I borrowed Design and Composition Secrets of Professional Artists from the library and I’m glad I did! It is composed of a series of essays written by 16 different professional artists (including Robert Bateman). Reading how these professional artists design the composition of their works helped me to understand the thought process involved before even starting a painting.
Each of their composition process is as unique as they are. They provide suggestions and encouragement, and they share their knowledge. One artist even provides various checklists she uses while composing and executing a painting.
It is well worth the read. What makes this special for me is that the artists are either Canadian or they are living in Canada!
Design and Composition Secrets of Professional Artists
From the editors of International Artist magazine
North Light Books an imprint of F+W Publications
CDN $38.99 (US $24.99)