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Perspective Made Easy Paperback – Jan 19 1999
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From the Back Cover
Perspective, the author tells us, is easy; yet surprisingly few artists are aware of the simple rules that make it so. This easy-to-follow book—the first devoted entirely to clarifying the laws of perspective—remedies the situation. In it, the author uses over 250 simple line drawings to illustrate the concepts involved.
Beginning with clear, concise, immediately applicable discussions of the horizon, vanishing point, and the crucial relationship of eye level to perspective drawing, you'll learn how to place figures and objects in a drawing, depict interiors, create shade and shadows, and achieve all the other elements necessary for a successful perspective drawing. By repeatedly stressing important points, Mr. Norling teaches you to make them second-nature. Moreover, his approach is so simple and direct that no matter how little raw talent or experience you have, you will soon be able to apply these techniques almost instinctively.
Mastery of perspective is a basic skill every artist must have. This simple, nontechnical guide will enable you to master its essentials in a relatively short time. Clear and concise, this book is an essential addition to any artist's bookshelf.
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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
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.
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!
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.
All the concepts of perspective are explained in plain and simple English. It teaches the basic foundation well, in a progressive manner where you build onto what you've learned earlier. Included are examples that emphasis the lesson point effectively. Once you get it, you get it forever.
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Most recent customer reviews
This is a must have book for all those struggling with drawing perspective. The book is short, concise and does not leave you feeling overwhelmed. It's a great instructional book.Published 1 month ago by Michelle
Looks very interesting. Haven't studied it just yet but I'm happy with the purchase.Published 2 months ago by Carole
This book is very easy to follow and covers the gamut of the subject. It is well-written and the examples are clear. My sketches have improved already. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julietta Mcgovern
Excellent introduction which makes it easy to understand the concepts of perspective. A great addition to my library.Published 9 months ago by William P Ronald
Definitely a great purchase for self-taught folks learning to draw. In Step One I've already learned enough to say I've gotten my money's worth. Read morePublished 10 months ago by 2eBlue
Simply one of the best drawing books I've purchased. Easy-to-follow and fast paced.Published 12 months ago by Ernest K. Norling