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.

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