Simplicity is the keynote of all elegance. As the name suggests, the simplistic or minimalist art style only requires a few simple and basic shades/tones and yet manages to bring out a satisfying sense of elegance. This art style gives off a very calm and soothing vibes. It is very pleasing to the eye and it seeks to divert your attention from reality and provide you a sense of escapism when you stare into the canvas.
The colour palette used are usually lighter and warmer colours. This includes mustard yellow, beige, dusty pink,white. The dull colours are navy blue, warm grey, sap green. There is usually a nice combination of the colour palette when the colours are complemented together.
Here are some examples of the minimalist art styles recreated by Artist Celine Chia and her students:
Minimalist Plant: We use simple shapes like circles and semi circles, followed by adding leaves to bring out the essence of the painting. The strokes used are very simple and done in one stroke, while the colours used are 3 different colours to bring out the minimalistic effect. This simple overlapping red and yellow highlights the effect of juxtaposition of the contrasting colours.
Minimalistic Scenery: Warm colours are used in this scenario. There is no blending of colours, but rather separating the layers through the choice of colours. The colours used are beige, blush, maroon and reddish brown. These layers, when used in conjunction with each other, produce the warm hues of the setting sun against the backdrop of the mountainous regions.
Vector Art Style: They use the outlines of the people, and leave out the facial features of the subject matter. Using pantone colours, this draws out a unique yet distinct highlight to the subject such that one can instantly recognise the focus of the painting. There is not much blending required and minimal contours are used in this painting.
Minimalist Floral (left painting): It is very common for quotes, and comes with words or phrases that seek to raise awareness or convey a message. The colours used are more pastel in nature, in this case, mustard yellow, white, beige and pale pink.
Minimalist Cartoon (right painting): The focus is on the cartoon character itself and it stands out by itself. Simple solid lines are used to draw attention to the subject and not much details are needed. The colours used in this context are black, beige and watermelon pink and white.
To sum up, the minimalist art style is very beginner friendly, and definitely very doable for newbies keen to start art jamming this simplistic art style. The tricky aspect of this art style is to strike a balance between elegance and simplicity. Once this balance is achieved, the painting will naturally turn out chic and classy.