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

Jason Cheeseman-Meyer
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Dec 8 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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About the Author

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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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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Technically speaking, the info in this book is okay. It takes pains to explain it's theories on perspective, shows examples.........but in the end I have to wonder about how much use it'll see--at least on my desk.
There's two hits against it: one being that the sample art inside is just so-so.
The artists contributing to the book may be working pros, but their work doesn't have a lot of appeal or pizzazz to it. As an artist, I'd rather have the highest calibre work showcasing the lesson rather than have mediocre work to "inspire" me.
Second is a quibble that comes from having taught perspective in adult-level art colleges and film schools; there's a flaw in the method. The author jumps into the lesson with all the technical aspects.......establishing the horizon line, the vanishing points, etc...and builds the drawing from there.
But THAT is the very flaw in teaching perspective, that ends up intimidating students, simply because they are at a loss as to how to visualize the object drawn at the outset.
The method in the book, like many other similar approaches to perspective starts off with the formula, and somehow......magically, the student is expected to be able to visualize the desired object along the way--inside the web of perspective construction lines.
It's like being taught how to ride a bicycle by being told to sit on the handle bars and face backwards.

And it's not how most pros do it.
The trick that the book misses out on is in composing the picture. The method put forth doesn't allow the artist to properly fit the construction into a given frame, certainly not without some trial and error.
The professional way to establish perspective is.........to eyeball it.
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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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