Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Andrew Loomis

Figure Drawing for All It's Worth

Hardback book. 204 pages.

Details Figure Drawing for All It's Worth

TitleFigure Drawing for All It's Worth
Release DateJan 1st, 1971
PublisherViking Adult
GenreArt, Drawing, Nonfiction, Reference

Reviews Figure Drawing for All It's Worth

  • Alien Citizen
    This is awesome. Okay, it's from the 50s, includes its share of -isms from the day and some of that overexburance of mine comes from the fact that this is available free of charge online (and what's better for a wanna-be struggling artist?). But the mathematician in me is also just bowled over by the attention to proportion ratios and visual guides for such (is it a freudian slip that I kept accidentally writing the letter k instead of h in the w...
  • Ana
    I love this book. It's old fashioned but that's okay, especially when it comes to a book on drawing. I can't think of anything that would stop being relevant fifty years from now... The figures may be a little idealized in proportions but you can learn just as much from it. Andrew Loomis writes to the reader like a friend. This book is perfect for reading with a cup of coffee and your sketchbook nearby.
  • Pannita
    My manga illustration teacher introduced me to this book for basic human figure drawing and i’ve been using it ever since. Although this book is very old (first published in 1943), it is still a great reference book for figure drawing in my opinion. Check out my full reference books collection here:
  • Anima
    Enticing contours that will stir up your desire to try drawing few lines to see if you can replicate the shape of the woman or man you might like. Drawing is nothing else than a dance of the couple hand- pencil on a piece of paper- a mesmerizing one if you take your time and do not rush. The book has good explanations, and you never know, if you like how your combined lines look at the end, you might try few more times and eventually develop a ne...
  • Murray
    When I got my hands on the original 1940s edition I felt immensely lucky.It even came with an authentically quaint handrwritten message inside.Put simply, this is the single biggest influence I have had on my artistic efforts (freelance for a number of years). The language is dated but the sentiment is not - Loomis wants you to succeed and he wants you to be hardheaded in achieving it.The effects of light and shade, the anatomy of the human body,...
  • liquid soap
    As an intermediate artist I found it overwhelming. I was hoping for more how-to's and less actual complete drawings. Also the ideal human figure got tiring after 50 pages. You definitely won't learn how fat works here. He spends a page talking about complicated subjects like the dreadful Box and a page on something trivial like advertisements. I definitely loved the style and some of the things were explained pretty well, but there must be better...
  • Si Barron
    This guy is amazing- if you want to be able to draw the figure, either from life, or purely constructed from line and imagination- then this is the guy to read.This is a sumptuous re-print of the original classic and well-worth buying- however all his books a brilliant and are readily available as downloads because they are out of copy-writeThis book and 'Drawing on the Right side of the Brain' are the best books for any one contemplating figure ...
  • James Burks
    If you're an artist and you want a great book on life drawing, this is it. Thankfully it's back in print too. Highly recommended.
  • Jeff Lewonczyk
    Finally finished this, after dipping in and out for a year and a half. His breezy mastery still feels out of reach for an amateur lug like me, but his lessons and approach at least make the path clear. I'll be returning to this as a reference for many years to come.
  • Shaun Patterson
    I am going to begin this review with a contrary statement that I have not been looking forward to reviewing this book. Not because I have any misgivings about its quality or content, quite the opposite actually. This book is so well regarded that I felt reviewing it must prove to be somewhat pointless. I think that if these words reach just one person who has had the misfortune of never hearing about Loomis and his works before, then it would all...
  • Ciel
    An essential book for the artist! Really helped a lot of my rookie-drawings.
  • Jaime Guzman
    Comic book & animation proffesionals seem to bring up the same names when they recommend books that are essential for an artist's library and those names are George Bridgeman, Burne Hogarth, & Andrew Loomis. Alex Ross was made famous for his life like paintings depicting iconic comic book heroes and has stated that Andrew Loomis was his biggest influence in art. The influence on Alex Ross was so much that not only is he an alumni of the art schoo...
  • Canesgalactica
    For an aspiring artist or the illustrator who may be out of practice, Loomis' book is very insightful and instructional on how to best draw the figure. This book covers everything from gestures to fully clothed examples (drapery). He covers both male and female forms and even delves into discussing how best to draw child and infant subjects.My only real gripe is that because this book was originally published in 1943, some of the text (if you cho...
  • Rajeev Singh
