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.”

About the Project

figure drawing for all it's worth cover

 

After flipping through just a few pages of Andrew Loomis’s book, “Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth”, I could tell that this figure drawing book was not like any other that I had previously seen. These illustrations were clean, dynamic, realistic, practical, beautiful, and his method of construction was easy to understand and follow. I could tell right away that, if utilized properly and with dedication, this book was going to change my career as an illustrator. Starting on January 1st, 2013, I plan to reproduce one or more sketches from the book per day. “Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth” is 204 pages long. Some pages have multiple illustrations (sometimes hundreds), while some pages just have text. If I am diligent, I should easily be able to reproduce every illustration in the book within the course of one year. I intend to complete this exercise by December 31st, 2013. I may miss a day here or there, but I intend to make up for it by doing multiple illustrations on other days.

But why stop there? Why just do the sketches and toss them aside? Why keep this learning process all to myself? After thinking about it a little more, I figured it would be a fun idea to post my illustrations along with what I’ve learned in a daily blog. So here I am! My goal is to reproduce every single illustration found in this book and share my discoveries and my struggles with fellow illustrators.

I am also going to occasionally take it one step further and show how these teachings can be applied to my field of art – in this case comic books! I’ll turn some of the sketches into well-known comic book characters. It’s basically a fun way to learn new techniques while having an excuse to draw some of my favorite characters.

Let me clarify something – Andrew Loomis was a master of his craft. I have a long way to go before I get anywhere near his skill level as presented in this book. In fact, I may never reach his skill level, but I can at least try. While I do not wish to completely imitate his style as an artist, I do wish to learn from it. My goal is to replicate his illustrations to the best of my ability and hopefully improve upon my own art over the course of the next 365 days. After which I will take what I have learned and apply them to my own art in a unique way and, hopefully, not simply imitate the art style of Loomis. I’m trying to approach this endeavor with humble integrity, and treat this book with the respect and attention it deserves. For copyright purposes, I will most likely not post many images directly from the book. My advice is to go out and purchase a copy for yourself, or ask your local library to see if they carry it or can get it (I highly recommend taking a look at the art books made available at your local library, anyways). I should also state that I do not represent the book’s publisher, Titan Books, but I do have the utmost respect for them in keeping this book readily available to the public.

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