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How to Create Expressive Paintings - Understanding Shapes And Lines

How to Create Expressive Paintings

How to Create Expressive Paintings

How to Create Expressive Paintings - Understanding Shapes And Lines

This technique will teach you how to create expressive paintings by understanding shapes and lines. Keep in mind this is just one technique that you want to develop so that you can use it as a tool when the opportunity presents itself, or should you opt to set this up intentionally. Either way it's effective!

What Is Understanding Shapes And Lines?

This technique will introduce you to adding linear interest to your acrylic paintings. By adding lines to your expressive techniques you will have another tool to paint art.

What You Need To Know

  • To illustrate this technique I will show two examples. In the 'Shapes' example the painting is flat and lacks linear interest. It was painted with traditional thinking of blocking in shapes.
  • The 'Shapes & Lines' example it's more dynamic because it incorporates linear interest & shapes.
  • With both examples I will blocked in the 'shapes' of the three main areas which include the bottle, foreground & background. I loosely indicate the colors which means I'm not trying to represent the colors in the image.
  • To add linear interest manipulate color. There is an advanced lesson on manipulating color here. This will help you grasp the concept.
  • Use your brush like any drawing medium. Pretend you are holding a large crayon and draw into the painting with acrylics.
  • This is a very difficult technique to illustrate without video. But for some of you perhaps you can take the text and combine it with the images below to better understand the concept.

Demonstration Images

Flat version - no technique added

Expressive version with linear interest

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