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'The Artists's Guide to Composition' by Frank Webb: Mini Book Review

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Tue 25th Feb 2020
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Book:'The Artists's Guide to Composition' by Frank Webb
135 pages
This Edition Published By:David & Charles, 1995

A book about painting may not immediately seem to relate to wood engraving, which is a 2 colour medium (black ink and white paper). To me, however, this is a very valuable book because it deals a lot with shapes, line and tone, in an accessible but detailed way, using chapters broken down into shorter sections with clear but short descriptions of each section. There are chapters on colour, but I ignore those.


'The Artists's Guide to Composition' by Frank Webb

Specifically, the chapters are: Space, Ideas, Line, Shape, Tone, Colour, Texture, Size, Direction & Composing the self, and each is well illustrated with both line drawings (more useful) and colour paintings (less useful but still make a point).

This is a book I keep on coming back to, dipping into the various sections, which is well designed to do.

I'd like to be able to review this more, but time doesn't allow me to at present, but I did want to include it here as it is an important book to me.

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