- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Design Studio Press; unknown edition (Aug. 31 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933492953
- ISBN-13: 978-1933492957
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.4 x 27.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 699 g
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers Paperback – Aug 31 2010
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“With Framed Ink, Marcos Mateu distills his twenty-plus year career in feature animation into a clear, practical manual on the language of images. Marcos has a special eye for composition, lighting, and continuity that creates a tangible sense of mood and drama in all of his work.”
- Jeffrey Katzenberg, Co-founder and CEO DreamWorks Animation SKG
“There are some people who draw in a way that looks like they load their pens with pure liquified fun. Concept artist Marcos Mateu has a wonderful character of line and a jaunty, casual style that makes it look like the lines danced out and created the image of their own accord. His loose, relaxed application of color, which careens between brilliant lights and rich, atmospheric darks, just adds to the visual treat. Mateu’s drawings have just the right touch of exaggeration to give them extra visual appeal; lines are given an extra spring, forms bent out just a bit, and figures swirled into motion in a way that gives everything a sense of verve and life.” - Charley Parker
About the Author
Spanish born Marcos Mateu-Mestre is a visual concept, traditional animation layout, and graphic novel artist whose film credits include titles such as ‘Balto’, ‘The Prince of Egypt’, ‘Asterix and the Vikings’ and ‘Surf’s Up’ amongst others.
With an extensive experience of twenty years in feature animation, working mainly for Dreamworks and Sony Pictures, he has also been teaching drawing, illustration and visual storytelling techniques for twelve years.
His works as a film maker have mostly included both the design and cinematic aspects of film, taking care of frame composition, lighting and visual continuity of many key sequences in some major productions.
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Although the illustrated examples are mainly movie composition, the techniques can be applied to animation, movies and even graphic novels. Every technique comes with a concise breakdown. You get to understand how and why shots are framed in a certain way, or how to create compositions to create a certain mood. There are also tips on lighting and continuity.
Over 200 beautifully illustrated examples are included. And they are really good examples. Just by looking at the examples alone, without even reading the commentary, you already get a good idea of what's happening.
Marcos Mateu-Mestre has distilled his 20 years of experience and knowledge into an accessible package you shouldn't miss out on.
This is the essential how-to book for storytellers, or for anyone who needs to put images on screen or on paper.
You can check out more of his work on his website.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Framing Movies and Graphic Novels are very similar. The book tells how to set up the panel/page to give you the best result. He covers many techniques and it is illustrated with samples.
The section in the back is specifically for Graphic Novels but the entire book is excellent and relevant.
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