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Introduction To Abstract Painting Techniques & Ideas For Beginners

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Step 1: Composition Techniques For An Abstract Painting

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To start, you will first need to sketch out a few thumbnail drawings on the tracing paper to serve as both your visual reference and experimenting with different compositional concepts. Position your three objects (soap bottle, scissors, and garlic) in an angle you like, and look at them more as shapes to combine and transform within each composition. Because abstract painting is more about the overall design than individual or distinctive elements, let your creativity run free and allow yourself to come up with some unusual perspectives and tones.  You do not need to draw the whole shape of the objects, or force everything into one frame. Focus on how each shape relates to another rather than being concerned with making each object look realistic.

As you continue drawing different thumbnails, each one different from the rest, settle on the one you feel has the best design for an abstract painting. (Side note: Because you’re using an abstract style, it is encouraged that you have some fun and shy away from following directions very strictly; nevertheless, if you want to replicate Steve’s work, feel free to follow along.)

Below is a close-up of Steve’s thumbnail sketches:

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