Landscape or figure painting; which one should I start with?
1yr
Jesper Axelsson
Hi, I have another painting question: What would you recommend to learn first: figure or landscape painting? My interest goes more toward landscapes at the moment, and New Masters Academy has an "Introduction to Landscape Painting" course which is labeled beginner friendly and seem to be covering the fundamentals. But I'm wondering if it's more beneficial to first learn to paint the figure. I've got the impression that many schools to do it that way (though, it's just a hunch, which is why I'm asking :) Thanks!
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Beth
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Do both. Sketch out some ideas and see how they look. If you plan on putting people/animals in your landscapes you have to learn human and animal anatomy and where and how to place things. Go look at works from John Singer Sargent, Edgar Payne or Joaquin Sorolla. They all had to learn anatomy for their characters to look correct within their landscapes. Even if the characters took a few brushstrokes they don't fall flat and untrained. Its a great way to come up with ideas and learn to manicure such paintings as to convey your ideas. I do both daily which helps lots because I want to make real sure I know what I'm doing when my commissions do come up. If I think I'm falling flat on a particular subject Ill go back and try it again, and go do some research. Not sure if that is your goal in art but hopefully whatever I shared here will help you, good luck. oh yah and just enjoy the process, :) .
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Jesper Axelsson
Thanks for this @Beth :)
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Warren Bonett
I’m trying to do both 🙂. And animals. I bounce between each, and try to find ways of incorporating all of them into single compositions. I’m sure there are many good reasons to concentrate on single subjects but I prefer to nudge everything forward a bit than charge with one. It also helps me do what I want which is to illustrate stories and create narrative artworks. Ive not done any courses in painting but I’ve found lots of helpful tips online as a starting place. I intend on doing a couple of Michael James Smith’s workshops before I decide which more complete course I’ll take. NMA’s one looks good.
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Jesper Axelsson
Thanks for this! "NMA’s one looks good" Thanks for checking :)
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Nicolas CATALDO
Hello Jesper :), probably go with what you want to learn first as it has the greatest chance of making you paint. Fundamentals applies on anything regardless of the subject matter. There is no strict rules or perfect path to learn painting. If figures will help you paint landscape it means landscape will help you paint figures.
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Jesper Axelsson
Great point! Thanks!
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Shelvs Fleurima
Definitely landscape- understanding lighting , and how to properly mix color is a bone, and should be carefully studied before moving to painting skin. I intend to move to landscape once I am done with my anatomy study.
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Jesper Axelsson
Thanks!
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Huba Hevele
I would start with learning lanscape bekause it gives you more opportunity for abstract shape designe, and learning composition, witch you can use later in figure painting. Also it would be a good idea to practice simultaniously the two. And doing stil life and cast studies is a good ide to introduce yourself to the fundamentals. That is just my opinion do. Hope that helps, have a nice day!
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Jesper Axelsson
Yes this helped! Thank you!
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Huba Hevele
Taking a guache tilling class at Watts Atelier is also a great option for beginners
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Philip Oz
I’m a beginner, so don’t take my advice as gospel. I think you should spend most of your time doing what you enjoy and do the other things on the side. For example, do landscapes 80% and figure 20% of the time.
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Jesper Axelsson
Thanks for this!
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