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Figure Drawing [Hardcover]

Andrew Loomis
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Book Description

May 31 2011
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 first time in decades.

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"Andrew Loomis’ books were a formative influence on my life and art. My mother is an illustrator herself who worked in the era of Loomis’ heyday, and she passed his art instruction books on to me. Andrew Loomis’ instruction of how to draw the human figure was one of the first teachings that I would study, inspiring me to try and make my own artwork more realistic. My entire approach to drawing and painting superheroes owes its genesis to Loomis’ work." - Alex Ross

"Holding this book is like holding a time capsule, beautifully preserved in spirit for the next crop of future artists in the generations to come." - Art Sketch

About the Author

Andrew Loomis was born in 1892. After studying art he moved to Chicago, eventually opening his own studio, working in editorial and advertising for most of the top clients at the time including Kellogg's, Coca Cola, Lucky Strike and more. He also became renowned as an art teacher and his instructional books on Realist illustration and art are acclaimed classics in the field. He died in 1959.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best figure drawing books June 7 2011
Length: 1:21 Mins
I never thought I would be able to see or own an actual copy of this book, ever.

Thanks to Titan Books, this book is finally getting reprinted. The wait is over.

The production quality of the book is excellent. It's a 208-page hardcover that's slightly larger than A4 size. The drawings are reproduced very clearly. If you've seen the PDF copies that are floating on the internet, this is exactly that except in physical copy, right down to the number of words per line.

I love the text of the book. The tone is very encouraging and the instructions are always clear. The examples are beautifully illustrated. It's easy to follow along and learn.

This is a highly recommended book on figure drawing, a classic that gets mentioned frequently.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Reborn ! June 14 2011
Loomis' Figure Drawing is THE figure drawing book par excellence! The quality is much better than the scans you see on the internet and it's really nice not to have to read this on a computer screen.I've seen an older copy a long time ago and the quality of print in the Titan edition is there folks!.If I could only have one book on figure drawing -this would be it!This book is a steal at the price that Amazon sells it for.Get one you won't regret it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Worth' the price and more! April 2 2014
By keefsey
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First of all, the book is quality made. Tight bindings and very detailed images.

Much of the fundamentals of anatomy have not changed since this book was originally released over half a century ago, so this book still maintains a lot of value for the beginner and intermediate artist.

Loomis has lessons on learning how the anatomy moves and works the way it does, understanding the skeletal system and the muscles and how they interact.

There are great lessons on constructing the anatomy in varying positions including standing, sitting, reclining, kneeling, in motion, etc. Covers male, female and even children

Great topics on how to bring your drawing to life, tilted head, twist in the torso, bent arms and legs

Very nice lessons on perspective and how to put multiple characters in a scene in proper perspective

A great value to the aspiring artist or even a pro in the field who needs a handy reference for those troubling assignments!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Feb. 24 2013
By J.G
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Great for drawing figures in perspective. Covers male and female figures also children. Would recommend to buy for art students.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good additional reference book March 2 2014
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This is a good book for a commercial artist, though very much a product of its time.
Poses reminded me of the old "Calendar Art"
The beginning chapters were useful to me, especially the illustrations on perspective.
. This latter part was worth the price of this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for learning or reference Feb. 11 2014
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I have been drawing for most of my life and I was looking for a book on this subject as I wanted to improve my figure drawing. I had seen some books but they either had what I already knew or only provided a few chapters of knowledge. A few years ago, I took a life drawing class and the teacher used this book as the text. Loomis covers far more topics within this subject than any other book I have seen. There is a lot of information given and you cannot possibly take it all in on the first reading. Go through the book and practice, practice and practice. As you get comfortable with one area, focus on another. The mannekin is a wonderful starting point for drawing the figure properly. He then looks at the human skeleton and muscular system. (My teacher made us draw these as well!) After that, he talks about perspective, drawing at different angles (an easy way to do this), lighting / shading and then the smaller details that will make your drawing look realistic. The drawings in the book are amazing.

This book is an amazing resource for anyone interested in this subject.
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