Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Save Loomis

About 10 years ago, I was introduced to the world of computer animation. It is a skill I have not used in a long time, but have been working with the software once again to create some still images.

I found my skills a little rusty, so I broke out several training videos and books that have been sitting on the shelf for years. One of the videos is on how to build a human head in the 3d CGI world. In the video the host mentions Andrew Loomis and his how-to-draw books. He said that you could find Loomis’ work at

I looked up the site and found it had been taken down. After some searching, I read that “lawyers” had forced the site to shut down.

I remember reading Loomis’ books as a young man. Even then, some 30 years after they were first published, they were wonderful. They simplified the construction of the human figure and explained how to draw in a style that was very easy to understand. When I took formal art classes, the techniques were pretty much the same as the Loomis method.

Even now, as I work with technology Loomis would have considered something out of science fiction; his lessons still serve as a guide on how to draw.

Seems a shame to have Loomis work stay out-of-print.

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