Paul Kratter

Paul Kratter: Landscape Painting & Design

Video Length: 4 Hours


What If I Told You There's Just One Step In The Painting Process That Ensures You Get A Successful Landscape Painting?

Professional artist and illustrator Paul Kratter shares his award-winning approach, including his “3Q” method that improves values, colors, and intensities!


“Landscape Painting & Design” is about how to master the design, the most critical part of your painting, and how to apply it to create a successful landscape painting.

Paul will give you a full demonstration starting with the most important step of all, the sketch.

Most artists, strangely enough, completely skip the crucial sketching phase. In this video, Paul Kratter will show you how to sketch your way to success, putting you miles ahead of those who skip this step. 

The humble sketch, when done right, gives your paintings more atmosphere, more drama, and more elements that engage the viewer’s senses.

Without this step, not only will your paintings look amateurish, but you’ll also have a hard time solving problems you’ll encounter later on as you‘re painting.

He’ll share with you what to put in, what to leave out, composition tips, design secrets he learned throughout his 20+ years as a professional illustrator, and much more.

Once you’ve mastered this important step, your landscape painting will look much better… and your viewers will love you for it.

You’ll also discover interesting lessons like how to achieve better atmosphere and depth when painting mountains…

…the simple trick to make mountains look tall and majestic…

…how to make the background recede into the distance…

….the best way to paint colorful grasses without making mud…

….tips for painting realistic rocks (NOT potatoes!)... 

…how to paint water with sparkle and depth (another key feature in mastering design)...

…how to use the cross hatching technique in your sketch to get your values right plus many other tips and strategies.

He’s also sharing his “3Q” method that helps create paintings with better values, colors, and intensities.


You’re going to learn a variety of techniques, including:

  • Paul Kratter’s unique brushwork that builds confidence…
  • How to start with a well defined sketch using 3 values…
  • How to block in a painting starting with the shadow shapes…
  • How to refine a “bad” area of your painting…
  • plus so much more!


Your journey towards becoming the best artist you can be is about to start.

To do that, you need a great instructor. So let’s meet him!


Meet Your Instructor, Paul Kratter!

Painting lessons are never boring with Paul Kratter!


If you want your learning journey to be fun, full of laughter, and extremely insightful, Paul Kratter won’t disappoint you.

He loves teaching. He’s more than happy to impart over 40 years of professional experience - 22 years as a commercial illustrator and 18 years as a plein air painter.

His background has instilled strong drawing and design skills and a robust belief in graphic shapes and storytelling.

In fact, Paul describes himself as “A Designer of Shapes” - and you’re about to learn some of the best trade secrets directly from him.

Imagine how amazing your paintings will be after you learn from him!

He’s going to talk a lot. He shares his thoughts freely. That means you’re going to hear his internal thought-process. This will help you understand the reasons behind his decisions, which is only going to turn you into a much better artist.

He’s going to make mistakes, but he’s not going to hide them. Instead, he’s going to show you how he fixes them.

Learning from Paul Kratter might just be the best decision you ever make!

Here’s a small taste of what’s inside “Landscape Painting & Design”:

  • How to add more atmosphere and drama to your landscape using design secrets from a professional artist and illustrator…
  • The one step to guarantee your landscape painting will turn out successful…
  • Paul Kratter’s ingenious “3Q” method that helps create paintings with better values, colors, and intensities (it also guides your next decision and greatly improves your landscape paintings)…
  • How to spot areas of your painting that need fixing like a pro, and how to fix them…
  • How to paint realistic rocks (instead of potatoes)...
  • How to make the background recede into the distance…
  • The sneaky illusion trick to make mountains feel tall and majestic…
  • How to lead the viewer into the painting using angles and shape
  • The little known secret to making your trees look more natural
  • How to create dynamic shapes and lines…
  • How to use the cross hatching technique in your sketches to get your values right every time…
  • How to start with a well defined sketch using 3 values…
  • Create colorful grasses without making mud…
  • How to paint water with depth and sparkle–another key element in mastering design
  • PLUS: Paul Kratter’s unique brushwork to achieve more confident brushstrokes…
  • and so many more incredible tips and strategies!

Chapter Breakdown

  1. Introduction
  2. Materials
  3. The Sketch
  4. Designing the Canvas
  5. Block in Background & Midground
  6. Block in the Foreground
  7. Develop the Background & Midground
  8. Moving to the Foreground
  9. Develop the Water
  10. Refine & Adjust
  11. Reassess
  12. Final Touches


Extra Bonuses:

  • High Speed View for your painting convenience
  • Exhibit of Works for your creative inspiration
  • Insights from the artist - Get to know Paul and his love for the landscape and painting

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Peter Musielski
Paul Kratter: Landscape Painting & Design

Excellent landscape painting demo from beginning to end! Mr. Kratter has a wonderful disposition in regards to painting and life! He makes you feel like he's talking to a friend. I come from a design/illustration background so I was naturally drawn to his painting style. It was nice to see all the steps he takes while explaining his decisions. Thanks much!

Regina Atwood

I love this video! Thank you!

Galen Griswold
How to make your paintings breath.

The language of perspective here contained is extremely helpful in creating the sketch.