*The Art of Composition: A Dynamic Symmetry User's Guide for the Modern Artist (Ultimate FREE PDF Edition Version 4.4)
With Conceptual art popularity deteriorating and classical skill-based ateliers emerging all over the country, learning the techniques to create masterful art is more important than ever. While many artists and photographers will limit themselves to the unfounded modern day principles of composition, Dynamic Symmetry offers the 21st-century artist a fresh look at a long-standing tradition of classical design. This PDF edition contains 273 pages, 115 examples of modern artists using Dynamic Symmetry, demo videos, discounts on Barnstone Studios products, and links to more than 15 additional books on composition in art.
*The Art of Composition: A Dynamic Symmetry User's Guide for the Modern Artist is an extensive collection of personal analytical notes (written over the past three years) that I wanted to share with other artists and photographers that have a passion for learning more about composition in art. Additionally, this user's guide was written to expand and clarify information previously published in the books "The Art of Composition: A Simple Application of Dynamic Symmetry" by Michel Jacobs, "The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry" by Jay Hambidge, and "Geometry of Design" by Kimberly Elam.
The Art of Composition: A Dynamic Symmetry User's Guide for the Modern Artist is not intended for commercial distribution or sale and should only serve as a free teaching aid for students who want to learn more about Dynamic Symmetry in art and photography. Because this user's guide is a collection of daily analytical notes and is always evolving, please check back weekly for updates. Finally, all critiques and analytical notes demonstrated in this user's guide should not be interpreted as criticism of one's work, but rather viewed as an attempt to teach the modern artist and photographer how to expand their visual literacy skills.
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Norman Rockwell painting designed in a root 2 Dynamic Symmetry rectangle
"James Cowman's user's guide on composition and Dynamic Symmetry, in particular, was one of the greatest milestones on my journey of becoming a better artist. Dynamicsymmetryart.com is undoubtedly the best resource on the subject out there, which I keep recommending to anyone interested in taking their compositions to a new level. It shocks me that even otherwise excellent artists today often know nothing about these old systems and rely mostly on their intuition to create their compositions. It's time that artists rediscover and revive the lost knowledge of the old masters and bring art back to its former glory. Jame's user's guide is a unique and invaluable resource in this effort." - Storm Engineer
"James Cowman is one of the most knowledgeable instructors on the subject of composition and a leader in the field of Dynamic Symmetry. His experience comes from over eight years of intense study and a passion for understanding and applying powerful composition techniques to drawing, painting, and photography.
Not only will he introduce you to a vast amount of material on classical skill-based design, but he will also guide you through the process of learning more about art. His website dynamicsymmetryart.com is the result of years of research and fine-tuning information so that even the layman can easily grasp the most sophisticated material. If you’re ready to excel in your craft, then you’re in the right place. Thanks to James for sharing this amazing content with other artists!" - Tavis L. Glover - Canon of Design
"Jim offers something that is almost impossible to find online: a truly one-of-a-kind resource. His information about Dynamic Symmetry is meticulously researched and comes from a place of knowledge and genuine interest, not sales, as so many educational sites do. Reading his surprisingly accessible work has helped me to grow artistically in a deliberate and satisfying way. I return to dynamicsymmetryart.com regularly and always learn something new." - Rebecca Isenhart - rebeccagatto.com
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, "Birth of Venus," designed in a root 2 Dynamic Symmetry rectangle