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Five Stages Of A Painting

Five Stages Of A Painting - Composition Sketch

Five Stages Of A Painting

Five Stages Of A Painting

Organize Your Creative Process With The Five Stages Of A Painting

In this lesson you will discover the Five Stages Of A Painting that will help you simplify your creative process. Many artists paint in circles because they fail to understand, or develop a practical workflow. When to add details, light & shadow, etc.This lessons are designed to teach you how to eliminate the many common mistakes artists make by understanding how a work of art should be developed from the beginning composition stages to finishing with the details. Now this isn't the only approach an artist uses but one that will work especially if you are struggling with your art, or are a beginner.

The Five Stages Of A Painting

  1. Compose
  2. Color (Arbitrary or Local)
  3. Build-Up
  4. Light & Shadow
  5. Details

What You Need to Know

As with any technique another artists shares with you it's important to remember that it's just one way of creating art. We artists are fortunate to have infinite possibilities for creative beautiful paintings. And what works for one artists may not necessarily work for you. My goal as a teach is to share as many techniques as possible in hoping that one, or two will eventually connect with you. So, be open and most importantly be patient. It takes time to learn and don't give up on any one technique until you have done some due diligence.

Stage One - Compose

In this lesson I will demonstrate how I use two types of compositions to begin my painting process. The idea is to fix potential problems and add personal touches that may enhance the paining.

Stage Two - Color

In this lesson I will start the finished painting by using a combination of local and arbitrary colors. These colors will set the tone for the painting. Note how I use a large brush to layout composition which helps me eliminate details. Every artist is different so feel free to use whatever size brush, or drawing utensil to complete the composition.

The idea behind blocking in the painting is to not get the hues exact in the beginning. It's about getting started loosely in every aspect of the painting so that I can come back in later stages to fix any areas that need attention. By starting loosely I have a better chance to create an expressive painting and to showcase brushwork.

Stage Three - Build Up

In this lesson I will demonstrate the build-up process. It's this stage that most artists spend their time so that they can represent their style and subject. The build-up is all about addressing colors and shapes in a way that's aesthetically pleasing.

It's important to take some time to evaluate your first stage before you begin building up the painting. Look for areas you like so that you can avoid overpainting, and then areas that need addressing so you can spend time making the changes that are necessary.

Stage Four - Light & Shadow

Now it's time to add light & shadow. This will start to create that magic in the painting and make it more believable. I find many artists add light & shadow much too early which will often make painting confusing, and they also lose that chance to start the finishing process. This is why I love to wait until the later stages to add light & shadow - it's a way to bring the subject to life.

Remember you can always take images that don't have strong light & shadow and use your artistic license to add it. I do this all the time and it's an effective way to use photographs.

Stage Five - Details

In this lesson I will demonstrate the fifth and final stage - details. Adding details is a lot of fun and the perfect way to complete artwork. Every subject is different and it's really up to you to include and omit which details interest you the most.

I recommend you add only some of the details since you can easily ruin a painting by adding too many. You will be surprised at how few details you need so add them slowly and back away from your art to see if you need more.

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