Foundations of Perspective

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Foundations of Perspective



Author: Sarah Haley
First edition: English
ISBN-13: 9780986163777
Publication: Early 2018
Paperback: 150 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

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Foundations of Perspective is a definitive handbook covering all the major concepts of linear perspective. Written in a straightforward style, this textbook provides clear explanations of one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective drawing, and explores the perspective grid, shadows, reflections, plans and elevations, and fisheye and panoramic views. The book employs a highly visual design, with step-by-step illustrations and contemporary examples that connect theory with practice.

Foundations of Perspective is intended for both the beginning student and the skilled practitioner. Presented in a compact format, this text covers introductory topics and more advanced techniques. The foundational skills of linear perspective are relevant to any creative field, including fine art, graphic design, advertising, illustration, animation, and interior design.

Foundations of Perspective is an essential addition to any art and design library.


Chapter 1 - Linear Perspective
Chapter 2 - Tools & Techniques
Chapter 3 - One-Point Perspective
Chapter 4 - Two-Point Perspective
Chapter 5 - Three-Point Perspective   
Chapter 6 - Non-Rectangular Forms
Chapter 7 - Proportion & Scaling
Chapter 8 - Point of View
Chapter 9 - Perspective Grids
Chapter 10 - Plan & Elevation Views
Chapter 11 - Dynamic Planes
Chapter 12 - Combining Perspectives
Chapter 13 - Cast Shadows
Chapter 14 - Reflections
Chapter 15 - Multi-Point Perspective
Chapter 16 - Shade & Texture

About the Author

Sarah Haley has over a decade of experience teaching art and design, particularly linear perspective. She designed courses in perspective drawing for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division, where she also taught and served as an assistant online program director for the Art Foundations department.

As a practicing artist, Sarah frequently receives commissions for architectural drawings and paintings. She earned her BA in Art History & Visual Art from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and her MFA in Painting from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Sarah currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children.

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