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Below is a list of books by Andrew Loomis where you may find many good instructions and tips. You may download the books in pdf-format by clicking the link.
During his career as one of America’s most sought-after illustrators, Andrew Loomis (1889-1959) taught at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and in 1939 he codified his lessons in his first manual.
Fun with a Pencil. Four years later it had already been through six printings, and he followed up over the next two decades with a series of even more successful how-to books that remain the gold standard for artists to this day.
Creative Illustration is considered Loomis’s magnum opus, which was aimed primarily at the professional-level illustrator. Divided into seven sections: Line, Tone, Color, Telling the Story, Creating Ideas, Fields of Illustration, and Experimenting and Studies, this book is filled with instructions, tips, insider experiences, and incredible illustrations.
The human head and hands are the most difficult elements in figure drawing, but world-class illustrator Andrew Loomis’s classic primer offers the solution. Revered among artists – including the great Norman Rockwell and comics superstar Alex Ross – for his mastery of figure drawing and clean, realist style, Loomis’s hugely influential art instruction books have never been bettered. Drawing the Head and Hands is the second in Titan’s programme of facsimile editions, returning these classic titles to print for the first time in decades.
The Eye of the Painter is one of the best/most inspiring books i have read on painting. Loomis is a master at setting up guidelines and looking at drawing/painting in a very technical way, but he also has an artist’s spirit and relay’s the fundamentals of layout, design, and color theory in this book. It is a very easy to read, and has some moments that you won’t find in other artist’s books. I believe also that his books are free to download in pdf form on some sites. Check it out if you get a chance, it is not printed anymore but worth the time reading, i guarantee you will get something out of it
For over 60 years Successful Drawing has provided a superb resource covering all the techniques needed to master three-dimensional drawing. From the fundamentals of proportion, placement, perspective, planes and pattern, through a detailed examination of scale and the effects and capture of light, to the mastery of conception, construction, contour, character and consistency, Successful Drawing is filled with step-by-step instruction, professional tips and beautiful illustration. Engaging, witty, and wonderfully executed, this is a masterclass for amateur artists and professional illustrators alike.
For nearly 70 years Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth has provided a seminal course covering all the techniques needed to master drawing the figure. Hailed by the American Academy of Art as “one of the most brilliant contributions that figure drawing has ever received” Loomis’s book is packed with beautiful examples to help you master anatomy and capture the human form at any age, in movement and at rest. Engaging, witty, and wonderfully executed, this is a masterclass for amateur artists and professional illustrators alike.