Composition is the key to painting excellence, and all the basics are covered in "Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting".
By dissecting paintings of the Old Masters, lifelong artist Ian Roberts shows how the eye moves through a painting, and how using a viewfinder to crop and frame create the best relationship of value masses.
This book includes hands-on demonstrations and before and after examples. Both beginning and advanced artists can learn how to analyze paintings in terms of value, hue, intensity, and color temperature, then apply what they've learned to transform their own compositions.
Ideas, techniques, and examples presented in both the book and bonus DVD show and tell dozens of ways to strengthen your painting in any medium, and create compositionally successful paintings in the process.
Author – Ian Roberts.
Hardcover. 144 pages. 8½" × 11". DVD is 40 minutes.