Abstract Cow Painting Techniques by Robert Joyner

Abstract Cow Painting Techniques

Simple Yet Highly Effective Techniques

Hi, I'm Robert Joyner

And I've created Abstract Cow Painting Techniques for people like you that want to loosen up and make art fun!
If you've always wanted to...
  • Paint expressive animal art but had had no clue where to start.
  • Master the art of blending representational and abstract qualities.
  • Learn an approach that will eliminate hours of painting aimlessly.
  • Have a reliable online mentor that will answer your questions.
Then this course is for you!
  • Build confidence through design and composition.
  • Create stunning cow artwork more successfully.
  • Discover go-to resources for discovering abstract qualities.
  • Explore brushwork and collaging.

Demo One Highlights

  • Toning with smudging
  • Painting in layers
  • Managing colors & values
  • Tips for painting with white
  • Crayon mark making tips

Demo Two Highlights

  • Tips for working with abstract beginnings
  • Edge control
  • Building depth with layers
  • Expressive mark making tips
  • Managing colors to add strong & subtle marks
  • Collaging techniques


Loved this class. Great style and I can't wait to try it myself. Also excellent advice on working with your subject to get to know it better and to play with the shapes and aspects that interest you most. LOVE LOVE LOVED this.
Karina J.
Love everything about this class! So refreshing after spending time doing photo realistic animal portraits. I needed this to bring back the fun in art. Can’t wait to play in my paints again. Thank you for the inspiration. I’m a fan !
L. Green

What's included?

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Getting Started
Getting Started Advice, Materials & Asset Image
Composition & Design Overview
The Four Most Important Lines
Angles VS Curves
Understanding Value Masses
Positive And Negative Shapes
Abstract Journey Begins Here
What Makes An Abstract Cow?
Seeing Shapes
Shapes And Value
Determining What To Include
Sketching Exercises With Charcoal & Acrylics
Project: Charcoal Sketches
5 mins
Step Two: Acrylic Sketching
6 mins
Demonstration One
Materials - Demonstration #1
3 mins
Toning The Surface
4 mins
Add Design & First Layer
6 mins
Add Second Layer
8 mins
Add Third Layer
5 mins
Finishing Touches Without Crayon
10 mins
Adding Crayon
7 mins
Mixed Media Demo With Collage
Material List & Purchase Info
Image Resources
Special Materials Needed
4 mins
Design And Composition
9 mins
Angles And Curves-HD 720p.mov
5 mins
7 mins
Crayon Mark Making Techniques
11 mins
Demonstration Part 1 - Materials
3 mins
Demonstration Part 2 - Toning Surface
4 mins
Demonstration Part 3 - Design Layout
3 mins
Demonstration Part 4 - Add Layer One Of Acrylics
7 mins
Demonstration Part 5 - Add Layer Two Of Acrylics
7 mins
Demonstration Part 6 - Add Layer Three
3 mins
Demonstration Part 7 - Add Collage
7 mins
Demonstration Part 8 - Add More Details And Refine Shapes
8 mins
Demonstration Part 9 - Finishing Touches
8 mins
11 mins
16 mins


How do I ask a question?

You can ask a question anytime during your enrollment in a course via comments section. This is located at the end of every lesson. Simply fill out the comment form and Robert will respond in a timely manner. It usually takes no longer than 24 hours. Once Robert replies you will be notified via email that there's a response waiting for you.

How do courses work?

Once you enroll you will have access to all available content. Courses are self-study so you can watch at your convenience. Unlike workshops courses do not involve assignments and feedback. But with some courses there may be critique videos included which means the course was once a workshop. We feel adding the critiques makes the course more educational.

Do these courses need to be viewed on desktop computer only?

No. As long as you have high-speed Internet connection our courses can be viewed on a desktop, laptop or mobile device.
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Are these courses live?

No. Since we have students from all over the world, it makes it impossible to schedule live courses. These courses have instructor "exclusive" pre-recorded video lessons that you can watch anytime and anywhere as long as you have high-speed Internet connection on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

You can watch the videos in parts if you can't watch the entire video all at once. You can forward and rewind the video lessons from your instructor as often as you wish during your enrollment in the course. This is an added bonus, because everyone knows that there is no rewinding instructors information when taking a physical workshop. We made it easy for anyone in the world to learn from the very best.

What level of computer knowledge will I need for the courses?

A basic level of computer understanding is needed. Our technology is simple and very easy to use! If you can browse the Internet, type in a password, play a video, upload a photo then you can easily attend our courses.

Can I get a refund if I can't complete course?

No refunds are available. We offer credit to take another course when your time allows. 

Why take fine art courses online?

Your instructor, Robert Joyner, is a full time renowned artists and are passionate about teaching. All of the course material from the filming to editing has been put together for those that who want you to excel in their art journey. These courses have been designed for artists at every skill level and for the following mediums: acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. The lessons have a perfect blend of traditional fundamentals with expressive techniques.
There are many advantages:
 • Learn and engage from the privacy & comfort of your studio
 • No travel required
 • Watch course lessons 24/7, whenever it fits into your schedule
 • Fully optimized for your mobile devices so that learning on the go is easy and convenient