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Figure Drawing for All it's Worth [Facsimile] [Hardcover]

Andrew Loomis
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27 May 2011
The illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered amongst artists - including comics superstar Alex Ross - for his mastery of figure drawing and his 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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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; Facsimile edition edition (27 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680983
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My entire approach to drawing and painting superheroes owes its genesis to Loomis' work." --Alex Ross

"This hardbound edition is a facsimile of the original edition, which came out in 1943. Since I have the earlier edition as well as the new one, I was able to compare them side-by-side. The new version is much better." --Boing Boing

"A must-have ... This is a long-lost treasure that has been rediscovered" --Imagine FX

"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." --Arts Sketch

"The Holy Grail of art instruction books." --Ain't It Cool News

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 of the time including Kellogg's, Coca Cola, Lucky Strike, and more. 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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive figure drawing reference 1 Jun 2011
I have been drawing for many years from life and from photographic reference, but had always found it hard to just draw figures from my imagination. This book is just magnificent. It may be old, orginally published before the war, but it explains all aspects of drawing the figure in a wonderfully simple way.

The author's artwork is just stunning, and in itself is an inspiration to get your pencil out and give it a try. Some of the text is a bit old fashioned and it references artistic activities that do not relate fully to a more odern world, but this in no way detracts from the technical detail.

I would heartily recommend this book for any artist or budding artist who wants to understand how to draw the human figure. If you are serious about learning to draw the human figure buy this book - it is worth every penny.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best figure drawing books 7 Jun 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential book for any art student 13 Sep 2011
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This book has been the most sought-after work on figure drawing for decades. Since it has been out of print, old copies have been changing hands for high prices. This new edition has been a long time coming, but what a joy to see it at last! This is a facsimile copy, which means that it has been created from an original print of the book, rather than from the original artwork and page layouts. Even so, the results are excellent, and the illustrations are crisp and clear.

Loomis was an illustrator, author and art instructor at the American Academy of Art. This book was published in 1943 and, ever since, has been the standard work on the subject. It covers all aspects of figure drawing, explaining detail and with unequalled clarity, how to draw the figure. As you might expect from the cover artwork, he focuses almost entirely on the nude male and female figure, but also spends some time looking at how the techniques may be applied to drawing children. The final ten pages look at how to draw the clothed figure. Obviously, it looks at how to draw the head and the hands, but for this I would get a copy of Loomis' separate book on the subject, "Drawing the Head and Hands", which is also being reprinted (around October 2011).

Loomis' style of drawing has a distinct 1940s look about it. Some of the hairstyles, complexions and poses are redolent of the times, but this does not age the work at all. It merely reflects our changing ideas about supposedly typical male and female figures. The content remains fascinating, insightful, compelling and inspiring. His drawings are lovely things, always delicate and lively. The final few pages, about working as an artist, are amusing rather than useful to today's artists, but it's all part of the original 1943 publication.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! 18 Sep 2011
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I can't tell you how happy I am that the Loomis books are being republished. I had a pdf copy that was put on the web some time ago, but it isn't the same as having the actual book in your hands, next to your own drawing. Not only does Loomis cover the techniques better than anybody else, but there is a great deal more that is useful for artists in his 'opening chat' and 'The approach to figure drawing' which is applicable beyond the figure.
He covers proportion, perspective (including techniques for getting several figures at different distances in the correct relative proportions), different poses, and very importantly, he has thought through how to teach this step by step. I can't recommend Loomis' books enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Definitive Figure Drawing Book 30 July 2011
This Classic was published back in the Golden Age of drawing. When sketching was an art form approached like painting, and all commercial art was hand-drafted with mechanical, photo-realistic precision; this book a guide made to help young artists climb their way into that elevated world.

Andrew Loomis had a heavy hand influencing art in the second half of the 20th Century. In this book you will see the seeds that influenced both Frank Frazetta (perhaps the most significant American fantasy painter), and Alex Ross (without question the most noted Comic Book Art painter). The style is incredibly distinctive, you can't help but notice it. When you read this book, you'll look at a posture, or a manner of shading, and say to yourself, "So THAT'S where that "look" came from." The purchase is worth it for that alone.

Art students and hobbyists have been after used editions of this book for years, until they have all but vanished from the market. Copies in good condition were hoarded like gold bars and gently examined before tucking away in a safe place -probably for posterity.

This faithful reprint is an artist's dream. I can't wait for mine to arrive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need more Loomis...
Quite simply the best book for artists seeking to improve their technical abilities. This book should always be at your side and should be your 'bible'.
Published 3 months ago by Paul G
5.0 out of 5 stars very good learning book
ive learned alot of basics using this book, very detailed. an absolute must for beginners. two thumbs up, noob drawing
Published 6 months ago by Martin Trondsen
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended for people who is learning how to draw
Its a great book, if you learning how to draw and understand the figure and pose.
I was looking at so many books that could give me useful information,
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Published 9 months ago by Arnoldas Kukulskis
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary
This gets 5 stars for being the best figure drawing book I've see. Beautiful illustrations and gives real insight into the drawing process. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tim Widden
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and useful
Andrew Loomis text and illustrations are very helpful, as they include exercises and reflections on why some of the drawing we do just don't seem to "work". Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stella
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought for daughter
Daughter loved this book, excellent if they are looking to do fashion, daughter wasnt great at figure drawing, but this book really did help.
Published 13 months ago by susieQ
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats.
Alongside Burne Hogarth, Andrew Loomis is one of the visionaries of modern art technique instruction. This book should be in any serious artist's collection. Read more
Published 13 months ago by realmusic
5.0 out of 5 stars Really haven't had much time or the inclination to draw recently...
Figure Drawing for all it's Worth is a superb book with some beautiful drawings and common sense techniques for achieving the figure drawing you want too.
Published 14 months ago by Paul Court
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome reprint
At first glance, this book seems like something of a throwback to a style of drawing seen in 1940's America - fair enough, since the book was written at that time. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Roobarb
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I need.
I'm only part way through the book and I've learnt so much already. This is a wonderful and beautiful book and is worthy of all the praise lavished on it. Buy it! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Benjamin Collison
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