How To Paint From Photo References
What you'll learn
- How to use photo reference without copying image & details
- How to use photo as a starting point only
- How to extract focal points
- How to move objects and shapes in photos to redesign scene
- Tips for good design & composition
- How to resize and crop images
- Tips for painting loosely and expressively
- How to tweak details to make the art your own
- Add your personality and vision to the finished art
- Tips for using value to create impact
- Need basic drawing supplies and any painting medium you prefer. All mediums welcome!
In this course you will learn many ideas for how to paint from photo references without copying every detail and nuance. The lessons are packed with useful tips for all levels from beginner to experienced artists.
How It Works: Robert will create a series of four paintings all inspired from photos. Each painting is broken down from the very beginning. The steps will include understanding what's included in the original photo; then Robert will extract the elements that are interesting; the scene is re-worked into a new design based on his thoughts and vision. Then a finished painting is completed so you see the idea(s) come to fruition.
Assignment One: An assignment that includes seven photo references. You will take each image and use some of the ideas Robert shared in section one to make edits that appeal to you.
Assignment Two: Robert completes the same assignment using the exact same images as you. This will give you something to compare your work to so that you aren't left with questions. There are no right or wrongs but it's useful to see how he approaches each image.
Your Turn: Create a final painting based on your favorite design. Robert will paint his favorite and toss in a bonus video of another :)
When you are finished you will have some fresh ideas and techniques for working from photos.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner and experienced artists that want to learn how to paint from photos without slavishly copying every detail
Hi, I'm Robert Joyner.
I'm a full time paint-slinger from Richmond, Virginia specializing in watercolor, acrylic & mixed media paintings. Best known for my signature loose brushwork and carefree approach to creating abstract style artwork.
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