Andrew Loomis · Heads Up!


The good news today is that Titan Books is slowly but surely making good on its plan to bring Andrew Loomis’s legendary art instruction books back into print in high-quality facsimile editions. Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth and Drawing the Head and Hands are already available from your local bookseller, and according to the Amazon catalogue, Successful Drawing (ISBN-10: 0857687611; ISBN-13: 978-0857687616) will be available on 08 May 2012, with Creative Illustration (ISBN-10: 1845769287; ISBN-13: 978-1845769284) to follow on 09 October 2012.

Andrew Loomis · Art Instruction · Artistic Anatomy · Heads Up!

Heads Up Follow-up: DRAWING THE HEAD AND HANDS by Andrew Loomis

Drawing the Head and Hands (160 pages; ISBN-10: 0857680978, ISBN-13: 978-0857680976) will be the second in Titan Books’ new line of facsimile editions of Andrew Loomis’s celebrated art instruction books. The first volume, Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth, is available now, and it’s a beauty. Other volumes that have already been announced include Fun with a Pencil and Creative Illustration.

And keep in mind: you don’t have to take my word that Loomis’s sophisticated but practical course of instruction will benefit any student of art who wishes to become proficient at drawing lively human figures in deep pictorial space from imagination as well as from life. Loomis’s books have been available for free download online for several years now. So before you order, you have nobody but yourself to blame if you haven’t already test-driven the content; however, if you have already taken Loomis’s analytical concepts and encouraging words for a spin, and you have a notion that what Loomis has to offer will help you get where you want to go as an artist, now is definitely the time to buy, because I daresay that even if you are much, much younger than I am, you are unlikely to see better reprints of Loomis’s books in your lifetime — though if Titan Books also decides to publish softcover editions, you might, eventually, see slightly cheaper ones.

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Heads Up: “Drawing the Head and Hands” by Andrew Loomis

Andrew Loomis · Art Instruction · Artistic Anatomy · Heads Up!


Back on 10 November 2010, I posted to alert readers to the possible re-publication, in hardcover, of the art-instruction classic, Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth, by Andrew Loomis (see Heads Up: “Figure Drawing” by Andrew Loomis).

Well, I don’t have the book in my hands yet, but earlier today I received notification from that my order for “Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth” has shipped! Which is odd, because when I subsequently checked the record in the catalogue, the status of Loomis’s book was given as “Preorder Today! – Not Yet Released.” But apparently being “not yet released” is no hindrance to shipment via Canada Post!

I’ll certainly update this message if and when the book actually arrives at my door. But I have to say that, right now, it’s looking pretty damn good!


The good news is, the book arrived at my door about an hour ago! The better news is, Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth from Titan Books is exactly what any artist who is also a bibliophile would wish for in a Loomis reprint: hardcover, sewn binding, classic dustjacket, classic trim size (9.23 x 12.3 inches), excellent paper selection, crisp reproduction, and no silly additions. And what’s more, given the overall excellence of this reprint, the very best news is, the bottom corner of the back cover flap includes the following notice:


Drawing the Head and Hands
Fun with a Pencil
Creative Illustration

So collect ’em all, folks! You won’t regret it.

Andrew Loomis · Heads Up!

Heads Up: “Drawing the Head and Hands” by Andrew Loomis

Well, now… according to the listings for 2011 at, the same company that is supposedly going to publish a new edition of Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth by Andrew Loomis — Titan Books — also has a new edition of Loomis’s Drawing the Head and Hands in the works. Here’s the info that’s been posted so far:

Drawing the Head and Hands [Hardcover]
Andrew Loomis (Author)

This title will be released on October 4, 2011.

List Price: CDN$ 46.00
Price: CDN$ 28.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. Details
You Save: CDN$ 17.02 (37%)

# Hardcover: 160 pages
# Publisher: Titan Books (Oct 4 2011)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0857680978
# ISBN-13: 978-0857680976

One part of me thinks, “This is great news,” while another part thinks, “I’ll believe it when I see it!” Time will tell…

Art Instruction · Link Roundup · Oh the places I've been...

Free Art Instruction: A Few Good Links


Phil McAndrew! > Super Obvious Secrets That I Wish They’d Teach In Art School by Phil McAndrew — what are the ten habits of highly effective illustrators and cartoonists? Phil knows, and if you take a moment to read his advice, you will too.

@random > From Idea Sketch to Final Painting: Kent Williams, Mother and Daughter (2009), oil on linen, 42 x 50 in. — not art instruction per se, but much can be gleaned from step-by-step process photos, and the finished work is a knockout!


comic tools > April 11, 2009: Ball, hoop, cone, vase | April 18, 2009: Basic Bones | April 26, 2009: Torso Muscles | May 3, 2009: Upper Arms (and Kirby Dots) | May 10, 2009: The Forearm | May 17, 2009: Leg Muscles | May 24, 2009: Neck Muscles.

Ragged Claws Network > Anatomical Reference Sheets — seven plates from an old anatomy book for art students.

Ragged Claws Network > Download Here: “Constructive Anatomy” by George B. Bridgman > Rey’s Anatomy by Rey Bustos – a display of images that use Flash technology to interactively cross fade from photos of real and sculpted human figures to drawings of those same figures with the skin removed to display the underlying musculature.


Some of these links are repeated in other categories.

AlexHays . Portolio > Save Loomis! — download PDFs of Fun with a Pencil, Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth, Drawing the Head & Hands, Successful Drawing, Creative Illustration, and Eye of the Painter, all for free. The books are also available via Illustration Age and the Internet Archive.

ComiCrazys > ComiCrazys Archive for the Famous Artists Cartoon Course Category — 18 free lessons and counting; available in both PDF and JPEG formats.

