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Perspective Drawing Handbook (Dover Art Instruction) Paperback – May 17, 2004
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This handy guide provides numerous insights and shortcuts to drawing and sketching effectively. Describing mandatory skills for beginning and advanced students, the text covers such subjects as diminution, foreshortening, convergence, shade and shadow, and other visual principles of perspective drawing.
Accompanying a concise and thoughtfully written text are more than 150 simply drawn illustrations that depict a sense of space and depth, demonstrate vanishing points and eye level, and explain such concepts as appearance versus reality; perspective distortion; determining heights, depths, and widths; and the use of circles, cylinders, and cones.
Artists, architects, designers, and engineers will find this book invaluable in creating works with convincing perspective.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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; ...Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The way the page layout is set up, it makes it very hard for my brain to parse, it's not linear enough. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have only used this book for one project and already I am improving. Great reference to have when drawing in perspective.Published 4 months ago by Amanda
Everyone's learning style is different. This book simply does not meet my learning style.Published 10 months ago by wafaa salaje