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on April 11, 2014
Once you get the hang of blocking in vanishing points to get realistic sizes, then you are on your way to being your own creative artist. Many people have artistic talent but just can't get it to look right (3D effect). This book is an excellent tutorial.

I have a background in architecture. We used a different method to draw precision 3D looking houses and buildings. But the concepts are the same. This is a much faster approach since you are drawing freehand as opposed to our "technically accurate" renderings.

The book begins with one point perspective which is usually for objects close to you, such as in a room. Two point perspective is outdoors. Three point perspective is looking a skyscrapers in a big city. You get the idea. The book provides examples and explanations of these and more. Since this book is themed to the comics, you don't have to be perfect and that's part of the appeal.
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Having originally trained in the area of manual drafting I've always thought I knew a lot about drawing perspectives. This book showed me that there are more options than just the traditional one, two, and three point techniques. In addition to covering the basics of those, it also details using curvilinear four point and a wide-view five-point method that to me mimics using a fish-eye lens.

This 128 page book is packed with examples and clearly written explanations of the methods demonstrated. I particularly like that you are shown a progression of examples, starting from a rough sketch and proceeding though to a finished full-color image.

I'd highly recommend this book for anyone who still draws by hand. I think it would also be beneficial for people doing similar artwork in a digital media as I think having a good working knowledge of basic perspective is important.
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on April 10, 2017
Very well written for whatever reason you need to draw. Step by step instructions that slowly take you through the skills you will need.
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on March 29, 2017
This book provides great insight on creating landscape perspective. Offers breakdowns of several perspective types with various vanishing points and horizon line relations. I recommend this to any artist looking to learn how to create freehand landscapes.
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on March 13, 2009
I write this review as math teacher and technical drawing and comics enthusiast. In particular, I would like to compare this to the typical textbook in math.

The book is perfect. It shows the tools needed and the most important concepts in perspective drawing. It builds them up from simplest--one point perspective--to more complicated. Within each type of perspective it also builds up, showing the most basic skeletal structures and then what you can do with them as more ideas are layered on.

Most importantly, you get incredible bang for the reading buck. There is no fat, no unnecessary material, no inserted boxes telling distracting human interest stories.

As a teacher accustomed to having to use book that have 10 times too much material done superficially, it is wonderful to work through a book that limits itself to the parts of the field of perspective that are critical and foundational.
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on October 30, 2008
Firstly, I want to make it clear that I have never wanted to become a graphic artist because I lack the creativity to become one. So, if you need an expert advice, please read someone else's review. However, I have always wanted to understand how this art form works and the book brilliantly served this purpose.

Getting the perspective right must be the first step before you start drawing people, buildings or anything at all. You have to place objects and persons at the right place and in the appropriate size. The ancient Egyptians managed to become famous without acquiring this crucial skill, but nowadays few people would accept a deficiency in this area in the works of their contemporaries.

Perhaps most of us learnt at school that to give a sense of depth and space in the flat-world of drawing, you need to set up one or two vantage points. This book actually makes it clear that you can have any number of them between one and five and also shows what special effect can be achieved by the application of each of these options.

After studying this book for a while, I started to look at pictures and drawings in a different light: I began to search for vantage points, which is, I suppose, an important step towards a better appreciation of visual art.
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on July 30, 2012
This is absolutely the best instruction manual on drawing in perspective I've ever read. It covers everything from the traditional 1, 2, or 3 point perspective, to 4 and 5 point curvilinear perspective. The author is very good at explaining most things in an easy to understand way. Some parts are a bit difficult (especially the curvilinear chapters) but that's just the limitation of reading about how to do something, as opposed to seeing it demonstrated. It would be nice if there were some video tutorials to go along with it. But I really like how he gives troubleshooting techniques at the end, and how you can sometimes cheat with perspective but still have the drawing look good. This book is not just for comic illustrators though, the principles will be just as valuable to painters or other artists as well. All in all this book is well worth the money!
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on October 17, 2016
When an instructor in your art school says, "This should be the book we use for class," you KNOW the book is an exceptional resource.

Great for beginners and intermediate artists.
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on April 6, 2012
I have to admit, going into Vanishing Point, I had no clue perspective drawing could be so complex and fun! Reading it and following through some of the explanations has been great so far. The material is explained simple enough to follow for beginners and pros alike. My only gripe is the poor drawings within the text. The drawings are borderline bad and the inking appears to be done with a felt tip pen! This is barely worth mentioning but some may be surprised at the lack of eye candy within. The cover is by far the best drawing in the entire book. Again, this does not take away from this great book and shouldn't deter anyone from buying it if they really want to learn the ins and outs of perspective drawing. It is a PERSPECTIVE book after all and not a pin up book. I can't imagine that there could be more to perspective drawing than what is covered in this book. I'm very happy to own it!
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on March 22, 2018
Love the book. Easy to understand directives. The pictures are easy to understand too. Great book to have in learning perspective with various vanishing points.
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