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Art Handbooks: Perspective

Art Handbooks

By (author) Ray Campbell Smith
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Search Press Ltd, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Published: 17th Jan 2013
Dimensions: w 155mm h 215mm d 6mm
Weight: 136g
ISBN-10: 1844488896
ISBN-13: 9781844488896
Barcode No: 9781844488896
Previously published as Step-by-Step Leisure Arts: Perspective 9780855329396 Renowned artist, Ray Campbell Smith has written an excellent introduction to perspective that will be invaluable for all artists. Beginning with basic perspective, he covers the eye level line, vanishing points, basic constructions and shadows. We then progress to elipses, curves and curvilinear objects such as boats, with plenty of advice on how to simplify difficult shapes. The section on reflections will be invaluable to landscape artists. There is then a section on aerial perspective, detailing the use of tone and colour to create depths in a painting. The final section on stretching the rules shows how unconventional perspective can produce dramatic compositions. There are exercises along the way to help artists to improve their accuracy, and plenty of painted and drawn examples. Beginners to drawing and painting will find this an essential introduction, and more experienced artists will learn many tips and techniques to improve their drawing and paintings skills.

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May 13

Smith's (Ray's Top Tips for Watercolour Artists) compact guide distills the complex concepts of perspective drawing down to the essentials. Chapters address perspective basics, drawing curves and ellipses in perspective, aerial perspective, rendering reflections in perspective, and more. A handful of short exercises boosts the reader's understanding of these Renaissance-era tricks of perception and geometry. Most examples included in the guide are done in watercolor, and the book generally assumes a painter's viewpoint. VERDICT: This guide is best for beginning artists wishing to render realistic landscapes, city scenes, and still lifes. * Library Journal, USA * Mar 13

This is the perfect introduction to drawing and using perspective. It is a very practical guide, providing help and assistance in mastering the subject. He starts by looking at the basic geometry surrounding buildings and how these can be drawn. Most books tend to focus on buildings but what makes this book special is the way he also looks at the way you can use shadows and reflections to create perspective. Using watercolours to demonstrate each technique, the instructions are easy to follow. It is a very inspirational book with lots of exercises encouraging artists to practise the various techniques. At 48 pages, it is a short but very intense book covering a tremendous amount of material. * * Feb 13

Perspective is one of the trickiest things to get right in painting. Ray provides practical guidance in this compact book. Starting with basic geometry, he progresses through all you need to know. The samples of his work show how tone and colour is used to create depth. The exercises will hone your skills. * Karen Platt *