Drawing Books

In my search to learn how to draw, there’s a particular set of books that I picked up a while back and that I think anyone should have, if they want to improve their skills: the Andrew Loomis manuals.

Andrew Loomis was an illustrator from the early 20th century, and his manuals are still in print today – and still available online in PDF format, as they’re out of copyright in some countries. They are, in my opinion, a complete guide to drawing well, especially figure drawing, in spite of their old-fashioned style. Loomis was a professional illustrator above all else, engaged in the practical craft of commercial art, and not art for art’s sake.

Of course, any artist would be well served by learning the basis of good drawing. After all, we have to know the rules to break them effectively.

Loomis is notable for how readable he is, even all these years later. He was a teacher, and focused on doing art well as much as doing it at all. His books make you want to draw, even though you might not be good at it. He seems to come with the promise of getting better at it over time.

If you’ve never heard of him before, start with Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth. You won’t regret it.




Another drawing

I’m trying to remember how to do perspective. I was never very good at architecture. It looks so amateurish… but it matters that I do it. Make art, even if it’s terrible art.

I spent an hour drawing noses last night, on the theory that doing something repeatedly will eventually result in excellence.


An update of sorts

I have been writing! On my phone!

The novel continues. I have finished a chapter, because the bus rides and toilet breaks where I can snatch a few words here and there don’t last too long. I feel bad now because I’m not writing the next part of my long running fanfiction story, but I promise I’ll get back to it.

Mostly, however, I will continue to lurk like the Great God Cthulhu himself.

I’m learning how to draw. Because… I don’t know, because I can? I should? I feel the need to do it, because I must make more things? I’m not so good at noses. I’m wondering if drawing fanart would be good for my skills.

I have to stay away from the news, and all the reminders that the world is a harsh place. My mental health feels fragile, still, like I’ve come back from the edge but I haven’t quite regained my balance yet. Sometimes people talk to me on Steam, and it’s good for me. Talking makes me feel less crazy. Doing things makes me feel less crazy. Making things reminds me that I can still be creative, even if my creativity has gone a little wonky.

And so it goes. I’m still here, dear friends. Now, I have to go and figure out how to install some kind of drawing program…