40 Guidelines for Composing a Landscape Painting

When creating artwork, finding the flaws in your own work can be difficult.  Furthering your understanding what works and what doesn’t can make this process far less frustrating.  The tutorial on art destination site and forum Wetcanvas has demystified the most common problems. From the article, by Johannes Vloothuis:

“I have put together a series of “ rules” (I’d prefer the word, tips) of composition that when used properly should reduce the flaws in your landscape paintings. These are a compilation of what appears in most books on composition plus some of my own ideas. A word of caution; do not allow these to hinder your work. They are to help you out when you are in doubt on where to place diverse elements in your work. Rules are made to be broken, in which case you should at least know what rule you are breaking and why and not err due to insufficient knowledge. There are 23 pages so get a cup of coffee and prepare yourself for a long haul.”

Landscape Composition Rules (wetcanvas.com)

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

Want to be in the next inspiration and artist profile post?

This is a new upcoming feature on my blog. Every once in a while I’ll post a round up of the best in typography, design, painting and illustration.  How do you get featured?  Just join my new flickr group, Uncanny Creativity and add your artwork. Make sure you tag it appropriately. 

You can also go there to talk to your fellow artists and designers and discover even more work for yourself.  Tell your friends to join too!

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

Taking Photos in Low Light (Infographic)

This infographic on low light photography comes from Snapsort. It has a ton of great tips such as taking a ton of photos in succession, camera settings and lens selection.

You may also want to check out our past guest posts on photography: Film Photography vs. Digital Photography by Claire Jarrett of Marketing By Web and Finding Your Own Photography Style by Sarah Gonski of loveandpaella.com

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

Drawing: A free book of 100 hands

Drawing the hands is one of the most difficult challenges faced by an artist when studying anatomy. They are as complex as the rest of the figure. Good reference material can help to simplify the task. Thankfully, the classic fully illustrated text of George B. Bridgman’s Book of a Hundred Hands is available free from Google Books. You can download a PDF, read it from your browser or view the book on any device that supports the Google Books app.

Bridgman details the hand in most imaginable positions, detailing fingers, the wrist. Most sections include simplified muscle groups with labels. Other details of interest are the veins, bones and, of course, short texts. The text quickly tells you information that’s key to an artistic understanding of anatomy.

If you love drawing books as much as I do, check out this extensive list even more free drawing books to download. Great to either load on your kindle or print out your favorite pages.

If you insist on print, you can also buy the published edition book on Amazon for under $20USD
. If you have any other resources, share them in the comments

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

10 Creative Ideas for Bargain DIY Wall Art

Create your own wall art with some of these ideas from around the web without needing much of a budget at all.

 

 

Artful Spaces
Artful Spaces: DIY Wall Art for the Home

Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.