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Framed Perspective Vol. 2: Technical Drawing for Shadows, Volume, and Characters Paperback – November 30, 2016
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- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Paperback : 132 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1624650325
- ISBN-13 : 978-1624650321
- Dimensions : 8.63 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Design Studio Press (November 30, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But I found even Burne Hogarth could not get me back up to my former level at the rate I desired. And that was when I stumbled upon Marcos Mateu-Mestre's Framed Perspective 2 here on Amazon while searching for fine line water soluble pens. Just glancing at the reviews and excerpts made me realize this was precisely what I needed. So I ordered it at once. Skimming it quickly the moment it arrived (in record time), I saw that Marcos had taken Hogarth to the next level. Though I am still studying his lessons, some of the most important were imparted almost instantly. If it looks right, even if it's wrong, it's right. If if looks wrong, even though it's right, it's wrong. To be believable, a figure in space and motion must be considered as a whole. A sense of life and vitality can never be imparted to a frankenstein assemblage of parts. And lastly the artist must constantly be aware of volume in space and the invisible flow of kinetic energy through it. These were probably things I'd already known at one point but it took Marcos to provide an invaluable graphic reminder. I think part of Marco's genius is his ability to convey complex information in easily understood terms and illustrations; the mark of a master teacher. It is even more remarkable that he is able to do this in such slim books at such a low price. An encyclopedia's worth of information distilled into slender paperbound books for far less than you pay for a lot of fat hardbound books containing a fraction of the useful data. I received Framed Perspective 1 for a birthday present and even though a glance at its contents seems as intimidating as a course in quantum physics, I know from Framed Perspective 2 it is within my grasp. I just ordered Framed Ink and have no doubt I will have a collection of everything he's published before long. Now to put his wisdom into practice!
If you are new to drawing or have very little character art in your toolbox then I suggest Getting the book How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way and Drawing Cutting Edge Comics.
Framed Perspective Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 leaves off. Primarily, it focuses on how light and shadow fall on objects in perspective. Admittedly, this can get pretty advanced at times (ie. how long is the shadow from a steeple across a staggered roof?), but the resource of information is invaluable.
For me, the highlight of the book (and the majority of it's focus), is how Marcos describes and deconstructs the human form into simple geometric shapes so that you can apply the very same lighting principals to lighting the human figure. Aside from a few notable exceptions (ie. Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Lighting), I can think of VERY few other books that delve into the subject of creating accurate lighting from imagination.
Aside from the wonderful cache of information in this book, much like Framed Ink, it is chock full of beautiful drawings that are sure to impress any artist. I think this book would be a great value at even double the cover price.
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This second volume focuses on Characters in perspective while the first one is focused on space - I recommend both!
A great gift for any artist since the fundamentals are never too much to practice!