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    Scrub's perspective question

    When drawing in perspective, I've started doing some thinking, and I'm hoping my theory is corroborated!

    With 2- and 3- point perspective, will all subjects be situated between the 2 or 3 vanishing points?

    I ask because I've been practicing my cubes in perspective. For whatever reason, I plopped two VPs onto my horizon line, occupying about the left 2/3s of the page and drew a couple [cubes]. Once I had 2 of the little buggers and a sad ellipse, I looked at the other side of the page, void of cubes or ellipses! As I drew the formost edge for yet another cube, I stopped -- can I draw a cube here? The same rules don't seem to apply.

    If this is too confusing (admittedly, I kinda confused myself here), just ask and I'll try to give the best clarification.

    Many thanks!

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    I think it's time to stop floundering around by yourself and get a decent perspective book.


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    Do you have a personal favorite?

    I've definately been thinking about that this morning. I'll poke around the reading lists here. On a side note, I've tried going through the handprint article, but It's extremely technical; Perhaps I'll save it for when I have a better working understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMumm View Post
    When drawing in perspective, I've started doing some thinking, and I'm hoping my theory is corroborated!

    With 2- and 3- point perspective, will all subjects be situated between the 2 or 3 vanishing points?
    Not necessarily. If you are standing on a crossing and looking along one road, in exactly the same direction as the road, you will have traditional 1-point perspective. That is not what you were asking.

    Now, turn your head by a few degrees horizontally. As a result, you will get 2-point perspective, with the road vanishing into a point slightly off centre, and the perpendicular road vanishing into a point which is far away to the side. Now, about half of the world is not between your two vanishing points...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MephistoLV View Post
    Yes, Perspective Made Easy is a really good place to start. Handprint is comprehensive, but super, super dense and technical, and the formatting makes it difficult to read. It's more like "perspective made complicated."


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMumm View Post
    Do you have a personal favorite?

    I've definately been thinking about that this morning. I'll poke around the reading lists here. On a side note, I've tried going through the handprint article, but It's extremely technical; Perhaps I'll save it for when I have a better working understanding.
    This site has a comprehensive look

    http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/tech10.html


    I like Rex Vicat Coles book Perspective for artists. Its a little dense but covers everything, some people say its confusing but I've never had a problem with it. The Norling book perspective made easy is a good easy to understand approach

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    Just placed an Amazon order for Perspective Made Easy. Excited to see it! Thanks, all!

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