Michael Britton

Portrait Drawing Lessons - Learn to draw portraits

Workshop Review

Thank you for producing this wonderful workshop on Symphonic Composition and Portrait Drawing. You have provided a great wealth of information in both workshops.

Having a technical background in electrical engineering, I have to admit that I was particularly lured by the information in your first workshop on symphonic composition. In my opinion, though it might be technically biased, it is your workshop on symphonic composition wherein you provide the true "Masters Key".

I like to think that I have done extensive reading on art instruction in an attempt to self-educate myself, and I have to say, that you have provided a comprehensive treatise on composition and design that is difficult or nearly impossible to find elsewhere today.

In fact, I have to confess that I was quite perturbed by how little I knew about the significance of Phi with a master's degree in engineering. It took your course on Symphonic composition to propel me to explore " Sacred Geometry" ! I was consumed with the subject last winter when I suddenly realized that I was quickly drifting back into technical doldrums of mathematics far removed from my art.

I really have yet to come across a book that provides as comprehensive a course on design. In this workshop, you clearly elucidate the placement of the center of interest in relation to the entire composition which of course is crucial. I found this course extremely stimulating.

Anu G.
Montreal, Canada

Workshop Review

Symphonic Composition will probably and hopefully be part of one of the most significant art re-discoveries of this century. There are so many of us artists throughout the USA and world that struggle with composition (I'm assuming from my experience and reading and association with other artists), applying this or that scheme, more or less shooting in the dark. And, here is a way to rationally get a grip on one’s compositional efforts, better know what one is doing, and also, importantly, incorporate power into one’s art.

Bill P.

Painting Composition

Symphonic Composition: The elements of pictorial division

There is an underlying power to great paintings. The question is: what is that power? Is it solely the spirit of the artist coupled with a mastery of drawing and color? There are many well-drawn and painted works of art. Yet very few of them would be considered great paintings.

If a hierarchy is applied to the visual craft of painting, I believe that both drawing and color would be second to composition. They are all critically important, but it is composition that binds and moves the viewer's eye throughout a painting in a rhythmic cadence.

Rhythm is the primary conduit to the viewer's viscera. It is what moves and carries the emotional qualities. The active force of music is rhythm. It is the same with painting.

Once you learn the basic 'keys' of Symphonic Composition, you will recognize it in many great works of art and apply it to your own work.

Edgar Degas, Head of a young woman
Edgar Degas, Head of a Young Woman

The Symphonic Composition Workshop was filmed live at the Vancouver Academy of Art in May 2003. Not only will you see Michael Britton presenting the keys to composition step-by-step, but unlike the workshop enviroment, Mr. Britton has enhanced the lesson plans with numerous special chapters that are available only in the instant download video workshop. This Workshop is for all levels of painters. It incorporates a layered, step-by-step approach to learning and assumes that you have very little, if any, knowledge of geometry.

For those of you with a mathematical bent, the simple 'keys' taught here readily lend themselves to complex and elegant solutions to painting.

Even a 'simple' portrait drawing can be pushed to the next level by symphonically framing the pictorial surface (the canvas).

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