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Ernest R. Norling
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Jan. 19 1999 0486404730 978-0486404738
Perspective is easy; yet, surprisingly few artists know the simple rules that make it so. Now they can remedy that situation with this step-by-step book, the first devoted entirely to clarifying the laws of perspective. Using over 250 simple line drawings, the author leads the reader through every important concept. 256 illustrations.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one book on perspective you¿ll ever need. Jan. 11 2004
Format:Paperback
For a book first published in 1939, Norling's "Perspective Made Easy" is still the authority on perspective. This concise book contains in roughly 200 pages and 256 illustrations all you'll ever need to know about perspective drawing. In twenty masterfully organized chapters, from simple to complex, the author explains the basics and not so basics of perspective drawing. He includes suggestions on how to make your drawing more simple, drawing methods for observation and space division, a Remember section at the end of each chapter in which he summarizes the most important information and principles presented in that chapter, and a Problems section with exercises that will help you apply what you just learned. One of the best rewards of this book comes in its last chapters where the author covers perspective drawing for a great number of regular and irregular figures like a sphere, a cone, ovals, circles, lamps, cars, etc. With this the author goes many steps beyond all those other books out there that only teach you how to draw cubes and square buildings.
The book may be a bit repetitive at times, but this is not annoying at all, it just makes the author sound as if he was teaching a class in school or college, and it helps you to easily remember the most important information presented. After reading this book my understanding of perspective and the perspective in my drawings have improved 100%. If you follow his teachings and exercises you will learn how to determine the perspective you need to apply to your drawing, whether you are drawing in the field or using photographs as a model, and you will soon start making your drawings look solid, deep and proportionate.
If you are only getting one book on perspective, get this one.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction for beginning artists! March 12 2003
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because Andrew Loomis (Figure Drawing For All Its Worth) recommended it. I'm glad I followed his advice. If you are going to own only one perspective book, then this is it. However, if you're an interior designer, architect, engineer or draftsman then looks elsewhere since this book's primary audiences are freehand artists.
This is one of the few books out in the market that exactly delivers what it says on the back cover. And it's a reprint from 1939!
I'd give this book a rating of more than 5.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I can highly recommend this handbook to anybody who likes to draw. Through small, easy to follow steps, with illustrations for each step(!), this classic author makes this highly misunderstood topic become CRYSTAL CLEAR!
You can follow along, drawing each step, or just read through the book, (like I did), and you will still find yourself applying these techniques that make your drawings much more realistic and accurate looking.
In the introduction, the author says that we should not FORCE our drawings to fit into any rigid rules of perspective, but after reading this book, I find that I don't have to force the perspective rules, I can just subtly apply them as I go about my drawings.
The author has very nice, cute, and simple illustrations of his own, to show what he's talking about in each step of the process of understanding perspective correctly. This makes the book feel very user-friendly.
This book covers a lot of ground and information, but if you take your time and start at the beginning, you will reap big results with your own improved drawings.
Comparing price to benefit, this is easily the best value of any art technique book that I have ever purchased. Buy with confidence, this book amazing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book Oct. 27 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A very well written easy to follow book on what can be a complex subject. It is very inexpensive and my favorite of several I own on the subject. The Author gets right to the nuts and bolts of drawing in perspective. If you want the basics this book is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have reference book.. March 7 2014
By Anne
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was really looking for a mathematical formula for finding the second vanishing point, and did not find it in this book, but I gave it 5 stars anyway, because it is very nicely explained just by physically outstretching your arms. Clearly it is not a book for architects, but it is very much a book for artists who do not want to crowd their work with detail but do want to remain visually accurate. This book includes handling "two horizons" (or more) when drawing hills, aerial or basement views, judging proportions by finding physical references such as doorways, and a lot of other little tricks.
The book is a quick read and most artists will already know most of the material intuitively, but every once in a while, you feel grateful for reading this just because it puts things in context.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perspective simply and wonderfully explained... March 31 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
One of the best introductory books on this ostensibly confusing topic I've ever come across. In spite of being published way back in 1939, the concepts and methods in this title are as applicable now, as then. I managed to complete reading the book in one afternoon and began practicing what I learnt that evening, and it worked. Being a Dover publication, it's reasonably priced compared to contemporary titles. As a result, I've begun a witch-hunt for other Dover books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read and interesting subject June 9 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the book as it was a very easy read with some hands-on practices. It is specially good to read on kindle (mine was on iPad) as you can hand draw concepts as you raed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very necessary book
this book was written in the late thirties but for an artist or aspiring artist is absolutely invaluable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by camellia lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
Loved the simple way to explain perspective.
Was really useful to understand well other books I have on the subject
Published 8 months ago by Pauline Gerthoffert
5.0 out of 5 stars Perspective is something every artist needs...
Work your way thru this book doing each page and you will improve as a artist.. Lots of helpful examples and explanations...it's a discipline we all need
Published 9 months ago by judi hopewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best
I own other good books on perspective, but this one is really the more enjoyable. A very easy introduction, yet you got all you need to know. Read more
Published 15 months ago by cptHaddock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
This is a great book for people who really want to learn how to draw. Would recommend to art students, super easy to understand. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J.G
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Very much relevant to this day. A perfect resource for learning how to draw in perspective.
Published on Sept. 21 2010 by Manny Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and powerful.
There isn't much to say here. Much of this stuff is already common knowledge if anyone has taken a few basic art courses. Read more
Published on April 5 2010 by Mad Bulls
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
It's great that this book is going to be reprinted again, since its first publication in 1939. It's a very useful book. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2009 by Parka
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand
Good, solid, workmanlike explanation of perspective, described step by step. Plain language, no wasted words. Clear drawings. Read more
Published on April 2 2004 by n0s4a2
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