I don’t get how to study the Loomis method.
9:14 PM, Thursday November 11th 2021
So this isn’t directly related to DrawABox, but this seems like a knowledgeable and helpful community so I’ll ask anyways.
My biggest goal (currently) in art is to be able to draw portraits with an actual understanding of how they work. Up until this point I have spent a lot of time copying faces, either by tracing or occasionally freehanding, and then shading. I have gotten to the point where it looks like I’m amazing at drawing faces, but honestly I’m just really good at shading and decently good at copying the outlines. Now I’m ready to move on and actually learn how to construct the face, and I want to start out by using the Loomis method. My problem is this: I don’t know how to study it! I’ve read the actual Loomis book “Drawing the head and hands”, I’ve watched tons of videos on it (including Proko’s.) And I’ve practiced based on what I’ve found in that research. But I feel like all of the content on the method is inadequate for how I learn. The beginning of the method is to draw a ball and put a cross in the middle of it, which is the brow line and the middle line of the face. Then draw the nose line, hair line, and chin line. And that gives you an “average” head. But basically every tutorial (including the book) explains that and then says “now draw this from a bunch of angles”. But I don’t know how to draw it from a bunch of angles! I’m totally guessing when I try and draw it from another angle. And this isn’t even talking about adding features. It’s just the construction phase. I don’t have anyone who’s familiar with the method to critique my practice. What I need at my current level is a step by step plan on how to learn it, or something like that.
I don’t feel like I’m explaining very well, but, does anyone here have any experience with the Loomis method and have any tips you’d be willing to share?