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Vanishing Point Perspective For Comics From The Ground Up [Paperback]

Jason Cheeseman-Meyer
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Dec 19 2007
Master perspective like the pros! Vanishing Point shows you how to conquer the fundamentals of perspective drawing and then equips you with technical tricks and tools that make dynamic and complex scenes a snap. This complete guide helps you build your understanding of perspective to an intuitive level so you can draw anything you can imagine. Inside you'll find:
  • Complete instruction on drawing in one-, two- and three-point perspective and four- and five-point curvilinear perspective (where "straight" lines are drawn as curves). Curvilinear perspective has not been taught in any other perspective book - until now!
  • Full-color, step-by-step demonstrations move you beyond the theories and let you practice the techniques in real scenes.
  • A special chapter on drawing curves helps you break out of the box and draw cylinders, ellipses, cars and, most importantly, people in perfect perspective.
  • Shortcuts and tips show you how to create believable perspective in no time flat.
No matter what your skill level, Vanishing Point offers you a new way of looking at perspective and lets you draw as though you have decades of drawing experience - even if you don't. You'll learn everything you need to know to pour your imagination on the page with power and confidence.

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Jason Cheeseman-Meyer is a professional artist who draws from his art, math, teaching and writing backgrounds for his expertise on perspective for comics and fantasy art. He knows how to approach technical subjects and present them in easy-to-understand formats. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Oberlin College and the Otis College of Art and Design, he has written and edited teaching manuals, and has been working on the subject of curvilinear perspective for eight years, creating a practical system for drawing and teaching it.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for artists of all skill levels April 12 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 0:18 Mins
For comic artists who want to start on perspective, this is the book for you. This is a step-by-step tutorial book that teaches perspective drawing, specifically for comics. And that means creating perspective from concept rather than observation.

It explains all the foundational perspective rules (those point perspectives, drawing eclipses etc.), as well as tips on drawing characters in perspective. The explanations are simple and illustrated examples clear.

This book even teaches curvilinear perspective, where "straight" lines are drawn as curves, such as the cover illustration. This is more commonly used in comic books and are not taught in other basic perspective books. In photographic terms, this is the fish-eye effect.

Right at the end are pages of tricks and techniques aimed at solving perspective problems, such as fixing distortions, good places to place vanishing points etc.

This is a recommended book for artists at all skill levels.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! Feb. 21 2013
By Jess
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is rare for me to call a book "perfect" right off the bat, but Jason Cheeseman-Meyer's "Vanishing Point Perspective For Comics From Ground Up" is just that - perfect.

I am both a traditional and digital artist and, like most artists, I struggle with perspective. For years I have been searching for the perfect perspective book, and now I have found it.

This book is not just for comic artists: it gives good information that can be applied to any piece of artwork. Cheeseman-Meyers covers many different types of perspectives (one-point, two-point, three-point, curvilinear four-point, curvilinear five-point). He describes how perspective is created while showing many easy-to-understand diagrams. Cheeseman-Meyers gives you tutorials, examples, and in-depth explanations behind the difficult subject of perspective-drawing. He tells you when it is best to use certain types of perspective and the effects they add to the setting. He also explains the tools needed for perspective-work.

I am constantly referencing this book while working on art and I have already recommended it to many of my artist friends. It is, though, slightly complicated for new artists who have never touched perspective before. Also, flipping through the book, it seems intimidating, but once you read it perspective drawing becomes much easier. I love all of diagrams Cheeseman-Meyer provides: every page contain nearly five diagrams and pictures clearly showing and describing perspectives.

"Vanishing Point Perspective For Comics From The Ground Up" is a must-have for any artist!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find Feb. 11 2012
By fel al
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This is a title that's failry hard to find in the bookstore but when you do, it is a great buy. Easier to follow that many of the others out there. Takes you step by step through the process and lists everything you would need to get started. Even if you're not into comics, it's a great handbook for anyone who draws and struggles with perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First and Last Word on Perspective Jan. 9 2012
By OAT
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You simply do not need any other book on perspective drawing.
This is the best book I have ever seen and read and it has improved my art a hundred percent.
So easy to follow and understand, I cannot say enough good things about this book.
I have tried many other books on this subject and was always befuddled.
I am so glad I purchased this.
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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Perspective Book for Comic Artists on the Market Jan. 19 2008
By Thomas B. Chiaramonte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is my first Amazon book review, but this product demands it!

Background: I am a comic illustrator and graphic artist with an educational background in architecture. I know my comics and I know my perspective. Yet, in execution, I find that without frequent practice, it's more difficult to capture proper hand-drawn perspectives than I'd like to admit. One of the key disconnects in my education has always been how to translate the technical perspective techniques as applied to large architectural renderings, and apply those methods to panel-based comic illustration, where your needs may more frequently be interior shots, unusual angles, and scenes where a technical perspective is not always the best fit. This book concisely and clearly helps you understand where those techniques work and where they don't, where to modify your image, your camera placement and your composition in order to maximize the visual impact, and best of all, reads equally well to the experienced artist and beginner alike.

