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 category “Female Figure”

Day Sixty-Eight: Warm Up Sketches

09.01pg 16809.02 pg 168

Ok, so this little experiment of mine hasn’t worked out quite as I had hoped. I had intended to work on a page from Loomis’s book at least a few days per week, but ever since launching my new site (Webcomic Underdogs) my time has been very limited. I only get to work on the Loomis sketches every so often. These images here were warm up sketches I did from page 168.

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Day Sixty-Five: The Female Skeleton

This time I labeled the major bones. The most important thing to note is the difference between the hip bones of the male vs the female skeletons. 

6_16 The Female Skeleton

Day Sixty-Three: A little more work with the female mannikin figure

6_05 sketches using mannikin female contd

Day Sixty-Two

More work with the female mannikin…5_28 sketches using mannikin female

Day Sixty-One: More Work With The Female Mannikin In Three Sections

5_26 More Work with The Female Mannikin in three sections

Day Sixty – The Female Mannikin in Three Sections


Loomis suggests that another way to create the female mannikin is to look at it in three sections – divided at the head, waste, and knees. 5_25 The Female Mannikin in three sections

Day Fifty-Nine: The Female Mannikin

The biggest differences between the male and female figures is that the waist line is higher on a female, and the chest is smaller.

5_20 The Female Mannikin

Day Fifty-Six: Page 132 Sketch Turned Into Samhain

I recently did a pin up illustration for the creator of Ripman, so I used a figure from page 132 as a reference. Here’s the sketch I did from the blog along with the final image of the Ripman character, Samhain. Painted with Holbein watercolors!

04_21 pin up pg 132 for Ripman

Samhain pin up for MIKA

Day Forty-One: Pin Up pg 154

I’ve been swamped with my freelance work all week…and still am. I sketched out this image from page 154. Afterwards, I turned the image into a Valentine’s Day card!

2_14 pin up pg 154

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

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