I have an aunt who’s an art teacher in Bakersfield, which was always so convenient for me as she’d often gift my cousins and I with new art supplies! I remember when visiting her house I was always so fascinated with the extensive library of art books she had in her office. Because of that, I now have this idea that to be an artist I have to have my own library…which is why I’m constantly collecting reading material, whether or not it's to read right away.
I recently found myself flipping through this book that was gifted to me, “Drawing & Painting Techniques: A Step by Step Guide.” It's a great collection of paint tutorials with some good chunks of art history thrown in here and there.
This page on composition caught my eye as I remember studying this piece by Raphael Sanzio in school. The page breaks down the composition in such a way that I wanted to practice it for myself, but instead of painting people I decided to go with bears, as we had just watched the Disneynature film on bears the night prior.
I had been using acrylic paints on Strathmore Drawing paper…which is something you’re not really supposed to do, but for practice it worked out fine. So I thought I’d try using acrylics on Strathmore’s Bristol, as it's thicker and quite smooth (plus it was 50% off at Hobby Lobby).
It actually worked out fine with minimal tapering and if you’d like to see more of this process, please enjoy this relaxing, speed painting video I’ve shared on my YouTube channel.