This week I’m launching a new series on my blog solely dedicated to Design. If you’ve read my miniseries on the Elements of the creative process you may have an idea of what’s coming. In case you have not read them I encourage you to go back and do so. If you won’t read the whole series I highly recommend that you at least go through the one article where I discuss Design.
The reason I entitled this introductory article “How to Paint Anything” is because really that’s what this series is going to be all about. Isn’t that all we want? To be able to pick up a brush and get a satisfying result regardless of our subject? To get there, we must expand our knowledge and understanding of the Design concepts. And the single most important of them is working with patterns. And so I am predominantly going to discuss Design patterns in this series. I’ll try to do so from several viewpoints and I’m going to inspect my own work and look for patterns there as well. I’ll try to include examples from well-known artists and show on their work how design patterns exist there. I hope this will help you not only see the patterns but to recognize that there is a method to the madness, so to speak. That there is indeed a big picture.
My ultimate goal, however, is to teach you, or at least pique your interest in the concept of design patterns, hopefully causing you to rethink the way you approach your own work. That being said, I would also like to include an article on two on the basic building blocks of painting, the Elements and Principles of Design. There’s quite a bit written about them already but since this series is dedicated to Design, decidedly they must be included. Some other topics may be included along the way.
I will keep the articles numbered to help you keep track of their sequence. At the end of this article you’ll find an updated list of available articles in the series right here in the introduction so you can save this page and access any of the articles easily at any time.
Please feel free to let me know what you would like me to discuss in the series. All suggestions are welcome and I’ll make sure to consider each one and add those most relevant requests to the series.
Available articles in the series:
- 1. How to Paint Anything (Introduction)
- 2. Elements of Design – An Overview
- 2.1 Shape
- 2.2 Line
- 2.3 Size
- 2.4 Direction
- 2.5.1 Tonal Value – Part I. Value Scales, Values & Colors
2.5.2 Tonal Value – Part II. Tonal Value and Painting Practice (Value Study)
2.5.3 Tonal Value – Part III. Value Keys
2.5.4 Tonal Value – Part IV. Tonal Rhythm (Pattern)
- 2.6 Color – Coming soon!
- 2.7 Texture – Coming soon!
- 3. Principles of Design – An Overview
- 3.1 Unity – Coming soon!
- 3.2 Contrast – Coming soon!
- 3.3 Dominance – Coming soon!
- 3.4 Repetition – Coming soon!
- 3.5 Alternation – Coming soon!
- 3.6 Harmony – Coming soon!
- 3.7 Balance – Coming soon!
- 3.8 Gradation – Coming soon!
- Next article coming soon!
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