The Painting Realistic Pictures Without Drawing

Do you wish you could paint realistic pictures but have always been put off because you can’t draw? I have created a system which overcomes the drawing problem and opens up a wonderful hobby for people who have always thought it was something they just couldn’t do.

I take the drawing problem away by providing an outline which you transfer to your painting paper. Then with detailed step-by-step instructions, accompanied by photos, I show you exactly how to achieve a fine painting. There are paintings from beginner level 1 to more advanced level 5.

This is real painting, not colouring in or painting by numbers. You learn proper painting skills including the very important skill of blending. Blending means making two colours next to each other merge gradually instead of having a sharp join. For example, the stem of a flower is round, not flat. By blending the colours you can make it appear round. Without blending it would just be flat and not lifelike. Blending is vital to realistic painting, and is widely used to give shape and depth to faces, body parts, flowers, jewels, fruit, wineglasses, and many more.

Some people worry that using an outline is cheating, and that any artist should do all the drawing. I’ll let you into a secret. Many professional painters are not very good at drawing and need help. For a small painting they might take a photo, and trace it so that they can transfer the tracing to the painting surface. For a large painting some artists use a projector to shine an image onto a canvas and draw around it. Others who are better at drawing still don’t draw straight onto their painting paper or canvas. They do the drawing on paper and work on it, rubbing out mistakes and doing it again until they are satisfied it is good enough to transfer. Using a grid of squares to get the proportions right has a long history and was a method employed by some of the great masters. Using some form of drawing aid is very common and you should not in any way feel that there is something wrong with it. It will allow you to achieve a painting that you would have thought was completely beyond your abilities

I did all the paintings with an opaque water paint which is very easy to use. I don’t recommend oil paints for people who are new to this style of painting. They are more difficult to use than water paint. The aim of my method is to show people how to achieve paintings that they would not have thought possible. It is very important that the paint should be easy to use and not involve unnecessary complications. Of course, after building up some experience you might want to explore oil paints. Why not? You never know how far you might go once you have been supported to get started. You might amaze yourself with what you can do!

David Ainge has created the ArtStepByStep project to show people that they can paint fine realistic pictures without drawing skills.

This approach is highly structured and gives very clear instructions, with photos, for every step of a painting. You are supported at every stage of the painting, from start to finish.