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Bresson’s Most Famous Negative Analyzed

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Hey everyone, welcome back! Huge thanks for the tremendous support! I’m so appreciative of everything and you are the reason this site is still up and available for artists to learn from.

Today we are going to be taking a look at one of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s most famous photographs. We’ll see the original negative and reveal that the image was cropped, then take a look at the dynamic symmetry and design techniques he was working with. A great article for photographers, or painters seeking to capture an amazing reference photo. Let’s get into it!

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My $200 Pencil Sharpener for Drawing

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Huge thanks to everyone for all of the continued support, much love!!

Here’s a fun video showing how to sharpen pencils for drawing. I always thought shaving it down with a razor and sandpaper was a pain in the butt, so I decided to try it another way. I’ll show you the traditional way, and also a new approach that will get the job done quicker and more efficient.

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Dynamic Symmetry: How to Draw the Grid with Math

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Hey everyone, thanks so much for all of the support! I appreciate all of the love!

This video is a continuation of the previous one (see #431) where I showed how to draw the dynamic symmetry grids onto a canvas. In this video you’ll learn how to use simple math (if I can do it, I know you can) to find your 90 degree reciprocals. This is WAY easier than trying to use a T-square or triangle…especially for large canvases.

Free Download: Notes can be found HERE. View online HERE

*The Master Pass members will see how Myron Barnstone was correct about Fantan Latour and the markings on the side of his preliminary drawing.

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Dynamic Symmetry – How to use it in Photography and Painting

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Hey everyone, thanks for all of the continued support. Much love!

I’ve got a new video on dynamic symmetry for everyone! Using the dynamic symmetry grids is a great way to incorporate unity, movement and rhythm within your art…whether it’s photography, or painting. Dynamic symmetry can be used for all visual arts, and I show how it can be used seamlessly from camera to canvas.


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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!

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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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