38th out of 70 books — 18 voters
During his career as one of America's most sought-after illustrators, Andrew Loomis (1889-1959) taught at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and in 1939 he codified his lessons in his first manual, Fun with a Pencil. Four years later it had already been through six printings, and he followed up over the next two decades with a series of even more successful how-to boo...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Titan Books
(first published 1947)
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This book bases a series of artistic observations upon a formalism of Loomis' testimony and invention. He claims, and rightly so in my own opinion, that art is nothing but an interpretation of a subject. He argues against cameras saying that art is preferable to the lifeless unemotional camera, because the public prefers to know what they are looking at, not just looking at it mechanically. They prefer something illustrated, because illustrations can move and communicate more than cameras can, s...more
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This is the fourth book of Andrew Loomis that Titan Books have published. The other three are Figure Drawing for All It's Worth , Drawing the Head and Hands and Successful Drawing . All are wonderful reprints, including this one.
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 th...more
A better resource than all of my illustration classes put together. If you have self-discipline enough to learn on your own and don't want to put yourself in debt going to art school for an Illustration degree, this is one of the books you should start with.
Whether you choose to read through all the text in this book (and there's valuable, if sometimes dated advice there), or just concentrate on the visuals, "Creative Illustration" is a boon to artists. The only caveat is that this isn't really a beginner's book, nor a "how to draw" book, but more of an explanation of how to approach the thinking process behind your work. So, once you've got some technical skill, a book like this one can help you figure out what to draw and why to draw it in that m...more