Drawing the Head and Hands
A classic how-to-draw book featuring helpful images as well as in-depth art theory from a legendary illustrator and major influence for comic book and graphic novel artists
Famous for his mastery of figure drawing and clean, Realist style, illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered amongst classic artists like the great American painter Norman Rockwell and comics and graphic novel artists like Marvel and DC superstar Alex Ross.
This in-depth manual for drawing the human head and hands features helpful reference information, theory, and illustrations, with steps for:
• Identifying differences and similarities in creating heads between genders and age ranges
• Children’s heads from infancy to the teenaged years
• The basic block forms and proportions for bones and muscle, head tilts, perspective, and indicating character and expression
• Mechanics of the mouth, eyes, and lips, and how to construct noses and ears
• Hands of all ages and genders including foreshortening, the hand in action, knuckles, and fingers
With everything you need to know to draw like a pro, this 2nd installment in the facsimile editions series returns Loomis’ highly influential series of art instruction books to print for the first time in decades.
About the Author
Andrew Loomis was born in 1892. After studying art, he moved to Chicago where he eventually opened his own studio - working in editorial and advertising for most of the top clients of the time, including Kellog's, Coca Cola, Lucky Strike and many others.
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.
Praise for Drawing the Head and Hands
"An incredible study in human portraiture." - Boing Boing Gift Guide
"Any aspiring artist will consider this a key bible featuring one of the best instruction guides in print." - Midwest Book Review
"A beautiful facsimile edition of Andrew Loomis' highly-sought-after instructional drawing book." - Boing Boing
"... 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