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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Art Instruction
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486432084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486432083
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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D'Amelio has laid out the basics of mechanical perspective drawing in easy to follow steps with clear illustrations. Readily adaptable to instruction for the general audience and eminently practical with illustrations for many basic and more complex perspective problems, the text is well organized as well as intertaining. I have used this text to teach perspective in high school drawing classes for 15 years.
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"PERSPECTIVE DRAWING HANDBOOK" by Joseph D`Amelio

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.
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This is currently my favorite perspective book!

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;
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I've listened to, watched or read many instructors trying to teach perspective in simple terms to budding artists and have always had a nagging suspicion that they had it wrong, but couldn't explain why. When is the CORRECT time to use one, two, or three point perspective? When are edges that are not dead center in front of you CORRECTLY portrayed as parallel? Complex perspective texts meant for draftsmen with ruler and t-square didn't do it for me. Finally I stumbled on this book originally printed almost 50 years ago. Joseph D'Amelio does an excellent job of explaining the complexities of perspective to us artists that must deal with it using only a pencil and our own eyes and judgement.

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.
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Although I'm a self-taught artist and I've never taken art class (except in middle school, which was required, but I learned nothing), my perspective needed work so I bought this book as a way to learn about perspective grids or certain tips and tricks to measure the distance between objects.

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.
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This is an excellent, inexpensive and clear explanation of perspective. ***It also has a chapter on perspective and getting cast shadows right.*** You might say that you draw or paint from photographs so you don't think you need this but you are wrong. Lenses often distort lines and if you copy what the camera shows you the picture will not look right. I have seen horrible distortions of buildings and windows by artists who should have known better. I, myself, have made mistakes when merging photographs - adding a few buffalo to the background of foreground buffalo - and realizing after framing that the rear most animal could not possibly be that large. Oops. Even buffalo out in a field must obey the laws of perspective! The basics of perspective are easy to understand. The book also covers some very complex information too for the more advanced artist. But with patience and repeated study over time it...well, heck, it STILL can be confusing but some knowledge is much better than no knowledge and you get the hang of it over time. Do buy this book -- it is relatively painless.
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