Think of what the material is made of. If you looked at things closely at this point of your life(I'm assuming that you are past your teenage years, not that age matters anyway.) then you should have a considerably large visual library in your head, otherwise look for reference which is always good. Also, the distance of the object affects the visibility of the details. As for the overall details of an image, composition comes into play. This, I cannot explain further because I'm inexperienced.

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    "Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler" - Albert Einstein.

    Last edited by jpacer; June 15th, 2013 at 05:24 PM.
    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfrancis View Post
    When do you step back, simplify, and just convey an impression of what's there, and when do you put in the effort try and capture the details?
    When it's appropriate. You develop your judgement so that you know what is needed to fulfill the purpose of your artwork. Obviously a logo is going to have different requirements than a technical drawing.

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    Do you think it's a good idea when going for a painterly feel to avoid too much of the zoom tool?

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