Book Review: Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting

Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting

This is a useful resource for on the subject of composition. It's for artists, beginner to advanced. If you can't quite grasp the subject, this is a good book to start with.

Ian Roberts is a great teacher and you can tell from the clear breakdown on the subject, making it easy for understand what makes a good composition. He also provides numerous drawing tips as well, like the basic mistakes to avoid, control of edges, and helpful exercises to train the mind to see and think about composition.

The book covers the common armatures which are the basic structure behind every composition. There are also lessons on cropping and framing using values and colour shape.

The lessons are illustrated by lots of examples, mostly painted by himself. They are mostly landscapes, still life, and a tiny bit on portrait. The painting demonstrations included are very detailed, down to the type of colours used.

The accompanying DVD shows examples of the techniques that are used to improve composition, before and after the changes were made. You can see how even little color changes can affect composition. These are also lessons in the book which are presented in the video.

Highly recommended to all artists.

Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting (Mastering (North Light Books)) is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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This book is also available for the Kindle. The ebook is in colour, but the Kindle 3, unfortunately, can only display grayscale. You can check out the format of the sample ebook on Amazon.

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This books looks very lovely.

This books looks very lovely. I saw it on Amazon and thought it's just a boring book about composition, such as the rule of third or the golden rule. But it seems more than that and the I enjoy the author's style. Thanks a lot for the review. :)

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