Sunday, April 27, 2008

Perspective Drawing

New ebook on the practice and science of drawing in perspective.  
Traite de Perspective a l'usage des Artistes

This book was the standard text on perspective for the 18th century.  It was written by the Astronomer and artist Edme-Sébastien Jeaurat.

It's in French but the engravings are so intelligently designed and so clearly executed that even if you don't read French you can understand the principles that are being explained. 

Each illustration has a page of explanatory text, sometimes the text exceeds the length of the facing page, in that case the engraving is repeated so that the student can look at the engraving while studying the text.
I have a long term goal of translating the text, if you are interested in collaborating on this - I must use web-based translation services and then try to make some sense of what comes of that - I'd like to hear from you.

Computer drafting programs make turning drawings into convincing perspective almost easy but I am convinced that a basic understanding is necessary to anyone who wants to draw well, regardless of the medium.

Traite de Perspective a l'usage des Artistes

by Edme-Sebastien Jeaurat
Ingenieur - Geographe du Roi.

This ebook is now available as a printed book.
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Traite De Perspective a L'Usage Des Artistes the original book at for $1200.

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