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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; First Edition edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857687611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857687616
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 14, 2012
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This book is more advanced than the two earlier books, Figure Drawing for All It's Worth and Drawing the Head and Hands.

Compared to other books that try to cover everything, this book focuses on certain aspects of drawing.

There's a great deal of emphasis on perspective and that section is 80 pages, which is half of this 160-page hardcover. At times, it can be quite difficult to follow because there's too many things explained at the same time. The part on drawing figures on different planes and elevation is quite useful. And also the part on common perspective mistakes.

The second half of the book covers lighting. It's stuff like how light rolls of a sphere, cone and cube. The application is more on figures as with the accompanying illustrated examples. There are many useful drawing pointers to take note of.

The book doesn't cover everything, or at least topics I would expect from a drawing book. What's missing are topics such as composition, contour drawings, colours, drawing portraits (dealt in his other books) and drawing techniques like hatching, layering tones, etc. It doesn't cover drawing by eye which deals with proportion, although it is mentioned briefly which can be overlooked easily.

Ultimately, the book is on understanding the fundamentals behind drawings. There isn't any step-by-step instructions to follow along, you learn by copying what's shown.

This is an intermediate book more suited for those with some knowledge of drawing, more specifically for those looking to learning perspective and lighting.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By toku on February 15, 2013
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In fact, don't pass up any of the Loomis books. One word of caution though, he'll give you the information you need to start with in this book, but isn't totally complete so I suggest you supplement with other authors. Here are a few of my suggestions: Edwards, Dodson, Peck, Bridgman, Richer, Hale and of course any of Loomis' suggestions. I actually began re-learning how to draw after around 16 years and "Successful Drawing" has the basic all important "key fundamentals" on drawing. So it's, in my opinion, not a bad place to start. I suggest, however, to pick up both the Edwards and maybe even the Dodson book to help you understand in more complete detail, the components, elements, including technique on good drawing. Loomis, in this book and his figure drawing book, suggests that you learn from his drawings and also to draw from life. Again if you want to be able to copy clearly and accurately what you "see", start with the Edwards book, then for technique, such as restating lines, the "Key's to Drawing" book. I have some advice on the Edwards book. I think it talks way too much about psychological theory, but if you can get past all that, you'll find gems of artistic advice.

So again, I wouldn't pass up any of the Loomis books. If nothing else, he has everything you need in art education and can guide you in the right direction for further study. Read carefully what he has to say, study his illustrations thoroughly, apply the knowledge, practice and draw all the time. As for my suggestions, for all other authors to study from, I found them by researching drawing forums. This is your best bet if you still have any kind of trouble. One of the best one's I've found, if not the best, is called CG Society, google it and find tons of information in their general techniques forum section.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Antlab on May 24, 2012
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The books by Andrew Loomis are legendary in the environment of students and lovers of drawing and illustration. For many years they were only available online in PDF format, with the usual copyright issues.
Now, finally, Titan Books has decided to republish them. I just received Successful Drawing, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn or improve the basics of drawing, in particular perspective, light and shadows.
I hope that Titan Books get good sales and continues with the publication of the other Loomis titles, in particular Fun With A Pencil.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M on May 11, 2012
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Successful Drawing is one of the most brilliantly created books on artistic perspective and now it is back in print. This author and publisher have almost single-handedly kept foundational artistic knowledge alive and every artist should have this book in their library. The clarity of the diagrams and corresponding explanations are easy to understand. This should be a textbook for all art schools.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken on July 8, 2014
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This is in reference to the Kindle Edition: I recently checked this book out from the public library and it has a great section on perspective. The Kindle version is unreadable and it is clear some publisher just scanned the pages to sell it as a Kindle book. Trouble is this doesn't work well with art books. Additionally it doesn't look like you can expand the drawings. I have purchased electronic versions of art books from Amazon before and have had similar difficulties. I am going to stop purchasing electronic versions of art books for this reason. My advice, if you want this book go with the hard copy. I don't know what edition I checked out from the library but you can clearly see all the drawings. The book is dated but the section on perspective is one of the best I have ever read. It takes some time but if you read it you will learn. The book I give 5 stars for the very lengthy perspective section and 4 for the remaining info so 4.5 stars. Kindle edition 1 star - it is completely useless.
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