I know there are a lot of threads discussing books, and personal choice libraries, but I was hoping that I could get some more specific advise.
I've always struggled with perspective. I know basically about vanishing points, one point, two point, and three point perspective. This is all well and good, and it's taught from 8th grade art, through every art class since. As most can tell you, this education most get is really basic.
I want to find books that give the whole science on perspective. I know there are math equations and so on that explain what we see.
Now that may go over my head right now; so maybe going that deep may be pushing a bit far- but I would like to go in depth to the study of perspective. Right now maintaining perspective, is really holding me back. I can't figure out angles as I'm looking at them, and I'll be well into an image, before I'm able to realize that the skewed perspectives have given a distorted, sometime fish lens like composition!
1. Are there any books that explain perspective very well? something that doesn't get too bogged down with rulers and complex equations; yet do give you enough conceptual understanding, that you can look at the world more accurately?
2. Along with perspective are their any recommended books on landscapes and backgrounds, since due to my bad perspectives these have often been a problem area for me and something I've tried to stay away from?
Another area I could specifically use help is in color. I would love to learn some great color theory and observational color, again beyond the basic color wheel we've been given since elementary school art classes. I've recently found http://www.huevaluechroma(dot)com/index.php and what I can understand it is really some great new knowledge; but I'm having trouble keeping up. I think it may be too technical for me at this juncture in my artistic understanding.
Right now I'm to the point where I understand cooler colors tend to go back, and warmer colors forward- value creates the illusions of lights and darks; but my knowledge is very limited. when I pain/draw I layer colors to try and get a full tonal value (please excuse my bad usages of technical terms) and I wind up often making muddy colors.
3. what are some of the better books for a beginning to intermediate artist learn color and it's usage? Not too technical, but not so simple either-perhaps technical with a lot of photo reference to make the complex concepts makes more sense?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and any advice could be helpful. and I'm not only looking for books. any forms of tutorials could be greatly helpful such as online resources, videos, PDF, articles etc.