Art

Fun Fridays – November 9, 2018

Today’s video is designed to make you think more deeply about art. Especially the intentionality of great art.

Understanding the use of light and shadow, which directs your eye when looking at art, can help you view book-cover design in a new way. Bad cover designs make you look at the wrong part of the cover. Great covers help you focus on what is most important.

Let’s learn from the master, Rembrandt:

(I recommend watching it full screen. The video is 7 minutes long. The last minute is a commercial for the sponsor of the show.)

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