Fun with a Pencil by Andrew Loomis

Fun With A Pencil Andrew Loomis

Who doesn’t want to draw comics like Jack Kirby, Will Eisner and Jim Lee?  Nobody starts off the gates drawing comics, cartoons and creating iconic characters without the basics.  The A-B-C’s of drawing is what gets you from Point A to Point B.  In our day of digital technology we can find art instruction on-line.  I learned my cooking & cocktail recipes and Photoshop tutorials on YouTube.  Sometimes, you need a little old school instruction and we’re going back to the early 20th century with commercial artist Andrew Loomis (1892-1959).  Mr Loomis was well known for his various instructional art books and many of these books are not in print anymore.  Fun with a Pencil was published back in 1939 and thanks to Titan Books, this instructional art book is in bookstore shelves.

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Fun with a Pencil has 119 pages of basic art instruction and tips from Mr Loomis.  I never had trouble drawing people, but using perspective was really hard sometimes, like figuring out the vanishing point and measuring point.  Here, he breaks it down and explains everything.  There are also examples of the right and wrong way of drawing perspective.  There is also chapters on how to put furniture into the ground plane and a cool chapter on light and shadows, which is very important.

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Fun with a Pencil is a wonderful drawing instructional book for beginners and aspiring comic book artist.  And this is a great reference book for your library.

“When artist begin to compile and set down their combined experience, give freely and humbly what little they can add, as do the other sciences, then art may have some chance to re-establish itself in the hearts of everyday people – even against the mechanical perfection of the camera; even in a period of social adjustment and financial depression.”  Andrew Loomis, “Fun with a Pencil”


Hardback Artbook:  Fun with a Pencil

Artist:  Andrew Loomis

Publisher:  Titan Books

MSRP:  $39.95USD

Available:  April 5, 2013

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