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Successful Drawing

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  672 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The illustrator Andrew Loomis is revered amongst artists for his mastery of drawing technique and his clean, realist style. His hugely influential series of art instruction books have never been bettered and Successful Drawing, the third in Titan's programme of facsimile editions, returns this classic title to print for the first time in decades.

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1951 by Viking Books
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Nov 14, 2012 Parka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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 figure
Aug 09, 2012 Hala rated it it was amazing
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Sumaya Subhi
Jan 24, 2017 Sumaya Subhi rated it it was amazing
"To learn to draw is to draw and draw and draw."

-Andrew Loomis
Sep 30, 2016 claudia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: artbooks
I highly recommend books by andrew loomis, because of the individual detailed subjects he draws and write about. And most importantly these books are for free download. They don't make them like this anymore.
Dec 16, 2016 Kalin rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book that has an extensive section on perspective drawing. I bought it to fill in knowledge gaps left out by other books in my collection - specifically perspective drawing as it pertains to the figure. The drawing examples can be a bit more difficult to understand than in other books, especially when there are lots of dark construction lines cluttering up the images. This is one of the reasons why I don't think this book is nearly as effective as a stand alone resource. The ...more
Rahul Jain
Aug 03, 2016 Rahul Jain rated it it was amazing
There are artists. There are masters. And then there are teachers.
Loomis writes with the technical sincerity of a physicist writing the proof of a theorem - and the book expects equal amount of work and dedication on your part.
The section on perspectives is quite long, and sometimes hard to follow - but that's only because a novice will have to practice and return to assimilate the depth of the content.

The book is also an interesting source for copying and practicing interesting sketches. Loo
Michael Scott
Aug 11, 2010 Michael Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching, art
Andrew Loomis's Successful Drawing is a classic course on drawing. In it, Loomis expresses his approach on becoming a competent sketcher/painter. The wannabe artist has to master five aspects: proportion, placement, perspective, planes of light, and pattern or texture. To create, the same artist would have to traverse a path that starts with conception, traverses construction, contour, character, and ends with consistency. The book illustrates each concept and path element, but the actual text m ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Lau rated it it was amazing
I can hardly wait for the Titan Books release of the new printing of this book, a long-treasured part of my drawing library. I have had to handle my original printing with great care to preserve it - so I look forward to being able to really dig in to upcoming reprint.

As noted in other reviews, this is a complete drawing course and while excellent, may be challenging to some. Loomis' discussion of perspective is one of the most valuable I have found.
Serge Pierro
Sep 20, 2012 Serge Pierro rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Another classic tome by Andrew Loomis. It is easy to see how great artists such as Alex Ross were influenced by these books. This one deals mainly with Perspective and Lighting on Form. Personally, I felt that the section on Lighting Forms, for both basic shapes and anatomical forms, was the highlight of the book. The section on Perspective was also very educational. Great artwork is presented for the examples.
Feb 06, 2016 Alun rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Andrew Loomis. This, together with his books on figure drawing and portraits, are a must for any serious artist.
Evan Spendlove
Apr 12, 2013 Evan Spendlove rated it it was amazing
Just plain amazing, it goes into great depth about perspective, and constructing shapes in perspective!its also useful for lighting and basic form.
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William Andrew Loomis was an American illustrator, author, and art instructor.
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