# Perspective Without Pain

North Light Books, Mar 15, 1992 - Art - 136 pages

Imagine perspective without pain—no T-squares, complicated equations or mechanical terms—just simple instructions and hands-on exercises to teach you how to create a sense of depth in your drawings and paintings. Now go a step further—imagine having fun with perspective. With this book, you will. Here Phil Metzger give you clear-cut guidelines in everyday terms—with a lot of friendliness and a little humor tossed in along the way. As an experienced artist, he understands how you work, and he knows that the last thing you need is a lot of rigid rules to tie you down. Here you'll learn techniques of perspective that will help your creativity—not hinder it.

You'll learn how to:

• Achieve the illusion of depth by gradually diminishing the sizes of—and the distance between—similar objects
• Use soft edged and less detail on objects in the background to make them seem farther away
• Introduce depth simply by manipulating color and value
• Draw from any viewpoint—on either side, above or below
• Draw accurate angles without complicated measuring devices
• Use perspective to track down the problem when something you've drawn just doesn't look right
• Measures relative sizes and add the details that make the difference between a convincing pictures and an awkward one
• Properly draw roads, paths, streets, fields and streams to suggest depth in a scene and to describe the flatness or hilliness of a landscape.

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### Contents

 Overlap 4 Size and Space Variation 7 Modeling 12 Detail and Edges 13 Color and Value Change 17 Converging Lines 23 Vanishing Point and Eye Level 34 Estimating Angles 37
 Differing Elevations 81 Curves and Inclines 82 Circles and Ellipses 84 Circular Objects 89 Combinations of Cylinders 92 Arches 96 Exaggeration as an Aid to Seeing 99 Measuring Relative Sizes 100

 Boxes and Beyond 38 A Simple Box in Perspective 40 Drawing Through 42 Finding Hidden Edges 43 Playing with Vanishing Points 46 Getting the Angles Right 51 The Perspective Center 55 Using the Perspective Center 56 Troubleshooting 62 Placing Doors and Windows 66 Boxes Within Boxes 68 Building a Glass House 70 Collections 80
 More Vanishing Points 104 Some Vertical Lines Converge 106 Looking Up 110 Inclines 111 Roads Paths and Streets 114 Fields and Streams 118 Stairs 120 Beyond Eyeballing 127 Common Goofs 130 Conclusion 134 INDEX 135 Copyright