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PERSPECTIVE FOR GENIUSES

October 4, 2010

My favorite book on the subject, by far, is Perspective For Artists by Rex Vicat Cole. I’m no stranger to drawing objects receding in space, but the book goes into such detail about how to plot points for all kinds of different perspective issues (Perspective of clouds, perspective of inclines, perspective of battlements that have cappings continuous with their outline, etc) that I found myself having to really focus to keep up (a good thing.) Perhaps the most complex concepts arise in the section discussing the perspective of shadows. The delightful (and oftentimes humorous) writing style of Mr. Cole presents the numerous steps required to diagram out accurate perspective as if the process is simple and that we all already know what a “psuedo sun” is.


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