Monday, April 6, 2009

My Favorite Loomis Artwork




9 comments:

oeconomist.com said...

I have a copy of Loomis's most famous book, Figure Drawing For All It's Worth (a full-length reprint from the '70s or from the early '80s, not the much-abridged thing from Walter Foster).

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

That's the book that taught me to draw, a book I can never get rid of.

oeconomist.com said...

I didn't discover Loomis until relatively late, with that book. (I got it through mail-order, and quickly concluded that it was an incredible bargain.)

The books upon whic I stumbled as a teenager were Hogarth's first three instructional books (Dynamic Anatomy, Drawing the Human Head, and Dynamic Figure Drawing — the next three had not been published, and actually it was a while before I put-together the money for Human Head), and Bridgman's Constructive Anatomy. (It was rather a while before I properly appreciated Bridgman's book, but I later got others.)

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Willy Pogany's drawing book was also inspirational. Have you ever seen a figure and head drawing book by Charles LaSalle? His work is similar to Loomis and of the same time period.

oeconomist.com said...

I only saw (and got) Pogany's instructional book within the last couple of years.

I've seen the Walter Foster version of Drawing in Charcoal which is one of those 10"×13", 36-page things, and about head and figure drawing. Do you know of a lengthier work? I agree that LaSalle's more polished work is like that of Loomis.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

No, the Foster book is the one I have. But thanks to our conversation here, I googled him and found a lot more information about him than I've ever had. He was more of a cowboy illustrator than I realized.

Have you ever seen or heard of a Foster book about pin-up art? I briefly saw one years ago and have been searching ever since. I think I googled it a couple months ago with no result. But I'll try again I guess.

Thanks for checking in.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Well, just like that I found it on google. By Earl MacPhearson, a nice calendar pin-up artist. Cool.

oeconomist.com said...

Ouch! That MacPherson book doesn't come cheaply.

Operator_99 said...

I got Loomis' Fun With a Pencil when I was 9 (1953). Its hard cover, still have it and almost a "Rosebud" item for me.