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Drawing the Head and Hands Hardcover – October 25, 2011

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"An incredible study in human portraiture." - Boing Boing Gift Guide

"Any aspiring artist will consider this a key bible featuring one of the best instruction guides in print." - Midwest Book Review

"A beautiful facsimile edition of Andrew Loomis' highly-sought-after instructional drawing book." - Boing Boing

"... the original book and its content are of tremendous value, and the beautiful reproduction
makes it a joy to follow the instruction." - Lines and Colors

"These faithful reproductions are as much beautiful art objects as they are practical resources." - Drawn

About the Author

Andrew Loomis was born in 1892. After studying art, he moved to Chicago where he eventually opened his own studio - working in editorial and advertising for most of the top clients of the time, including Kellog's, Coca Cola, Lucky Strike and many others.

He also became renowned as an art teacher and his instructional books on illustration and art are acclaimed classics in the field. He died in 1959.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680976
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:00 Mins
This is the second Andrew Loomis book that publisher Titan Books has reprinted. Just like Figure Drawing for All It's Worth, this is a large format hardcover with a dust jacket. The production quality is excellent and it's a faithful reprint of the original content.

There are 5 parts to the book. The first 4 parts covers the drawing of head for men, women, babies, kids and teenagers. The last part is on drawing hands. The instructions are insightful and simple to follow. Illustrated examples are beautiful.

The section on drawing hands is not a lot but I guess still adequate enough. If you want a good book on drawing hands, check out Drawing Dynamic Hands by Burne Hogarth.

It's great that this classic is reprinted because everyone can own one now. This is a great companion book to figure drawing books. Highly recommended.
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It pains me to give such a poor review for this wonderful item, but please do yourself a favor and steer clear of the Kindle Version. It's nothing more than a very poorly sized and uploaded scan of someone's marked and underlined copy of the book! I would recommend this purchase unconditionally as long as you are buying the printed version, unfortunately quality issues prevented me from getting any use out of the digital version.
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Format: Hardcover
The human body is the hardest thing to sketch, and of its parts, the head and hands are most intimidating. Loomis found a way to bring these challenges into the realm of the achievable for amateurs, with a text that, while a bit old fashioned in style, feeds the drawing brain.
As a bonus, Loomis'own pieces, particularly the finished sketches, are deeply satiafying to view. To be sure, the style is genre-past, but the evocation is sweet, recent, and wholly American. One can see in the sketched heads the tender, yearbook faces of our parents now aged or departed.
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Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:08 Mins
That this book is a classic, is a very well established fact.

Andrew Loomis gives a very simple, straight forward system, that when followed correctly, adds an amazing repertoire of drawing the most difficult yet important and expressive elements of the figure.

The most famous Ball and Plane method is introduced along with the Planes of the face.
A simplified and more complete version is provided for the artist to practice and learn.

When drawing something as complex as the face, one needs to be aware of the Anatomy, Simplified blocks, Planes and Construction method. All of these are presented here, with equally verbose explanations.

The books is profusely illustrated with examples for both the construction process as well as the completed pictures.

As with any complex subject, no single book will suffice, and in this regard, Andrew Loomis books are essential reading along with the greats such as Kimon Nicholaides, George Birdgman, Burne Hogarth, Glen Vilppu and the likes.

Now... To *This* edition.

Most amazing version of this most significant book. It is *Large* format, Solid Hardbound, beautiful half-white pages, bringing out the drawings in rich contrast. As others here have mentioned, this physical copy is absolutely stunning and must-have.

While the digital version is acceptable, this version is so well printed, that it can make a real difference in using it to refer and draw.

Commendable work by the publishers.
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Format: Hardcover
It is unfortunate that Amazon does not allow one to separate a rating for the Kindle edition from that for the print edition. I hate to give what is a superb book in print a poor rating but I feel it necessary to warn others not to waste their money.

The Kindle edition is utterly useless ~ the pages are all mixed up. Mine went from p103 to p143 to p22 to p106 etc. It's just a jumble. Furthermore, both the text and illustrations are scanned so that using Kindle for PC they must be viewed sideways (which is nearly impossible) and the same holds true on the Kindle Fire HD with the additional exasperation that the text is so small that it is unreadable.

The Loomis book in print is wonderful ~ this Kindle edition is utterly useless.
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Format: Hardcover
Drawing the Head and Hands can be for any artist a formitable tasks, but Andrew Loomis has taken away some that difficulty by writing and illustrating this book. Every Art School should be required to have this book on it's reference shelf; for shear ease of language and construction of illustrations no comtemporary book on the subject comes close. When they say they don't write'em like that any more; they mean this book. It is currently out-of-print ( a crime to students of illustration everywhere) and difficult to find, but when you do find it and open it's pages to the inspiring black and white drawings and the encouraging and engaging instructions wrapped in old fashioned wit - you will truly see the majesty of Mr. Loomis' talent. And if you study and apply the technics and advice given within the few short pages of this text, you will only find yourself a better artist and illustrator for having done so.
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