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Andrew Loomis
Andrew Loomis was a highly regarded commercial illustrator who was prominent in the 40’s and 50’s. He was a superb draughtsman and the author of several how-to books on drawing that are classics in their genre, particularly Figure Drawing for All it’s Worth and Drawing the Head and Hands. Anyone interested in drawing people can benefit from studying Loomis, particularly illustrators and comic book artists.

The bad news is that his books are out of print and collectors want upwards of $70 for them. There are a couple of recent books that are extracted from the originals, Drawing: Figures in Action and Drawing the Head. They’re worthwhile (and inexpensive), but incomplete compared to the originals.

The good news is that there are archives of the original books online. The link below is to a terrific site at that has an archive of most of his books. There is also a less-well organized archive at Bud Plant Illustrated Books has a Loomis bio and is a place other than eBay to buy Loomis books. There is an archive of some of his finished illustration here.


6 responses to “Andrew Loomis”

  1. Andrew Loomis was such a great illustrator and teacher. I learned to draw with his “Fun With a Pencil”–so much information in a fun format.

  2. hello

    i want to know more about andrew loomis & have his paints gallery.


  3. rhapsodya Avatar

    He was awsome.

  4. hemant verma Avatar
    hemant verma

    thank you very much for bringing ‘andre loomis’on net
    i am 40 years old and i am his admirer since my child hood
    what i am today is because of his book on faces from whic some of the above mentioned sketches have been taken
    thanks a lot

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