Lulu > The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed — download a free PDF of the classic book courtesy of

Ragged Claws Network > Download Here: “Constructive Anatomy” by George B. Bridgman


Animation Resources > Preston Blair’s Advanced Animation — a classic! The whole book is online, but you have to download it page by page.

The Art of Jake Parker > Agent 44: Fixing It Old School — learn how cartoonists make art corrections in the real world.

arglebargle! > Ken Hultgren on Cartooning

ComiCrazys > ComiCrazys Archive for the Famous Artists Cartoon Course Category — 18 free lessons and counting; available in both PDF and JPEG formats.

comic tools > Comic Tools: Tutorials — learn about basic anatomy, balloon shapes, Kirby energy dots, perfect white-out consistency, ruling pens, cutting techniques, art corrections, scanning, and lots more.

Karmatoons Inc. > Drawing for Classical Animation — learn how to construct characters out of basic three-dimensional shapes, how to animate your characters according to time-tested principles, and how to create naturalistic movement through the use of live-action reference.

Richmond Illustration Inc! > Tom Richmond’s MAD Blog Cartooning/Caricature Tutorials — noses, hands, crowd scenes, cross hatching, and more.

The Tools Artists Use — find out what tools your fellow artists keep in their toolboxes that you might add to yours.


ProkoTV > includes two playlists — “How to Draw Facial Features” (eight videos, two each on eyes, nose, lips, and ears) and “How to Draw the Head from Any Angle” (four videos). Also includes videos on shading, how to draw hair, how to draw Jack Skellington, and how to draw Santa Claus.


Character Designs > Photosets by Hong Ly — free figure reference for artists, licensed under a Creative Commons license, the very reasonable terms of which can be found on the Character Designs site; the 39 photosets include both nude and costumed models.

Figure & Gesture Drawing > Figure Drawing Practice — a customizable, timed slide-show of nude and clothed models designed to help you to practice gesture drawing; please note, however, that the images are copyrighted and as such cannot be used to create derivative works. They’re offered for private practice only.

Reference! Reference! — clips of animals and people in motion. The site is intended as a “free database for animation,” but any artist with an interest in drawing from life will find the clips a useful resource resource for home study.


Figure & Gesture Drawing > Animal Drawing Practice — a customizable, timed slide-show of animals designed to help you to practice gesture drawing; please note, however, that the images are copyrighted and as such cannot be used to create derivative works. They’re offered for private practice only.


Art Instruction Blog > A Direct Approach to Acrylic Painting by Greg Biolchini — watch as Biolchini maps out a painting, in detail, with charcoal on canvas and then elaborates and finishes the image with layers of transparent and opaque acrylic paint. Don’t worry about whether or not you like Biolchini’s style; it’s the order of operations that’s important.

John Singer Sargent’s Painting Process (PDF) — compiled from various sources by Craig “Goodbrush” Mullins. Here’s a snippet that will surprise many who’ve been taught to do the exact opposite: “If you see a thing [such as a shadow] transparent, paint it transparent; don’t get the effect by a thin strain showing the canvas through. That’s a mere trick. The more delicate the transition, the more you must study it for the exact tone.”

The Pictorial Arts > Russell Flint’s Technique — if you think of watercolour as inflexible and unforgiving, you need to read this account of Russell Flint at work. Here, in a nutshell, is the secret: “it is an essential characteristic of Flint’s method that, though the successive washes are put on with all the freshness, sparkle and purity of which he is capable, they must be absolutely dry, stage by stage, before the drawing is proceeded with.” Choose overly absorbent paper, use mostly staining colours, overwork the washes, don’t let them dry thoroughly between applications, and lifting/corrections will be impossible. > Scott Burdick: Demonstrations – nine in oil, one in watercolour. Even if the subject matter is not to your taste, you can learn something here about the traditional alla prima method of working out a painting in oil from the initial block in to the final flourishes.

Sovek: The Art of Charles Sovek > Lessons from the Easel – The Basics by Charles Sovek

UNBORED > Gary Panter’s drawing tips by Josh – ten simple ideas to free your mind and your hand.

OTHER “HOW TO” INFORMATION: > Build Your Own Easel! – Free Easel Plans by Benjamin Grosser.

lines and colors > Pochade Boxes by Charley Parker — includes a lot of interesting and useful information as well as links to both commercial and do-it-yourself options.

WetCanvas > Making a Canvas Board! by Larry Seiler


Blender — a free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

GIMP — the GNU Image Manipulation Program. GIMP is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

IrfanView — a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.

Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) — Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, ICE creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. The panorama can be saved in a wide variety of image formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to the multiresolution tiled format used by Silverlight’s Deep Zoom and by the HD View and HD View SL panorama viewers.

Photoscape — a free and easy photo-editing program that enables you to fix and enhance digital images.

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Download: Six Books by Andrew Loomis


UPDATED (08 April 2013; 27 May 2019):

Just noticed that that distribution site for Loomis’s books that I originally linked to here is no longer in operation.

The good news, however, is that Loomis’s books have long been available in PDF format via Alex Hays’ Save Loomis! page.

AND they are available via the Internet Archive.

(The books used to be distributed via the Illustration Age site, but that’s no longer the case. The explanation offered is as follows: “Out of respect for the Andrew Loomis estate, Illustration Age has removed these out-of-print books from our free collection.” Previously, however, Illustration Age site claimed that Loomis’s books “are free to distribute because of their public domain status.” My view is, if the books are in the public domain, they’re in the public domain. Too bad for the estate that they didn’t give a shit about the books when they could easily have protected the copyright. But what’s done is done. In fact, the free PDFs are what prompted me and others to buy the lovely the hardcover reprints a few years back. Free e-Loomis for everyone!)