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  • The Masterful Set Designs of Mary Howard
    Welcome back everyone, much love for the continued support! Today we are going be looking at the amazing set designs by Mary Howard. You may not have heard of her, but you have definitely seen her beautiful work. She is one of the set designers for Annie Leibovitz! Set design may not sound interesting, but […]

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Dynamic Symmetry: How to Quickly Build the Grids in Photoshop

#476 Welcome back everyone, much love for all of the continued support! I truly appreciate everything! Today we are going to take a look at a three-part video series on how to build the dynamic symmetry grids in Photoshop. The grids can be used to create unity, movement, and rhythm in your photography, painting, drawing,...

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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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How to Self-Critique Your Photo or Painting

#444 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...

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How to Create a Hierarchy in Your Photograph or Painting

#442 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...

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My $200 Pencil Sharpener for Drawing

#433 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,
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Dynamic Symmetry: How to Draw the Grid with Math

#432 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,...

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Moving to Hawaii to Pursue Photography and Composition

#367 Well, as some of you may or may not know, I have finally moved back to Hawaii (March 2015). This is where my journey to learn more about composition and design started. When I was doing google searches on the Golden Section and stumbled upon Myron Barnstone’s videos. It’s great to be back, and
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How to Design with Clouds

322/365 Welcome back everyone! Today we’ve got a great article which digs deep into those fluffy, white things in the sky…clouds. We will see how the masters used them not only to represent the atmosphere, but also to help their design by creating movement and guiding the viewers eyes through the composition. Let’s get started!...

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Learning to Look and Like with Avigdor Arikha

287/365 While viewing the documentary shown in yesterday’s article (see Day 286), I was hit with a bit of inspiration from  Avigdor Arikha, another well known artist. His crazy self portraits, and other interesting subject matter can be seen as well as his commentary on drawing and the ability to look. If you can’t learn to look,...

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How to Spot Design Clues in a Museum

283/365 So just how do you spot a designed painting within a museum? What clues can  you look for? Well, most paintings from the late 1800’s and earlier have some sort of design within them…whether it be built with a grid, ellipses, gamut, or arabesques. Without getting deep into analyzing a painting, there are very...

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