Saturday, December 29, 2007
On the Third Day of Christmas...
I got the latest two issues of Illustration magazine. Like most things, I am slow to get up to speed, but I finally took out a subscription to this mag, which is getting better and better all the time. The latest two issues feature Andrew Loomis and Gustav Tenggren.
Loomis has always been a giant to those the visual arts, but I admit that my own copies of his books that I used to refer to endlessly ( War Story: I first picked up "Creative Illustration" in college. It was in the Sheridan College bookstore. A single copy. I kept going in and looking at it, knew this was something special -but i couldn't afford it. It was there for months before I got the better of my Scottish frugality and i finally bought it. Cost: $10. That was alot for a book for me at the time...) have stood on the shelf unlooked at for a while recently. So this article is very worthwhile, especially as it publishes some new material, like the dummy pages for "Creative Illustration". Some of the glimpses of the man are interesting- like his workaholism, and not wanting too many friends, because they keep one from the work. Hm. But the principles espoused by Loomis and the nuts and bolts approach to drawing and painting are something every young person in the biz should be given. I have used these constantly over the years, both for myself and in the teaching I've done. The books should be mandatory textbooks for schools. Somebody get them reprinted!
As for Tenggren, again most folks of our ilk and age have long known about his work, but it's good to have someone take over the shouting from the treetops. And again, add something fresh- alot of stuff in here I hadn't seen before. Great stuff! Must redouble efforts to aquire 1001 Nights, Canterbury Tales, and King Arthur!