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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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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!

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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