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Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers by Mateu-Mestre, Marcos unknown edition [Paperback(2010)] [Paperback]

Marcos Mateu-Mestre
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  • Publisher: Design Studio Press (2009)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Mar 2011
By Jimmy D
I bought this book on a whim... I'm an illustrator and was looking to improve my work and I really must say that this is a great addition to my library. I've started to move into digital painting/matte painting/concept design and this book will prove to be invaluable. It has lots of examples of how to compose an image, add tension, convey emotion... it really does have loads of great scene examples and each one is deconstructed to help educate you in how it works.

It's really well written and beautifully, if minimally, illustrated in monochrome. I don't think I will watch a movie in the same way again as I have picked up so many tips on how shots are composed and these can easily be translated to concept paintings. If you are interested in this field or movie making then I would not hesitate in saying this book is an invaluable addition to your library. Absolutely first class resource.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great how-to book 2 Oct 2010
Length: 0:39 Mins
There are probably no other books around that covers composition with emphasis on storytelling as well as Framed Ink. This is a whole book devoted to the subject, as compared to other books (on storyboards) that usually have only one or two chapters.

Although the illustrated examples are mainly movie composition, the techniques can be applied to animation, movies and even graphic novels. Every technique comes with a concise breakdown. You get to understand how and why shots are framed in a certain way, or how to create compositions to create a certain mood. There are also tips on lighting and continuity.

Over 200 beautifully illustrated examples are included. And they are really good examples. Just by looking at the examples alone, without even reading the commentary, you already get a good idea of what's happening.

Marcos Mateu-Mestre has distilled his 20 years of experience and knowledge into an accessible package you shouldn't miss out on.

This is the essential how-to book for storytellers, or for anyone who needs to put images on screen or on paper.

Highly recommended.


You can check out more of his work on his website.


(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must for Writers as well as artists 12 Mar 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Whilst a lot of the how to titles out there deal with getting the initial shapes and composition sorted for singular pieces, this title by Spanish artist Marcos Mateu-Mestre deals with a whole lot more. Whilst initially he does deal with composing one image, he looks at the narrative story of the piece as a whole allowing those with an interest in either storyboarding for films or for illustrating graphic novels to learn tips and tricks that have taken years to learn.

It's beautifully written with clear, easy to understand tips and when backed with practical demonstrations allows the reader to absorb in minutes lessons that without the illustration would have taken a lot longer to understand. Add to this not only an authoritive voice upon the subject but a respected name within the film genre makes this a title that you really can't miss. Whilst it won't tell you all about drawing it will help make sure that you get your composition right to make it work for you rather than at times confuse the audience. All in a great title and one that I wouldn't restrict to just artists but would also recommend to those who want to write film scripts or even help writers compose their scenes to get the most impact from their work.
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Saw this in a shop, which was quite expensive but from flicking through the pages, it was clear that this was a beautifully put together book. The artwork samples are fantastic and although I understand framing from a film making point of view, drawing comics has it's own visual language which this book helps to explore. I brought this off Amazon as it was cheaper than a high street store. Highly recommended but ultimately the key thing is to write and draw your own stuff, it's the only way to get better.
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