Perspective Drawing Handbook

ISBN-10: 0486432084
ISBN-13: 9780486432083
Edition: 2003
Authors: Joseph D'Amelio
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Description: This handy guide to perspective drawing provides important information on such subjects as diminution, foreshortening, convergence, shade and shadow and other visual principles of perspective drawing.

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Book details

List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

This handy guide to perspective drawing provides important information on such subjects as diminution, foreshortening, convergence, shade and shadow and other visual principles of perspective drawing.

Introduction
Fundamentals
Diminution
Foreshortening
Convergence
Overlapping ... Shades and Shadows
Color and Value Perspective ... Detail and Pattern Perspective ... Focus Effect
Professional Applications of Fundamentals
Reality and Appearance
In Perspective Drawing You Draw What You See, Not Your Idea or Mental Image of the Subject
Reality and Appearance--Example: United Nations Buildings from Different Viewpoints
Reality and Appearance--Example: Park Bench from Different Viewpoints
How We See for Perspective Drawing
Cone of Vision ... Central Visual Ray ... Picture Plane
Basis of Perspective--Lines of Sight Through a Picture Plane
Why Appearance Differs from Reality--Theory
"Lines of Sight Through Picture Plane" Applied to Diminution
"Lines of Sight Through Picture Plane" Applied to Diminution and Convergence
"Lines of Sight Through Picture Plane" Applied to Foreshortening and Overlapping
Principal Aids: Vanishing Points and Eye Level (Horizon Line)
Vanishing Points--All Lines which in Reality are Parallel will Converge toward a Single Vanishing Point
Vanishing Points (cont.)--When There are Many Sets of Parallel Lines going in Different Directions, Each will Converge toward its own Vanishing Point
Professional Examples
Eye Level (Horizon Line)--All Horizontal Lines Converge to a Single Horizontal Vanishing Line
What Locates the Vanishing Line for All Horizontal Lines?
Why the Observer's Eye Level Dictates the Horizontal Vanishing Line--Theory
What Locates the Vanishing Point of a Particular Set of Parallel Lines?
Why the "Parallel Pointing" Method of Locating Vanishing Points is Important
Nature's Horizon Always Appears at Observer's Eye Level. Therefore, it Can be Used as the Vanishing Line for Horizontal Lines
Why Nature's Horizon Appears at Observer's Eye Level--Theory
What Happens to Eye Level (Horizon Line) When You Look Straight Out, Down or Up?
Professional Examples
What Happens to Eye Level (Horizon Line) When You Look Straight Out, Down or Up (cont.)?
Reasons for Choosing a Particular Eye Level (Horizon Line)
Drawing the Cube--Prerequisite to Understanding Perspective
Introduction
Looking Straight Out at the Cube
Professional Examples
Looking Down at the Cube
Professional Examples
Looking Up at the Cube
Professional Examples
Cube Studies Applied to Drawings of United Nations Buildings
Cube Studies Applied to Drawings of United Nations Buildings (cont.)
Many Cubes Oriented in the Same Direction Results in Only Two Sets of Converging Lines
Cubes Oriented in Many Directions Results in Many Sets of Converging Lines
Why a Thorough Knowledge of Simple Shapes is Important
Applications of the Basic Cube and Brick Shapes
"One-Point" and "Two-Point" Perspective--When and Why?
Introduction
Professional Examples
Distorted and Correct One-Point Perspective
More on Looking Up, Down, and Straight Ahead
Introduction
Things Seen by Looking Straight Out and Things Seen by Looking Up
Things Seen by Looking Down
Review: Looking Up, Straight Out, Down
Looking Straight Out
Perspective Distortion
Related to Vanishing Points and to Cone of Vision
Observer-Cone of Vision-Vanishing Points Relationship (Horizontal Distortion)
Vanishing Points Too Far Apart
Determining Heights and Widths
Height Lines
Heights Related to Eye Level
Heights When Observer is Standing
Heights When Observer is in Elevated Position
Heights When Observer is Sitting ...
Heights When Observer is Lying Down
Heights Outdoors ... and Indoors
Professional Examples
Determining Widths in Perspective--Width Lines
Determining Depths
Finding Center Points by Diagonals
Equal Spacing by Diagonals
Subdividing a Surface by Diagonals ... Dividing a Surface into Equal Spaces by Using a Measuring Line and a Special Vanishing Point
Dividing a Surface into Unequal Spaces with a Measuring Line and Special Vanishing Point
Determining Depths and Widths of Room Interiors by the Measuring Line Method
Another Way of Getting Depths: The Sliding Ruler and Diagonals Method
Drawing Equal-Sized but Unequally-Spaced Elements--Vanishing Point of Diagonals Method
Diagonals as an Aid in Drawing Concentric and Symmetrical Patterns on Rectangles and Squares
Any Design or Pattern can be Reproduced in Perspective by Means of a Grid that Locates its Important Points
Inclined Planes
Introduction
Vertical Vanishing Line and Horizon Line are Based on Same Theory and Serve Similar Purposes
Uphill and Downhill (Inclined Planes)
Some Applications of Inclined Plane Perspective
Circles, Cylinders and Cones
Circles and Ellipses
Drawing the Ellipse
The Center of a Circle Drawn in Perspective Does Not Lie on the Corresponding Ellipse's Major Axis
Cylinders
Cones
Professional Applications
Shade and Shadow
Introduction
Parallel Light Rays (Sunlight) Parallel to Observer's Face
Application Sketches
Parallel Light Rays (Sunlight) Oblique to Observer's Face
Parallel Light Rays Oblique to Observer's Face (cont.)
Application Sketches
Professional Examples
Shade and Shadow Created by Local Point Sources of Light
Application Sketches
Professional Example

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