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Design & Composition Guidelines: Create Your Own Awesome Art

The ultimate guide to learning design and composition ideas.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 2h 56m
Language: English
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It’s imperative that an artist sees what they’re creating.

This may sound odd but it’s not uncommon for artists to be completely blind to their work.  This may sound odd but it’s not uncommon for artists to be completely blind to their work. 

The reason this happens is because they’re only focused on one element of the work that they don’t see the whole.

This comprehensive course includes all you need to know for creating winning artwork.

If your art is stagnant it’s probably has a lot to do with design and composition.
Module One: Simplifying Elements And Principles Of Design
This section covers all you need to know about the basics of design elements and principles. And you will  learn how they translate to making quality art. It’s important to establish a foundation before moving into more advanced ideas. 

If you lack these with design techniques in your work then it’s pointless to even pick up a paintbrush.
Module Two: In-Depth Look Into Practical Design Theory
Here you will learn how to incorporate pattern, equality, designing within the frame and a whole lot more. The lessons in this section will dramatically improve your artwork in ways you never knew existed. 

There’s also several complete demonstrations that illustrate how certain elements were used in a painting. So, you will see these methods in action as a painting is completed from design to finish.
Module Three: Additional Composition Knowledge
This section includes various techniques for understanding shapes within the frame. You will start to see how to organize your subjects so that they mingle well with the edges of the picture plane.
Module Five: Application Demonstrations
I’ll share some examples on how I tackled various issues when creating work from photos. In each example you’ll discover how I utilized certain composition and design elements to create a finished painting. 

Having these examples will help you to see potential issues in your reference photos and save you a lot of time and money.

You will learn

✓ You will gain the knowledge to take images and scenery and turn them into workable, successful paintings.


• Pencil and inexpensive paper for completing exercises.
• Willing to participate and complete suggested assignments.

This course is for

• Beginner and Intermediate fine artists that need to develop practical design and composition skills.
Learn To Paint Loose With Acrylics & Watercolor
Hi, I’m Robert Joyner.
I’m a full time paint-slinger from Richmond, Virginia specializing in watercolor, acrylic & mixed media paintings. Best known for my signature loose brushwork and carefree approach to creating abstract style artwork.
Here’s a quick look at some of my bragging rights.
Official Artist 2012 Kentucky Derby
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Art on sitcom Modern Family
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2013 Mixed Media Instructor Strathmore Papers
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 2h 56m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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