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  • Series: Dover Art Instruction
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (September 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048646606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486466064
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,503,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
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This book on drawing instantly reminds me of Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Andrew Loomis. The wonderfully illustrated examples look so similar, in terms of style and the subjects drawn.

The book covers a bit of everything. There's drawing the figure, drapery, perspective, composition, advertising and even animals. Don't buy this book thinking it's a dedicated figure drawing book, because it's not, although half of it is actually on figure drawing.

The teaching style here is basically showing you some really good illustrated examples and useful tips on each subject. The figure drawing examples are real good but the rest are somewhat dated, especially examples for advertising.

There's a major downside considering this is a book that teaches drawing. Compared to other books, it lacks the use of guides as a construction tools, guides like box, blocks, mannequins. While drawing from examples shouldn't be too hard, constructing your own figure will be very challenging. While the tips are insightful, they aren't the step-by-step instructions anyone can follow along to.

So if you're looking to construct your own figure, you might have to look elsewhere. The figure drawing illustrations are great though.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Art Student Peter on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Many recent books on artist anatomy, figure drawing, and illustration contain examples that are so ugly that the potential customer is turned away, even if the text might be useful. This book, first published in 1950, has carefully crafted drawings that an art student might actually want to emulate. It's very much in the style of books by Andrew Loomis made around that time, such as Figure Drawing for All It's Worth and Creative Illustration. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By n0s4a2 on June 19, 2010
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Contains a very brief overview of only the information most commonly found in books for beginners. Not remotely comparable to Andrew Loomis except in that it contains a lot of sub-par imitations of his style. Lots of pages of nothing but careless sketches with no captions. Chapters on perspective, head drawing, the figure no better than what you can get in one of those thin, Walter Foster type books in art store racks. Images in this book look very antique, dating from the 1940s, a style I usually like, but not when so perfunctory (and in some cases sloppy). No "inside information" or insight into how illustration is really done-- just a lot of polished, superficial artwork that's all on the surface and no clue to how it is arrived at. This is what I call "impenetrable" drawing-- you can't see the artis's thinking process.
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