I still do almost all of my drawing entirely with pencil and paper and this 1991 book on perspective grids is, to me, easier to use and faster than working out perspective by hand (duh) or using Photoshop to print out a grid for you.

I just pick out the grid I want, tear it out from it’s perforated home, move it around on my lightbox, and I can either start drawing right there, or take some time to trace out the grid so I can carry my art with me and not lose my orthogonal lines. This saves me a good hour or more per page, especially on those pesky shots where you carefully worked out your perspective and either lost your VP, or didn’t get your cone of vision correct in the first place. I’m embarrassed to admit how often that happens to me. Like…on every page.

With this book of grids, I rarely have to redo a shot, and if I do, it’s a 15 minute fix instead of 2 hours. A new copy of this thing will set you back as much as $200 (I’ve seen it as low as about $40 and as high as $350,) but it’s worth every penny. I thought Photoshop would be super groovy since I can just make a grid and move it around, but it takes longer to set up the shot, move it around, and to print out the grid than to flip through this book for five minutes.

There are about 200 pages of grids in here, you will not need more than that for most of your work, I’m sure. Some enterprising person might want to publish an updated version of this with extreme perspective grids for cartoonists. One of my peeps said he spent three entire days working out a set of grids and then enlarging copies on a photocopy machine to do what this book does for the cost of a day’s work.

Highly recommended. I put this on my private page a few days ago, and several pros ordered one immediately.

This would make a great gift for your favorite artist this Christmas.

I don’t like this book as well, but it’s a lot cheaper. It comes with a an AutoCad disc.

And these sketchbooks, which come with a wide variety of perspective grids, are very handy.