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.”

Day Two: Intro

After reading the introduction of Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth,  I became even more excited about doing this little project of mine. Loomis manages to put into words how important producing art is to an artist – “You, also possessed of that unaccountable urge which seemingly comes from nowhere, want to speak the language of art.” He expresses the importance of producing quality art in order to successfully market yourself as an artist and, hopefully, make a living off of your art. He implements a sense of reassurance that every artist will do both good illustrations and bad illustrations. It is up to the responsible artist to determine why their bad illustrations are bad, and what can be done to improve them. In an attempt to understand what makes an artist “tick,” Loomis elaborates on the fact that for an artist the “work he does starts out with the premise that it has a message, a purpose, a job to do.” Although this book was released over 60 years ago, his words are timeless.

Below is my reproduction of a female figure found on page 20. I’m not very happy with it, to be blunt. I chose not to spend too much time worrying about shading on this one, I wanted to use it as more of a warm up sketch before starting my other illustrations for the day. The Loomis illustration is placed at the beginning of Chapter One as a pin up.

01.02 pg 20

In light of his suggestion to determine what makes a bad illustration bad, there are several things that stand out to me. Again, like my cover sketch, the head isn’t quite right. It seems to connect to the body in an odd way, as if perhaps her neck is too long. Her left hand looks too stiff and too small, while the bend of that same arm looks a tad strange. And the feet are too big. Perhaps I will come back to this illustration and redraw it after reading more of this book. No character adaptations today, though.

Tomorrow I will delve into the first chapter and begin working on ideal proportions. I honestly can’t wait!


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