Collection: Edwin Lutz

Edwin Lutz (August 26, 1868 — March 30, 1951) was an American artist and author. As an illustrator, he contributed cartoons and human interest articles illustrated with his drawings to several magazines and newspapers. He published books with guides on how to draw. Animated Cartoons - How they are made, their origin and development, (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920) offered practical ideas for streamlining the production of animated drawings.  At the age of 19, Walt Disney borrowed Animated Cartoons from the Kansas City Library shortly after the book was published in 1920. It is well documented that Animated Cartoons greatly influenced him in his early years in animation

“In drawing from this book, copy the last diagram, or finished picture, of the particular series before you,” advises American artist E.G. Lutz (August 26, 1868 — March 30, 1951) in the introduction to his first book What To Draw and How To Draw It (1913). “The other diagrams – beginning with number one, then number two, and so on – show how to go on with your drawing. They give the order in which to make the various strokes of the pencil that together form the completed picture. The dotted lines indicate where light lines are drawn that – help in construction – that is; getting proportions correctly, outlining the general form, or marking details in their proper places. Do not press hard on the pencil in making these construction lines, then they can be erased afterwards. Use pencil compasses for the circles, or mark them off with buttons or disks.”