Drawing my little Mohammed cartoon last week brought back some memories. I used to study to be an artist once upon a time. I was not bad, just not good enough to do comics. What I lacked was the discipline to draw every day which is what you need to do if you want to be good. And as the years pass, I kick myself because I would really like to draw my own comics. It’s great working with good artists, but what they draw is never what you see in your head. And there are things I would like to do with storytelling that are hard to explain.
When I was in my early 20s I went to a few adult art classes. Did some life drawing. This is before I got into comics. Later on, my friend Brent Anderson turned me on to the work of Andrew Loomis (1892 – 1959) who was a commercial art back in the 1940s and 50s. His books art much sought after by comics artists because not only is he a great draftsman, his books are wonderful teaching tools. You can buy some of his books on Amazon from Walter Foster books. But you can also track many of them down online in PDF form.
I’ve been looking at a lot of art books lately besides Loomis. It has reawakened my love of drawing. I’m going to have to go get a sketchbook from Michaels and start doing stuff again soon.