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Art Books for Christmas

Published on 8 November, 2011

If you're thinking about Christmas gift ideas this season, and you know someone who loves and appreciates beautiful art books, then here are some great suggestions that just might go down a treat:

Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth
Andrew Loomis

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.

Drawing the Head and Hands
Andrew Loomis

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 program of facsimile editions, returning these classic titles to print for the first time in decades.

Icons - The DC Comics and Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee
Jim Lee

A collection of hundreds of full-colour illustrations and pencils spanning the entire career of the hugely successful and popular artist Jim Lee, with an all-new cover by Lee. Including his work on Batman and Superman, Vertigo titles, and WildStorm heroes WildC.A.T.s, Divine Right and Deathblow, accompanied by exclusive interview material from the man himself.

Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art
Gallery 1988
Kevin Smith  

Your favorite cult movies, as you’ve never seen them before! The annual Crazy 4 Cult art show in LA has quickly become a phenomenon, with thousands of visitors, a million hits on its website, and high profile buyers including Joss Whedon, Guillermo del Toro, JJ Abrams, Kevin Smith and Edgar Wright. Why? Because the cream of the pop culture-influenced art scene – including Shepard Fairey, who created the now legendary Obama ‘Hope’ poster –  come together to celebrate cult movies with art that is surprising, beautiful, and very, very cool. This lavishly produced book presents the best of the first 4 years of the show, with art inspired by such movies as The Big Lebowski, Edward Scissorhands, Blade Runner, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange, Pulp Fiction and many more.