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    Books on Composition

    Books on Composition.

    Is there any good ones, that really help you out. And i mean really. Like not just some lame ass one that was put together quickly. Is there even such a book? I can't find any. Im not sure what is good - for composition books.

    This is something where i struggle most. As i haven't studied anything on it. Except some very basic principles.

    So are there any good ones you can recommend? Maybe even some links to some websites.


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    http://www.fineart.sk/index.php?s=16&cat=13

    Start here - Andrew Loomis' "Creative Illustration" book.
    Read pages 30-40, they deal purely with composition - personally I found them an invaluable resource, as did many people I know. I can't find anything better all in one place.

    Also if you do a search of the forums for the "Loomis books" thread which was up recently, you could probably find a PDF version for download to save having to visit the website every time you need to read it.

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    I hear a book by Hereward Lester Cooke is good. Search in Amazon.


    I want one too...But the subject of composition is very complex. I don't think a book is enough for you to master it. But a good book should start you off analyzing works by your favorite painters, especially the old masters.

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    cyril pearce, Composition: An analysis of the principles of pictorial design.
    well out of print, but not hard to pick up cheap at all (abebooks)

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    I just got this one from Henry Rankin Poore (and have wanted it for a while). It's tremendous and helped me on a cover I'm working on now.

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    Molly Bang's Picture This:How Pictures Work. Best introductory book on compositon and visual storytelling out there.


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    Great thread! I was gonna post this very question. Thanks everyone, I'm gonna check these books out straight away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell
    Molly Bang's Picture This:How Pictures Work. Best introductory book on compositon and visual storytelling out there.
    That one's on my wish list, but I haven't heard any feedback. Cool!

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