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The Digital Renaissance by Carlyn Beccia

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INTRODUCTION

STEALING LEONARDO

Dear Reader,

This book will teach you how to steal. We won’t be stealing silly things like hotel soap or really cool street signs. We will be stealing art secrets from the greatest master painters that ever lived. Now, you are probably thinking, “I don’t want to steal. I want to create original art.” We all know copying is bad. From the moment we are given our first box of brightly-colored crayons, we are taught the artist’s creed: do not copy. Then we go through art school and it is beaten into our heads: find your style.

Ironically, this is the opposite of how Renaissance artists learned to become great painters. Renaissance apprentices were required to copy masterworks for at least ten years before they were ...

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