The treatment of composition is a vital element in any drawing or painting. This guide offers practical advice to novice artists on mastering the skills of picture composition. Accompanying the text are simple exercises and examples of right and wrong approaches to a number of subjects.
The treatment of composition is a vital element in any drawing or painting and this guide for artists provides a sound practical approach to mastering the skills of composing a picture. First the different types of composition are explained and the principles behind them. There are sections on how to approach outdoor work like landscapes and also on the skills needed for indoor studies such as still life and portraits. Accompanying the text are analyses of paintings, simple exercises and examples of right and wrong composition - whatever the medium, subject and style.
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Types of composition; working outdoors; changing the format; viewpoint; basic rules; the focal point; tonal contrast; foregrounds; editing the view; working indoors; still life; floral still life; portraits; the figure in context; step-by-step demonstration of figure painting.
Composition by Jeremy Galton
Seeing Things Simply S.
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