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Creative Illustration Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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“Creative Illustration is a 300 page tome bursting at the seams with essentials of image creation and Andrew Loomis’ beautiful work, sage advice and straightforward instruction.” – Lines and Colors
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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This is a huge and thick hardcover at 300 pages.
There are seven chapters in the book covering the line, tone, colour, telling the story, creating ideas, fields of illustration and experiment and study. The first few chapters explain more on the drawing techniques while the later chapters are more on visualising and creating art for display ads.
This isn't a draw-with-me type of book. You should have basic drawing skills, and using the drawing tips and insights provided, you can understand what makes a good drawing and improve yourself. Commentary is lengthy but clear. The illustrated examples are beautiful and even if some of them are dated, the techniques still remain as relevant today.
It's a great book for all who want to get better at drawing.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The timeless words of Loomis have been reborn in this printed hardcopy edition.
The words and drawings seem accurate as far as I can tell, although sometimes print quality is a little low.
Also binding quality isn't where I would like it to be, but hey, its a $20ish book, don't expect it to last forever.