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Heads Up: “Figure Drawing” by Andrew Loomis

I don’t know whether to believe this or not — other Loomis reprints have been announced before and come to nothing — but an search of drawing books to be published in 2011 brings up the following:

Figure Drawing [Hardcover]

Andrew Loomis (Author)

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This title will be released on May 31, 2011.

# Hardcover: 208 pages
# Publisher: Titan Books (May 31 2011)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0857680986
# ISBN-13: 978-0857680983

It’s strange to think that Loomis’s legendary art instruction books are all out of print in English. I read once that the lack of reprint editions had something to do with a certain lack of interest on the part of the copyright holders; however, if the copyright holders have had a change of heart, all I can say is, HALLELUJAH!

Of course, Loomis’s books are all available for download from various sites, but I say that a book in the hand is worth a dozen on the hard drive.


Heads Up Follow-up: FIGURE DRAWING FOR ALL IT’S WORTH! — in which I confirm that the Titan Books reprint is really real.

2 thoughts on “Heads Up: “Figure Drawing” by Andrew Loomis

  1. Very cool. I’ve seen the other digital copies and I’m thrilled that there could be a copy of these amazing books to hold in my hands/open on my studio desk to learn from for years to come.


  2. BTW, although I understand that some people have substantial reservations about Loomis’s anatomical charts, I don’t see that Loomis’s slight anatomical misunderstandings actually prevented him from drawing convincing figures from head to toe. What’s more, I find it hard to believe that any serious student of figurative art would rely solely on the rudimentary anatomical charts in Loomis’s book for their education in anatomy. Because I think it’s plain to see that Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth isn’t a book about anatomy. It’s a book about expressive figure drawing from imagination and from life that includes a short introduction to anatomy. First-rate books for figurative artists who seek deeper knowledge of anatomy include Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist’s Guide to Form, Function, and Movement by Valerie L. Winslow and Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck, and the subject matter they cover is, for the most part, significantly different from the subject matter covered in Loomis’s book. (Actually, if you think of Winslow’s and Loomis’s books as defining two points, widely separated, on a continuum, Peck’s book lies somewhere in the middle.) But then again, the serious art student will not be satisfied with only two books on anatomy; he or she will always be on the lookout for something better.


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