The Complete Guide to Perspectiveby John Raynes
Capturing perspective is one of the most difficult skills for any artist to master. The Complete Guide to Perspective boils this daunting subject down to its simplest principles providing clear step-by-step rules to help readers grasp and successfully apply the laws of perspective, photographs with superimposed lines and vanishing points to show how perspective is seen in reality, and instruction on aerial perspective, scale, and tone, as well as accurately capturing real-life elements including clouds, waves, crowds, and animals. Packed with useful advice and techniques, this helpful resource is a must for any beginning or serious artist, illustrator, and architect.
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I teach perspective drawing as well as other classes in drawing and hand skills. I prefer this book to others that I have used for in-class presentations as well as reading assignments. Except for its claim to be a "Complete" treatment of the perspective subject (see final paragraph here), I've found this book to be the best choice for classroom use and student reference. Raynes presents linear perspective in a well organized, easily understood fashion with accurate but not overly-complex demonstration diagrams. There is a useful degree of practical advice and examples of using perspective to develop accurate spatial understanding and realistic illustrations using photo references. While the book covers most practical applications of perspective, the word "Complete" in the title is not exactly accurate in that no mention is made of curvilinear perspective (4 & 5 point) which is interesting but rarely needed. Also there is little to no treatment of multiple objects with multiple vanishing points in 2pt horizontal and 3pt perspective. Also lacking is coverage of projecting intersecting planes, shadows and reflections which are fairly advanced but useful subjects.