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Perspective (Artist's Library) Library Binding – January, 2011

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Serious Instruction for Serious Artists

That's what the Artist's Library series is all about! The books in this series will help you expand your creativity, overcome technical obstacles, and explore new media. Each 64-page paperback focuses on the materials and methods of a specific medium and provides step-by-step demonstrations, helpful tips, and plenty of encouragement.

The quality of instruction in this series is unsurpassed. Each book is written and illustrated by a professional artist who specializes in the particular medium and is uniquely qualified to guide the reader to a new level of expertise. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

William F. Powell studied at the Art Student's Career School in New York; Harrow Technical College in Harrow, England; and the Louvre Free School of Art in Paris, France. His work has been represented in major galleries and reproduced in the form of illustrations, prints, and limited-edition collector's plates. He has been professionally involved in fine art, commercial art, and illustration for more than 45 years. His experience as an instructor includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, and pastel with subjects ranging from landscapes and seascapes to still life, portraiture, and wildlife. He holds awards for the technical side of his art, which has been used in major space and environmental programs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Artist's Library
  • Library Binding: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Pub (January 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936309289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936309283
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

William F. Powell is an internationally recognized artist and one of America’s foremost colorists. A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Bill studied at the Art Student’s Career School in New York; Harrow Technical College in Harrow, England; and the Louvre Free School of Art in Paris, France. He has been professionally involved in fine art, commercial art, and technical illustration for more than 45 years. His experience as an art instructor includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel—with subjects ranging from landscapes to portraits and wildlife. He has also authored a number of art instruction books, including several popular Walter Foster titles. As a renowned master of color, Bill has conducted numerous "Color Mixing and Theory" workshops in Los Angeles and San Diego, California. His expertise in color theory also led him to author and illustrate an educational series of 11 articles entitled, "Color in Perspective" for Painting Magazine. Additionally he has been consulted for his color expertise on telescope and satellite images for national space programs, and he has served as a color and pigment consultant for several artist’s paint manufacturers. Bill's work also includes the creation of background sets for films, model making, animated cartoons, and animated films for computer mockup programs.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bob McLeod on January 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I really like this little book. I'm a nut about perspective, and this cheap little paperback clearly teaches you everything you need to know about perspective for most uses. It's definitely not very in-depth, but if you just want to quickly learn the basics, this is the book you want.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Wanderer on January 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I had to use this book in one of my first drawing classes for college. The ease and depth which the topic of perspective is presented is easy enough to understand but, very useful for learning the proper art of perspective. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn this fundamental principle that is perspective.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Bramblet on April 2, 2007
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This was the first perspective book I went through where I actually "got" perspective. It clearly illustrates the principles in a concise and easy-to-read manner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Twombly on February 28, 2008
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This book is a good for beginner artist and people who want to learn more about how to correctly draw perspective. For the price of the book you are getting a great deal of information about 2 point, 3 point perspective. I ordered this book for my college level class just to better understand perspective and it has taught me a lot that I have forgotten. I recommend this book to any artist who has had trouble with perspective and wants a inexpensive book to teach them that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryley Capps Harris on November 10, 2012
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This book provides a very elaborate and detailed outline of the fundamentals of perspective. William Powell is great at breaking complex concepts down so that every knowledge-thirsty art lover can understand. Thumbs up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Hepburn on December 22, 2010
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My art teacher had this book and I wanted to have my own copy. I'm just beginning, but I find perspective very interesting. I like how the book laid out. It is a well written text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By polaroid seeker on March 13, 2012
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Perspective (Artist's Library series #13) is very excellent. This book explains so clear and excellent. The pictures look very good. Thumb up!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra E. Suarez on December 27, 2012
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This book has great tips if you are just starting to draw or if you really don't have a clue about perspective.
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