Lessons on Perspective

Accurate use of the principles of perspective is important in any drawing or painting. A misstep in this area can cause a feeling of imbalance to take over the whole work. I studied the following two books to improve my skills in this area.


“Perspective Made Easy” by Ernest R. Norling

“Perspective Drawing Handbook” by Joseph D'Amelio

These two books were wonderful resources on perspective. Norling’s book uses easy to understand diagrams and text to explain the various concepts of perspective. At the end of each of the twenty sections he summarizes each point and gives homework exercises to help you apply what you have learned. This book is a valuable resource for beginners in perspective drawing. 

D’Amelio’s book offers a lot of the same information but in a more advanced approach. The book is replete with diagrams and in depth explanations. The book gives many examples of different viewpoints of the same concept, for example, he shows how to draw a fence if you are standing directly in front of it or off to the side. The book gives you a lot to think about and examples of professional practical application. If you are not a beginner to perspective, this book would be a good choice.  

I found both books to be useful additions in my studies and a great reference for solving perspective problems in my drawings.