Framed Ink: Design and Composition for Visual Storytellers



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A clearly written instructional book for storytelling in both graphic novels and storyboards for motion pictures. The book explains fundamental concepts in composition, layout, and the elements of successful visual storytelling. It features 230 black & white illustrations and 166 diagrams by the author. Marcos' artwork is fantastic and is reminiscent of John Watkiss.

From the publisher:

Framed Ink - The ultimate guide to visual storytelling! How to make the audience 'feel' the story while they are 'reading' the story.

Using his experience working in the comic book industry, movie studios and teaching, Marcos introduces the reader to a step-by-step system that will create the most successful storyboards and graphics for the best visual communication. After a brief discussion on narrative art, Marcos introduces us to drawing and composing a single image, to composing steady shots to drawing to compose for continuity between all the shots.

These lessons are then applied to three diverse story lines: a train accident, a cowboy tale and bikers approaching a mysterious house.

In addition to setting up the shots, he also explains and illustrates visual character development, emotive stances and expressions along with development of the environmental setting to fully develop the visual narrative.

Spanish born Marcos Mateu Mestre is a visual concept, traditional animation layout, and graphic novel artist whose film credits include titles such as ‘Balto’, ‘The Prince of Egypt’, ‘Asterix and the Vikings’ and ‘Surf’s Up’ amongst others.

With an extensive experience of twenty years in feature animation, working mainly for DreamWorks and Sony Pictures, he has also been teaching drawing, illustration and visual storytelling techniques for twelve years.

His works as a film maker have mostly included both the design and cinematic aspects of film, taking care of frame composition, lighting and visual continuity of many key sequences in some major productions.


Marcos Mateu-Mestre

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine



Publishing Information

Culver City
Design Studio Press

Physical Description

11 inches
8.5 inches
128 pages
230 black & white illustrations and 166 diagrams