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Creative Illustration [Hardcover]

Andrew Loomis
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Oct. 9 2012
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 remain the gold standard for artists to this day.

Creative Illustration is considered Loomis's magnum opus, which was aimed primarily at the professional-level illustrator. Divided into seven sections: Line, Tone, Color, Telling the Story, Creating Ideas, Fields of Illustration, and Experimenting and Studies, this book is filled with instructions, tips, insider experiences, and incredible illustrations.

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Creative Illustration is a 300 page tome bursting at the seams with essentials of image creation and Andrew Loomis’ beautiful work, sage advice and straightforward instruction.” – Lines and Colors

About the Author

Andrew Loomis was born in 1892. After studying art, he moved to Chicago where he eventually opened his own studio - working in editorial and advertising for most of the top clients of the time, including Kellog's, Coca Cola, Lucky Strike and many others.

He also became renowned as an art teacher and his instructional books on illustration and art are acclaimed classics in the field. He died in 1959. 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic deserving of the name! April 7 2013
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An older book to be sure, this massive work by Andrew Loomis is a must-have for anyone seriously contemplating a career in illustration. It is rich with information on layout, composition, colour and traditional media that will provide reinforcement to artists in the 21st century seeking a non-digital foundation to their skillset. While the art is dated and the advice at the end on the illustration market is related more to the world of the 1940s when this book was first published, the exemplars in the book are wondrous in themselves. Loomis was a master of media and could articulate clearly complex ideas in a page or two.

A word of advice. This book is not for light reading. It is meant to be digested in small sections and reflected upon in daily practice that follows. However, bearing up to the task of digesting what Loomis had to offer makes the effort worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great teacher in Loomis! March 3 2013
By Entee
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Another great reprinting of a classic book! I usually skip the written parts in any Loomis book since his drawing samples keep me in awe. Relieved to know I won't need to spend an arm & leg for the older editions of his instructional books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of a Classic Jan. 28 2013
By Keron
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This book is Loomis' masterpiece. A much welcomed return to print from a long sought after and difficult to find classic on the art and craft of illustration. Don't be fooled into thinking the book may be dated for having been published in the 1940s.. The core knowledge on the art of picture making in the service of narrative is as sound as it ever was. It is that way with Looms' books. His presentation of fundamental art practice is folksy yet clear and concise.Welcome back Andrew Loomis!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all professionals June 23 2014
As a professional artist, I find it hard to find quality art books teaching visual art at a higher level. Most are written for beginners at the level of the lowest common denominator. Most artists don't know that the Illustrators of the beginning of the 20th c were the inheritors of all the artist knowledge of the previous century's that was rejected by the modernest abstract movements of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all who want to get better at drawing Nov. 27 2012
By Parka - Published on
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 later chapters are more on visualising and creating art for display ads.

This isn't a draw-with-me type of book. You should have basic drawing skills, and using the drawing tips and insights provided, you can understand what makes a good drawing and improve yourself. Commentary is lengthy but clear. The illustrated examples are beautiful and even if some of them are dated, the techniques still remain as relevant today.

It's a great book for all who want to get better at drawing.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Illustration book I could ever wish for.. Dec 15 2010
By Amelia - Published on
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"Creative Illustration" is an amazing book. It is extremely useful, advice given in the book is exceptional. Most things discussed and showcased in this book I have never seen in any other art books (contemporary or vintage). Unique. Unbelievably good.
This book made me a better artist, and I feel like now I understand everything with so much more depth.
Loomis also gives a little insight in master Pyle's methods, compositions and advice for success in the industry that is still valid today.
Best investment of a hundred dollars I've ever made. A definite must have for a professional, a gem for the serious student of illustration.

(Note: This book is not for beginners. It's for people who are serious about the business. If you're just starting out, just get one of those "how to draw (insert whatever) books" and come and get this book in a couple of years.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Color Plates, Easy to Follow Instruction July 11 2007
By Maggie - Published on
Andrew Loomis' book was intended for professional illustrators, but today is sought after by art lovers, aspiring artists, professional artists, art teachers, the list goes on. I didn't understand the buzz until I saw the book in person. It's one of those books you just end up loving and lusting after! Glossy color plates, glossy pages, step by step instructions ... I borrowed the book from a friend and was up until 3 in the morning without even realizing it!

Andrew Loomis, born in 1892, was smitten with art at an early age and studied at art schools in New York and Chicago. Eventually, he opened his own art studio on Michigan Avenue in bustling Chicago. He also taught art in Chicago in the 1930's and from that experience developed the techniques which were eventually published in his instructional books in the 1940's.

My research about Loomis' life confirms my solid impression about this book; this is a real book designed to inform and delight!Creative Illustration
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Principles, a Must Buy Dec 10 2012
By ProfessorF - Published on
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Full disclosure: I am the former Director of the University of New Mexico's Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media program; I'm quite familiar with modern techniques for rendering drawings--both 2D and 3D. Now, as some have pointed out, the drawing style is dated, but that misses the point. The point is that the fundamentals, the principles, presented in this book are timeless and so valuable to today's artists. Much of the material in this book is derived from what Loomis calls the "Form Principle" (p.21), which basically states that you represent form by taking into account lighting, structure & texture, as well as the relationship of the thing you're representing to the thing's environment. I know it sounds abstract! But then he goes on to show how he applies the form principle in creating his illustrations. It all makes sense, and it forces you as an artist to think systematically about what you're drawing or (nowadays) rendering in 2D or 3D.

As the great Norman Rockwell said: "The best book on the subject I have ever seen." I agree.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best book on illustration, ever Nov. 17 2012
By J. T. Sandgren - Published on
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The 5 gospels of Andrew Loomis are collectively a wonder of instruction and inspiration. But this one, thankfully reissued, is the pièce de résistance. Practicing what he preaches, Loomis provides ample illustrations -- exceptional in themselves, they can inspire you without reading a word. But don't stop there: Loomis' advice is practical, and timeless. Speaking of time, an additional joy of this book is the step back in time it offers to the golden age of illustrating. This is the simply best book on the subject. I can't imagine that there could ever be one to top it.

If you aspire to be a better artist or illustrator, and want to nourish both sides of your brain, then this is 'must-have' for your library.
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