Thursday, November 20, 2008

Creative Illustration: Composition

Here is another set of pages that you might want to print out and keep near, just like the ones in the post below: four great pages on Composition from Andrew Loomis's "Creative Illustration".






"Creative Illustration" may be the best book ever written on drawing and illustration. It's amazing, and can be acquired through ebay or a used book seller if you're so inclined. I think there were plans to reprint it recently but I think they fell through.

There's an even easier (and cheaper) way to get the book: if you type in "andrew loomis pdf" in Yahoo! or Google you'll be able to download pdfs of all of Loomis's books from any number of sites. All of his books are definitely worth checking out. "Creative Illustration" is particularly full of great information presented in a really clear and simple way; my selection of these four pages is pretty arbitrary - there's lots more great stuff in the book. I particularly like his page about the "fulcrum" idea - I only remember hearing that idea from one other book (Poore's "Pictorial Composition") and it was very confusingly presented in that book, I think.

11 comments:

Eric Carl said...

Your blog is very educational! Thanks for this.

David Beer said...

Wow Dude, that was totally awesome! thanks for sharing. And also, thanks for all the time and effort you have put into this blog. I began in the Arts via CG, and missed out on much of this wisdom, thank you for helping fill the gap!

elephantmarchblog said...

Really nice of you to put up all this stuff. Very useful stuff. I like your little halloween comic several posts down. Very endearing

gemini82 said...

Great Man, You can also check it out on "i-paper" I'm loving i paper right now becasue you can embed the pdf in blogs. :)

Anyone know when Walt Stanchfield's book is set to be published?

http://www.scribd.com/doc/10338/Andrew-Loomis-Successful-Drawing

Vince Gorman said...

Thank you! Printing now...

Henk Kok said...

I like to think that composition design like this also applies to poses. That thought struck me as I read your blog, cheers!

tiho said...

thanks for great posts!
I learned a great deal reading them!

tiho

tihosblog.blogspot.com

Jack Ruttan said...

I'm lucky enough to have this book and others, inherited from a late artist uncle, and I'd like to see people try the exercises Loomis suggests, such as drawing a pretty girl to advertise "Sparko Rhythm" spark plugs.

Hearkens back to a time when illustration was everywhere in mags and ads, but still Loomis complains that the artists of the postwar era were insipid and derivative, so I suppose that notion never goes away.

Chris Bivins said...

i always enjoy coming to your blog. always inspirational and informative info. always a pleasure.

-biv

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