This book is everything I expected, which is great, but there's more here than that. Sure, it covers the basics in an articulated, easy to follow manner, but Jason Cheeseman-Meyer delves into more advanced areas of perspective drawing that really impressed me. There's plenty of gorgeous, full-color art here,and there are many details that really work for a book like this appealing to artists exploring different genres. Cheeseman-Meyer drew sample perspectives in all sorts of cool fantasy genre styles, which not only allows it to cross over to, say, an artist drawing westerns who gets turned off by superhero art books, for example, but with more subtlety, it reinforces the real but not always obvious fact that good perspective makes, and poor perspective breaks, imagery of any style, subject matter and composition.

One of the aspects of accomplished comic illustration that has always impressed me personally has been three point curvilinear perspective, which always blows me away. I've never done this, and never really grasped HOW. Cheeseman-Meyer covers this extensively here. He also spends time discussing another aspect of perspective drawing that i studied in architecture school: how to address compositions where the layout causes an accurate perspective to look wrong, such as views beyond the cone of vision, or interior shots where the room doesn't look proportionately accurate on paper. Cheeseman-Meyer covers several illustration tricks that allow you to understand not only how to modify the illustration to look 'right' to the eye, but WHY. He also covers how to integrate figures into the perspective in ways that look like they are part of the image and not standing in front of it. All fairly simple sounding exercises that can be very challenging to the illustrator.

I'm not biased when i say this is probably the best perspective book aimed squarely at the comic artist I've got on the shelf. I'm very impressed. Production quality, layout, narrative and diagrams are all top notch, and of course, as a bonus, you get several full-sized pieces of color art from the main man, an accomplished and skillful comic illustrator in his own right.

I highly recommend this book to experienced and amateur comic artists alike!
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect addition to any artist's library Jan. 29 2008
By Brian Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I met the author, Jason Cheeseman-Meyer, at a comic book convention and had the pleasure to speak with him at great length about all the effort and info he put into his book. As a professional comic book artist, colorist, and illustrator I rely on good reference to help me take on the many challenges that come with each new project. I have a tattered old book on perspective that I have been carrying around with me for over ten years. That book has now officially been replaced with Vanishing Point. This is the de facto book on perspective drawing.

Vanishing Point is aimed at comic book artist and is easy to understand and execute but it also goes far beyond the basics. Students, illustrators, and even people working in the design & drafting fields will be surprised at how much information in this book could help them every day.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who aspires to take their artwork to the next level.

Brian Miller - Author
Hi-Fi Color For Comics: Digital Techniques for Professional Results
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for artists of all skill levels April 12 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For comic artists who want to start on perspective, this is the book for you. This is a step-by-step tutorial book that teaches perspective drawing, specifically for comics. And that means creating perspective from concept rather than observation.

It explains all the foundational perspective rules (those point perspectives, drawing eclipses etc.), as well as tips on drawing characters in perspective. The explanations are simple and illustrated examples clear.

This book even teaches curvilinear perspective, where "straight" lines are drawn as curves, such as the cover illustration. This is more commonly used in comic books and are not taught in other basic perspective books. In photographic terms, this is the fish-eye effect.

Right at the end are pages of tricks and techniques aimed at solving perspective problems, such as fixing distortions, good places to place vanishing points etc.

This is a recommended book for artists at all skill levels.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on Perspective March 4 2008
By Selden Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm an artist by hobby and have read 8 books on perspective but this one is exceptional. It's not just a book for comic artists but a great book for learning perspective. I was surprised when I received it. It covers topics that I have not seen covered in any other perspective book I've read. Such as, curvilinear perspective. It covers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 point perspective. I never saw any other coverage of 4 and 5 pt perspective before. Great book for any artist, comic or not and great illustrations. A+
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Details on Perspectives! But ugly art.... April 1 2011
By Wells Fargo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good book on perspectives! Bad art. Absolutely horrible. Especially when he draws people here. Just look into a pdf file of Andrew Loomis's "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth", and he's a LOT better in drawing people in perspectives, and that book was published in the 1930's!!!

The way he draws people according perspectives are just absurd. They do look amateur-ish in style. Believe me, it does not look that good. Although, his teachings on PERSPECTIVES are very good in this book. Very detailed in letting you know how he draws things from the furthest to the closest. I appreciate that part. That's three stars for that. I feel bad, because he really worked hard on background perspectives.

Two stars taken away is his finished artwork. His lineart is ridiculous in a bad way. His black lines are way too thick for a finished picture. They're really messy and they don't look as good as the cover you're seeing here, so beware on that. His coloring inside the pages truly look awful, and they look "unfinished". He should've hired a decent colorist and inker to finish the job, so you could see that what he was teaching was proven correct. His coloring is just the worst, I can't stand it. Remember, this book is about PERSPECTIVES, but according to perspectives, coloring and inked linearts need to be involved. Without it, the perspectives will just look bad, no matter how accurate it is.

Still, if you want to learn about perspectives just by drawing them in pencil, this is a VERY good book for you.

Brandon
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