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    "Measuring Points" as used in Andrew Loomis' Successful Drawing

    Hi there, I hope this is the correct forum to ask skill-related questions. If not, please feel free to relocate this thread to a more appropriate area.

    I'm currently reading Andrew Loomis' Successful Drawing, specifically looking at the section on perspective and creating in-perspective buildings from side and front section elevations. I am having a little trouble understanding his method of using what he calls "measuring points". These seem to be used to ensure proper spacing throughout horizontal space, but they also seem to be randomly placed. Is this so? How does the placement of a measuring point alter the drawing? Is it like a diagonal vanishing point?

    I'm rather confused, but would like to learn a little more about this technique as it seems really interesting to me. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks for you time.

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    Loomis is quite relaxed when it comes to perspective, for nuts and bolts you better consult http://handprint.com/HP/WCL/tech10.html or John Raynes' 'The Complete Guide to Perspective'. In a nutshell, a measure point is constructed using a vanishing point and the eye point, and a vanishing point is constructed using the eye point and a direction. The position of the eye point depends on what you may call focal distance...

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    As another option, I learned how to set-up and use measuring points in one, two, and three point perspective from this guy..

    It's complicated and time consuming stuff but it's something you have to learn eventually.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/SunnySiu...37/fK-IRpO2MVE

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    Hey while we're on the topic of perspective, so I don't have to make a new thread..has anyone come up with a clever way to mark vanishing points that are way off your drawing board?

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    Hey, thank you very much for the resources. I've just browsed that link, but it appears to be very valuable. I'll look into that book as well.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizunodave View Post
    Hey while we're on the topic of perspective, so I don't have to make a new thread..has anyone come up with a clever way to mark vanishing points that are way off your drawing board?
    http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/20...trolinead.html

    Or just work on a bigger table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arenhaus View Post
    Wow, a centrolinead, never heard about this before! I used to tape my drawings to the wall, using a ruler one 1 meter long to make it to the vanishing points...

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    arenhaus -- I missed that entry before now.

    WOW!

    Gonna have to look into making one or three of those!

    ~R

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    mizunodave - Hey! Thanks for that resource too. I've now watched several of his videos and I've found some that explain exactly what I wanted to know! Thank you SO much for these videos!

    arenhaus - Wow! That's a really neat device. I shall have to attempt building my own. Thanks for sharing this tool!

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