- Series: Dover Art Instruction
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Worn Condition edition (June 1, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486224872
- ISBN-13: 978-0486224879
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A truly admirable book."—Bookman's Journal and Print Collector
"As a book of reference to the practicing artists who wants to solve some particular difficulty, the book could hardly be bettered."—Field
Rex Vicat Cole makes learning about perspective an enjoyable and fascinating pursuit in this clearly written and profusely illustrated book. Over 390 diagrams illustrate every aspect of the text, and more than 80 illustrations reproduce drawings and paintings—by old masters and by the author—that indicate how perspective is utilized in practice. The book is so well illustrated that many perspective problems can be answered without reference to the text at all.
The text itself clarifies the theory of perspective and offers numerous practice exercises. Among the topics covered are the principle of perspective in theory, the rules of perspective and their application, depths, the use of plans in sketching foreshortened surfaces, inclined planes, the circle, arches, how to draw curves by straight lines, perspective of the sky and sea, perspective of shadows, and more. Two additional sections cover perspective in the history of art and mechanical perspective.
A noted landscape painter and art instructor, Mr. Cole combines common sense with an understanding of Nature's laws to make perspective a subject that every artist can approach with confidence. Art students will also find this book extremely valuable.
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The observations and lessons in this book made me think about applying perspective beyond the usual building or cube shaped object. Cole shows how perspective can help solve drawing problems with arches, circles, and every day and natural objects that don't normally lend itself to perspective, and that, in itself, is a great help when problem-solving drawings or dealing with tricky objects like circular ones in space. Definitely part of my permanent artists reference shelf.
The subject is treated in a more technical manner than most contemporary books on drawing, so it is understandable that a few reviewers would criticize it for being "complicated". But its treatment of the subject is not particularly difficult. In fact a basic course in Euclidean Geometry would certainly take more thought and reflection than is needed to study this book.