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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2000
D'Amelio has laid out the basics of mechanical perspective drawing in easy to follow steps with clear illustrations. Readily adaptable to instruction for the general audience and eminently practical with illustrations for many basic and more complex perspective problems, the text is well organized as well as intertaining. I have used this text to teach perspective in high school drawing classes for 15 years.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
"PERSPECTIVE DRAWING HANDBOOK" by Joseph D`Amelio

Amelio really packed this book with well-illustrated covering of Perspective in Black & White. Better still, D`Amelio manages to keep text down to the bare essentials, preferring to illustrate the point rather than describe it. Fascinating. Nicely put together, and very concise at 96 pages. I really liked it.

Suggested retail at $8.95 this is a good reference, and eminently affordable. It seemed quite deserving of FIVE STARS for making an obscure subject clear to the general public with a direct, no-nonsense approach. What Stephen Rogers Peck does for anatomy, is what D'Amelio does for teaching PERSPECTIVE.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2006
This is currently my favorite perspective book!

I love this book because it's clear, concise, slim & to the point. It's very enlightening! In my opinion, Joseph D' Amelio was a genius in his understanding of perspective & his ability to communicate this to others. The text may be a little academic by today's standards, but it's still easily worth getting. He uses the words "parallel" and "perpendicular" a lot, because he's being precise in his communication. Because this book is so slim, clear & reasonably priced, I highly recommend this to anyone & *everyone* interested in learning about perspective-based drawing. Even if it doesn't become everyone's favorite overall, it's certainly worth having in any collection, as perspective is such an important topic that it's really best to buy a number of books. And if we're going to buy a number of books, it might be helpful to know which are the *best* while at the same time being reasonably priced. This is at the top of my list!

Three-point perspective is covered here, although he actually avoids this term and instead calls this "looking up & down". It's simplistic in its approach, but that's what great teachers are about: taking difficult concepts & making them easy to understand. And as mentioned, while the writing may at times be a little stiff, this book relies mostly on visuals, which are entirely in black & white and mostly in pen & ink. Perspective Drawing Handbook: my highest recommendation!

P.S. My current Top 3 perspective books include: Perspective Drawing Handbook; Perspective Made Easy; and then Perspective! For Comic Book Artists.

P.P.S. An interesting observation: there is at least one visual error in this book. On page 55, there are common objects depicted in 3-point perspective, as often seen when we're looking down. The bed on this page has vertical lines converging in the wrong direction(!). In every other picture on this page, the vertical lines are, accurately, converging downwards. With the bed, we get the opposite(!). How this found its way into print is beyond me, but I still think this book is great.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2013
Although I'm a self-taught artist and I've never taken art class (except in middle school, which was required, but I learned nothing), my perspective needed work so I bought this book as a way to learn about perspective grids or certain tips and tricks to measure the distance between objects.

Unfortunately, this book includes a lot of pictures and explanations, but no actual instructions, which I was looking forward to. It doesn't tell you "how" to construct a certain grid or certain lines, it just has several illustrations and information relating to it.

If you're someone who can observe something and make something out of it, this book is suitable for you. But for me, this will just be a reference to how things work in perspective.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2011
I've listened to, watched or read many instructors trying to teach perspective in simple terms to budding artists and have always had a nagging suspicion that they had it wrong, but couldn't explain why. When is the CORRECT time to use one, two, or three point perspective? When are edges that are not dead center in front of you CORRECTLY portrayed as parallel? Complex perspective texts meant for draftsmen with ruler and t-square didn't do it for me. Finally I stumbled on this book originally printed almost 50 years ago. Joseph D'Amelio does an excellent job of explaining the complexities of perspective to us artists that must deal with it using only a pencil and our own eyes and judgement.

For the teacher that thinks this text is too complex for beginner's, use it as a resource for YOU to correctly teach these concepts to your students. For all who think this is too complex and wordy, I can only guess that we are reviewing completely different books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2012
This is one of the best books written on perspective that you can find. Its relatively short and to the point. But like most books on perspective its easy for a reader to get confused or distracted. I personally found that the best way to learn perspective is through watching/ being taught. not by reading a book. I used the Perpective series from draw123.com to learn. They're pricey but well worth it if you have a hard time following a book. That said, I will state that I use this book as an amazing reference and it does cover topics not covered in other sources. Another recommended book is Creative Perspective by Ernest Watson. Each book on perspective that I own pretty much covers the same basics and a few specialized topics. Some are better than others since they are taught from a different artist PERSPECTIVE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
I have known how to draw, but this book helps take my drawing a little further. I know where to make the line to keep things balanced and make a good representational image.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2009
This book is a great resource. Sometimes I have to read and re-read it to understand what the author is talking about. But it's a great, robust resource on perspective. It was recommended by my art teacher and I've been pleased with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2012
Geometric perspective is a mathematical idea. As someone with a lot of math in his background I would have been very happy to open a book full of equations and proofs. In this book there are none that I can see. No math at all! The instruction is by careful examination of simple diagrams and examples appealing to the reader's natural intuition (common sense and experience).

There is no way to properly learn perspective without some serious work and the author expects the reader to pay close attention to the examples and the discussions. Even with a good grasp of the underlying math, it took a bit of chewing to digest some his points. So this is not an easy breezy read. It's a very thorough and careful exposition of basic perspective.

Out of 96 pages, 76 are devoted to the cube in perspective. This makes sense, if you have a thorough mastery of the cube, you can use it to understand and layout any shape.

It's an old book. The diagrams and pictures are in black and white and the style is rather old fashioned. Nevertheless, this book is well worth the time and for $9 delivered it's a steal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2014
This is an excellent, inexpensive and clear explanation of perspective. ***It also has a chapter on perspective and getting cast shadows right.*** You might say that you draw or paint from photographs so you don't think you need this but you are wrong. Lenses often distort lines and if you copy what the camera shows you the picture will not look right. I have seen horrible distortions of buildings and windows by artists who should have known better. I, myself, have made mistakes when merging photographs - adding a few buffalo to the background of foreground buffalo - and realizing after framing that the rear most animal could not possibly be that large. Oops. Even buffalo out in a field must obey the laws of perspective! The basics of perspective are easy to understand. The book also covers some very complex information too for the more advanced artist. But with patience and repeated study over time it...well, heck, it STILL can be confusing but some knowledge is much better than no knowledge and you get the hang of it over time. Do buy this book -- it is relatively painless.
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