Professor Mortensen: How to Practice

Submitted by Cailean on Sat, 05/06/2017 - 12:44

Dr. John Mortensen, professor of piano, drops truth bombs about using your practice time effectively. The first part -- The Artistic Vision -- is about things to do before you go to the piano.

This playlist includes recommendations for practicing. The suggestions are primarily meant for classical players but many of the ideas work for jazz as well.

Old Style Logo 1

Submitted by Cailean on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:32

I enjoyed this first attempt at a timeless old-style logo. Notable lessons learned were creating an artistic brush by creating a small filled ellipse, then setting the end points to straight angles. Drag that shape into the brushes panel. You can then apply this to paths, giving a calligraphic quality to flowing line ornaments.

The repeated wavy background line was created by pen tool line as long as the box, then applying Effect: Distort: Zig Zag
Resulting line was copied to bottom, then a Blend applied of 20 steps.

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Mandalas

Submitted by Cailean on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 15:52

The benefits of dividing a circle into sectors - eg. multiples of fractions of 360 degrees like 30 or 45. These then give you axes of symmetry, in which to reflect design elements into a mandala.

To divide the circle, reflect drawn radius from a central anchor point OR you can use the Polar Grid Tool to do the same but with lovely precise guide lines.

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