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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 17 January 2013
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844488896
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  • Size: 155x215 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $7.95
  • Series: Art Handbooks
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Art Handbooks: Perspective


by Ray Campbell Smith

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Book Description

Previously published as Step-by-Step Leisure Arts: Perspective 9780855329396
Renowned artist, Ray Campbell Smith has written an excellent introduction to perspective that will be invaluable for all artists. Beginning with basic perspective, he covers the eye level line, vanishing points, basic constructions and shadows. We then progress to elipses, curves and curvilinear objects such as boats, with plenty of advice on how to simplify difficult shapes. The section on reflections will be invaluable to landscape artists. There is then a section on aerial perspective, detailing the use of tone and colour to create depths in a painting. The final section on stretching the rules shows how unconventional perspective can produce dramatic compositions. There are exercises along the way to help artists to improve their accuracy, and plenty of painted and drawn examples. Beginners to drawing and painting will find this an essential introduction, and more experienced artists will learn many tips and techniques to improve their drawing and paintings skills.

Table of Contents

A pocket-sized, handy format at an excellent price
Expert art tuition, building skills for beginners and providing inspiration and guidance for the more experienced artist
Covers the essentials of perspective for drawing and watercolour painting

About the Author

About Ray Campbell Smith

Ray Campbell Smith was a prolific and versatile professional painter who specialised in the watercolour medium. He contributed regularly to leading art magazines, and gave lectures, demonstrations and criticisms to art groups. Ray died in 2016, leaving a legacy of several books on art, including some best-sellers, and numerous paintings held in many collections in the UK and abroad.


Library Journal, USA

May 13

Smiths (Rays Top Tips for Watercolour Artists) compact guide distills the complex concepts of perspective drawing down to the essentials. Chapters address perspective basics, drawing curves and ellipses in perspective, aerial perspective, rendering reflections in perspective, and more. A handful of short exercises boosts the readers understanding of these Renaissance-era tricks of perception and geometry. Most examples included in the guide are done in watercolor, and the book generally assumes a painters viewpoint. VERDICT: This guide is best for beginning artists wishing to render realistic landscapes, city scenes, and still lifes.

Mar 13

This is the perfect introduction to drawing and using perspective. It is a very practical guide, providing help and assistance in mastering the subject. He starts by looking at the basic geometry surrounding buildings and how these can be drawn. Most books tend to focus on buildings but what makes this book special is the way he also looks at the way you can use shadows and reflections to create perspective. Using watercolours to demonstrate each technique, the instructions are easy to follow. It is a very inspirational book with lots of exercises encouraging artists to practise the various techniques. At 48 pages, it is a short but very intense book covering a tremendous amount of material.

Karen Platt

Feb 13

Perspective is one of the trickiest things to get right in painting. Ray provides practical guidance in this compact book. Starting with basic geometry, he progresses through all you need to know. The samples of his work show how tone and colour is used to create depth. The exercises will hone your skills.

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