Scrub's perspective question

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1. ## 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!

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

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4. 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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Originally Posted by TheMumm
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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7. Originally Posted by MephistoLV
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."

8. Originally Posted by TheMumm
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

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

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