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 “Perspective”

Day Fifty-One: More Work with the Box

This finishes up working within the shape of the box, and it also concludes the exercises on perspective. Next, Loomis will delve into specific muscle and bone structures. 3_09 combining arcs of movement with the box continued


Day Fifty – Combining Arcs of Movement with the Box


Drat, I forgot that I was going to do a special illustration for the 50th post. But, as usual, I’m extremely busy with freelance stuff and didn’t have much time to dedicate to the Loomis blog today. I guess I’ll just have to wait until post 100!

I hated this exercise, and there’s still more to come. I think using the box as a guide just over-complicates things. I found it extremely difficult to draw the figure within the box. Everything seemed like it was arbitrarily located inside the box, to some degree.

03_06 combining arcs of movement in the box

Day Forty-Nine

Here, Loomis demonstrates how to draw the mannikin figure inside a square as a guide for perspective. I found this to be more trouble than it’s worth, and my figures turned out kind of awkward looking. I doubt I’ll be using the square often, except for when I really feel that I need it. 3_03 drawing the manniking from any viewpoint

Day Forty-Eight: Place the Mannikin at Any Spot or Level

It feels like it’s been forever since I last updated. Been very busy with freelance work, but things are about to mellow down a little bit and I should have more time to dedicate to Figure Drawing. This exercise was a lot fun. 2_28 PLACING THE MANNIKIN AT ANY SPOT OR LEVEL

Day Forty-Seven: Arcs of Movement in Perspective Continued

2_23 Arcs of movement in perspective continued

Day Forty-Six: Arcs of Movement in Perspective

I can’t wait till the section that teaches how to draw feet. I have the worst time drawing feel when people are walking…

02_23 Arcs of Movement in Perspective

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-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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