Saturday, February 24, 2007

Nature's Colour is Most Beautiful if we can but see and understand it

I haven't got a nice neat little collection of pictures today, partly because I'm trying so jolly hard to get better at everything. Yesterday following the suggestion of Bill Wray in the comments, I found these lovely mostly out-of-print books by Andrew Loomis, online in their entirety.

Originally I wanted instruction on perspective, but these books cover a lot more. Absorb! Wondrous free resources for those who crave knowledge!

Click on the image to find the rest of the book 'Creative Illustration':





I was thinking that maybe could write more on this blog about who and what I'm trying to learn from.... and why.

I like these books' extreme heterosexual male 50s-ness. I like that it's about 'commercial art'. It could bee seen to be a nice counterbalance for my silly-headed womanly English hippy tendencies.

I also like them because the author seems to genuinely care about teaching well.... communicating... in the clearest terms... but he has his own voice, he's not bland. I like it when people speak their own words.






Perhaps the only reason I ever didn't want to be 'an illustrator' was the crapness and mundanity of a lot the stuff I saw at illustration degree shows etc. Doing fine art seemed... well it's more glamorous, but that wasn't really it... it was more challenging, I could sense the frictions I was in for. Unfortunately they weren't so much sexy frictions as a nasty cultural labyrinth of poo, from which there seemed no escape.

Luckily now I have clear-headed mid twentieth century American chaps to help me into the land of sufficient competence. Screw postmodern cynicism, bugger ambiguity and 'interestingness'-masturbation.... Enough questions! I want answers! I think I'm entitled! I can handle the truth! I want to be good! I believe in truth and beauty! Gsaahh!

Remember the five Cs!





As I haven't assembled any sort of pictorial thesis of the crisp 'John Cena is a Bump-Lunk' calibre (but I'm working on it), I have a teaser picture, it's some boobies I painted with oil paints. The painting also has a head in it. I'm getting back into oils, gradually, between frenzied drawing sessions.




68 comments:

Scott said...

As ever you bring light to the darkness. But not boring light. Funky disco light.

Brothergrimm said...

I like your cemetery sletches!

Brothergrimm said...

I like your cemetery sletches!

William said...

again a fantastic post! Believing in truth and beauty is crucial. You're needed in the fight.

Chloe Cumming said...

Hi William...

Where's the fight?

If I'm involving myself in culture wars, I want to know where the meetings are held.

Jorge Garrido said...

Wow, believe it or not, my school has blocked that fineart.com site because it is "pornography" so the only picture they showed was of Chloe's boobs. How ironic.

I mean her painting of boobs! It's a great painting, especially the blending/shading.

Anyway, I saw the pics before and I thought they were a great resource. I'm saving that "5 C's" picture, because I always prefer specifics. Thanks, Chloe!

Jorge Garrido said...
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Chloe Cumming said...

Hi Jorge,

The site those books are uploaded to seems to be affiliated with a site that offers pictures of naked ladies for a monthly subscription, but it sells itself on being 'for artists' and not pornographic. Because porn is easy to get, and tasteful naked ladies are rare, apparently. But anyway, that might explain why it was blocked by your school's filters.

Anonymous said...

I am against boob filtering.

~Skott
Spokesman for the organization of unfettered boobs.

Jorge Garrido said...

^Pervert!

Fossfor said...

I think the Loomis books are some of the best drawing manuals ever ,even though some of the subjects are so old fashioned, thanks to the web he's becoming better known at last

that's a great painting!

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