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Developing a Composition for Painting: Thumbnails and Blocking in with Steve Huston

Developing a Composition for Painting: Thumbnails and Blocking in
Creative Strategies to Improve Your Compositions Unlock the potentials of your reference images while developing a composition

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Steve Huston
Art Theory
Composition, Design, Human Figure, Landscape
Oil Paints, Pencil
2h 13m 32s

In this lesson, instructor Steve Huston will demonstrate his approach to building a composition. He will show you the process of creating thumbnails and finding the most compelling configuration of elements within a picture frame. Then, you will learn about painting setup, brushes, and color theory. Steve will lecture on artists that inspire him and influence his painting practice.

This lesson belongs to the course Creative Composition. In this 6-week course, Steve Huston will teach you the main visual components frequently used in fine art. You will discover how line, shape, and color help strengthen the storytelling of your work. Steve will show you examples from the Old Masters as he presents each significant concept. In doing so, he will talk about how these components are applied in other art fields. Since this course was filmed during a live workshop, you will also be tuning in to his Q&A sessions and critiques of students’ works. Moreover, you will watch Steve develop a composition for a painting from start to finish. After completing this course, you will gain a deep understanding of art philosophy and composition; what you need for creating successful artworks.

Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.