Drawing Perspective: How to See It and How to Apply It
Written by an Associate Professor of Architecture who has won multiple awards for his drawings, this hands-on workbook is a guide to understanding the basic tenets of perspective and how to apply them to visual media. An introduction with a brief history of perspective is followed by chapters analyzing the five possible types; the last section of each one includes a step-by-step instruction for the completion of a drawing employing that particular type. The final chapter of exercises expresses these principles as image quizzes and “perspective chambers” and makes available free downloadable practice grids. Sample color illustrations along with black-and-white diagrams accompany the text which includes a glossary of useful terms.
This detailed yet comprehensive drawing guide accurately depicts the myriad applications of perspective through simple explanations and the extensive use of relevant graphics. It clarifies how perspective can be utilized as the underlying structure to an image and yield extraordinary results for both interior and exterior scenes, regardless of medium, subject matter or style. Techniques for observation and sketching to scale are a nice touch, as are specifics about delineating various geometric forms. Though anyone could improve their visual acuity with this user-friendly book, art students will find it indispensable.
Barron’s Educational Series