Jessica Russo Scherr


Book in Perspective



Medium: Pencil


Direct Observation: Draw a book(s) using two point perspective concepts. Your vanishing points must not be on the page. Instead, imagine them somewhere off on either side of your page. The drawing must include an environment (Table and background)!


Use shading throughout the page and aim for at least 10 different values.


(Do not copy the student examples. This is a DIRECT OBSERVATION drawing)

This is a very good drawing but can you spot the perspective mistake?

Tips for a better drawing (and to improve your grade):


Place the book at an even angle and view it from just below your eye level.


Include a background and light the book with a single light source.


The perspective on drawing to the left seems a bit extreme since the vanishing points are nearly on the page.


Note that both drawings have a good amount of shading.


Make the book occupy a large portion of your page.


Don't attempt lettering unless you are really sure of how to do it.


Make sure your vanishing points are not too close.


This is an example, of a book drawing with the vanishing points drawn too close.

Homework Policy

All homework is due at the START of class on the due date posted on the website.

LATE homework  is homework that is turned in at the end of the class that it is due or the next art class = 1 grade lower

Homework turned in later then the following art class = ZERO

Homeworks are explained in class and Internet connectivity is not an excuse for not completing homework.  The website is to aid you in your homework.

If you put in effort into a homework but it did not come out as you expected or you misunderstood the assignment:  You may redo it for a better grade within one week.

Absent:  You are responsible to find out what assignments you missed while absent. Generally 1 day will be given for each day missed to make up assignments. Write ABSENT next to your name on the back of the assignment.



How to earn a good grade on your homework

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Follow the instructions for each homework.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.


Art Teachers

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