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    Leading the viewers eye with contrast.

    Hello,

    I have uploaded a 20 minute video tutorial on understanding contrast and the role it plays in guiding the viewers eye.




    Best,
    Jason.

    Last edited by jason_maranto; May 20th, 2012 at 12:13 PM. Reason: Changed the location of the video to YouTube.
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    Great vid! Like how you analyzed Frazetta lol

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    Thanks, my goal with this was to help artists to understand a fundamental tool -- so often you find artists who do a good piece but they have no idea how they did it or why it works... often times in order to explain to themselves and others they make up a reason that may or may not be relevant or even true.

    Frazetta just happens to be a great example of an artist who used this tool to great effect.

    I'm also a believer that technique without theory is of little value... technique is easy to learn -- theory can often pose more of a challenge for the artist.

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    Awesome tutorial and many thanks!

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    Great job, Jason. Turning the paintings into grayscale was eye-opening. I sure learned a lot with this video. Thanks!

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    Man, this is gold information...I can´t thank you enough

    For those that like me are learning from themselves this information is really important, I think it should become a sticky thread...

    Cheers

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    Great vid Jason, thank you for putting it up. Would love to see more if you ever decide to make 'em!

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    thanks for video, it really helped me out =]

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    thank you and merry christmas

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    thank you Jason! Its a great healp for me!

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    Great tut, maybe you can talk about different contrast that you mentioned(like big-small, thick-thin, cold-warm, curvey-straight etc.)

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    Thank you Jaso. Really glad you shared this, thanks to you I now have a MUCH wider understanding of how contrast should work.

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    Hey Mateja,

    I'll have to put some thought into the simplest way to illustrate color contrasts and how they can be used, for the next installment.

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    Thanks! I can't wait to give what you've said a try! Although I had always "knew" how contrast worked and was aware of the compression phenomenon, seeing it explained and in action was something completely different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason_maranto View Post
    Hey Mateja,

    I'll have to put some thought into the simplest way to illustrate color contrasts and how they can be used, for the next installment.

    Best,
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    I'll try to remember a Bauhaus teacher who published great book on "theory of form" and second is "theory of color". Great read.
    He explained very well about contrast, so maybe that can help.

    edit: Ok, i haave remembered, it is Johannes Itten, here is amazon link. If you have time and will find these books. They will explain allot
    amazon books
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?ur...+Itten&x=0&y=0
    about
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johanne...#Life_and_work

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    Just wanted to say thanks, and bump this extremely helpful video.

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    Fantastic video, real eye opener. Thanks a lot Jason.

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    Thanks for the great demonstration, this is one of those concepts that I've heard about often, but it is helpful to see it explained visually.

    Another tip, one way to see if a painting has strong contrast is to look at in a low-light setting, which I guess in a way moves it more towards grayscale in our brains.

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    Awesome video, appreciate you taking the time.

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    Man, this is AWESOME, bold, clear and entertaining. Great addition to the composition download! Fingers crossed for next instalments.

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    Amazing vid ! Everyone has to see this one.

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    Thank you very much! Just what I needed to study.

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    great tutorial dude ! helped a lot !
    thanks!!

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    Thank you, Jason! You are a great teacher and I learned a lot about contrast in relation to the focal point. I think some artists might feel like they "already know this stuff," but having it demonstrated carries a lot of power. Thanks for taking the time to make this.

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    Thank you very much, Jason! I hadn't heard this information before, but it's cemented in my mind now. What an awesome gift.

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    this was a great video, thank you. wish i had a painting teacher like you, i will definitely keep contrast in mind from now on.

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    Thank-you to everybody... I'm glad you gained something from it.

    I'm currently doing some professional video series (8 hours +) on things like Sketchup and doing Comicbook Style Artwork, but I expect to do a new freebie for you maybe for Easter

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    Thank you sir.

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    Jason, Great video! Very informative! And thanks for giving props to the one that gave you the gift to pass along this information! All glory be unto the Lord!

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