Illuminating Loomis

A daily examination and reproduction of the works found in Andrew Loomis’s art instruction book, “Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth.”

Archive for the month “January, 2013”

Day Thirty: Loomis Pin Up

I have a busy day of inking comic book pages ahead of me, so I’ll just have to post another awesome painting by Andrew Loomis. I don’t know the name to this one, but I absolutely love it. The yellow outfit is gorgeous. It makes me look forward to the next time I have to sit in a waiting room, lol. If you happen to know the name of this piece,  please let me know!



Day Twenty – Nine: Hanging Figures from the Horizon Continued

The final exercise in this lesson further demonstrates how to hang figures from the horizon line at closer distances.


Day Twenty-Eight: Hanging Figures from the Horizon

Furthering the exercise of utilizing the horizon line to place your figures in proper proportion to one another. Fun!


Day Twenty – Seven: Various Pin Ups

I don’t have time to do a Loomis sketch today. Bummer. I have to pencil three or four comic book pages before the end of the day. So I’ll just post a few pin ups I did for the tutorial from the other day. Some of these figures were based off of Loomis sketches from the book. They were all penciled by hand, but inked and colored digitally. I strongly feel that doing the exercises from the book are greatly helping me improve my work. I’m very glad I took on this little project of mine. I just wish I had more time to dedicate to it!

How To Draw Pin Ups colored

How To Draw Pin Ups step 04

How To Draw Pin Ups step 01
How To Draw Pin Ups step 02


Day Twenty-Six: Finding Proportions At Any Spot In Your Picture

Loomis demonstrates how to set up the proper proportions of various figures in an image by using a standing and sitting figure in the center of the image as a “key” for the rest of the figures. After that, it’s just utilizing the horizon line to create various vanishing points and lining everything up. This was extremely helpful, but I still have to practice some more before I really nail it down. 

1_26 finding proportions at any spot in your picture pg 36

Day Twenty-Five: Mouths and Lips Part 1

I was so glad to have an excuse to skip ahead and do some facial feature studies. This will make for an excellent step to include in the pin up tutorial I am working on for I am very much looking forward to returning to the facial feature exercises to do more work on the mouths and especially the nose. I might allow myself to skip ahead again tomorrow to do that, but we’ll see. I hate to skip ahead so much but these were very helpful sooo….1_25 pg 176 eyes and lips part 1

Day Twenty-Four: Pin Up pg 134

Another pin up sketch to be used in the drawing pin ups tutorial for This one was a lot of fun, yet challenging. In this angle, I had trouble getting the length of her legs right.

1_24 pg 134 Pin Up

Day Twenty-Three: Pin Up pg 89

I decided to skip ahead again and do a couple pin up sketches for a couple of days. I have been commissioned to do a drawing tutorial on how to draw pin ups, so I figured this is a great chance to utilize the book for some inspiration. I will post a link to the tutorial when it is available. But for now, here is a sketch I did from a figure on page 89. I’d like to go back to this one soon and turn her into a comic book character of some kind. I haven’t had the chance to do that since the very first post.

Update: The tutorial is complete and has been posted on Check it out to see how I utilized this image in the tutorial.

1_23 pg 89 Pin Up

Day Twenty-Two: Grown Up

I woke up late today and I have a lot of work ahead of me, so I’ll have to skip my Loomis exercise for the day. But here’s another wonderful painting from the master. I assume the name of it is Grown Up, since it’s right there on the image itself. This picture is borderline corny, but I love it anyways. Such great use of vibrant colors! Kinda reminds me of The Stepford Wives, hah.

Grown Up

Day Twenty-One: Mary and John pt. 2

Just a continuation of yesterday’s exercises by using the horizon line to place figures. There is actually a lot more to this page, but the rest of it is all examples of how NOT to place figure by not watching the horizon line. I’m not going to draw these ones because what’s the point of teaching myself how to draw something the wrong way, lol?

1_21 Mary and John part 2

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