on February 15, 2013
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.
By the way, there is a certain order that you should keep in mind when studying the Loomis books. Things will make a lot more sense, with some minor overlap.
Here's the suggested order:
Fun with a Pencil
Successful Drawing / Figure Drawing For All It's Worth / Drawing the Heads and Hands
The Painter's Eye
on May 24, 2012
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.
on October 2, 2015
The author has a very long section on perspective in this book and also recommends another book by Ernest Norling called "Perspective Made Easy." I learned from reading Loomis that I needed some simpler, in-depth help and so picked up the Norling book -- and loved it. This book, Norling's, and Brian Curtis's "Drawing from Observation" provide a great fundamental instruction to drawing and introduce the critical tools for getting you down the path.
on September 29, 2015
It is good book, but it does not cover all the areas. The first chapter is excellent, talking about the philosophy and general approach to drawing. It explains the main aspects of a good drawing. It especially emphasis the role of perspective, and there is a larger chapter on this topic. But, this book cannot teach you anything about perspective. The chapter on perspective is waist of paper, just some examples but not instructions at all. Simply, one cannot learn perspective from this book.