“The Design of every painting you create affects that work as much as—and usually more than—the subject. Most students I’ve taught are looking for good subjects to paint. In fact, what you need to look for is good design. Tuscan scenery, the subject depicted in Road to Asciano (above) is undeniably beautiful, but the effectiveness of the painting arises from an asymmetrical design, strong shapes and masses, and dramatic value contrasts.”
That’s what artist and author Ian Roberts says in the September 2009 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Let Roberts explain to you the importance—and secrets of good design! Click here to download a free copy of Ian Roberts’s Brushing Up column, “Design Rules,” as published in the September 2009 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.
See the December 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine for another Brushing Up column by Ian Roberts on the importance of engaging both the horizontal and vertical in your compositions.
- Click here to order a print version of the December 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.
- Click here to download a digital version of the December 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.
- Click here to subscribe to The Artist’s Magazine.
Free artistsnetwork.tv Preview
Click here to see a free preview of the video Landscapes in Living Color: Stephen Quiller Paints in Watercolor.
MORE RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
• Watch art workshops on demand at ArtistsNetwork.TV
• Online seminars for fine artists
• Instantly download fine art magazines, books, videos & more
• Sign up for your Artist’s Network email newsletter & receive a FREE ebook