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This concise book contains all you'll ever need to know about
perspective drawing. In twenty masterfully organized chapters, from
simple to complex, the author explains the basics and not-so-basics of
perspective drawing. He includes suggestions on how to make your
drawings a lot simpler, drawing methods for observation and space
division, a "Remember" section at the end of each chapter in which he
summarizes the most important information and principles presented in
that chapter, and a "Problems" section with exercises that will help you
apply what you just learned.

This great book, devoted entirely to
clarifying the laws of perspective, has over 250 simple line drawings,
includes 256 illustrations, and leads the reader through every important

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July 31, 2012

This new printing of this book is awful!!!
I must first say that this book is by far THE DEFINITIVE book on perspective, so the information is as good as it gets. This new printing though is atrocious. It was first published in 1939 and was out of print for a long time and in 2007 was reprinted. It was printed by BN publishinng and is a smaller format book. 6x9 inches. Well, this NEW edition does not even say who published it. It states first paperback printing. In the back it has a date of July 26 2012 and says, made in USA. Lexington, KY. Whoever made this new edition should be ashamed. It is so bad. It is clear even from the cover, that whomever had anything to do with making it, clearly did not know what they were doing. Even the new cover looks like a 3rd grader put it together. The big problem starts when you open it and can clearly see the bad quality of the images and even type. What they did was used the smaller version and tried to enlarge it. It looks like it not even scanned right, with the text having this fuzziness, that I have seen from bad quality computer images. It is as if it was a 72 dpi file. It is on every image, the illustrations as well. So basically, it started with a bad scan, was enlarged and made worse and the was layed out really poorly. Since it does not fill the page, you can still clearly see the old 6x9 size and they took everything and pushed it into the top left, leaving all the extra space on the page at the bottom and the right side of the page. Not a problem, except every other page, the ones on the right, have all the extra white space on the right and bottom as well, forcing the information to get lost in the gutter. I really looks like a 3rd grader threw this together from the other printing and clearly had no qualifications to be doing so. So unfortunately, this version is awful. It is worth finding a used copy of the 2007 reprinting. Avoid this version. It should not even be out there. I was tempted to actually say something to the publishers how awful it was, but it does not even say who made it?

After writing this I looked at the book an the site again and it states the publisher as Now I am even more confused as from what I know, that is a self-publish site for individuals to do single or small runs of their own stuff. Not something like this??? How did this ever make it to the market?

December 14, 2016

The best book for learning perspective. There are other books out there that have more information, and if you are looking for something very technical, Perspective for Artists by Rex Cole is a great reference, but Norling's book is the best book on learning perspective. I've been using this book for a couple of months now and would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn perspective.

August 2, 2017

Wow! A Must Read for Every Aspiring Artist
If you do any kind of drawing or painting, do yourself a favor and read this book at least once. Its author has the rare talent of being able to explain mysterious concepts very clearly with helpful illustrations and simple wording. He points out a lot of super basic principles which you never get taught elsewhere, and they will quite likely forever change the way you approach your projects. I'm not what you'd call a super talented artist, and I found this to be very encouraging and helpful. You really pick up that the author sincerely wants to make art a more enjoyable activity for you.

April 21, 2018

Even covers Shade and Shadows!!
This book is written from an artist's point of view, and is designed specifically to help drawings. Although it was written originally in 1939, the rules of perspective don't change, and it was updated in the late 60's. It covers vanishing points, moving vanishing points, and using the rules of perspective to make drawings of interiors. It covers ellipses, cylinders and cones. I bought 2 books on perspective and they pretty much said the same thing --- but the explanations were slightly different which helped my understanding. A great reference!!

September 1, 2017

A classic that puts perspective in perspective!
Clearly the best book I've found for teaching perspective. A deceptively simple concept that confuses and confounds every art student I've known is demystified. Written and illustrated in a way that makes the methods accessible to anyone who can read, write and draw a smiley face!

April 11, 2012

See Spot Run of perspecive books (a good thing...).
Excellent perspective book. It is the "See Spot Run" of perspective books.

If you need a perspective book there is no need to jump into perspective for architects, or interior design or??? You need a basic perpspective book. Remember you are looking for perspective books 'cause you are in trouble. Your college art teacher couldn't teach you perspective. Why, you might ask? Am I really that stupid? No, just because they are on the payroll doesn't mean they know what they are doing and the really great art teachers are not teaching perspective to Freshmen, believe me (okay a few are...).

You CAN NOT just browse this book and start in the middle because you know it all. This book builds on taking baby steps to build you into a powerhouse perspective king/queen Think of this book making you do 100 Art pushups a chapter. By the time you get done you will look great...

First order of business is you can not leave a set of exercises until you know what each set is saying to you (know the concepts as well as the meaning of ALL THE WORDS he is using. If you do not, you will not have the foundation necessary to finish the next one or two exercise, etc... you get it?

It helps to have a large drawing surface so you can define distant vanishing points (kitchen table works). Just helps make it easier later on. Not a bad Idea to get some tape and string to define a vanishing point and use it to help you draw all those nifty lines that are so helpful to determine perspective. It is a great step-by-step book and a true asset in your burgeoning Art kit bag.

