FUN WITH A PENCIL
ALSO BY ANDREW LOOMIS
Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth
Drawing the Head and Hands
WITH A PENCIL
COPYRIGHT 1939 BY ANDREW LOOMIS
FIRST PUBLISHED BY THE VIKING PRESS IN MAY 1939
BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY OF CANADA LIMITED
REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL USE IN DECEMBER 2001
All drawings and text within this book are the property of
their respective copyholders and should not be reproduced
for any reason. They may only be used for the
purpose of practice and study.
DEDICATED TO EVERYONE WHO LOVES A PENCIL
MR. WEBSTER DEFINES DRAWING
AS DELINEATION. THAT DOESN’T
TELL YOU HOW MUCH OF A REAL
“BANG” THERE IS IN IT. MAYBE
HE NEVER KNEW. MOST FOLKS
LOVE TO DRAW EVEN WHEN
THEY KNOW LITTLE ABOUT IT. IT
STARTED WITH THE CAVE MAN,
AND STILL SURVIVES ON THE
WALLS OF PUBLIC PLACES... BE-
CAUSE IT’S SO MUCH FUN, AND
SO EASY, IT’S A SHAME NOT TO BE
ABLE TO DO IT BETTER.
ALL THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW, TO START
THIS BOOK, IS HOW TO DRAW A CIRCLE. . . .
Don’t start out with that old gag, “I couldn’t draw a straight
line.” Neither can I, freehand. If we need a straight line, we
can use a ruler. Now please try it, just for fun.
And it can be as lopsided as the family budget, and
still work out.
Who am I? Oh, just one of Andy’s little funny folk.
But I’m important! He gave me a job. I’m the spirit
of the book, by jeeminy, big nose and all. I represent
all the blue in here. My right name would be Basic
Form, but that’s much too high-sounding. He thinks
that name would scare you away. So he just calls me
"Professor Blook’’ and lets it go at that. Now, I’ve got
a few interesting things to tell you.
Since Andy cannot talk to you personally, he put me in
here so we can really get together. It’s tough on Andy,
for that guy really loves to talk, especially "shop talk.’’
Now this plan of action is based on the use of simple
forms that are already known and familiar to you, and
which you can certainly draw.