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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (21 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680976
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.1 x 31.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Titan has once again done Loomis justice with a superb job of reproducing the book. I can say without hesitation that 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

"These faithful reproductions are as much beautiful art objects as they are practical resources." --Drawn

"Drawing the Head and Hands is the epitome of depicting expression and it s the very book you need if you re in the business of drawing human beings as opposed to human figures. To top it all off, it s a wonderful title just to hold and to own as it's part of a rich legacy left by the commercial artists of yesteryear. If you skip this title today, you'll definitely be kicking yourself tomorrow." --Art Sketch

"A beautiful facsimile edition of Andrew Loomis' highly-sought-after instructional drawing book." --Boing Boing

"This edition is really beautifully executed and Titan Books has to be congratulated once again for putting Loomis s work back into publication... This is a book that is a must for any art student or even any art professional who's looking for a refresher on how to illustrate two of the most arguably difficult aspects of the human figure." --Ain't It Cool News

"A beautiful facsimile edition of Andrew Loomis' highly-sought-after instructional drawing book." --Boing Boing

"An incredible study in human portraiture." --Boing Boing Gift Guide

"A beautiful facsimile edition of Andrew Loomis' highly-sought-after instructional drawing book." --Boing Boing

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One of the great commercial illustrators of the 40s and 50s, Andrew Loomiss books are classics in the genre and are highly sought after by commercial illustrators, comic book artists, and concept artists.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Calum on 11 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
After having read so much about Loomis' books and having the first in the range of facsimiles (Figure Drawing For All It's Worth), I was eager to get my hands on the next reprint of these seminal drawing books. The teaching of drawing in Art Schools is something that has seen a decline in recent decades. There is some growth in the area in the US, but in the UK there is still minimal instruction in actual technique and drawing theory. As an art student wishing to draw accurate figures in my compositions I have turned to books to teach me the drawing skills I wish to learn. Having researched and bought several books on figures and anatomy, I can say that Andrew Loomis' books are by far the best of their kind and have been unsurpassed by those that followed. There are plenty of plates of Loomis' drawings to practice from and overall this book is a must have for any aspiring figurative artist.

If you felt that the section on drawing heads in Figure Drawing For All It's Worth was not enough, I would definitely suggest this book. Having said that I would say that the section on hands suffers the same fate as the section on heads in Loomis' previous book. Despite the name of the book, the section on hands is very restrictive for such a challenging subject matter and would have greatly benefitted from a few more plates of examples. I would recommend Burne Hogarth and Giovanni Civardi's books on drawing hands for further instruction in this area.

Inevitably the drawings are dated, some of them are very much stuck in the 1940's, but they are clear and precise. The subject matter will always be relevant and you will be hard pushed to find a more modern publication that covers this subject so clearly and comprehensively. It's just a shame these are only being reprinted one every six months, I would really like to get my hands on Creative Illustration.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Pots TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2011
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This book has been out of print for decades, but has always been sought-after by artists and student.This has pushed prices into the stratosphere but that's all over now that it is back in print. It is the grand-daddy of all portrait art instruction books, and it remains the best.

If you are a beginner in portraiture then this is almost certainly the best book on the planet to get you started. It takes you from the very basics of form and shape, continues to explain perspective, light and shade, facial expressions, the differing characteristics of different ages of face, and so on. It is divided roughly into two parts: male and female. Therein it also covers baby, child and elderly faces. Toward the back of the book is a chapter about drawing hands. This is the only weak part of the book, though hands are generally not a major component in a portrait. The examples have a rather 1940s look about them, but their quality is never in doubt. Loomis was a master of portrait and illustration, and this comes across clearly in each of the hundreds of examples he provides.

I also strongly recommend the accompanying book by Loomis: "Figure Drawing For All It's Worth", which has also recently made it back into print. Get yourself copies while they are still in print. If history repeats itself and they fall out of print, they will only rise in value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By money penny on 1 Dec. 2011
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I had read a lot about this book and I was not disappointed. I have only just started working thorough the book, but I can see that how to start drawing heads already makes much more sense. There is more text than in most modern instruction books, but it is easy to read and understand. Other people have commented on the dated appearance of the illustrations, and yes, they are like taking a step into the past, but a beautiful drawing will always be just that, no matter it's age. I would be pleased to be able to draw half as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Captain Chaos (Semper Vigilans) on 9 May 2012
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Until opening this book I was unaware that there was so much skill required for the correct drawing of the hands and the head. That the representation of these appendages is, apparently, an almost universal problem and encountered by even great artists had occured to me when I undertook a history of art course. Even the great Leonardo da Vinci himself seems to have erred in his 'Annunciation' as the Virgin's hand appears very strange, however, although the painting is attributed to Leonardo, it is entirely possible that the figures may have been executed by his then master Andrea del Verrochio, if they can err what hope for the rest of us? Another strange hand appears in 'The Penitent Magdalen' by Georges de La Tour, here the hands take bizarre almost parabolic shapes, there again this may be accentuated by the smallness of the image on screen or in books, the original may look entirely correct at its normal size of approximately 50 x 40 inches. However, I digress, with these examples in mind correct interpretation of them in an illustration is obviously crucial if we are to retain some semblance of verissimilitude.

Andrew Loomis's book is filled with fine examples of heads and hands, I had no idea of the wide range and could easily have been overawed but his stage-by-stage progression is a great help to the student of art.

Some may balk at the apparent old fashioned styles of the heads, I feel, however, that these only lend a sense of gravitas to this and its accompanying volumes unlike some light and fluffy modern guides.

I am confident that by following the guidance in these books my drawing skills will improve dramatically. Of course should I prove less than adept at following the guidance I can always make a good living selling pickled examples of the butcher's trade, unmade beds or piles of tyres and bricks in various stages of decrepitude.

Another great book from Titan.
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