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Top 10 Techniques to Master Composition

Hey everyone, welcome back! Much love for all of the continued support! Today we are going to take a look at the top 10 techniques for mastering composition. There are plenty of tools we can use to communicate our visual message with clarity, but these are by far the most important. Meaning, they are applied...

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Composition and Your Profile Picture

Your profile picture is probably one of the most important things to consider when trying to get more people to view your work. I’m not talking about the personal profile pic you have for Facebook. That can be whatever your heart desires….your cat, the burrito you ate last night…anything. What I am referring to is...

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Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979 – Analyzed Cinema

Welcome back everyone! Thanks for all of the continued support! I was recently inspired by an old 1979 movie and thought it would be a great way to show how design is used in cinema. This excellent movie is called “Nosferatu the Vampyre,” which was directed by one of my fave’s, Werner Herzog. I’m not...

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The Secret to Josef Koudelka’s Best Photo Compositions

Today we’re going to be analyzing the best compositions by photographer Josef Koudelka. His Czech name is a bit tough to explain at first, but it comes with time…just like his composition skills came with time. He wasn’t born with a camera in his hand, or blessed with divine genius…though, he has been shooting for Magnum...

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Gustave Jean Jacquet – ANALYZED PAINTING

355/365 Well, today we have our first look at Gustave Jean Jacquet. He’s got some amazing portrait paintings, and this one is just as nice. He proves that he’s a master of rendering fabric, portraying anatomy, and composition. Let’s get started and see how he designs this masterpiece....

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Paul de Vos – ANALYZED PAINTING

352/365 Today we’ve got a first look at Paul de Vos. Who? Well, it’s another great master that isn’t very well known. You might be thinking that this painting resembles Rubens or Frans Snyder…well you’re right. In fact, Paul de Vos was in close proximity to both of these masters. Let’s take a closer look...

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Thomas Eakins – ANALYZED PAINTING

348/365 Welcome back everyone, thanks for all of the continued support! Today we have our first look at Thomas Eakins and his painting “Between Rounds.” He’s a local to the East Coast and was born in Philadelphia, where he lived most of his life. Let’s see how this American artist designed this masterpiece....

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Solomon Joseph Solomon – ANALYZED PAINTING

345/365 Welcome back everyone, today we have an intimate look at this dramatic painting “Samson” by Solomon Joseph Solomon. With a name like that you know it’s gotta be good, right? Just look at the twisting and turning energy! Let’s take a closer look and see how he managed to design this masterpiece....

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Jan Brueghel the Elder – ANALYZED PAINTING

341/365 Today we have a first analyzed painting of Jan Brueghel the Elder. This one is called “Air” and is part of a series. Jan is the son of master painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Father of Jan Brueghel the Younger. I’m not sure why they adopted an extra “H” in their name, but I...

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Toulouse Lautrec – ANALYZED PAINTING #2

338/365 It’s been a while, but Toulouse Lautrec is back! He tries to outsmart his peers in this cleverly designed painting. Let’s dig into this design and see which techniques he inspires us to use in our own art....

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