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Creative Illustration

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,809 ratings  ·  29 reviews
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 books that ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Titan Books (first published 1947)
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Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had read this instead of wasting my time and money getting a graphic design degree. There is more useful art and design info in this single book than was covered in all of my schooling.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

(More pictures on my blog)

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 the drawing techniques while the
Scott Forbes
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 08, 2013 marked it as to-read

Looks helpful, but I'm afraid there is some nudity in it.
John Jordan
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Got me where I am today as an artist
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is more for color composition (x and y look nice together in the final image) and not about something we might call "color rendering". I don't know if that's the official term, but I mean it as "how do I make these 2 different local color boxes look like they are in the same lighting conditions or made of specified materials". That part was not really covered :/
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-my-collection
¡Qué gran libro! vienen condensados como unos 5 diferentes libros de arte e ilustración que te recomiendan en la universidad, además de consejos cercanos y reales del autor, que escribe el libro como para un amigo y el trato es cálido y agradable. He aprendido muchísimas cosas que he ido implementando y continuaré profundizando en mi técnica y estilo. Es un imprescindible para ilustradores.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, illustration
Finally finished this giant textbook on illustration. This is the best textbook not only on illustration but also for the entire visual art universe. Yet it's written in 1947. The pictures in the book might not be updated anymore but since art skills and our visual perception changed very slowly (it relies on genetic mutation generation by generation), you will find this book valuable even in this photoshopsnique epoch. It would be wonderful if there is a textbook just like this one in the 20s o ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Uno de los más amenos y completísimos libros sobre dibujo y pintura que se han escrito jamás. Esencial para quienes tengan interés en el dibujo naturalista y la ilustración comercial.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
There is always time to review the basics and study different approaches. This book covers both. If you're a student of form and structure, rendering and how to create strong compositions, this is a good book to spend some time with.
Andrada Savu
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Holy Grail for illustrators.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must have for every artist, beginner or advanced
Arjun Khode
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think if you're making a career in illustration, the final third of the book should be really valuable. He talks about the mindset of putting extra effort to succeed in life. He also analyzes the various spaces on which illustrations might appear and strategies to approach each of those.
It's like getting personal coaching from Loomis at life. He talks about the insecurities that most artists have, constant study of nature, making time for drawing, how to deal with clients and art directo
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! I first read this book while in college studying Technical Communication. For that field, it was recommended as an aid to making technical illustrations easier to understand. Also, by using artistic concerns (line, color, etc.) we could make the illustrations more appealing and less intimidating to our audience. As an artist, I immediately recognized how many ways it could help me improve. With practical tips and creativity boosters, this book is a must-have for artists who want to ha ...more
Ibtihaj Al Harthi
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
لا أستطيع التشديد على أهمية هذا الكتاب لدارسي الفنون الجميلة وخصوصًا الرسم، رغم مرور سنوات عديدة على نشر هذا الكتاب، لا زال الكثير مما يُدرسه منطبقًا على وقتنا الحالي، تعلمت الكثير عن التكوين تحديدًا وطرق بناء رسمة متكاملة وخوض العديد من التجارب قبل الرضى بتكوين واحد من هذا الكتاب، لوميس لا يكتفي ببعض الرسومات فقط لشرح نقطة ما، بل يشرح المفهوم كمشروع ويناقشة من جميع جوانبة، أعتبره مرجعًا مهمًا لجميع دارسي الرسم.
Sep 30, 2016 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.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book it teaches all the basics in a very visual manner I recommend it to aspiring artist
Sue Clancy
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Valuable resource!
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
inspiring book with tons of illustrations, composition ideas, color theory reminders, and tips. Well worth it!
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is rich with forthright information about design and composition. This is one of the most valuable art instruction books I have read.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book with lots of more advanced topics of drawing, including an excellent review of perspective.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent for learning drwaing skills.
Raghda Elwakil
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drawing, favorites
This book is so great & useful for beginner Painters.. :)
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
A good general illustration book. Check out my full reference books collection here:
Boenjegginz of Glasgow Town
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must have! Priceless techniques to improve the composition of your drawing/paintings/whatever you're into.
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William Andrew Loomis was an American illustrator, author, and art instructor.