- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (Oct. 25 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857680978
- ISBN-13: 978-0857680976
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.1 x 31.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 975 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Drawing the Head and Hands Hardcover – Oct 25 2011
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"An incredible study in human portraiture." - Boing Boing Gift Guide
"Any aspiring artist will consider this a key bible featuring one of the best instruction guides in print." - Midwest Book Review
"A beautiful facsimile edition of Andrew Loomis' highly-sought-after instructional drawing book." - Boing Boing
"... the original book and its content are of tremendous value, and the beautiful reproduction
makes it a joy to follow the instruction." - Lines and Colors
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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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There are 5 parts to the book. The first 4 parts covers the drawing of head for men, women, babies, kids and teenagers. The last part is on drawing hands. The instructions are insightful and simple to follow. Illustrated examples are beautiful.
The section on drawing hands is not a lot but I guess still adequate enough. If you want a good book on drawing hands, check out Drawing Dynamic Hands by Burne Hogarth.
It's great that this classic is reprinted because everyone can own one now. This is a great companion book to figure drawing books. Highly recommended.
The pages are not in order. From page 103 (cut so you have to go forward a page and then back a page twice to read the columns completely in order), the next page is 143 (drawing cut off), then 22, 62, 63, 35, 129 -- you get the picture. Annoying, but for the price, I guess it's acceptable. It's going to be a tough slog, though. Thankfully, my computer turns sideways...
Buy the book, study it, practice and you will learn how to draw! No matter what subject you want to illustrate, Loomis was a master draftsman in his own right and one of the finest that ever existed in our modern time. The books are now in reprint so I STRONGLY suggest that you get all of them before it goes out of print again and waiting 15-20 years before it goes back in print again. Trust me, you won't regret buying the books made by Andrew Loomis!
For the heads, there's too much time spent showing the 3/4 or other angle views, and not a lot of discussion on the front view focus of the heads.
so you gotta really take this and elaborate a bit.
There is more detail than his figure drawing book though. I think You'd want both books, this to add extra detail where figure drawing left off.
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