I think sharpening strokes is a good idea, but it also depends on what technique you use as well. When it comes to the example you used, I love softer edges since it looks like a study/speed painting. When it looks like that to me I do not expect crisp clean lines However, if it's an actual painting depending on how much time and effort I believe you can create sharp pictures without using sharpen, but it is still an awesome tool to use
Just discovered this! Never thought of sharpening. I generally tend to leave things blurred because I thought it gave the illusion of life rather than brushstrokes (forgetting, I just realized, that "life" is very textured. XD)
Definitely keeping this in mind! Thanks for posting!
It does require a careful balance. It's definitely good to have some soft and lost edges in the mix. They can go along way towards creating a sense of atmosphere (which really helps that life-like illusion). Mainly reserve the sharp edges for focal points and important details.
Right, creating a contrast, like you had said earlier, I'm guessing. Contrast should be my new best friend. So it's essentially not something you do to the whole picture but just on the focal points. Gotcha.
This is a huge help, I'm learning a lot by following you. XD Thanks!