Time to Read: Very fast. Most of the book is large images of students and their work. There is only about 25 full pages of writing. Quality: Good/Moderate General Review: I consider this a better library reference than a book I'd like to keep in my personal collection. The book has some good information and some good examples. However, it is written in a style that reminisces about his time teaching which makes it a little less enjoyable to read, unless of course you are into that. At times the writing gives the clear impression that he believes the reader can easily understand everything he has written when it is presented in a manner that is quite vague. My complaint is that he requires the reader to make too many inferences. He writes as though he believes the images clarify the writing, when they do not always do so.
The best thing about the book are the broad topics covered such as opposing forces (pictured above), and chiaroscuro. Itten explores gradients, contrasts, and value patterns and privileges the abstract application of these concepts over the more traditional concerns of reflected light and the depiction of space.
I've started reading everyday and so I also decided to write a quick review of each book so that I can more easily share ideas with my friends. The first few posts are to catch up on this years' reading. The next few posts will be on the following books: Atomic Habits The Design of Everyday Things The Language of Drawing Steal Like an Artist Eduardo Chillida Writings
Time to Read: Very fast, about 203 pages of easily understandable writing with many illustrations Quality: Good General Review: Perspective made easy is a quick review of the principles of linear perspective. It has several things that I don't remember learning in the basic drawing courses I took as a student such as how to imagine cast shadows within a perspectival system and applying perspective to hills. I liked how he describes eye level as something like an invisible water line.
It is a good reference book that goes into some detail on the subject but not enough to confound a beginner. There were some diagrams that I found unclear at first glance. These became clear when I reread sections or took some time to consider them more fully. Each chapter has a review list of principles which is convenient.