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Creative Perspective for Artists and Illustratorsby Ernest Watson
Synopses & Reviews
In this thought-provoking practical guide, a noted artist and educator demonstrates that learning to violate the rules of perspective (profitably) is as important for the practicing artist as learning the principles of perspective themselves. Only in this way can students free themselves from the constraints of tradition and find their own imaginative paths. However, it is vital that students first have a solid grasp of classical perspective before they can think about adapting it creatively.
In presenting the principles of perspective drawing, Mr. Watson devotes a chapter each to step-by-step discussions of such topics as the picture plane, foreshortening and convergence, the circle, the cone, three-point perspective, universal perspective, figures in perspective, and much more. To illustrate his points he offers expert analysis of the works of such leading illustrators as John Atherton, V. Bobri, R. M. Chapin, Jr., Albert Dorne, Robert Fawcett, Constantin Guys, W. N. Hudson, Carl Roberts, Ben Stahl, and Aldren A. Watson, as well as drawings by Pieter de Hooch and Paul Cézanne. The result is a ground-breaking study that artists, illustrators, and draftsmen will find invaluable in learning to create works with convincing perspective.
Ernest W. Watson taught at Pratt Institute for over 20 years, co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of the magazine American Artist, and co-founded the prestigious art publishing house of Watson-Guptill.
Dover (1992) republication of How to Use Creative Perspective, originally published by Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York, 1955.
Book News Annotation:
Reprint of the Reinhold edition of 1955 originally published under the title How to Use Creative Perspective. Some 350 examples included.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Distinguished art educator and publisher shows importance of classic perspective rules — and when to violate them. Picture plane, foreshortening and convergence, other topics. Analysis of works by leading artists and illustrators. 349 illustrations.
Distinguished educator shows that violating the academic rules of perspective can be as important as adhering to them. Coverage of the picture plane, foreshortening and convergence, three-point perspective, figures in perspective, more. Also analysis of the works of over 20 leading illustrators and artists, including Pieter de Hooch and Paul Cézanne. 349 illustrations.
Table of Contents
i. MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES
ii. THE STRUCTURAL APPROACH
iii. THE SQUARE AS A UNIT OF MEASURE
iv. THE PICTURE PLANE
v. THE CUBE
vi. FORESHORTENING AND CONVERGENCE
vii. THE CIRCLE
viii. THE CONE
ix. THE HOUSE OF SEVEN VANISHING POINTS
x. FLOOR TILES
xi. UP STAIRS AND DOWN
xii. UP HILL AND DOWN
xiii. THREE-POINT PERSPECTIVE
xvii. UNIVERSAL PERSPECTIVE
xviii. FIGURES IN PERSPECTIVE
xix. PROBLEM OF THE BRIDGE TRUSS
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