How to Add Power to Your Paintings With Notan Sketches

Malcolm Dewey, Artist and Author

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10 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:58
    • 2. Why Simplification Adds Power

      1:27
    • 3. It Begins With Selecting a Scene

      6:06
    • 4. Notan Demonstration

      4:53
    • 5. Step 1: Squinting Technique

      1:56
    • 6. Step 2: What Are Values?

      2:07
    • 7. Step 3: Identify Mass Shapes

      2:09
    • 8. Step 4: Draw the Notan

      5:13
    • 9. How Not to Draw a Notan

      2:43
    • 10. Conclusion

      1:21

About This Class

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A major problem for artists is how to simplify a scene for a landscape painting. Nature is chaotic and you cannot include everything you see into a painting. So how do you select what is important? Then how do you simplify that object so that you do not get stuck on little details?

The answer is the notan sketch. A powerful technique that takes only minutes to complete.

  1. The notan sketch will teach you how to find the powerful elements of a scene. 
  2. Decide what to leave in and what to leave out
  3. Establish the primary lights and dark shapes
  4. Make starting your painting much easier.
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