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Perspective and Other Optical Illusions (Wooden Books) [Hardcover]

Phoebe McNaughton
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30 Oct 2007 Wooden Books
Do things always look smaller when they are further away? Can something be clearly visible but not there at all? Is it ever possible to have direct and true experience of reality? Are you totally sure?

In this delightful and informative little book Phoebe McNaughton takes us on a classical journey through the history of artistic perspective, showing how the eye can be tricked and confused, the brain befuddled, and the philosopher inside all of us awakened by the nature of illusion.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (30 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802716334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802716330
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 15.3 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,626,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book 22 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
A great little book on perspective - covers all the basics and beyond, amazing feat in the space. 1, 2, 3, 4 5 point perspective, shadows, slopes, atmospheric perspective, and various projections. I bought a heap of books on perspective, most of them much more expensive than this one, but this is the one I go back to again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars leading lines 31 Jan 2013
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Great little book, not too academic and with clear illustrations. Would recommend to anyone who is after a basic but not too in depth knowledge of perspective. Great little book as are most of this series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 8 Sep 2010
By Purple
Format:Paperback
Great little handy book for any artist or someone just looking to get to grips with perspective. Thinking of ordering more in the same series of these books also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perspective and Knowledge 14 July 2010
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Perspective or the way you see things is one of the most interesting avenues of human knowledge. The way you see things makes your world for you .This is an excellent small book(almost a monograph on the subject),and acts as a useful introduction to the subject of space and form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable information in a beautiful format 20 Nov 2008
By curt dilger - Published on Amazon.com
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Upon first inspection, I realized some of the material in this book had been drawn from Fred Dubery's fine publication Perspective and Other Drawing Systems. Then I saw the author had in fact worked with her teacher Mr. Dubery, so I am happy it has his blessing.

This is an excellent concise foundation course in seeing and perspective drawing (I especially appreciated the inclusion of rare four and five point systems), as well as an effective compendium of other projection systems. There is more substance in this book, more direct visual information, than many other bulkier, stuffier efforts. Why confuse the issue? Get to the point and pick this little book up.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tricking the Eye 3 Feb 2009
By Mike Mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A short book filled with some classic eye teasers, with information about the history of illusions, how perspective works, how people interpret and understand the world about them and drawings of that world. There's no great detail about all of this (not the intent), but there are a lot of ticklers to get you thinking. Good black and white illustrations, too. Not bad for a 58 page, 6X8 book!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading for Good Readers 25 Feb 2008
By S. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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My nephew requested for his eleventh birthday. He was found under his blankets with a flashlight reading the book. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small Size - Great Knowledge 22 Oct 2012
By Michele Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a small treasure. The information is to the point and easy to understand and the illustrations are exquisite.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a great little book, but for the price could be bigger, very small 1 Feb 2014
By Aspiring Designer & Artist in CA - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is really small, but it is a good reference for perspective BUT you already should know about the subject. Not a beginner book. It has some history lessons in it but I use it to make sure my perspective is correct in my art work. If it was bigger I would give it 5 stars and had a little more info learning about perspective. I certainly need my glasses when reading the little tiny print LOL!

With that said I am getting "Rulers and Compass, and "Celtic Pattern" as they also seem to be tutorials on these subjects on how to draw them correctly and how to use Rulers to make designs.
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