Figure Drawing For All It's Worth
The illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered among artists - including comics superstar Alex Ross - for his mastery of figure drawing and clean, Realist style.
His hugely influential series of art instruction books have never been bettered, and Figure Drawing is the first in Titan's programme of facsimile editions, returning these classic titles to print for the fir...more
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He covers both male and female forms and even delves into discussing how best to draw child and infant subjects.
My only real gripe is that because this book was originally published in 1943, some of the text (if you choose to actually read it) is really out-of-date and ...more
Loomis doesn't go into great technical on any one subject, but delves into the fundamentals across the board and speaks with a maturity and insight that's lacking in most how-to art books. What's more, he speaks directly to you in a very personal voice.
I read this years ago, and it was amazing how much it helped me focus on improvin ...more
It even came with an authentically quaint handrwritten message inside.
Put simply, this is the single biggest influence I have had on my artistic efforts (freelance for a number of years). The language is dated but the sentiment is not - Loomis wants you to succeed and he wants you to be hardheaded in achieving it.
The effects of light and shade, the anatomy of the human body, and the intent of the artist...are all explained ...more
I definitely loved the style and some of the things were explained pretty well, but there must be better books out there.
This is a sumptuous re-print of the original classic and well-worth buying- however all his books a brilliant and are readily available as downloads because they are out of copy-write
This book and 'Drawing on the Right side of the Brain' are the best books for any one contemplating figure drawing
If you are a professional artist, as ...more
This book features detailed instructions on how to illustrate lively human figures, covering everything from the basics of the human body to proportion, balance and so much more. A more detailed lecture on drawing heads and hands can be found on his other book Drawing the Head and Hands.
Original co ...more
No, seriously; Go get this book!
And make sure you read it word for word. Don't just skip through for the pictures and try to imitate. Read what he tells you to do and watch how he explains things. Understand what he's drawing for you and why it's there!
Figure Drawing for All It's Worth is very practical and, in summary, a real treasure for anyone trying to learn figure drawing.
What's great about th ...more
The book is still really helpful. It led me to think differently about anatomy, an ...more
When this book was first published the polaroid camera was robbing young artists of their ability to see what's in front of them, or an understanding of how human bodies work.
If you are lucky enough to find this book, have your artistic chil ...more
Loomis has a talent for teaching as well as drawing - much more accessible than Bridgeman - and his art shines. Because it is a facsimile it reflects the aesthetic of its era. Don't let that blind you to the wealth of Loomis ...more
regrettably this book is currently out of print and sought after so if you come across a copy for less than 40 bucks I recommend snatching it up (I paid 65).
The examples of finished figure studies at the end are all pin-up style nude which is amusing and, to ...more