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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Facsimile edition edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680983
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Andrew Loomis’ books were a formative influence on my life and art. My mother is an illustrator herself who worked in the era of Loomis’ heyday, and she passed his art instruction books on to me. Andrew Loomis’ instruction of how to draw the human figure was one of the first teachings that I would study, inspiring me to try and make my own artwork more realistic. My entire approach to drawing and painting superheroes owes its genesis to Loomis’ work." - Alex Ross

"Holding this book is like holding a time capsule, beautifully preserved in spirit for the next crop of future artists in the generations to come." - Art Sketch
 

About the Author

Andrew Loomis was born in 1892. After studying art he moved to Chicago, eventually opening his own studio, working in editorial and advertising for most of the top clients at the time including Kellogg's, Coca Cola, Lucky Strike and more. He also became renowned as an art teacher and his instructional books on Realist illustration and art are acclaimed classics in the field. He died in 1959.

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I am glad that this book was reprinted.
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I'd recommend this book to anyone that is struggling with figure drawing, or starting out drawing.
LESLIE GHAZARIAN
Clearly written, easy to follow, with ample illustrations and exercises.
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237 of 240 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 7, 2011
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I never thought I would be able to see or own an actual copy of this book, ever.

Thanks to Titan Books, this book is finally getting reprinted. The wait is over.

The production quality of the book is excellent. It's a 208-page hardcover that's slightly larger than A4 size. The drawings are reproduced very clearly. If you've seen the PDF copies that are floating on the internet, this is exactly that except in physical copy, right down to the number of words per line.

I love the text of the book. The tone is very encouraging and the instructions are always clear. The examples are beautifully illustrated. It's easy to follow along and learn.

This is a highly recommended book on figure drawing, a classic that gets mentioned frequently.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Ganapathy Subramaniam on February 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I wish there were 10 stars.
Having stood the test of time, it was first published in the 30's, this book teaches you all that is there to figure drawing.
Andrew Loomis is one of those rare, gifted artists who can articulate as clearly and truthfully using words as he could with lines.
Using very simple tools to define the structure of the human body, essentially the skeleton as the foundation, he teaches how fantastically easy it is to draw the human body from any angle, in any action, and of any type.
This is not one of those 'feel good' books that teaches you to do 'yet another thing'. This is a grand text. absolutely dedicated work, you can see the earnestness in Loomis' anxious words about getting across the details to the reader.
Kimon's 'Natural Way to Draw' is a classic in a different way, where he asks us to discover almost everything. Loomis gives us the crutches. I think a combination of these two approaches can be terrific. thats what I am finding out.
It has been very fullfilling , since I can pick up the artifacts of drawing the figure, and infact drawing anything for that matter, Loomis will lead you to explore and expand, the techniques are amazingly simple, yet absolutely powerful.
He reiterates to see the structure beneath anything, the skeleton, and how it aids us in construction.
Note: the book is out of print, but several online versions are scattered across the Net.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tex on April 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book left me speechless. There's not enough stars in the ratings for me to express to you just how great this book is. And the strange thing is, no matter in which branch of art you work, you'll feel as though Andrew Loomis wrote this book just for you.
If you're serious about your art, be you illustrator, comic book artist, animator, fashion designer, or even a games designer, you need to have this book in your library. The text and illustration work together to take you on an odyssey of discovery, a thousand and one techniques that will make your life easier, and your art so much better.
The original was printed in 1943 and has come to be recognised as the bible of figure artists. Although it's out of print now, you can still find a number of great condition reprints. Get one! Keep it by the drawing board and you'll never again be stuck on how to draw a figure, work with horizon lines, and place figures in space so that they relate perfectly to each other and their surroundings.
Ignore the price and get one ASAP. Don't eat for a couple of weeks if needs be, but acquire a copy of this book as soon as you find one.
I'm off to read mine now. You guys don't know what you're missing!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Robert Major on June 1, 2011
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As probably many others who purchased this book I was working off of the PDFs that are readily available online. When I saw they were reproducing this book I immediately pre-ordered and was anticipating the date it would ship. When it arrived I was blown away by the quality and how good it felt in my hands. I am not one to buy a book just to display, but this is one beautifully crafted book. As others mentioned it is worth every penny and so much more, especially to those of us who have never actually seen the original and are working off of scrapped together PDFs.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brian B on June 1, 2011
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Andrew Loomis books are highly recommended by so many professional artists, and now we have one of his most famous books back in print! The book is large enough to give excellent full page spreads of Loomis' beautiful artwork and very helpful writings, yet it's not too big that it's uncomfortable to sit down and read through. I highly recommend this to any mature aspiring artist and even if you're already a pro, this is still a necessary book for your collection.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marque Pierre Sondergaard on November 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Everybody that does or aspires to draw the human figure from imagination, not particularly from live study, should run, not walk, to get this book. A long time secret classic for people working with cartoons, concept art, character design and so forth. If you think you are covered because you got Burne Hogarth's books on the human figure, think again. Not to dis Hogarth, but this one is the real thing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D on May 31, 2011
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I have copies that instructor's have given me and I've downloaded the PDFs. But nothing beats this book. The quality of the book is great. This book is a classic. I'm glad they've reprinted it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Piotr Zaremba on August 3, 2011
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What a great book. I read somewhere this book is the ultimate authority on figure drawing. I was intrigued so I bought it, since I need to learn how to draw people.

When I got the package, I was already expecting "the ultimate authority" in terms of content. I was definitely not disappointed, but more so, the book blew me away! Andrew Loomis was absolutely amazing! The book teaches you everything you need to draw people, including skeletal structure and muscles! Well written, too.

The only thing this book does not focus on enough is the face and hands, but there's another book devoted to that by Loomis. I'm still waiting for that one to be released... somewhere in October 2011, if I remember correctly.

Two thumbs up!
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