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Vignette style

I want to make an acrylic painting of a photo I took and have decided that I would like it with a vignette effect. Here’s the problem: how do I start? Do I do the vignette first and blend the edge, or do I map it out, paint it and blend the edge then do the vignette?

Mandy Taylor-Moore

Reply from Tim Fisher ( ‘Vignetting is a way of working by which there is loss of detail towards the sides of an image. This is a useful technique for isolating an important subject within the composition and providing gentle areas at the edges for the eye to rest. In photography, the vignette often takes the form of a uniform shape, which masks out and provides a soft edge for the subject.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter. We have a fantastic array of tutorials and techniques to try in this month's issue, from how to use masking fluid with watercolour and how to fill your sketchbook, to step-by-step demonstrations in water-mixable oils, oils, drawing media, acrylics, watercolour and coloured pencils. Learn how to paint animals in wet-in-wet watercolour, draw a detailed study of a badger with coloured pencils and paint wild animals en plein air. Understand how to paint the effects of aerial perspective and how to paint portraits in miniature. This month we also have great pleasure in publishing the award-winning work from this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition. Enjoy your month of painting.