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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Impact (December 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581809549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581809541
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Very easy to follow.
Teresa J. Reasor
All I can say about this book is that it was written by someone who is very well versed in perspective studies and is almost equally as gifted at teaching them.
Erik Kay
It shows the tools needed and the most important concepts in perspective drawing.
David Roth

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. Chiaramonte on January 19, 2008
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.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Brian Miller on January 29, 2008
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
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 12, 2009
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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.)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Selden Jones on March 4, 2008
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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+
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Wells Fargo on April 1, 2011
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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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