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Would You Cease to Exist if Facebook Disappeared?

#384 What if your Facebook account suddenly disappeared? Hacked, gone, deleted forever! Would you cease to exist? Many people invest so much time and money, socializing and promoting their precious Facebook page that they would probably feel like their whole life ended if anything were to happen to it (also see Day 174). We all have them right? I do,
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40 Street Photography Tips from Brutal Self Critiquing – Part I

#372 No one could tear apart my street photography more than I could…if they did I would probably want to drive a stake through my soul. For some reason, when the brutal critiquing comes from me, it doesn’t hurt…at all. Yet, the lessons still remain. Throughout this two part series I’ll list over 40 tips that might
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How to Combine Old and New Art Techniques

342/365 A while back I read an article in The Drawing Magazine (Summer Issue 2013) by Steven Weiss, an art teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His paintings and sculptures are surprisingly unique and have a sense of original style. The article is based on combining old techniques with new ones. Something...

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The Frame Forces Relationships in Photography

336/365 Today we are going to cover a very important topic with street photography, or any photography for that matter. It can also relate to painting. It’s the way the frame of our art forces relationships with the elements within it. Being aware of this can improve your story telling capabilities and allow you to...

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The Artistic Journey of Henri Matisse

298/365 We’ve got a closer look at Henri Matisse today. A great documentary about his life as an artist, some examples of his work, and lots of commentary. Learn more about this master painters life and let it inspire your artistic journey!...

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Buying a Wide Angle Lens: What I Didn’t Know

272/365 Welcome back everyone! Wide angle lenses are great, and they can be used to capture extremely different perspectives of scenes that you’re use to seeing. But there are some nuances to be aware of before you spend your money on one…especially if you’re use to a 50mm lens like I am....

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Drawing in Perspective

269/365 How’s everyone today? Designing your hearts out?? I’ve got a great collection of videos, illustrations, and even a couple of samples of my drawings from the Barnstone Studios. This collection of various artists will provide you with inspiration as well as guidance in understanding and incorporating superior perspective into your design. Let’s get started!...

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How Mirrors Add Depth, Mystery, and Movement in Visual Art

238/365 How’s everyone doing? Today we are going to cover how Master painters, cinematographers, photographers, and other artists have used mirrors to their advantage in order to create depth and mystery. Plenty of great examples, and also some missed opportunities....

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Edgar Degas Quote #1

235/365 How’s everyone been doing?? Is the designing coming along ok? Welcome back to another art filled article. Today we are going to take a close look at Edgar Degas and highlight a very important quote of his....

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The Painter’s Secret Geometry Giveaway

234/365 Hey everyone, today I’m excited to announce the second giveaway from the Canon of Design! You can win this in-depth “The Painter’s Secret Geometry” by Charles Bouleau. It was out of print for a very long time, but not it’s back with a vengeance! It will show you how he analyzed paintings just as we do on
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