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5.0 out of 5 stars On Composing Pictures and Drawing Scenery, May 7, 2009
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This is an amazing book that teaches how to draw scenary.

When we look at Landscape as a subject it becomes essential to look at composition of the picture. This is an extremely important aspect of creating a drawing, whether landscape or not. more so when its a landscape, since there are bound to be multiple subjects present in the picture.

The book deals in great detail on the various approaches to composing a picture. Learning to look at the whole, creating space within the boundaries, separating /arranging the subjects, creating a path for the eye to flow. these are difficult topics, but essential for a successful picture. Numerous details, and tips are presented on this topic which will enrich ones ability in composition.

These can all be employed while drawing figures/still life or any picture.

There is a lesson titled "Putting subject matter out of the mind" where the author introduces an interesting experiment of trying to compose pictures, with the basic elements such as the line, tone, etc.. but without any specific explicit subject. Its a wonderful exercise that opens up our ability to compose pictures. This is probably similar to the Gesture drawing that Kimon Nicholaides prescribes for capturing action.

There are tons of such useful exercises on composition alone that will make the book worth possesing.

Of course the book deals is awesome detail on the specific subject of scenary.

classified into following sections

Trees and Foliage
Rocks and Mountains
Clouds and Skies
Water : Ocean, Lakes, Rivers
Building

Each one of these contain simple examples, several variations, approaches to capture the particular element.

This pretty much takes care of all that one needs in creating a place for the story a picture tells.

Whether one wants to explore pure landscape as a subject, for painting, or for story Ilustration/ graphic story telling, where one needs to create the space for the characters to live, this is undoubtedly a great book to learn from.
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