Part One:The Basics
If you're like most painters, you probably work hard at trying to make a flat surface appear to have depth. You look at the three-dimensional scene in front of you and sweat to get it down convincingly on your two-dimensional paper or canvas, but sometimes you're frustrated. A distant object doesn't look so distant on your paper, or an object seems the wrong size compared to another, or a building looks as though it's sliding off the page.
You're not alone. We all struggle throughout our careers to make our drawing more convincing. Some teachers say that our drawing problems are all magically solved once we learn to see better. If you see better, so the argument goes, you'll automatically draw better.
I think that's too simplistic. ...