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Vincent Van Gogh – Color Theory

#470 Thanks again for everything you guys! Welcome back to another great article! We’re going to be digging deep into Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings and see the color combinations he used to help us with color theory. We’ll analyze 15 paintings for color, see why they work, then compare them to each other. The colors
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The Leibovitz Recipe – Number One – Figure-Ground Relationship

#466 Much love for all of the amazing support you guys! It’s much appreciated as always! Welcome back to another great article. This time we are going to take a close look at Annie Leibovitz’s number one technique that makes her images successful. The technique is figure-ground relationship (FGR), which we’ve covered extensively throughout the...

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Number One Hack for Mastering Composition

#454 Thanks for joining in today everyone! And a huge thanks for the support as always. I appreciate all of you! Today we have an interesting video and article that covers, what I think, is the number one hack for mastering composition. The video explains and demonstrates a powerful technique called “figure-ground relationship.” Most of...

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The Top Techniques to Create Visual Impact in Your Art

#441 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,...

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Top 10 Techniques to Master Composition

#417 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...

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Composition and Your Profile Picture

#405 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...

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Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979 – Analyzed Cinema

#401 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...

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The Secret to Josef Koudelka’s Best Photo Compositions

#395 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...

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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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