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Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics from the Ground Up Paperback – December 8, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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.)
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.
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Great book on perspective, teaches you everything you need to know and a bunch of fun extrasPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book! I needed a great book on perspective, especially for comic book artPublished 1 month ago by Anibal Santos
This book gives a good account on perspective and it is always great to look into other sources, but I personally feel that The Perspective Drawing Handbook is a superior... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Gray
This was an amazing experience! A package arrived and on time I might add. Inside this package I found something that looked and acted just like a book! I was flabbergasted! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Hodgson
The book is great as it is, though I found it a bit difficult to read/view on the kindle, since the Pictures and illustrations are very important. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have both this and "Perspective for Comic Book Artists" by Chelsa. Both are good and work very well at teaching you basics. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Illustrator Guy