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Understanding Perspective (Art of Drawing) [Paperback]

Giovanni Civardi
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30 July 2012 Art of Drawing
Having built a formidable reputation worldwide for his skills as both an artist and a teacher, Giovanni Civardi now provides this unique introduction to the art of drawing perspective and structure. With sections on aerial, linear, central linear, two-point, and three-point perspective--as well as chapters on using construction lines, projected shadows, and reflections--the book explains how perspective and structure have been used throughout the history of art. Finally, Civardi shows through his own superb drawings how the techniques and principles learned can be put into practice. Focusing in-depth on Giovanni's exquisite work, the text provides concise, clear explanations of the subject, including materials, equipment, and practical considerations, and the author's in-depth knowledge of the subject is apparent throughout.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (30 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844487830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844487837
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 20.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have read many books on perspective and studied it at an art college, I believe this book is the most easily understood that I have come across. It simplifies the whole process whilst showing accomplished work." --www.YarnsAndFabrics.com Perspective is that thing that tends to make your brain freeze over. It's either something you can just do, like colour mixing, or a subject so technical it brings you out in a cold sweat, a bit like dreaming you're doing an A level maths exam with only a set of times-tables for help. And that's the trouble, there's no way round the fact that perspective can only be explained with the use of lines and diagrams and a fundamental understanding of the vanishing point. Yes, it is a form of geometry. Giovanni doesn't shirk the task of getting to grips with the technicalities, but at least you know you're in good hands and I hope that this will be enough to encourage you to persevere. The technical stuff is kept to a minimum and is concisely, but clearly, explained and there are plenty of his sensitive pencil drawings to show you how things work out in practice. If this is something you've been putting off for longer than you care to admit, this might finally be your chance to nail it.-Artbookreview.net Civardi presents here a simple, thorough explanation of the basic principles of perspective drawing, the representation of three-dimensional space in a two-dimensional medium. After a brief introduction touching on tools, geometry, and optics, this slim guide covers aerial, linear, and central-linear perspective, two-point and three-point perspective, and the use of construction lines, projected shadows, and reflections. Many finished drawings, step-by-step process drawings, and photographs are provided throughout. VERDICT Beginning and intermediate hobbyists and art students can use this book to learn or improve their realistic-drawing skills.-Library Journal USA

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GIOVANNI CIVARDI was born in Milan in 1947. While training to become a sculptor, portrait artist and illustrator at the Free Life-Study School of the Accademia di Brera, he also studied medicine and surgery. For over a decade, he worked as an illustrator, producing commissions for newspapers, magazines and book covers. During frequent trips to France and Denmark, Civardi put on one-man exhibitions of this work and pursued his interest in studying the relationship between medical anatomy and the human form as depicted by the artist. His experience gained from teaching anatomy, life drawing and portraiture in schools and institutions over many years has led to the publication of numerous books in which Civardi's experiences are brought into focus.

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5.0 out of 5 stars perspective simplified 15 Aug 2012
Here is another book from Giovanni Civardi tackling another area that artists often find challenging - that of perspective. Giovanni tells us that it is all about form, depth and distance. This book shows types of perspective and the tools to assess measurements and angles by eye. It demonstrates ways of achieving perspective through detail, tone, how to use construction lines, add shadows and more. It covers all manner of subjects from buildings to landscapes, boats to nudes. It is illustrated with numerous black and white drawings. I have read many books on perspective and studied it at an art college, I believe this book is the most easily understood that I have come across. It simplifies the whole process whilst showing accomplished work. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very specialist book, perhaps 5 April 2013
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Would be wrong to criticise since the book was bought under some misapprehension - it looked as it was suitable fro children whereas is it is highly technical and of art student level, perhaps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Book for Perspective 2 April 2014
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This book articulates the accurate drawing proportions for the perspective of your objects. This book was used but in an excellent condition with no pencil blemishes. If you are having trouble with perspectives, I would advise you to get this instead.
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