Tools & Techniques: Painting brush strokes

Library item: Tools and Techniques
Category: Painting

Originally posted by Volomir at

This painting basics knowledge articles comes via Volomir at

Quick reference notes:
1. Brush strokes are made by swiping the bristles similar to making a “tick” symbol with a pen or like crossing a “T”;
2. Use a decent sized brush. Using brushes that are smaller than a Citadel Standard size may not allow brush strokes to be effective as the limited bristles don’t hold enough paint and may dry before brush hits model;
3. When applying paint by stroke, the shape of the stroke starts thin and tapered and ends round (assuming right hand painting and stroking left to right); and
4. The end of the stroke also contains an extra drop of paint.

The key point is to use the known attributes above to your advantage rather than trying to make a brush do something it doesn’t naturally do well.

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