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I have uploaded a 20 minute video tutorial on understanding contrast and the role it plays in guiding the viewers eye.
Last edited by jason_maranto; May 20th, 2012 at 11:13 AM. Reason: Changed the location of the video to YouTube.
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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.
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...
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 =]
thank you and merry christmas
thank you Jason! Its a great healp for me!
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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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.
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.
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
Last edited by meth; December 4th, 2009 at 01:41 PM.
Fantastic video, real eye opener. Thanks a lot Jason.
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.
Man, this is AWESOME, bold, clear and entertaining. Great addition to the composition download! Fingers crossed for next instalments.
Amazing vid ! Everyone has to see this one.
Thank you very much! Just what I needed to study.
great tutorial dude ! helped a lot !
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.
Thank you very much, Jason! I hadn't heard this information before, but it's cemented in my mind now. What an awesome gift.
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.
Great video, thanks for sharing it
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
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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