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Today at Miracle Studios

Posted in Miracle Studios with tags , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2019 by uncannymanfrog

I’m back to blogging again. The studio had gotten so busy that I’ve been neglecting my life of an illustrator blog. Of course I’m talking about “The Uncanny Man-Frog” blog, named after a comic book I did years ago. I’ve started to take this social media thing more seriously. I now have an Instagram account also, I’m calling it the KID KOG Instagram.

Bookshelf: Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth

Posted in Bookshelf with tags , , , on March 11, 2010 by uncannymanfrog

This is my well worn copy of Andrew Loomis‘ book “Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth. This is THE best book you’ll find for understanding how to portray the figure in “3d” space. I’ve dozens of books on anatomical illustration in my library. If I had to pick just one, this is definitely the one I’d grab as I ran from my burning house.

First published in 1943,  it’s gone through 25 printings, the last one in 1973.  When I was growing up, I recall seeing abridged forms of this tome published by Walter Foster, those thin oversized volumes that are popular in art supply stores.  This book is 204 pages, each loaded with information on anatomy, balance, foreshortening, composition, and the tough subject of placing the anatomical figure in space.

There are lots of anatomical charts like this one in the book.  But most anatomy books feature these.  What makes this Andrew Loomis book great are diagrams and illustrations which instruct on how to think about  the figure relating to the space it occupies.  Charts like these below……

There is so much information packed into this book and Loomis knows how to make it easy to assimilate.   The book is out of print, but you can get it on Ebay Auctions.  Be prepared to pay from $100 to $200.  If you’re a starving artist, and I remember what’s that like, here’s where you can get it for free: