How to Add Power to Your Paintings With Notan Sketches

Malcolm Dewey, Artist and Author

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10 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Why Simplification Adds Power

    • 3. It Begins With Selecting a Scene

    • 4. Notan Demonstration

    • 5. Step 1: Squinting Technique

    • 6. Step 2: What Are Values?

    • 7. Step 3: Identify Mass Shapes

    • 8. Step 4: Draw the Notan

    • 9. How Not to Draw a Notan

    • 10. Conclusion

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Project Description

Your Class Project is to source five reference photos of landscape scene that catch your eye. Then assess each scene and pick a likely scene based on what you have learned in the lessons.

Then do the following:

  1. Decide whether the scene needs to be cropped to get a stronger composition;
  2. Draw a two value notan sketch using black felt tip marker pen;
  3. To do this you must decide on what are the dominant shapes in the scene. Then decide if that dominant shape is to be shown as a dark mass or light mass. Tip: Large dark mass shapes make for stronger paintings.
  4. Finally decide on whether the scene has the potential to be a strong painting using the criteria from the lessons.

Print out the Project Notes and the munsell value scale to help you with your future paintings.

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