Mastering Composition

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  • Edition: DVD
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-29
  • Publisher: North Light Books
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The principles in this book apply to all art instruction readers (beginning and experienced). Better design = better painting. Following the principles in this book will eliminate repainting, overworking and frustration by creating harmonious, unified, powerful paintings. Works for all art mediums: Fundamental compositional principles apply whether the person paints in watercolor, pastel, acrylic or oil, painting still life, landscapes or figures. Contains a bonus 15 minute DVD that shows how altering one element of a painting can change the entire composition. Author is an experienced international workshop instructor with a captivating voice, able to convey this often-thought complex subject in terms everyone can understand. He makes it easy, interesting and educational.All elements of composition are covered. Readers will learn how to use a viewfinder to determine cropping and framing to create the best relationship of value masses. They will also learn to analyze paintings in terms of color shapes of value, hue, and intensity (also color temperature)-the elements that make a painting. Roberts uses master works as examples to show how the eye moves through a painting. He will include before/after examples to illustrate how using the rules for good composition can improve paintings. Readers will learn how to create compositionally successful paintings through 6-8 demonstrations.

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