Tip file: Design trumps subject

From Ian Roberts in the September 2009 issue of The Artist’s Magazine:

“You’re not really painting the world ‘out there.’ You’re painting a design that you impose on the world. Without that design concept, you can get caught up cataloging what’s in front of you. … Begin your painting with a design idea firmly in  mind. Then you have a road map—a good idea of where you’re going and, just as important, an indicator of when you’ve arrived.”

“Tuscan scenery, the subject depicted in Road to Asciano (above; oil, 36×36) is undeniably beautiful,” explains Ian Roberts of his work, “but the effectiveness of the painting arises from an asymmetrical design, strong shapes and masses, and dramatic value contrasts.”

Read the entire article, Design Rules!, by Ian Roberts in the September 2009 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, available in print and as a digital download.
Also by Ian Roberts: Mastering Composition

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