    The definitive work on figure drawing, in my opinion. The book is old, but everything that relates to art itself (and that's 98% of the book) is as relevant as ever. Loomis doesn't go into great technical on any one subject, but delves into the fundamentals across the board and speaks with a maturity and insight that's lacking in most how-to art books. What's more, he speaks directly to you in a very personal voice.I read this years ago, and it w...
  • Natik
    This will only make some small sense if you have a basic grasp of perspective drawing. It seems to be 90% Mr Loomis showing us what nice things he drew. We get it, he can draw things. There is almost no actual instruction that can help you when you draw something on your own instead of copying examples. I'd strongly recommend "Figure Drawing: Design and Invention" by Michael Hampton instead. Loomis' "Successful drawing" was much more informative.
  • Kathleen
    Really enjoyed this, even with the sexism of the time. Think I might pick up more of his books.
  • Alicia
    This is a classic. Even if nowadays you can find all kinds of books about figure drawing, many of them simplify it too much in order to make the subject seem easier and give you the impression that you will learn faster and without effort. Wrong. Andrew Loomis gives full and clear explanation of everything that needs to be learned for those pursuing an artistic career. However, if you just want to know how to imitate figure drawings as a hobby or...
  • Chris Jones
    Great foundational stuff if you plan on drawing a lot from models. I got more out of the earlier chapters by working through them slowly multiple times. If you plan on drawing from imagination (eg. for cartooning or animation) I hear Loomis' approach is more appropriate.
  • Nikki
    This guide is best for artists who want to draw superhero comics in the style of 1950s American anatomical canon.
  • Marci
    Every artist or aspiring artist probably has an idea who Andrew Loomis is. He's been an institution when it comes to illustration. His works dated way back the 1940's but are still very relevant today.This book features detailed instructions on how to illustrate lively human figures, covering everything from the basics of the human body to proportion, balance and so much more. A more detailed lecture on drawing heads and hands can be found on his...
  • Tyrus
    I plan to try to reread (again) this at some point. It's full of great merit here and there, but it stands and outlier in Loomis's collection of how to draw books that I felt really did more harm than good on instructing how I learned to draw. After failing the first time I tried twice more to see if there was something I was missing or not getting, though the harm done was due to my own stubbornness. In retrospect I feel I didn't learn squat fro...
  • Gina
    This book is really focused on commercial art, giving examples of the types of assignments one might fill, and some guidelines about money and equipment. Some of that information is outdated, and some of it wouldn't apply if you are not planning on art as a profession. For that, the points he makes about idealization make perfect sense, but I didn't like them (not being particularly fond of advertising in general).The book is still really helpful...
  • Kevin
    I still remember this fondly, it's one of the core basic books on figure drawing. So many who come from the schools of Manga and Comics (OK, graphic arts... *SIGH*) do not get this fundamental training on proper body part ratio, and character posture drawing.When this book was first published the polaroid camera was robbing young artists of their ability to see what's in front of them, or an understanding of how human bodies work.If you are lucky...
  • Lau
    Long-awaited new edition is a faithful facsimile of the original that I have treasured for years. Now, instead of careful consultation and delicate handling of the book to [reserve it, I can tuck the original onto the shelf and truly take advantage of the excellent contents. Loomis has a talent for teaching as well as drawing - much more accessible than Bridgeman - and his art shines. Because it is a facsimile it reflects the aesthetic of its era...
  • Johnflynch
    I am willing to go out on a limb and say that this maybe the greatest set of figure drawing instructions ever written. they way Loomis breaks down the human body into simple shapes is ingenious (my view of the pelvic bone was forever changed)regrettably this book is currently out of print and sought after so if you come across a copy for less than 40 bucks I recommend snatching it up (I paid 65).The examples of finished figure studies at the end ...
  • Yuè
    To be honest, I didn't read it. What's there to read? I just downloaded the PDF through goodreads and I'm keeping it on my laptop for future reference. Also putting it in my "school" shelf for that reason. I'm still giving it 4 stars because a) I want to rate books and b) I skimmed through it and it looks good.
  • Billy
    This book was recommended to me by a very nice man who was a concept artist for Bethesda Studios, along with some encouraging advice. Sadly, we lost him to cancer. I did not know him well, but if this is only one of but two books, the artist who created for "Elder Scrolls" and "Fallout" recommended; it might be woth checking out.
  • J.G. Keely
    This book would teach you how to draw advertisements for the 1950s, but perhaps we have lost something of the diligence required. Photoshop has helped to even the playing field, but one cannot but wonder what a man of Loomis's drive and knowledge would be doing today.