Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
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Friday, November 18, 2005

Andrew Loomis

Posted by Charley Parker at 7:07 am

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.

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  1. Comment by Nita
    Friday, November 18, 2005 @ 11:42 am

    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. Comment by solmaz
    Wednesday, October 18, 2006 @ 3:30 pm


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


  3. Comment by rhapsodya
    Saturday, April 26, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    He was awsome.

  4. Comment by hemant verma
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 11:58 am

    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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    Thursday, June 2, 2011 @ 9:39 am

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