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How to Self-Critique Your Photo or Painting

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Hey everyone, welcome back to another educational article based on composition and design! As always, huge thanks for the amazing support!

Today we are going to take a look at some highly effective techniques you can use to critique your work when no one else is there to help you out. We’ve covered some of these techniques in the past, but this time everything is consolidated into one article. Being skilled at self- critiquing your art allows you to progress further and surpass any plateaus, all while being brutally honest; something your family, friends, and peers have a hard time with. There are several ways, so join in and learn how to see your art with an unbiased opinion.

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Vincent Van Gogh Gold Mine of Paintings and Drawings

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How’s everyone doing today? Huge thanks for all of your continued and amazing support! Much love!

I wanted to share with you guys one of the best resources on the internet for viewing Vincent Van Gogh’s stunning work. Sure, you could just use Google, but you will most likely view his paintings or drawings as rather low resolution reproductions. This just ruins the true experience.

One of the best things about going to the museums is to get super close to a painting and see the small details. Well, I stumbled across a gold mine of his work that allows you to see details even closer than in the museums. Check it out below!


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How to Create a Hierarchy in Your Photograph or Painting

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Welcome back everyone, huge thanks for all of the continued support!

Today we have another helpful article that covers how to create a hierarchy in your photograph or painting. Why would we want to do this? To give emphasis where it’s needed and create order within the composition. I’ll show you plenty of examples, so you know exactly how to incorporate a hierarchy within your art. Let’s get into it!

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The Top Techniques to Create Visual Impact in Your Art

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Huge thanks to all The Master Pass members for your amazing support! You help keep this blog going! Your support allows me to share these techniques with the world…inevitably changing the future of art. Too awesome!

Today we are going to look at the top composition techniques to create visual impact in your art. Photography, painting, cinematography, illustrating, sculpting…it doesn’t matter…the techniques to create a visual impact applies to all of them. Why make a visual impact? This should be an obvious answer, but it’s to help your viewer clearly see your design at a glance and take notice. To stop them in their tracks and make the say, “wow, very nice!” or, “hmmm, what’s this?” You can’t do that on command if you don’t understand the techniques covered below.Let’s get into it!

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Using Ambiguity to Strengthen the Storytelling of Your Art

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Hey everyone, hope you are doing well! Much love for all of the continued support, I can never thank you enough!

Today we are going to look at how ambiguity can strengthen your storytelling. Essentially, ambiguity means we are leaving stuff out. You ask, “and that’s suppose to strengthen the story?” The short answer is, yes. When we leave a bit of the story out, we allow the viewer to become more engaged in the piece and create their own ending and beginning. Whether we are photographers or painters, we are basically creating a single frame in a movie. Just like any scene of a movie, it must further the story, but not give away the ending. Don’t tell them every single detail in a single frame. Instead, allow them some wiggle room for interpretation.

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Mastering Composition to Get More Keepers – P.O.V. Black and White Street Photography

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Hey everyone, welcome back! Huge thanks for all of the continued support. A year has gone by since the last video “Mastering Composition to Get More Keepers,” so I’m excited to bring you this black and white follow-up. I’ve packed it full of excellent tips and design techniques, which can be applied to many different types of photography; wedding, travel, lifestyle, sports, fashion, and conceptual. Painters can even use these techniques to capture the perfect reference photo for their new masterpiece.


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Dynamic Symmetry: Themes of Root Rectangles

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Welcome back everyone, thanks for all of the continued support! I’ve got a huge article for you today. We are going to be digging deep (super deep) into dynamic symmetry and looking at how the root rectangles can be easily divided into themes.

Dynamic symmetry is a simple tool…after all it’s just lines right? Yet, a lot of us are confused by it…I know I was when I first started learning about it. There’s not a specific point you need to start (unlike the rule of thirds). It’s not to be thought of as restricting, but to inspire the organization of a masterful composition with unity, rhythm, and movement. The piano is limited to 88 keys, but do composers like Mozart or Ludovico Einaudi complain? No, they use this limitation as power, just like a writer uses grammar and sentence structure.

This article is advanced knowledge of dynamic symmetry (see Day 14 for prerequisite), so if you’ve been wanting to learn more…here ya go! No geometric equations or crazy math skills required, we are just drawing lines.

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Email Q and A: How Did the Masters Learn Dynamic Symmetry?

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Hey everyone, huge thanks for all of the support…you keep this site going! Today we have another Email Q &A where I help a fun member with a great question. He is curious of how the masters learned root rectangles and dynamic symmetry to create such masterful compositions. We’ll soon find out!


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How the Masters Used Dynamic Symmetry – Picasso “The Frugal Repast”

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Hey everyone, huge thanks for all of the support! I’ve got an exciting video where I show you how Pablo Picasso used dynamic symmetry in his amazing etching called “The Frugal Repast.” I analyzed his masterpiece, drew out the dynamic symmetry grid onto my paper, adjusted his design, and finished drawing it with pencil.

You’ll learn how he used his dynamic symmetry, and other design techniques like the Law of Continuity, arabesques, coincidences, and rhythm. In the video, I compare my redesigned drawing to his, and show you the progress as I work through it.

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Toulouse Lautrec – ANALYZED PAINTING #3

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Hey everyone, welcome back! Thanks for all of the amazing support as always! I truly appreciate everyone!

We’ve got a great painting by Toulouse Lautrec that we are going to be analyzing today. We’ll see how he uses design techniques like, figure-ground relationship, dynamic symmetry, arabesques, and gamut to create his masterpiece. We’ll also take a look at some things that we can adjust to bring more clarity back to the painting.

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