Perspective! for Comic Book Artists : How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Artwork, Paperback

Perspective! for Comic Book Artists : How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Artwork Paperback

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Acclaimed artist and autobiographical cartoonist David Chelsea and his hollow-headed pupil Mug together explore the many aspects of perspective, the art of rendering the visual effect of distance on objects.

In an entertaining, step-by-step comic strip format, David and Mug demonstrate basic concepts of perspective by constructing vivid, spectacular landscapes and architectural interiors.

Though designed with the beginning artist is mind, "Perspective! for Comic Book Artists" will also be useful to working professionals looking to brush up on their skills.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, 150 b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
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  • Category: Comic book & cartoon art
  • ISBN: 9780823005673



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This guide is at once instructive and entertaining. For a casual comic artist looking to brush up on technique, it's amazing how remembering a few simple rules on perspective can snap everything into focus. Chelsea explains the fundamentals step by step, from horizon lines up to three point perspective. His tone is light, direct, and never condescending or arch (important to a self-critical amateur). <i>Perspective!</i> belongs on the shelf right next to Scott McCloud's <i>Understanding Comics</i> and Will Eisner's <i>Comics and Sequential Art</i>.

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One of the best works on learning perspective I've come across. I've had a very hard time learning perspective, and it was this book that helped me break through. The entire thing is in comic book format, which made it more visual than many other perspective books on the market, and I think that this is one of the main reasons why I was able to learn from this book and not from others. His writing -- and artwork! -- are very clear, which was also of great use to me.

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One of the better books out there on how to render perspective. David Chelsea shows Mug how to draw perspective and explains it through comic book form, much in the tradition of Scott McCloud's treatises on comics.<br/><br/>It breaks down everything in to simple language and exercises that are illustrated in its comic panels. Chelsea even goes on to point out facts about perspective that other books get wrong.<br/><br/>Seriously, if you draw comics, this is THE book for learning perspective. In fact, even if you don't draw comics and take up other forms of art (fine art, illustration, animation, etc), this is a handy book to have because of its easy breakdown of perspective.

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A great way to demonstrate perspective and then you have to sit back and think of all the drawings (ie perspective) he had to make in this book.