Reviewing My Past Notan Studies For Faults

We all know the adage “practice makes perfect”, but it doesn’t work when we practice the same bad habits over and over again. This is why I like strategic learning – regularly reflecting upon progress and setting goals to define improvement.

I have practiced notan sketches a lot lately. An awful lot. I am actually…

Mass Notans of Paintings By The Old Masters

Getting better at something means practicing, a lot. Strategic practice achieves the best results – it helps you to recognise flaws in your work and focus on areas to improve with each new project. This is one of the aspects that Barry John Raybould teaches in his Virtual Art Academy course.

One aspect of strategic…

Dominant Notan Practice

I am practicing my notans more and more since so many artists stress that a good value plan for your painting is so absolutely vital for it to be successful. In this post I am looking at notans that have dominant values.

If you want to learn more about creating notans then you should definitely…

Planning a Composition Around Notans

My next exercise for the Virtual Art Academy is to design a number of notans with a focus on sub-dominant values. What does this mean? A notan is typically made of two, three or four different values. A sub-dominant value is when one of those values takes up 50% or more of the composition.

If…

Practicing 2-Value Notans

Taking a couple of hours out of my day, I sourced some inspiration to make a variety of very quick notan sketches. Since it is still summer here, and absolutely dreadfully hot outside, I stayed indoors and referenced many of the photos I used for an earlier assessment for the Virtual Art Academy.

If you…

2 Value Notans Practice From The Old Masters

I am up to week 6 in the Virtual Art Academy and we have just begun to learn about notans. Notans can really use as many values as you want, although most artists will limit their sketches down to just two to four values. Of course it makes sense to start as simple as possible… with…

Comparing Values In My Own Paintings

Since I am studying so much about values in art lately, I figured it was only fair to go back to my own past artworks and analyse how effectively I used values. I have known about the concept of values for quite some time, but as I have often learnt knowing theory and practically applying…

Brushes For Oil Painting

When it comes to art, so much depends advice is dependant upon the artist’s personal opinions and taste. Certain art styles, such as impressionism vs realism, will need different tools and colors. The same is the case for brushes… I have attempted to collect a list of what is most commonly recommended for beginner artists.

Searching For Starter Oil Colors/Palette

Starting a new artistic medium is a big challenge; there is so much to learn and it can be so overwhelming. When it comes to oil painting there are a number of factors to consider, for example; brands of oil paint, types of solvents and their potentially harmful effects, color choice, brush types and sizes,…