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Email Q & A: What is the Golden Section

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Hello everyone, thanks for all of the continued support and love! Much appreciated as always!

I didn’t think I’d be doing another Q & A so soon, but this one turned into a long discussion about the definition of the golden section. It sprouted from some confusion from a Myron Barnstone video, so I’m glad we finally got it cleared up!

For non-members, you can DOWNLOAD the high resolution infographic “What is the Golden Section” to help share this information with other artists.

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“Moby” the Mobile Studio: for Painting and Photography

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Hey everyone, welcome back! Thanks for all of the continued support…I really appreciate all of the emails, comments, and messages.

Today I’m going to let you in on a huge project I’ve been working on. I built a mobile studio! My girlfriend and I have a tiny apartment in Hawaii, so there’s not much room to spread out and paint, draw, and setup an office of any kind. Not to mention her little parrots wouldn’t do so well with the paint fumes. Yes, I plan on painting with oils very soon! Anyway, I’ve got some before and after pictures below, as well as a 10 part video series on the build!

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Email Q & A: Dynamic Symmetry and Canvas Sizes

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Hey everyone, thanks for joining in today. Huge thanks for all of the support this entire year of 2016. I hope everyone had a great time during the holidays!

I thought I would share an in-depth email that I had with a Master Pass member. It’s loaded with great questions and answers. It should let you know that I’m always here to help the members if you are stuck or confused about a certain topic. If you like this kind of thing please let me know in the comments below or by email. I could do more or even do a bi-weekly Q&A video? Let me know 🙂

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Mastering Composition: Analyzing Art Books with Tracing Paper

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Hey everyone, welcome back! I’m excited to bring you my first video tutorial in a long while. My goal for 2017 is to do more of these videos, so get excited!

Today we are going to look at the way we can keep our skills sharp by analyzing art books with tracing paper. It’s a fun exercise that helps you see the techniques used by master painters. This way you can incorporate them into your photography, painting, sculpting, you name it. This video was released to the public on YouTube, but only The Master Pass members will have access to the additional analyzed painting, plus examples of each tracing. Thank you so much for being a member!

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Stanley Kubrick’s Best Photographs

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Hey everyone, welcome back and huge thanks for all of the support! Today we are going to cover one of my all time favorite directors, Stanley Kubrick. Did you know that he started as a very talented photographer before he directed his first movie? Let’s take a look at some of his best photos and how some of his techniques carried over into his film visuals.

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Virtual Mentors to Inspire Your Artistic Journey

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Welcome back everyone, much love for all of the support! Happy Holidays!!

They say “birds of feather flock together”, but sometimes it’s not that easy to find others with similar interests. That’s why it’s a great idea to surround yourself with virtual friends, associates, or mentors that can fill the void. Thanks to the internet we can connect to people around the world and learn from masters that have already passed. If you want to continue to learn and be influenced by great minds, then you have to put yourself in their presence whenever you have the chance.


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Horizon Zero Dawn – Analyzed Video Game

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Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in today! Much love for all of the continued support, I truly appreciate it!

We have a first today! I analyze some artwork from the intriguing video game called “Horizon Zero Dawn.” I don’t have a gaming system, but I thought the visuals on this game looked stunning. I dug a little deeper and found that the artists were using the same exact techniques that the master painters used to create their remarkable work. Let’s take a look and see how they did it!

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The Problem with Leading Lines

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Welcome back everyone! As always, I thank you for all of the support. Much love for everything!

Today we are going to be taking a look at the well known photography term “Leading Lines,” and why we need to strike it from our artistic vocabulary. Ok, maybe I’m being too dramatic, but we definitely need to understand what problems we can run into if we, as professionals, continue to use the term. Join in and I’ll introduce you to a new term that can be applied to your art in a sophisticated way.

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Famous Artist Birthdays and Inspiration

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Hey everyone welcome back to another fun article. Thanks so much for all of the continued support, I truly am appreciative of everything!

I’ve made a fully stocked birthday list of every famous artist that has inspired me along the way. Lots of samples to introduce you to their art and possibly inspire your own. Name links lead to a google search with more of their images, and I also include links to previous articles. Everyone from photographers, film makers, painters, printmakers, sculptors, and illustrators…almost like an artist glossary. Get inspired and see if your birthday lands on theirs!


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Game of Thrones Season 6 Ep.1 – Analyzed Cinema

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Huge thanks to everyone for all of the support! Today we are taking a closer look at some of the best visuals in Game of Thrones (Season 6, Episode 1). I’m a huge fan and I’ve gotten some requests for this, so here you go!

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