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Composing Pictures [Paperback]

Donald W. Graham
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well deserved reprint Sept. 19 2010
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is one of those books artists and animators should really check out. This 418-page book collects the art theories and teachings of Don Graham, who was the art instructor for Disney. The book has been out of print for a long time so it's great that it's being reprinted.

There are 35 chapters talking about principles and approaches to creating art. The text is concise, and the principles taught are timeless. Each chapter covers from the basics and complex inner workings of great pictures.

These lessons are accompanied by hundreds of illustrated examples and paintings of great artists from different cultures and styles. Through these examples, you can see the principles as applied by various artists, and the common graphic elements and techniques used.

Basically, with this book, you understand why some pictures work, and why some don't. While watching animation on TV, you'll probably begin to see the reasons why scenes and characters are staged in a particular way.

This is an invaluable book for reference. Highly recommended to artists and animators.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless July 10 2013
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I read a lot of "how-to" books on many different subjects with art books of all sorts being a large number of them. Long story short, if I could only have one book on art to learn from it would be this one.

Not only does it have everything but the author just makes it easy to understand. Of course there is a learning curve here but the book could probably replace most art classes if studied diligently.

Do you want to learn about visual art? If you answered anything but a flat out "No" then you should buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well deserved reprint Sept. 19 2010
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of those books artists and animators should really check out. This 418-page book collects the art theories and teachings of Don Graham, who was the art instructor for Disney. The book has been out of print for a long time so it's great that it's being reprinted.

There are 35 chapters talking about principles and approaches to creating art. The text is concise, and the principles taught are timeless. Each chapter covers from the basics and complex inner workings of great pictures.

These lessons are accompanied by hundreds of illustrated examples and paintings of great artists from different cultures and styles. Through these examples, you can see the principles as applied by various artists, and the common graphic elements and techniques used.

Basically, with this book, you understand why some pictures work, and why some don't. While watching animation on TV, you'll probably begin to see the reasons why scenes and characters are staged in a particular way.

This is an invaluable book for reference. Highly recommended to artists and animators.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable May 5 2011
By Stop Motion Maniac - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are an artist this is indispensable for the library. Graham is a veteran and teaches the principles of composition to be applied to the static and moving image. This is a thick book with over 400 pages. The pages are laid out in an interesting way with about the bottom 1/3 containing the text, the top 2/3 containing the examples and illustrations. I like this format and it makes it easier to read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars art 101 Jan. 4 2014
By ah - Published on Amazon.com
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This has to be one of the most important books on the ideas behind putting together a picture.
It is one of the few books that clearly explains what makes a composition work. I cant recommend it enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best art education books available July 1 2013
By Robert Bruckman - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderfully written intuitive work on composition. Part of any artist's classical education. Especially good for photographers. All the background and basics in one place
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art School in a single volume Feb. 16 2011
By Paul Forest - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the single best, most comprehensive volume on the practice and theory of art that I have ever read. These foundations are applicable across all mediums, and even subjects, from abstract to representational. One of the few true "must read" books in the field.
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