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Fun with a Pencil Hardcover – May 8, 1939


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“Fun with a Pencil is a wonderful drawing instructional book for beginners and aspiring comic book artist.  And this is a great reference book for your library.” Retrenders --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (May 8, 1939)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670332356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670332359
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,129,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this book to anyone interested in drawing.
Martine Lamarque
The diagrams and illustrations inside are very large, which I guess is important for a book about drawing instruction.
Julian Green
The Titan Books printing is even better than my original copy!
Marc Daniels

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Marc Daniels on May 27, 2013
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I had this book as a child and dearly loved it. I wanted to order it for my daughter... but I noticed many reviews talking about the poor quality of what they received... I almost did not order it! But, I noticed that all the reviews that mentioned this were before the date this edition was published... so I took a chance and.... WOW! The Titan Books printing is even better than my original copy! I love the lighthearted and fun way this book approaches drawing, yet with serious technical skills demonstrated.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jpcooper on April 12, 2013
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Not as valuable as the other Loomis titles recently reprinted by Titan, but still very much worth purchasing. If you don't already own the other four books buy them first. In particular, I would recommend "Creative Illustration". At the price Amazon is offering this beautiful, hardcover edition for it's nothing short of a gift. Titan has done the world of illustration a tremendous service in making these classics available again. Before this project began any Andrew Loomis book would set you back a couple days wages - if you could find them. Loomis was a master at his craft and equally gifted as an instructor. Any art student would benefit from a thorough immersion in these works. I was first introduced to Loomis by way of his magazine ads. He created advertisements for many of the foremost companies in America during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. After these encounters I was compelled to purchase "Creative Illustration". Let me just say, had I waited a few years I could have put another one of my kids through college with the money Titan's reprint would have saved me. Not quite, but you get the point. As I still own the original and just had to compare the two, I bought Titan's new edition. It's a beautifully produced facsimile.

I'm beginning to think I'm reviewing the wrong book. As to "Fun with a Pencil" it is just as the name suggest - lots of fun. Filled with great suggestions for the aspiring cartoonist it presents characters straight out the Golden Age. Perky young ladies and quirky older gentleman combine with helpful hints on perspective and composition to produce a worthwhile book of instruction.
Anything associated with the name of Andrew Loomis is gold. And this volume is no exception.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 7, 2013
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This is the fifth book from Andrew Loomis that's reprinted by Titan Books. It's a well done reprint yet again.

This book is more light-hearted compared to the other Andrew Loomis drawing books. It's almost like Figure Drawing for All It's Worth except you get to draw more cartoon-like characters. The figures have more caricature features, with more exaggerations. But the underlying drawing principles remain the same, such as the construction of the head and body. There are lots of examples.

The main section is on drawing the head. The other lessons look at body proportions, poses, hands and feet, clothing, perspective, and lighting and shadow. Those lessons are short but do cover enough material for you to get started.

I'll recommend it to beginners who are looking to draw more cartoon-like characters. If you want to draw more standard human figures, you should get Figure Drawing for All It's Worth.

(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Dunn on October 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have many wonderful art books, and this is my favorite. I have had this book for many years and what delight is between the binding. Simple step-by-step explanation makes this book for all ages. Not only does it explain the basics of drawing head and other features, it entices even those who are not artisically inclined. From beginner to advanced, you will find yourself drawing those cute little heads and even bodies as a doodle that lasts a lifetime.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book several times as a child, and liked it more as I grew. Loomis makes pencil sketching enjoyable & immediately productive. Great book, buy it if you can.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julian Green on May 8, 2013
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Presentation-wise, I'm extremely impressed with this book. It has large dimensions, a nice easy to read well-spaced font, and a colorful spiffy dust jacket that reminds me of a Dr. Seuss book. The diagrams and illustrations inside are very large, which I guess is important for a book about drawing instruction.

If you're like me and you've done research on the Internet on how to learn to draw as an adult with no prior experience, you'll find that this book's title pops up over and over again from people you question on art forums. I just got the book, so I can't say how effective it is, but if I put in the time to go through it and my skill improves, I will definitely be grabbing the rest of Mr. Loomis' books as they are reprinted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Schroeder on April 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
very well written and fun excersises. loomis is a great teacher. has lot's of examples and breaks things down in a simple way.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By oscarthegrouch on January 23, 2013
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The latest in the wonderful series of reproductions of Andrew Loomis/s series of art instruction books. This one is for beginners and will help you to get started drawing and have fun doing it.
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