Tuesday, October 02, 2012

CGAA Recommended Reading: Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers

I thought I would jump in on this as well and recommend Framed Ink by Marcel Mateu-Mestre . This wonderful book is jam packed with a myriad of useful and practical illustrations that demonstrate the art of composition. This book is a must have for storyboard artists, directors and comic book artists as it presents tools that will prove useful to all those individuals and many more besides. This book explores more than just camera angle and framing and also looks at lighting and scale to enhance a particular narrative. As a bonus it is also the sort of of manual that can read from cover to cover rather than just dipping into for some cherrypicking.

This book has just been reprinted and if you can afford it grab it, as when it last went out of print prices soared to well over $100 for an as new copy. There is a huge demand for this book..

The ultimate guide to visual storytelling. Using his extensive experience of working in the comic book industry and for movie studios, Mateu-Mestre explains a step-by-step system for the best visual communication. From creating a single image, visual character development and environment, to composing steady shots, and establishing continuity, with practical examples, this book covers it all.

Mateu-Mestre is a visual concept, traditional animation, and graphic novel artist who's film credits include Balto, Asterix and the Vikings, The Prince of Egypt and Surf's Up. He has worked extensively for both DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures.

"Marcos has a special eye for composition, lighting, and continuity that creates a tangible sense of mood and drama in all his work." --Jeffrey Katzenberg, Co-Founder/CEO, DreamWorks Animation SKG

"Beautifully illustrated and presented; meanwhile, the text itself is clear, concise and offers some useful guidance for 3D and 2D artists." --3D Artist Magazine

1 comment:

  1. Cor blimey, I never realised this book was so popular. Glad I managed to get a copy when I did!