Learn to create great paintings by improving your foundational design skills with Ian Roberts!
To create successful paintings, every artist needs to first master the basics of design and composition. In this workshop, Ian will show you how to arrange your colors and shapes to lay the groundwork for a realistic and successful finished work. To do this, there are two main rules Ian encourages you to follow. First, learn to keep the viewer's eye within the picture plane using strategic composition rules. Second, discover how to translate the three-dimensional scene you observe into a convincing two-dimensional work full of depth. You'll be surprised how much these two rules improve your painting—and how easy they are to master!
Preview Design: Landscape Painting Techniques for Success now for painting tips on how to make your painting exciting with a push and pull of vertical and horizontal lines, and how to manipulate your subject to lead the viewer to your focal point and around your painting.
Design: Landscape Painting Techniques for Success is broken into these five basic chapters:
- See the World as Color Shapes
Learn to simplify what you see so you can translate it easily into your paintings.
- Set the Picture Plane
Become a master of composition and learn to crop your composition so it captivates viewers and keeps their eye engaged within your work, not wandering outside it.
- The Importance of Verticals
Ian will teach you the importance of verticals and methods for creating a center of interest in your work.
- Roadmaps of Intentions
Go into your painting with clear intentions of what you hope to create—if you're unsure of your goal going into your work, you'll likely be dissatisfied with your finished product.
- Final Design Tips
Wrap up with final design tips, including how to avoid alignment with the edges of your picture plane, accurate depictions of where objects sit in space, and how to create good balance in your work.
To get the most out of your landscape paintings, make sure you take a look at the other video workshops in this series:
Color: Landscape Painting Techniques for Success
Plein Air: Landscape Painting Techniques for Success
Markers, pencils and drawing paper
Photo references as needed
ABOUT IAN ROBERTS
Painting for over 40 years, Ian's work can be seen in the U.S. and Canada, and he is an artist member of the California Art Club and a signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Ian teaches plein air painting internationally through his school Atelier Saint-Luc, and he is author of Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting, published by North Light Books. Visit him at ianroberts.com for more information.