Painters Guide To Design & Composition by Robert Joyner

Painters Guide To Design & Composition

The Bones Behind The Art


It’s imperative that an artist sees what it is they’re creating. This may sound odd but it’s not uncommon for artists to be completely blind to their work. The reason this happens is because they’re only focused on one element of the work that they don’t see the whole.

Module One: Simplifying Elements And Principles Of Design

This section covers all you need to know about the basics of design elements and principles. And you will  learn how they translate to making quality art. It's important to establish a foundation before moving into more advanced ideas. If you lack these with design techniques in your work then it's pointless to even pick up a paintbrush.

Module Two: In-Depth Look Into Practical Design Theory

Here you will learn how to incorporate pattern, equality, designing within the frame and a whole lot more. The lessons in this section will dramatically improve your artwork in ways you never knew existed. There's also several complete demonstrations that illustrate how certain elements were used in a painting. So, you will see these methods in action as a painting is completed from design to finish.

Module Three: Composing Focal Points And Shapes Within The Frame

A complete breakdown of various design methods that will give you more options for composing your work. These advanced ideas will completely change how you look at your subjects by understanding shapes.

Module Four: Additional Composition Knowledge

This section includes various techniques for understanding shapes within the frame. You will start to see how to organize your subjects so that they mingle well with the edges of the picture plane.

Module Five: Application Demonstrations

I’ll share some examples on how I tackled various issues when creating work from photos. In each example you’ll discover how I utilized certain composition and design elements to create a finished painting. Having these examples will help you to see potential issues in your reference photos and save you a lot of time and money.

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Don't Get Caught Without Good Design & Compositions!

Very interesting and clear, with good examples! Emma Montonen

A lot of useful information packed into this course. I have always struggled with composition but I feel much more confident after watching Robert's tutorials. Thank you.
Laurene S.

Very informative! Easy to understand.
Susan H.

What's included?

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Simplifying Elements & Principles Of Design
Element One: Shape
9 mins
Element Two: Value
3 mins
Element Three: Color
2 mins
Element Four: Texture
3 mins
Principle One: Contrast
3 mins
Principle Two: Dominance
2 mins
Principle Three: Variety
3 mins
Principle: Unity
2 mins
Module Two: In-Depth Look Into Practical Design Theory
Patterns 101
12 mins
(NEW) Two Value Pattern Sketch
9 mins
Design Within Frame
14 mins
Avoid Equality
13 mins
Design Example
10 mins
Point Of View = POV
12 mins
10 mins
(NEW) Three Value Pattern Demo
22 mins
(NEW) Finished Color Painting Demonstration
24 mins
Composing Focal Points And Shapes Within The Frame
Discovering Shapes In Your Subject(s)
8 mins
Interlocking With Basic Shapes
8 mins
Interlocking With Shapes & Value
13 mins
Looking For The Big Shapes
6 mins
Develop A Focal Point
8 mins
Connecting Shapes
7 mins
17 mins
Composition Basics
Composition & Design Overview
Four Most Important Compositional Lines
Eight Common Armatures
Horizontals And Verticals
The Cruciform
Creating Tension Within The Rectangle
Twelve Composition Basics
Application Demonstrations
Maine Townscape
5 mins
4 mins
5 mins
Seascape With Scallop Boats
7 mins
Richmond- Shadows & Color
7 mins


Discover The Art Of Blending Classic Fundamentals With Expressive Techniques.