Successful Drawing, an instructional art book by Andrew Loomis


Successful Drawing Front CoverAndrew Loomis was an American illustrator whose work appeared in many magazines in the mid-20th century. In addition to his beautiful editorial work for magazines, Loomis also wrote and illustrated a half dozen or so instructional drawing books, and for the last 30 years or so they've been in great demand, even though they've been out of print.

But recently Titan Books has been republishing high-quality and very affordable facsimiles of Loomis' books. Here's my review of Figure Drawing for All It's Worth and Drawing the Heads and Hands.

The most recent Loomis reprint is called Successful Drawing. Even though it's probably my least favorite of the three Loomis titles reprinted so far, the lessons on shading, perspective, and proportion are much better than most contemporary instructional art books.

More images after the jump.



Successful Drawing


      1.  If I can reference a model or a photo, I can do some nice things, but drafting up a scene like that is beyond my ken.  Loomis makes it look simple and I’m jealous.  I reckon I need to get his books, eh?

  1. Being an illustrator, I have hunted down a few of the original printings of his books. He was the master of the generic figure. Its so great to see his books finally in reprint.

    1. Good old days?  Haven’t you seen young couples salivate over “cathedral ceilings” on HGTV (just after they’ve sniffed about the lack of granite counters in the kitchen)?

  2. Reminds me of “How to draw an owl” (GIS. Look for the one that starts with 2 simple interlocking cirles)

  3. I had the Andrew Loomis figure- drawing book, but it never worked right. My figures always looked like crap. What a con man!

  4. My favorite Loomis book was “Knees and Ankles For The Beginner”. That man really had a way with a talocrural joint.

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