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Linear perspective involves the constant observation and drawing of angles. Here is a useful technique for estimating angles accurately. First, make a simple angle-measuring device shaped like scissors. Cut two strips of cardboard about eight inches long and an inch wide. Fasten the strips together at one end with a paper clasp, a thumb tack, a screw, or whatever. The idea is to hinge the two strips so that they're snug but movable. You could also use a folding carpenter's rule, if there is one handy.

With your back near one wall of a rectangular room, set up a piece of paper on your easel at arm's length in front of you, as shown at center.


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Hey @spaterson@safaribooksonline.com - I think something was wacky when I did this the first time. Didja get this? PM me :) lserrano@safaribooksonline.com