Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Andrew Loomis

By Andrew Loomis

The illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is respected between artists - together with comics celebrity Alex Ross - for his mastery of determine drawing and fresh, Realist style.

His highly influential sequence of artwork guideline books have by no means been bettered, and Figure Drawing is the 1st in Titan's programme of facsimile variations, returning those vintage titles to print for the 1st time in a long time.

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Popular proverbs foresee more than they assert, they remain the speech of a humanity which is making itself, not one which is. Bourgeois aphorisms, on the other hand, belong to metalanguage; they are a second-order language which bears on objects already prepared. Their classical form is the maxim. Here the statement is no longer directed towards a world to be made; it must overlay one which is already made, bury the traces of this production under a self- evident appearance of eternity: it a counter-explanation, the decorous equivalent of a tautology, of this peremptory because which parents in need of knowledge hang above the heads of their children.

This means that instead of being at liberty to use language as a vehicle for the articulation of their creativity, children are restricted, regulated, indeed spoken, by specific types of language: those which the educational system considers appropriate to the inculcation of its lessons. These, in turn, are designed to pave the way to the pupils’ economic usefulness in the adult domain, and thus sustain the ideology of a profitoriented society. Even before the school system acquires center stage as the young’s prime mover and shaker, “parents are apt to stamp out their children’s purity and goodness,” by imposing the idea of what a “good kid” should be on their instinctive proclivities and inborn wisdom.

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: / Little we see in Nature that is ours,” laments the poet (Wordsworth 1806). John Drinkwater echoes Wordsworth in contrasting “the sound and sight / Of men who fret the world away,” and the “stirless peace” of an apple orchard “where every day is holy day,” and 22 Hayao Miyazaki’s World Picture “the tides of time” appear to hang “suspended” (Drinkwater). ” The result is a state of inconsolable alienation in which we become unable to value— or even understand in the most elemental sense—“everything that we have not made ourselves” (Schumacher, p.

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