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Composing Pictures (Paperback)

Donald W. Graham

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ISBN 10: 193524700X / ISBN 13: 9781935247005
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Paperback. "The mark of a great art teacher is indicated by the quality and accomplishment of his students. By this measurement, Don Graham must be considered the finest teacher in America. His .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 416 pages. 1.293. Bookseller Inventory # 9781935247005

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Title: Composing Pictures (Paperback)

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A picture cannot be weighed, measured, and appraised like a sack of potatoes. Composing Pictures avoids the “discussion by dissection” method of picture analysis, stressing instead the graphic forces that remain valid and essential regardless of how art forms and fashions may change.In thirty-five short chapters, each devoted to a single important concept, the author covers the basics and complexities of graphic composition, including the illusion of depth, the enigma of surface, manifesting and symbolizing force and motion, utilizing borders, graphic accents, patterns, handling dark and light, directing the viewer’s eye, and creating storyboards. These concepts are illustrated by hundreds of diagrams and the work of great artists from myriad historical ages, cultures, and styles.The book not only contains a section on film graphics, but also consistently reminds the reader that the principles of composition relate to the moving picture as well as the still picture.

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“The mark of a great art teacher is indicated by the quality and accomplishment of his students. By this measurement, Don Graham must be considered the finest teacher in America. His students range from people who have won innumerable awards in all fields and all media. ... Composing Pictures. Read it. Draw it. Read it for pleasure, for reward, and for understanding. If you want to be an animator, you MUST read and draw this volume. It is not a luxury to you; it is a necessity.” — Chuck Jones, Academy Award-winning animator “Of twentieth-century artists, Donald Graham was one of a handful who deeply understood the language of art. Mr. Graham mentored me in his final class at Chouinard Art Institute and his lessons have been part of my painting and teaching career. Eschewing the superficial, his book contains deep answers on how we see and how artists have expressed their vision through history. It should be part of every serious artist’s library.” — Timothy J. Clark, painter “This book is a rare treat. Profound ideas are modestly presented. Recommended.” — Library Journal

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