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Disappointed by your doodles, and wish you could draw better? Drawing well is about your hand being able to do what your brain tells it to do. And if your hand doesn’t have much practice at creating certain shapes or lines, the end result of your sketching may not look at all like it did in your mind’s eye. But drawing is a skill and the old saying “practice makes perfect” still applies—learn how to improve your drawing skills with this lesson from Drawing Teachers. Michael shows you a beautiful and interesting way to practice drawing shapes and lines.


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DSLR stands for “digital single lens reflex,” but DSLR cameras are much more than just an acronym. Unlike the SLRs of old (film cameras), DSLRs can hold thousands of images, all of which can be previewed instantly using an LCD display. Find out why professional photographers almost always choose DSLRs when shooting any type of photography in this tutorial by EasyDSLR.


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This lesson will teach the budding painter how to add dimension to an acrylic painting of the ocean by using the wet-on-wet technique. By layering and blending colors of wet paint, artists can create a realistic painting of ocean waves crashing, complete with variations in tone and color. This lesson teaches how to mix paint to achieve a richer picture, as well as how to add reflection to water and give sea foam the illusion of volume by using highlights and shadows.


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If you scrapbook, chances are you have a pretty good stash of paper. Don’t let those resources go to waste—instead, learn how to make a paper kit. In this lesson from Kiwi Lane Designs, Susan shows you how to sort your paper by color and pattern, and how to assemble a kit that contains paper for a background, photo mats, borders, and accessories. Not only will making these paper kits save you money, you’ll also save time by utilizing and organizing the materials you already have.


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Raphael’s painting, “The School of Athens” depicts two of the founding fathers of western philosophy, Plato and Aristotle, surrounded by other famed intellectuals from various years and countries, all in a very Roman space. It’s a visually pleasing painting, but what does it mean? What was Raphael’s purpose for creating it? In this art history lesson, learn the meaning behind “The School of Athens,” as well as the physics behind the hallmark of Roman architecture: the arch.


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Paint like the masters! Before you start compiling you oeuvre, build an arsenal of brushstrokes to use in any situation. These will come in handy as your paintings become more detailed and complex. This tutorial by Lorraine Watry—the first in a series—demonstrates solid wash, graded wash, masking fluid and tape, wet on wet, drop color on wet color, and more. See the attachment of the Techniques page and supply list by clicking the attachments button at the top right.


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For career photographers, better product photos mean better clients! In this first lesson of Phillip McCordall’s Product Photography In Depth course, get an overview of professional product photography techniques. Learn how to position products and how to achieve studio-quality lighting with a low-cost method for diffusing light. Most importantly, learn how to eliminate lens flare. These basic techniques help create photos that result in sales, and an expanding client base for photographers!


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Take a photograph using the tips you've learned, and share it with us! Don't worry if you don't have fancy equipment!

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Looking to grow your artistic side? Try watercolor painting! This lesson will outline all the supplies you need to get started on your journey. Watercolor is a form of visual art that traditionally uses water-soluble paints on thick paper. You’ll learn the basic brushes and colors you need for a starter-kit, as well as how to choose a palette and pad of paper. Once you’ve got the essential tools and supplies you need, you’ll be ready to create original and beautiful pieces of art.


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Scrapbooking is an excellent way to preserve memories for future generations. Although typically scrapbooks are graphically focused (with pictures, ticket stubs, cards, or other memorabilia creating the bulk of the contents), consider enhancing your books with creative journaling. In this lesson, Susan shows you how to add journaling to your scrapbook. Your life and your memories are unique; ensure that those once in a lifetime moments truly are unforgettable with creative journaling.


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The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous pieces of art and architecture in the world, and in the center of Michelangelo’s enormous fresco is “The Creation of Adam,” a visual representation of the story of God creating Adam from the dust of the earth. Michelangelo’s portrayal of both Adam and God reflects the Neo-Platonic values of the time, but perhaps the most interesting interpretation of this painting is that of God’s vehicle being a brain, and the life he is giving Adam, consciousness.


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Most likely you are familiar with Botticelli’s painting, “The Birth of Venus”; you may not have known that it was a Botticelli, but chances are you’ve seen the image. But do you know the mythology behind the painting? “The Birth of Venus” tells the story of the Roman goddess of love’s birth from sea foam (foam that was fertilized by Zeus’ castrated genitals—yikes), in both a beautiful, and mathematically genius way. Learn about the Golden Rectangle and what it is doing in this famous painting.


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Is there a hole in your drawing skills? Fill it in, no problem! In this online drawing lesson from Drawing Teachers, learn how you can use basic shapes like parallelograms and circles to create a realistic picture of a 3D hole. All you will need is a pencil, paper, and marker. These step-by-step instructions will make drawing a hole even easier than falling into one.


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Painted in 1533, Hans Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” is a double portrait of two French Ambassadors, who were apparently successful in all aspects of life, evidenced by the items they are painted with. But an anamorphic skull in the bottom half of the portrait requires an entirely different perspective to view it, and not the men and their accomplishments. How and why did Holbein incorporate this skull into the painting? Amor Sciendi is here to help explain this metaphorical image.


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Pablo Picasso is well known for his unrealistic portraits and figures, but what exactly do his stylistic choices mean? In this art history lesson on “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” learn about the culture of 1907, and what a painting of five naked women in a brothel has to do with Einstein. True art is often a commentary on the world in which it is produced—learn why Picasso, despite being an accomplished painter in the traditional sense, chose to paint in his own abstract and angular style.


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Exposure, aperture, shutter - oh my! Demystify your SLR film or digital camera with this beginner’s lesson about photography, exposure, and manual camera settings. Ted Forbes will teach you about F-stops, and how to adjust shutter speed and aperture to get just the right exposure level. Apply these techniques to take high-quality portraits, landscape images, and action shots.


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Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgment” is a stunning Sistine Chapel fresco that depicts the biblical “Second Coming” of Christ, but it also reflects the religious schism of the 16th century, as well as the developments in art and trade (with the prominent bright ultramarine sky—derived from the Afghani lapis lazuli). This art history lesson explains how this painting came to be, and reveals why this work of art, commissioned and approved by the pope, was altered after Michelangelo’s death.


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While frescos and mosaics depicting religious events may have been popular throughout European history, the Alhambra does not reflect traditional Western thought. An Islamic palace from the period when the Moors ruled Spain, the Alhambra contains no images of God or man. Instead, it is covered in symmetrical and abstract patterns, pointing the viewer to reflect not on the temporal and physical attributes of the divine, but on the eternal beauty of the mind of God.


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There are about as many interpretations of Piero della Francesca’s painting “The Flagellation of Christ” as there are art historians; and though we may never know who all the figures are or what exactly is being depicted, there is more to this painting than meets the eye. Piero della Francesca was a mathematician, and the composition of this painting is based largely in geometry. This image proves that we don’t have to know everything about a painting to be able to learn from it.


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We use fonts every time we type, but do we really understand them? In this first in a series of typography lessons from Yes I'm a Designer, get an introduction to the wonderful world of fonts. You'll learn how to use InDesign to view the full range of glyphs in a font (beyond the characters you're used to seeing on your keyboard), discover how fonts are stored on your computer, and unravel the mystery of unicode.


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