Edges and modelling and how achieve a lifelike appearance when painting from life.

How to Paint Edges

In this video, Realist painter Alex Tzavaras shows you how to paint edges.

Painters create 3D form using light or dark tones, or values. The term edges, refers to the transitions between the areas of light or dark in a painting. For example, the hard outline of a light object silhouetted against a dark background, or the gradual transition from light to shadow on a round object.

Understanding how edges work, is essential for achieving a really lifelike representation of what we see. Alex shares some simple rules for identifying different kinds of edges and the techniques he uses to paint them.

How to Paint Edges