Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education



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)

Book in Perspective

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.

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

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).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

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

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