I’d Love to Draw!
Old Master Art legend Andrew Loomis’ long-lost how-to tome finally sees the light of day – but was it worth the decades-long wait?
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Y tips or Painter shortcuts here. This is a direct reproduction of art tutor Andrew Loomis’ prototype text for his legendary instructional books. Until now, it had been tucked away in the Loomis estate’s archives.
Through his light and accessible series of how-to books in the mid-20th century, Andrew popularised drawing as a pastime. I’d Love to Draw isn’t quite as polished as his previous reissues, though. There’s a sudden lurch forwards from drawing simple objects such as cakes and books to character portraits of then-famous people such as Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein. This feels like something that would have been expanded on at the publisher’s insistence.
There are some good tips here, and comic artist and life-long fan Alex Ross supplies plenty of explanatory text based on Andrew’s rough notes. But Fun with a Pencil, the artist’s first book proper that came out in 1939, contains all these tips and more while maintaining the charmingly scrappy hand-drawn aesthetic that defined his work. I’d Love to Draw!, then, is definitely one for collectors and the curious only.
In just two pencil drawings Andrew succinctly shows the difference between direct and diffused light.