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Drawing the Head and Hands Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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"Any aspiring artist will consider this a key bible featuring one of the best instruction guides in print." - Midwest Book Review
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"... 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
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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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.
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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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really nice book. Large and made well. Good help in learning how to draw heads and hands.Published 24 days ago by Patricia Stewart
Jack Hamms (s) book comes close to Andrews as far a being very useful for a beginner
(pencil sketching) Jack's cost about $7.00 and Andrew's cost approximately $30. Read more
Great illustrator and should have been a great teaching book....however, in my entire life, I have never seen such a horrible PHYSICAL mess like what this book looked liked when it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frank
I have friend who has this book and let me use it for a week. I loved it. I had to give the book back to my friend, so I bought my own. Read morePublished 2 months ago by soso
As every Andrew Loomis book, it is a must have for any artist.
Both texts and drawings are easy to understand and to put in practice!
In a nutshell, this book is about getting the proportions of the human head correct.
Now for the the review, "Drawing the Head and Hands" by Andrew Loomis is a... Read more