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Cube and Gradation Study

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Acrylic Painting: Basics & Beyond taught by Michael Lynne

Jump-start your artistic journey with step-by-step guidance from blank canvas to acrylic work of art!

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Type Painting
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Material Acrylic Paint
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Learning to paint cubes or other square and rectangular shapes is important for a number of reasons. First we learn about mixing different values of the colors we need in order to describe what we see. My example above is a monochromatic study which I suggest for beginners. In other words different values of the same color. After you try a few of these try adding another object too. While the process of doing this is important I think that is even more important to start seeing values and colors and how they relate to one another. I challenge you to look for the cube effect as you walk to work, thumbing through a magazine, etc. Ask questions of yourself how much darker is that color than the color next to it. While corners on objects produce clear changes in color/value round objects are seen and are painted differently as light changes the color/value gradually. For most of us gradation is somewhat harder to do in the beginning. Softer edges are often found in shadows too. I took a workshop several years ago that focused on four types of edges and how and why we need to pay attention to them.

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08/19/2014 Flag

I like the rather measured way you talk as you work giving me ample time to absorb the idea and then execute it. I had never understood what "blocking in"meant and this alone will be worth the price of the video

08/19/2014 Flag

What is equally exciting about "Blocking In" Marycon is that it can be done in so many different ways. Some artists I have researched block in values not colors and work their colors over the value study when ready. Yet another approach! Enjoy, Michael

08/21/2014 Flag

I hate the learning part, but you make painting cubes kinda fun. I am now looking at things in the 'real'world saying to my self "that shadow on the tablecloth would be painted with a streak of dark to make it look like a crease. WOW!

08/29/2014 Flag

Yes! That makes my day. The more visual practice we get, the more we remember about subjects, the color the light, etc. the more convincing we can become when we paint something. Enjoy! Michael

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