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Perspective Made Simple: A Practical Guide for Artists

Larry Withers , Larry Withers  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Larry Withers
  • Directors: Larry Withers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: On Air Video, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H1ZR5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Perspective the technique that adds the illusion of depth and distance to two-dimensional portrayals of objects stymies many art students, but as instructor Larry Withers shows in Perspective Made Simple, it's not all that difficult. Withers covers basic terminology and concepts before demonstrating the most common form linear perspective offering clear explanations and animations to illustrate how geometry simplifies the process and creates the desired image. Using a straightedge and a T-square, he demonstrates one-, two-, and three-point perspective; how to measure and divide spaces among receding objects; and how to draw such elements as tile floors, bridge arches, staircases, and roof gables, along with free-form features such as rivers, clouds, and waves. Withers also delves into atmospheric perspective i.e., how air affects the perception of distant forms. As added helpful features, many of the projects can be viewed as slideshows, and the disc includes downloadable instructions. Highly recommended. --Video Librarian

Perspective Made Simple: A Practical Guide for Artists takes your understanding of perspective to new levels. Armed with only a short list of materials, you can follow along with host Larry Withers as he takes you through the techniques needed to master one, two, and three-point linear perspective, with additional coverage of everything from shadows, to reflections, to atmospheric perspective. Learn how to achieve greater realism, all from the comfort of your home. --School Arts

Understanding perspective is key to being able to render objects realistically in a work of art. In this video, Larry Withers guides the viewer through many of the basic, and even more sophisticated, steps to drawing scenes with proper perspective. The presentation does a good job of defining terms and explaining each concept in clear, step-by-step segments. There is a brief introduction placing visual perspective, in art, in a historical context. The introduction also includes helpful examples of the upcoming techniques of perspective, and how the concepts are related to the appropriate elements of art. In addition to the basic perspective concepts such as one-, two- and three point perspective, the presentation includes such helpful explanations as atmospheric perspective, drawing objects receding in the background, drawing circles in perspective, adding shadows, and drawing floor tiles. The video is designed so students can follow along and pause as needed. Reviewing each step. Each technique begins with sketching, which addresses the concept of seen perspective in any given setting. The tools and materials needed to progress through the lessons are explained, and fortunately, are not expensive or hard to find. The content of the video is clearly presented, but it is somewhat complicated material and thus, as noted by the producing company, this DVD is best intended for an audience or older viewers from teens to adults. --Arts & Activities

Product Description

From the time of the Renaissance artists have used principles of perspective to achieve greater depth and realism in their artwork. Knowledge of the concepts and practical application of perspective is important for any serious artist. Perspective can seem perplexing, but with proper instruction it's really quite simple. Through five separate demonstrations Larry Withers will show how to use techniques of perspective to create more realistic drawings. The topics covered are: *One, two and three-point linear perspective *Atmospheric perspective Plus these related perspective techniques: *Circles in perspective *Figures in perspective *Creating shadows *Reflections *Roads and rivers in perspective *Tile floors *Bridges with arches *Stairs and ramps *Equally spaced objects (poles, trees, etc.) *Measuring/dividing spaces, lines, boxes *Roofs and gables

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perspective made simple January 23, 2011
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Every artist needs to know some perspective. Exaggerate it, distort it, whatever; but you cannot ignore it without looking really lame. This excellent video covers what you need to know in a simple and easily understood format. It is basic enough to be appropriate for beginners, yet detailed enough to be quite useful to advanced and knowledgeable artists. Best of all, it reveals about five hundred years worth of artists tips, tricks, and rules of thumb that were once considered proprietary secrets. The technique for accurately transferring measurements is alone worth the price. I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to better understand the methods for creating illusionistic space. You will learn something useful, even if you already have a basic knowledge of perspective. Well worth it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute "must-have" for art school DVD libraries February 15, 2011
Perspective Made Simple: A Practical Guide for Artists is a no-nonsense tutorial DVD concerning how to incorporate perspective into one's drawings and art. Accessible to aspiring and practicing artists of all skill and experience levels, Perspective Made Simple covers one, two, and three-point linear perspective; atmospheric perspective; figures in perspective; creating shadows; equally spaced objects; measuring/dividing space, lines, and boxes; architectural features ranging from roads to roofs to bridges and much more. Simple drawing materials such as pencils, paper, a ruler, a drawing compass, a T-square and the like are recommended to gain the maximum benefit from the invaluable instruction of Perspective Made Simple. Highly recommended to any would-be artist, and an absolute "must-have" for art school DVD libraries. 78 min.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information August 5, 2011
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This was a good purchase. I thought the material was presented in a manner that made it easy to follow and interesting. It will definately help you create realistic drawings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD!!!! June 29, 2012
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I have just purchased all of this artist's DVDs and all are FABULOUS! Get them all -- you won't be disappointed! The artist's drawing skills and teaching delivery are exceptional. His lessons, explanation, and voice flow beautifully. He starts with basic exercises and advances you throughout his DVDs. All of them are great! I absolutely love them all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perspective made simple December 16, 2011
This DVD is very helpful.Now I can draw stairs better and know how to equally spaced poles, tress,etc.
I like it a lot.
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