Another welcome reissue of a John Raynes title in paperback and one which, if I’m not mistaken, addresses a production issue where, in the original hardback, some of the illustrations were a little bit faint.
John is best known for his books on figure painting, but he is generally a technical master and this is a typically thorough and intensive look at the use of perspective in pretty well anything you could want to paint. Most books on the subject tend to fall onto one of two camps: the technical or the artistic, the former being short on the painterly and the latter on the actual techniques. John, as you’d expect, manages both. This isn’t a book to skim through, but one which requires and repays persistent study and practice.
If perspective doesn’t bother you, then this book needn’t either. You may be completely at home with the techniques or you can’t see the point. However, if it’s something you want or know you have to get to grips with, you won’t find a better or a more comprehensive guide.
Batsford, paperback reissue 2008