October 7, 2015

I can't recommend enough for the beginner
This has really helped me with perspective, I can't recommend enough for the beginner. Even the pro might benefit from a few of these quick tips.

Even though it was written quite a while ago now, the writing it's self is clear and easy to understand.
This would make a great gift for anyone who's interested in starting art, possibly even art students because from what I've seen with my friends, not all art classes teach perspective effectively.

May 26, 2014

Perspective is Easy!
I got this book as it was suggested from Andrew Loomis through another book. I have to say I'm very happy to have this book. It is a great introduction and foundation to perspective.

This book is easy, light reading. Most of it is very simple and easy to understand. Also, after every chapter/lesson, there are highlights to note and assignments to apply the newly learned information. You can finish this book quite quickly, but the book is designed so that the concepts may stay with you as you read and practice the exercises.

I think learning this before going into a book like Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis can make learning from his book more enjoyable and easier to learn the more intermediate perspective concepts.

The book has this statement in the first chapter that opened my mind to really wanting to learn perspective.
"The artist's business is to be able to draw an object so that it will look solid and not flat like the surface of the paper on which it is drawn. In so doing that artist employs a method that we call perspective."

If you want to be an artist, get this book!

June 17, 2008

Not for Interior Design
This book just wasn't for me. Maybe I expected too much after reading all the praise for this book. But I found the explanations insufficient, most of the time I had to look at the little drawings and try to figure it out myself.

There's not much in terms of interior design, which is what I would like to sharpen my drawing skills for. At one point, Norling gives a drawing of a box, and then he tells you to turn it, so it becomes a room and you can place furniture in it. But how??

In my opinion, the book lacks clear instructions and step-by-step drawings.

I expected more, maybe I'll find it in Pile's book.

May 28, 2008

This book is extremely elementary; it's truly for somebody who has no art experience at all. If you are an Interior Designer looking for a book on perspective drawings chances are you already know way more than this book has to offer. I would recommend Perspective for Interior Designers by John Pile, it's extensive yet very clear and concise.

July 11, 2017

Very easy to understand with LOTS of pictures.
I bought this book because I decided that I wanted to learn to draw. Obvious to me is that I needed a lesson on perspective. This book definitely fits the bill. It starts out very basic and builds on each idea. My favorite part of the book is the antiquated example, "Imagine your wearing a diving helmet." A diving helmet? Why would I wear that? Why wouldn't I wear a snorkel and mask. It's just an added entertainment feature.

November 17, 2011

not the best
the book only confused me more . this is not how it is taught in school.Please dont use the book it is not accurate based on how i was taught in college.

May 23, 2013

Perpestive Made Easy? Yeah Right...
The book is poorly designed, the sentences don't flow nicely together, and their aren't any topic sentences/explanations from the beginning of a paragraph.

It is poorly designed because I feel like arrows or having paragraphs next to specific parts of an image would make it easier to understand what the writer is talking about. It takes me a while to get where exactly where in the image a sentence is referring to.

The sentence don't flow nicely together. There are widows on almost every page and 2 spaces after each sentences, as a graphic design student that bothers me a lot. In addition, the author believes you must make every other sentence a paragraph.

The author does not get straight to the point in the beginning of each chapter, a sentence of two explaining the concepts of perspective would make more sense. For instance a sentence would begin like "Lay the box on its side and sketch it, looking directly into the open end."

Jul 07, 2018

Sure, this was first published in 1939, but that only makes the book all that much better. The rules of perspective haven't changed and it's cool to see everything illustrated with steam locomotives and men wearing trilbies. And, yes, Ernest did make understanding perspective, horizons, vanishing points and drawing shadows and people in the right size in different parts of a perspective sketch easy.

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December 9, 2017

Good Introduction
This book was a good deal and I wanted to learn more about perspective because it wasn't an area I was very comfortable in. I thought it did a good job of introducing someone to the concept of perspective and to show you various ways on how you can use perspective in your art.

October 24, 2015

The concepts are a little too basic for what I ...
The concepts are a little too basic for what I was looking for. I was hoping for something a little more advanced, but all this book had were techniques you could from any free online tutorial.

Feb 16, 2018

The title says it all. The author explains perspective and gives useful examples. Great for any aspiring artists

January 7, 2019

Little book that tells you everything you want to know about perspective
I feel that I always know perspective very well: just some vanishing point. But not until I start to create some imaginary scene myself do I realize that I just have a vague impression of how thing works. This little book tells you everything you would like to know about perspectives in drawings.

March 30, 2018

Need a Refund
This book has been returned.

November 2, 2016

the salty of the book is not good waist of money sorry to say this
the salty of the book is not good

waist of money
sorry to say this

March 4, 2017

Two Stars
not the most informative

January 7, 2016

Two Stars
husband loved this

May 28, 2013

I was expecting more innovative ideas for teaching, the images are old and dull and the book bores my kids.

November 7, 2019

It needs to be easy to use for everyone.
Some of it is easy to use, but some of the chapters are hard to understand. This book is made for someone who is more advanced.

May 1, 2018

Good content but so-so text formatting
The contents of the book are great for learning perspective, although practice will ultimately be the deciding factor in your drawing skill. I just wish the paragraphs and pictures were better aligned with each other.

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