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