- Series: Mastering (North Light Books)
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: North Light Books; Har/DVD edition (November 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781581809244
- ISBN-13: 978-1581809244
- ASIN: 1581809247
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 142 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting (Mastering (North Light Books)) Hardcover – November 29, 2007
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It's an invaluable asset to any artists book arsenal, it should be among the very first books an artist should learn, together with learning to draw, perspective, anatomy, etc.. it's true that composition is so underrated, all my pro friends and people who ever gave me art advice throughout my learning career never spoke about any of what's mentioned in this book, it boggles my mind how composition isn't getting the attention it deserves since it's essentially what builds or breaks an art piece.
I have a few other books about composition but none come close to the information presented in here.
If you are looking for that AHAAA! book, this is it!
Plus, as other reviewers have mentioned, it does get to be a bit much that the only examples of paintings that follow his rules are his! I mean, of course they are - that's how he paints. I'd have liked to have seen how the Masters, or even other recent or current painters, follow what he outlines. I'm sure they do, these rules are fairly obvious although I'll be the first to admit I haven't been following them and I'll start analyzing my layouts etc. more before I commit to a finished piece. It's too bad, too, that the rules don't crossover well into other mediums, like colored or graphite pencil work, even watercolors. Granted the book does state that it's about composition in painting but you'd figure that rules are going to apply to every medium.
So it was worthwhile, but frankly I wish I'd purchased a soft cover version for $10 less, this isn't going to be a 'go to' guide for me.
This book has been amazing in helping me overcome my shortcomings. I’ve long known about complementary color, the rule of thirds, etc., but this book goes far beyond that. From the concept of armatures on which you can hang the details of your work, to the importance of edge quality and seeing the world in terms of masses of hue and value, my eyes have been opened to concepts I’d never been taught or even considered before. I will no longer look at composition in the same way again.
Highly recommended. If you really study this book and try the exercises, you can’t help but see an improvement to your own work.
Only when it arrived i noticed it had a dvd, i was surprised, i only read reviews and not the description of the item, this is probably the coolest book i bought this year. Take a chance by reading it, you might learn a couple of tricks too.
Composition is so very important to what we do as representational artists, and this book is a solid foundation in that art within an art ~ and then some. Buy with confidence.