Sunday, May 28, 2017


Hey guys! Welcome to Summer 2017 – Experimental Digital Painting 3 (and to Brainstorm School if this is your first time here)It was a pleasure to meet everyone and we look forward to learning alongside you all.

The syllabus is the course outline for the entire term so hold on to it or refer to it to have an idea of what to expect in the future.

So why is this class important? This class is designed to broaden your visual sensibility and visual library. Each and every master brings a different ‘palette’ and specialization, different styles and techniques, to their work. By having a large arsenal of techniques and different workflows, like having a belt of various tools, you learn to be adaptable and capable of handling any problem as an artist.

The task for this week is to create...
[1] Master Copy + [2] Alternative POV's 
[1] Still Life Painting
And bring a name tag to every class when presenting your work!

Artists & resources we've mentioned/covered:

  • Eyvind Earle
  • Edgar Payne [Composition of Outdoor Painting]
  • Marcos Mateu-Mestre [Framed Ink]
  • Hans P. Bacher [Sketchbook: Composition Studies for Film]
  • Bill Anton
  • Tom Lovell
  • Anders Zorn
Dropbox Link:

Eyvind Earle (1916) Notes
So why are we studying this artist in particular?
Eyvind Early can create so much complexity and beauty within a flat space. By learning from him, we learn how to achieve beauty in simplicity before applying additional layers of complexity such as depth and edge control which we will learn through the later weeks.
- Some characteristics of Eyvind Earle's work include his sense of design for simple graphic shapes, manipulating those shapes via abstraction and texture, creating a gesture & flow, and working in a flat 2D space
- Understand the relationship between simplicity vs complexity
- What is stippling? It's a mark consisting of dots and small specks to create a 'textured' or gradation effect.

To create your own tools/brushes within Photoshop:

  1. Pick a photograph that is high res or else you won’t be able to find those crisp defined shapes in preparation for making your own pattern stamps
  2. Use blend modes or 'levels' to define the values of patterns and components from the source image
  3. Copy the shape over to a new document, edit>define brush preset or after selecting the shape, create a work path, edit>define custom shape. This applies to pattern stamps as well!
“There’s no real rules to composition… a composition is a point of view you’re trying to shoot.”

1.     First off, identify your extracted shapes and brushes you will be using to create your compositions
2.     Start off by creating a relatively light/dark background to establish an atmosphere, underpainting, establish your color palette via reference from other artists/images (Thanks Eyvind Earle!)
3.     Establish your horizon line (ground/sky plane)
4.     Place flat graphic shapes and arranging them in ways to create something interesting (applying the principles of composition): Primary and Secondary shapes
5.     Locate your light source(s)
6.     Apply texture and further information within shapes: Tertiary shapes

Once you do your own copy, do a still life: take a simple object(s) and apply the 'Eyvind Earle' approach to it
1.     Place your local values
2.     Consider the design of each graphic shape
My name is Kris by the way! And I'll be your TA for the class :) Feel free to email me at if you have any questions or concerns regarding classwork--or even questions about our school. Both John and I are on Facebook so message us there as well!

I'll be making a facebook group for all of us to share work and ask for feedback so I'll do my best to add you all. Because we can't always give the perfect amount of time for every individual during the in-class critique, we will always be more responsive to your work if you reach out to us throughout the week before every class. That's the goal of the online Facebook group so both of us and your classmates can all give you constructive feedback on your work--as well as doing paint overs.

I'm hunting y'all down on Facebook so expect a random friend request lol

Course Syllabus