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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (5 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857687603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857687609
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 1.8 x 31.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can recommend this book wholeheartedly and if you re going to start developing any art talent, then this is one that will beguile you and make it fun. --SF Crowsnest Review

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One of the great commercial illustrators of the 40s and 50s, Andrew Loomiss books are classics in the genre and highly sought after by commercial illustrators, comic book artists and concept artists alike. ""Loomis's realistic approach infected me with the desire to make all my work, comics and otherwise, fully believable.""-- Alex Ross, Mythology

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:48 Mins
This is the fifth book from Andrew Loomis that's reprinted by Titan Books. It's a well done reprint yet again.

This book is more light-hearted compared to the other Andrew Loomis drawing books. It's almost like Figure Drawing for All It's Worth except you get to draw more cartoon-like characters. The figures have more caricature features, with more exaggerations. But the underlying drawing principles remain the same, such as the construction of the head and body. There are lots of examples.

The main section is on drawing the head. The other lessons look at body proportions, poses, hands and feet, clothing, perspective, and lighting and shadow. Those lessons are short but do cover enough material for you to get started.

I'll recommend it to beginners who are looking to draw more cartoon-like characters. If you want to draw more standard human figures, you should get Figure Drawing for All It's Worth.

(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Randall on 7 Nov 2014
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Just to reasure any prospective buyer. That the version priced at £29:99 IS THE HARDBACK COVER. as you probably know these Titan reprints are all facsimile copies of the origian loomis books, But I read a couple of reviews from the paper back version that sounded quite worrying about the pages being out of order and how only black was used to print instead of the dual Black and blue inks used in the originals.. (The blue lines showing the "Basic Forms").

Well this 29:99 edition does have black and blue print and a very sturdy dark blue hardbound cover, (not the semi bendable kind either) the orange and black jacket with the (Mr Monopoly type guy) on the front is the dust jacket that surrounds it.
I won't repeated in length what other reviewers have elequently expressed about the virtures of this great book.
Just to say that like many others who were trying to learn how to start drawing. I bought many other guides, from various publishers and cellibrated teachers, such as barrington barber adrian hill and although all were of some help. I wish I'd discovered this book first, because you can get some fun and credible results right from the start and the book builds and grows on these as you turn every page.

I'd Also recommend splashing the extra on the hardback version for simple practicle reasons, it's very helpfull if any book you are studying from opens to the page you wants and stays open comfortably.. unlike many tight bound paperback ones where you need a Stanley Vice or two 50 kilo weights on each page before you can let go and have it remain open. No such prob with the hardback.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Pots TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar 2013
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Of all the Andrew Loomis book that have been reprinted in recent years, this is probably the least useful, though still worth having. It is aimed at beginners, and explains how to draw the head in comic form, using simple shapes and techniques. Unlike in his other books, this one does not deal with realism, but rather with caricature and fun characters. While it certainly provides a simple way in to drawing the head, it generally relies on the creative flare and expertise of Loomis to give the faces that all-important edginess.

The figure on the cover looks remarkably like Arthur Mullard, while inside we discover likeness of various generic faces and figures, plus racial types that conform to stereotypes of the period. Thus we get rather ungracious depictions of Jewish, African and Oriental types that look ghastly and offensive of you forget that this book was published at a time when such depictions were normal.

While the book is a useful aid to beginning with figure drawing, it's approach is toward helping beginners rather than for serious figure-drawing. It is not as good as several other books by Loomis. If you really want to get to grips with portrait drawing, try Loomis's excellent book Figure Drawing for All it's Worth, or Drawing the Head and Hands.
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