Figure drawing for all it's worth (1943) PDF by Andrew Loomis

Figure drawing for all it's worth by Andrew Loomis 

Figure drawing for all it's worth

further book on the subject of figure drawing has been apparent to me. I have waited for such a hook to appear which could be recommended to the many young artists with whom I have come in contact. Finally, I have come to the realization that such a book, regardless of one's ability as an author, could be written only by a man actually in the field of commercial art, who in his experience had met and countered with the actual problems that must lie clarified. I recall how frantically, in the earlier days of my own experience, I searched for practical information that might lend a helping hand in making my work marketable. Being in the not unusual position of having to support me, it was the predicament of having to make good at art or being forced to turn to something else.

Across this wide country, there are many of you in that predicament. You, also possessed of that unaccountable urge which seemingly comes from nowhere, want to speak the language? of art. You love to draw. You wish to draw well. If there is any chance, you greatly wish to make a living at it. Perhaps I can help you. I sincerely hope so, for 1 think I have lived through every minute you are now living. Perhaps I can compile some of the information that experience tells me you want and need. 1 do not pretend to undervalue the fine work that has been done; the difficulty has always been in finding it and sorting out what is of practical value and putting it into practice. I believe that the greater chances of success lie in the mental approach to the work, rather than in sheer technical knowledge, and since the mental approach has not often been stressed, here lies the opportunity to serve you.

Figure Drawing for All It's Worth

I not only assume that my reader is interested in drawing but that he wishes from his toes up to become an efficient and self-supporting craftsman. I assume that the desire to express yourself with a pen and pencil is not only urgent but almost undeniable and that von feels you must do something about it. 1 feel that talent means little unless coupled with an insatiable desire to give an excellent personal demonstration of ability. I feel also that talent must be in a company with a capacity for unlimited effort, which provides the power that eventually hurdles the difficulties that would frustrate lukewarm enthusiasm. Let us try to define that quality that makes an artist "tick." Every bit of work he docs starts out with the premise that it has a message, a purpose, a job to do.

What is the most direct answer, the simplest interpretation of that message he can make? Stripping a subject lo its barest and most efficient essentials is a mental procedure. Every inch of the surface of his work should be considered as to whether it bears an important relationship to a whole purpose. He sees, and his picture tells us the importance of what he sees and how he feels about it. Then within his picture, he stresses what is of greatest importance, and subordinates what must be there but is of lesser importance. He will place his area of great- est contrast about the head of the most important character.

Author: Andrew Loomis 
Publication Date:1943

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