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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Silman-James Pr (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193524700X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935247005
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 19, 2010
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This is one of those books artists and animators should really check out. This 418-page book collects the art theories and teachings of Don Graham, who was the art instructor for Disney. The book has been out of print for a long time so it's great that it's being reprinted.

There are 35 chapters talking about principles and approaches to creating art. The text is concise, and the principles taught are timeless. Each chapter covers from the basics and complex inner workings of great pictures.

These lessons are accompanied by hundreds of illustrated examples and paintings of great artists from different cultures and styles. Through these examples, you can see the principles as applied by various artists, and the common graphic elements and techniques used.

Basically, with this book, you understand why some pictures work, and why some don't. While watching animation on TV, you'll probably begin to see the reasons why scenes and characters are staged in a particular way.

This is an invaluable book for reference. Highly recommended to artists and animators.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stop Motion Maniac on May 5, 2011
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If you are an artist this is indispensable for the library. Graham is a veteran and teaches the principles of composition to be applied to the static and moving image. This is a thick book with over 400 pages. The pages are laid out in an interesting way with about the bottom 1/3 containing the text, the top 2/3 containing the examples and illustrations. I like this format and it makes it easier to read. Highly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Forest on February 16, 2011
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This is the single best, most comprehensive volume on the practice and theory of art that I have ever read. These foundations are applicable across all mediums, and even subjects, from abstract to representational. One of the few true "must read" books in the field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ah on January 4, 2014
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This has to be one of the most important books on the ideas behind putting together a picture.
It is one of the few books that clearly explains what makes a composition work. I cant recommend it enough.
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