O'Reilly logo

Hughes/Computer Graphics, 3/E by Steven K. Feiner, Andries van Dam, John F. Hughes, Morgan McGuire, David F. Sklar, James D. Foley, Kurt Akeley

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 3. An Ancient Renderer Made Modern

3.1. A Dürer Woodcut

In 1525, Albrecht Dürer made a woodcut demonstrating a method by which one could create a perspective drawing of almost any shape (see Figure 3.1); in the woodcut, two men are making a drawing of a lute. In this chapter, we’ll develop a software analog of the method depicted by Dürer.

Image

Figure 3.1: Two people using an early “rendering engine” to make a picture of a lute.

The apparatus consists of just a few parts. First, there is a long string that starts at the tip of a small pointer, passes through a screw eye attached to a wall, and ends at a small weight that maintains tension in ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required