Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting

Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting

by Ian Roberts
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Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting by Ian Roberts

Create Better Compositions by Design

The path to better painting begins with Mastering Composition. This effective guide blends clear, visual instruction with 5 step-by-step demonstrations to show you how to plan and paint your best work yet.

Composition is the key, and here you'll learn to design paintings with new skill and confidence. It all begins with the armature or structure of the picture plane. Every great painting has one, and you'll see through several famous examples exactly how the Old Masters used armatures to create movement, narrative, harmony and fluidity. Based on these examples, you'll practice what you've learned following a series of hands-on demonstrations.

Once you understand the basic principles of design, you'll be amazed at how quickly and effectively your compositions come together. Soon you will be painting more boldly and confidently than ever before with less reworking and overworking.

Whether you're a beginner looking for basic instruction or a more advanced painter troubleshooting a specific problem, the proven methods in this book will work for you. Ideal for all mediums, Mastering Composition gives you the knowledge you need to create powerful paintings out of every subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581809244
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Series: Mastering (North Light Books) Ser.
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 392,880
Product dimensions: 8.74(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Ian Roberts has been painting for over 40 years. His father was a painter and Ian accompanied him on painting trips from the time he was ten. He attended the New School of Art and the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. He studied figure painting in Florence, Italy. He has taught plein air painting in Provence, France and Tuscany, Italy, as well as in the U.S. through his school Atelier Saint-Luc, named after the patron saint of painters. Ian shows in the U.S. and Canada, is an artist member of the California Art Club and a signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. He is the author of the book Creative Authenticity and created two videos, "Mastering Composition" and "Plein Air Painting". He is a popular workshop instructor specializing in composition. He lives on Georgian Bay in Ontario Canada.

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Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Practical, Informative, Enjoyable! I've enjoyed Ian Roberts' work for many years now so I was excited to read instruction from such a seasoned artist. I was right in assuming he'd be able to shed new light on old tricks and overall I felt he translated his talent wonderfully into words. "Learning to master composition means learning to see abstractly," he says. It's advice I've never heard before but throughout the book he illustrates this idea by guiding you to focus on rather basic, foundational techniques to become a better painter. I've read a lot of books aimed to improve your painting abilities but none have really spoken to me like this one did. I wouldn't call myself an amateur painter but I'm not master either. That said, Mastering Composition appealed to me as it's aimed at the intermediate painter like me. I also found it to complement the lessons that I learned from Painter's Secret Geometry splendidly. One of the other reasons that I loved the book was this was well laid out. The step-by-step demonstrations were very easy to understand and follow, and the pictures helped to clearly guide you. The fact that there was also a DVD included in the back appealed to me too. While the DVD repeated a lot of things covered in the book it appealed to my different syles of learning and helped me absorb the information better. Overall, I thought this was a fantastic book that I will refer to for many years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago