In video workshop, Ian Roberts helps you achieve color mastery and an understanding of the nuance of intensity which will make your painting stand out from the crowd. Ian's painting exercises will help you learn about putting color and shape-making together to create a strong painting composition, and how to mix color to achieve the correct hue, value and intensity that portrays your subject. Then follow along as he completes two simple landscape studies step by step, putting these painting lessons into practice.
About the Artist
Ian Roberts has been painting for over 40 years, accompanying his father on painting trips from the time he was ten. Ian attended the New School of Art and the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and he studied figure painting in Florence, Italy. Ian's work can be seen in the U.S. and Canada, and he is an artist member of the California Art Club and a signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Ian teaches plein air painting internationally through his school Atelier Saint-Luc, and he is author of Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting, published by North Light Books. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
|Product Type||Streaming Video|
|Content||Landscape, Color & Doodle|
Ian's videos have helped me to sort out some basic fundamentals that alluded me for a number of years. His techniques are clearly outlined and very easy to apply. I feel I have a clear path to follow now that will make my paintings much more successful.
I learned quite a bit but it was also slightly tedious.
Very helpful instruction
Excellent exposition of the three aspects of color, hue, value and intensity. The color matching exercise, which Ian does with oil paints is very helpful and his tips for watercolor artists or pastel artists is useful to note, and can be tried in the studio and while doing plein air painting.
He really does break down each component of value, hue and intensity and how these contribute to a good composition. many of these are concepts i have heard before and on one level, i feel i know them well enough so i dont need to hear them again. however, he explains it so clearly that i feel it is an excellent refresher to bring me back to basics, whether i use his more realistic style or not.
A brilliant explanation of hue, value, intensity and temperature of colour, together with useful demonstrations and exercises.
I like the logical way in which Ian addresses approaching painting, being the left-brained artists that I am! I'm definitely going to try those exercises and I'm hoping these techniques will come in handy while I'm painting.
After writing a rave review on Ian's previous video on design (armatures, creating a road map, massing things into more simplified, abstract shapes), this is the second time I've watched THIS video as well. I enjoyed the focus on color and its main properties: hue, value, & intensity + temperature, the latter of which I'd argue should always be included in this trio in a quartet, particularly in landscape painting. If you can't yet see the relative difference in color temperature (warm/cool) of a split primary palette, which Ian and many other artists use (a warm & cool version of each primary), matching colors like in the color chip exercise and mixing colors can remain a mystery or challenge for some time. So, I love the way Ian emphasizes learning the language we can use to more accurately describe color and use to match and mix colors more accurately (starting with a color's hue "family," then asking yourself is this lighter/darker in value than that, duller/brighter or more intense/less intense than that, warmer/cooler than that). Ian models using that language so well in the color chip exercise. The real gem in that exercise, after demonstrating what a challenge it is matching the color chips as accurately as possible (a worthwhile exercise!), was then changing the hue that had been matched, but still keeping the value and intensity the same. If you squint your eyes (to see the values better while watching that part of the video), the edges between those two painted swatches disappear, even though they're different hues! That's how you know you've nailed or matched the same value & intensity! This is the wonderful way that we can vary the colors in our larger shapes to make them more visually interesting without losing the correct value & intensity they should be in that shape and in space on the picture plane. In one of the small demos of two paintings, I also like the way Ian purposefully created a more interesting diagonal path into the painting from the bottom vs. having a large shape of a foreground/field that emphasized mostly more horizontal lines in the photo reference. Once again, great teacher, clear explanations, good examples and analogies!
Wow. I thought his other two videos were great, and so is this one. Again, he provides lots of useful information - but watching him build the color swatches and the two small demos from "color shapes" was extremely helpful. His way of simplifying the landscape by first designing a roadmap, then identifying the basic shapes, and placing them in space by using color, really helps in creating beautiful and believable paintings without struggling.
Loved the color chip exercises! They were a challenge that made me practice my color mixing skills for value, intensity, and hue, and offer no end to the amount of times they can be repeated. Also, watching Ian talk through his paintings was eye opening. He's such a good speaker and teacher, and doesn't miss a chance to further our understanding of painting a believable landscape. One of the better videos for the beginning landscape painter...just excellent!
Very helpful lessons on Color and structure beneath the landscape. I have troubles still of being able to match basic colors in the scene that I am trying to 'duplicate.' Ian Roberts video broke down the process to preliminary work in terms of color mixing and color of basic shapes.
What also gave me hope is Ian's Color Chip exercise. As an accomplished artist as he is, he still had to take some time and several retries to match the chips to his satisfaction. His comment of having to take the time suggested to me that I need not get frustrated with myself if it takes time. AND like learning to play a musical instrument, a painter should take time to master the 'chords' of color as well as playing the 'song' of the finished painting.
This is packed with really useful information for the serious beginner or intermediate painter who wishes to improve their work quickly. Sometimes it's good for more advanced painters to go back to the basics. I plan to watch this several times.
Wonderful lessons, demos!
Important design information presented simply.
Ian Roberts is a great teacher. This is not an overview of color in general, but shows how to apply color to painting. The exercises he recommends are very helpful. I highly recommend all of Ian Roberts' videos.
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