Understanding Perspective (the Urban Sketching Handbook): Easy Techniques for Mastering Perspective Drawing on Location Flexibound – Illustrated, 15 June 2016
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The Urban Sketching Handbook Series
Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location
The Urban Sketching Handbook series drills down into specific challenges of making sketches on location, rain or shine, quickly or slowly, and the most suitable techniques for every situation.
The Urban Sketching Handbooks lays out keys to help make the experience of drawing fun and rewarding. Learn about depth, scale, contrast, composition, and more.
The Urban Sketching Art Pack is a portable package that includes an informational book and companion sketchpad filled with prompts for sketching on the go.
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- The Urban Sketching Art Pack
- The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective
- The Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing
- The Urban Sketching Handbook: People and Motion
- The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes
The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective
Easy Techniques for Mastering Perspective Drawing on Location (Urban Sketching Handbooks)
How Can Foreshortening Help Me Find My Eye Level and Vanishing Point?
Foreshortened lines in the architecture can show you how to locate the vanishing point and eye-level line in your sketch. It helps to close one eye to flatten your view.
Notice where the angled lines of the molding on the side walls flatten to a horizontal line. This indicates where to find your eye-level. On other buildings, look for courses of stone or brick in side walls to flatten at the EL, too.
Notice where the receding joint lines in the stone paving flatten to a vertical line. This points directly to the location of the vanishing point. It’s often useful to use lines in the paving or floor to help you find your VP.
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The book is filled with a wealth of sketches from urban sketchers all over the world - my only small complaint is that some of the drawings are almost too small to see very well. But, the sketches show many different styles and her accompanying analysis of the sketches is SO helpful.....she identifies the horizon or eye-level line and vanishing point in them and draws your attention to all the reasons the perspective works.
The book is small, yet mighty. It's full of pretty pictures, yet educational. It's written simply, yet clearly. It'll be in my sketching bag for quick reference from now on (I've already marked certain passages & folded down pages to return to)!
If you've ever struggled with perspective drawing, this is the handbook for you. If you've ever thought "I wish I could draw a building or landscape and have it look more realistic", this is the book for you. Because I'm here to tell you, Stephanie makes it easy to understand.