- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (Oct. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823005674
- ISBN-13: 978-0823005673
- Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Perspective! for Comic Book Artists: How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Artwork Paperback – 1 Oct 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
whether you think they are pros or cons it's your choice:
1)The book covers one,two and three point perspective (which is everything actually, once you know that there only is
"infinite-point perspective" in nature). It also covers Circles and the Human body in perspective (the latter not
2)The only reason I can think of, for this book to be only for comic book artists is that it is in comic book format. That is
to say the lessons are depicted as a story of the writer (i think) and an imaginary friend (Mugg,he has a mug for a head,
that is actually clever because you know where he is looking just by seeing his head from the top). And it is in 6-panel pages,the old style. Well the art is impressive and it is all in perspective so, make your choice.
3)Last thing to point is to whom it would appeal. This is actually tricky. Half the book talks to people who know nothing
about perspective and even tries to ensure them that perspective ir right!. This only happens in the beggining though and very
abruptly you are confronted with difficult methods and concepts. You just have to keep on reading, trust me.
As an epilogue, I would like to say that this book by David Chelsea is not a classic text-book. You might think that a lot of pages are gone to waste,even if you like it (I did), but the fact is that it covers Everything and it is for both thinkers
and easy-way-ers (oops). If you want to find all the answers they are there. If you want a classic art school text book ,this is not it. It could be, but it is in comic book format.
Very nicely illustrated, with lots of elaborate examples, and a great testament to Chelsea's ability to use his visual gifts to teach a complex subject.
Copyright 1997 Twist and Shout Comics. Used with permission.
Perspective is arguably the most reviled of the things I teach as it is a complicated process to new artists that takes a while to wrap your head around. Previously I have looked into Scott Robertson's How to Draw which, although it is an excellent book, can be pretty impenetrable to a newbie artist before being recommended this one.
Fittingly it is written as a comic and for me explains more complicated aspects of perspective such as the picture plane, cone of vision and measuring distances within your art in very simple terms. The book covers the three primary perspectives and the fact that each statement comes with a supporting illustration really helps to hammer home the points made.
If you are having trouble getting your head around perspective or having trouble communicating perspective ideas to other people I cannot recommend this book enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't really like this book. The author has written / drawn it in the same comic book style as the book Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud. Read morePublished on 5 May 2014 by Philip
Its not always easy to teach perspective to kids in a fun way which is accessible and engaging for them. This book does all that.Published on 19 Dec. 2012 by Julia
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