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I get asked all the time how to improve as an artist. I understand that people are looking for tricks and shortcuts, but I have looked far and wide and believe me, there just aren't any. All it takes is lots of pencil mileage. You learn to draw by drawing, it is a tired slogan but could not be more true. One thing that will help to keep you on the right track though is having good teachers. In this day and age, that doesn't necessarily mean in school. Great teachers can be found online, in videos, you tube and yes, kids in books. In my opinion there is no greater fundamental source of strong drawing teaching than there is to be found in the Andrew Loomis books. I get something out of them every time I crack them open. Luckily they are all back in print so head on over to Amazon and order them up...start with Figure Drawing for All it's WorthFigure Drawing for All It's Worth
if you want to get a taste, but believe me you will want them all.
Today marks a huge event for me and art students (like me!) everywhere....a long lost unpublished additional volume called "I'd Love to Draw" is finally in print. Loomis prepared it during his lifetime but it went unpublished till today. Alex Ross (yes THAT Alex Ross) a big fan of Loomis himself, stepped in and added additional stuff to flesh out the project. I'll be watching the mail box till my copy shows up ;)

I'd Love to Draw
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: 11 oclock comics
  • Reading: my comic stack
  • Watching: BLACKLIST
  • Playing: not a playa
  • Eating: din din
  • Drinking: bud
Thor NYCC 2014 by MichaelDooney
Thor NYCC 2014
A female Thor cover commish I did at NYCC 2014. Wow,I even remembered to take a pic of the pencils...I guess it must have been early in the weekend ;)
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Starfire NYCC 2014 by MichaelDooney
Starfire NYCC 2014
Starfire con drawing I did at NYCC, I just happened to have a piece of yellow/orange paper with me that worked out great ;)
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San and her wolf by MichaelDooney
San and her wolf
Another off beat commish for NYCC 2014. Ink and gray copic markers on gray bristol paper
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Legion of Superheroes girl, Laurel Kent by MichaelDooney
Legion of Superheroes girl, Laurel Kent
A pre-con commish I did for a Legion of Superheroes fan NYCC 2014. While I know a lot of the Legion girls, this was definitely a new one for me. Her cape/poncho outfit is kind of crazy ;)
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I get asked all the time how to improve as an artist. I understand that people are looking for tricks and shortcuts, but I have looked far and wide and believe me, there just aren't any. All it takes is lots of pencil mileage. You learn to draw by drawing, it is a tired slogan but could not be more true. One thing that will help to keep you on the right track though is having good teachers. In this day and age, that doesn't necessarily mean in school. Great teachers can be found online, in videos, you tube and yes, kids in books. In my opinion there is no greater fundamental source of strong drawing teaching than there is to be found in the Andrew Loomis books. I get something out of them every time I crack them open. Luckily they are all back in print so head on over to Amazon and order them up...start with Figure Drawing for All it's WorthFigure Drawing for All It's Worth
if you want to get a taste, but believe me you will want them all.
Today marks a huge event for me and art students (like me!) everywhere....a long lost unpublished additional volume called "I'd Love to Draw" is finally in print. Loomis prepared it during his lifetime but it went unpublished till today. Alex Ross (yes THAT Alex Ross) a big fan of Loomis himself, stepped in and added additional stuff to flesh out the project. I'll be watching the mail box till my copy shows up ;)

I'd Love to Draw
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: 11 oclock comics
  • Reading: my comic stack
  • Watching: BLACKLIST
  • Playing: not a playa
  • Eating: din din
  • Drinking: bud

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MichaelDooney
michael dooney
United States
I'm a freelance artist/toy designer so of course in my spare time I like to draw and paint ;)

Current Residence: New England, Earth
deviantWEAR sizing preference: medium
Favourite genre of music: Chick singers mostly
Favourite photographer: Peter Gowland
Favourite style of art: Brushy realism
Operating System: It's all about the Mac Baby
MP3 player of choice: teeny tiny ipod shuffle
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: Think of many things, do one! And a fave by Edison, I never did anything worth doing by accident!
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Troubleseeker Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
Happy belated Birthday my friend.

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the-kid36 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday :D
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theaven Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday 
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Happy happy birthday! Thank you for all the inspiration!!!
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Skipper-Colors Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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