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Mastering Composition

Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting

By Ian Roberts

Format: Hardcover

SKU# Z0561

You’ll Love This Painting Composition Book If:

  • You want to eliminate painting frustrations with solid compositions
  • You love discovering new ways to give your paintings a professional feel
  • You want to avoid overpainting in your next piece

Mastering Composition by Ian Roberts details all the principles, tips and techniques you need to create a strong and visually interesting paintings and drawings. By understating & applying these elements of composition to your own work you’ll see a difference right away. When you have great design elements you’ll have a great finished painting composition. From step one, composition elements are important in your paintings. Create the best relationship of value masses and analyze paintings in terms of color temperature.

This painting composition book features before and after examples so you can see first-hand how important correct painting composition can make a difference in the final product. You’ll then follow along with Ian Roberts through 6-8 step-by-step demonstrations that displays compositionally successful paintings.

Includes a bonus 40 minute instructional DVD

In Mastering Composition You’ll Learn:

  • How to analyze paintings for colors, values, hues and intensity
  • How to use a viewfinder to crop and frame your painting
  • Tips and techniques for guiding the eye through a painting & armatures

A Word From the Author:

The great thing about painting is that you can do it all your life and still be getting major revelations and ideas of where you want to go next. I hope this book offers you a revelation. Certainly it can help you build paintings more successfully and consistently — which is exciting and inspires you to want to paint more. Which leads to more insights and breakthroughs. Which leads to more inspiration. Which leads to better painting. Which leads to….well, you get the idea. A life spent in creative pursuit of your unique inspired vision. And what could be better than that!

What Other Artist’s Are Saying

“As an instructor and artist, the DVD with this book is absolutely incredible! As the author describes compositional changes, they happen before your eyes — an outstanding visual teaching and learning experience!!! The book dialogues these activities.” — Anna Hogbin

What Other Artist’s Are Saying

“As far as books on composition is concerned this is by far one of the best out there. The manner in which the rules and theories of composition are laid out and explained makes this book easy to understand by both the novice artist and a great refresher for the accomplished professional.A MUST HAVE in every artists' library, as far as I'm concerned.” — J. Corso

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SKU Z0561
Additional Feature 50 b&w illustrations250 color illustrations
Author/Speaker/Editor Ian Roberts
File/Trim Size 11 x 8.5
Format Hardcover
ISBN 13 9781581809244
Number Of Pages 144

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Great all-round reference for students Review by Pleinairpainter
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If you could buy only one book on composition and design, this would be it. Roberts presents the steps necessary to produce a good painting in easy to understand text and through examples. He focuses on the importance of creating abstract shapes, value masses and armatures--the building blocks of composition which many beginners think they can avoid.

(Posted on 4/30/2014)

Incredible & Simple Review by A J. Corso

As far as books on composition is concerned this is by far one of the best out there. The manner in which the rules and theories of composition are laid out and explained makes this book easy to understand by both the novice artist and a great refresher for the accomplished professional.A MUST HAVE in every artists' library, as far as I'm concerned.

(Posted on 5/24/2011)

Mastering Composition by Ian Roberts Review by Anna Hogbin

As an instructor and artist, the DVD with this book is absolutely incredible! As the author describes compositional changes, they happen before your eyes - an outstanding visual teaching and learning experience!!! The book dialogues these activities.

(Posted on 5/18/2009)

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