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The Figure in Composition

The Figure in Composition

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The Figure in Composition

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83 pages
19 minutes
Apr 9, 2013


Students and professionals alike will benefit from this focus on the figure in the overall composition of a sketch or drawing. Its solid instruction and many fine examples make it a particularly valuable tool for intermediate artists.
Author Paul G. Braun examines the concept of arrangement with single and multiple figures and within a border. Additional topics include the distribution of light and shade, draped figures and folds, the depiction of movement, and many other aspects of figure drawing. The final chapter offers pointers on how to illustrate a story, and numerous helpful sketches complement this guide's teachings.
Apr 9, 2013

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The Figure in Composition - Paul G. Braun



Time and again, I have heard art directors of different periodicals declare they could spot a student’s or a young illustrator’s work at sight.

There seems to be something lacking.

The figures may be well drawn. In many cases, figures constructed by students are drawn much better than those of our best illustrators. The fault does not lie in their inability as draftsmen, but, one might say, in their evident desire to show the world how well they can draw the figure. In their pictures they seem to draw the figures and nothing else—and make them all of equal importance. An art director of an important monthly told me he had hundreds of figure draftsmen at his call but only a few men who realized what a composition was, and that the figure was only an important UNIT, but still a unit withal, to be kept in its place in the picture.

Well known illustrators have told me practically the same thing, that the foundation of all good pictures is found in their design—the relative value of the different units and not in the cleverness of the hand or technique.

These pages will be devoted to the study of the figure with that end in view, i.e., the figure subordinated to, and only a UNIT in the composition.

The book is designed primarily for the use of teachers

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    me gusto pero mehubiera gustado mas texto dentro de los graficos