Loomis Method – Real-Time Demo

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Loomis Method – Real-Time Demo

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Stan Prokopenko
Drawing the Loomis head.
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Turtle
I plan to redo this with charcoal soon. I'm hoping by the end of this course I'll understand how to draw the more uncommon angles of the head and stop with the cartoon eyes and crooked noses. 😄
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James Burnette
My first drawing in portrait drawing fundamentals. How do you guy's approach your studies? Do you keep drawing the same lesson until you can do it blind folded with a Chihuahua chewing on your leg. When is it time to move on to the next lesson?
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Erin Kakazu
Hi James, one way for studying that has helped me is to break down a drawing even further. I ask myself first what do I like about the work I’ve done and what do I want to improve. I then do a study of the part I didn’t do as well as I would have liked. This study usually includes looking for or making additional reference. Then I look at many different types of tutorials on the subject from many different artists, and then I draw that particular thing again from the same angle and then multiple different angles. Then at the end I ask myself do I understand why the first one didn’t turn out right and do I know how to fix it? If I do know then I move on to the next thing. If not I take a break and then try it again the next day. Also some times if I have a hard time seeing issues in my work I’ll take a picture of it and mirror it so it’s flipped horizontally the other way. This makes the image look new to the brain and it makes mistakes easier to spot if I’ve been working on something so long that I can’t tell any more what’s right and wrong. I am sorry this is long and I hope it helps.
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Danie Sicilia
drawing skulls, any feedback is appreciated
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Joakim lof
I like these, especially the edge contrast between the hard cast/occlusion shadows and the softer half-tones and form shadows. My immediate suggestion for improvement would be to darken the shadows (and also the half-tones a little bit), especially the cast/occlusion shadows. Hope this helps :)
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connie z
Hello guys, may I have critique? I am just getting into art. The heads look kinds of off to me and would like some helpful feedback on them. Thanks! :)
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Dante Leão
You are having trouble tracing the central line on the contour of the face, the moment you start adding the features the portrait is going to look very squished and off center. The bottom right loomis head is the only one you actually got right, try and replicate it on your next heads.
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Trey Stewart
Not gonna lie. The loomis head has been a struggle for me. Specifically the side plane and the minor axis. Whenever it comes to cylinders in drawing objects or environments I don’t have a problem and the perspective off whatever I’m working on is correct. With the heads though it is a struggle. This is my most recent sketch after watching this video. Honestly it’s the first face I’ve done that ‘works’. The other one is an example of how these tragedies normally turn out.
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Phoenix Olivia
I have question but not sure where to post it so I'll put it here and hopefully Stan will answer. I don't understand how the generic, technical image of a perfectly proportioned head and face turns into the likeness of a real person. How do you go from the academic looking drawing to a real person's face? I hope I'm clear. Any help with answering this would be greatly appreciated.
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Denee Johnson
I dislike that the lessons go back to 0% complete, the second you rewatch videos
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Michael Millan
Hello Everyone!! I hope that you all are doing well. Over the weekend or so I've been practicing the Loomis Head method. Definitely doing those tough angles for me. Then I took a couple of those heads and try to add the features and shading. Critiques are always welcome! Thanks in advance. ^_^ v
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Phoenix Olivia
amazing dude.
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Warren Bonett
Day two Loomis head work. This time from photo reference and then following the real-time demo. Setting a mini goal of 50 more similar quick heads from photos over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully I can see better and make my hand do what I see. 😀
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Erin :-)
Think I placed the nose to low/to long, any suggestions to set up a better lay in? Have not yet watched the mouth or ear course, but tried mouth and teeth😁
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João Bogo
HI, Erin. In relation to do better lay ins. First thing, I would like to suggest that you get better reference. Take from someone that also have Simon's Facial Expressions, This book is horrible to study faces. The lighting is too flat, the pictures are too small and I always get this feeling that the camera is distorting a few faces and don't get me started on keep this book open while you draw. it's possible working from it, but you need a lot of experience to make up the shadow shapes. However, if you're starting right now it's better to find better photos to make your learning easier. You can find good reference on google images. Search for large pictures (as they often have better quality) that you can clearly see the division between the light and dark. If you're taking your own photographs avoid using flash as it flatten the values. About your drawing, a few tips: -The eyes are too big. It's normal in the the beginning draw the eyes and the mouth too big. As they hold more meaning in our symbolic minds we tend to draw them bigger. However if the visible portion of eyes were that size the eyeballs wouldn't fit in the skull. The trick to start doing it right is to "carve the shape little by little. For example you can start by drawing the shape formed by of the brow and the "bags "of the eye. From there you carve the shape of the shape of the envelope of the eye, then the outer part of the lids and finally the esclera and the pupil. - The nose it's too big, but there's also other problem is that it lacks structure. Review the lesson on the nose and practice the 3-d form a lot, as it would make easier when you start to shade. I know you didn't studied mouths but a quick tip: look for the overlaps to show form like the teeth overlapping the corner of the mouth, the upper lip overlapping the teeth, etc. - When constructing the head avoid following the contours. Aim for a simple form and then start building on top of it. If you follow the contours the shape of the cheek, the brow will misguide your line and you'll be left with a wonky head. Start with a simple curve from forehead to chin and then subtract or add shapes. This will make your head more solid. Keep practicing and enjoy the process. Best regards
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ryan
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i think you should practice drawing skulls.
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longhei
Dear Stan, could you share us the name of the background music?? I believe that it is good for playing this nice music when i am practicing.
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João Bogo
This is Debussy's Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun.
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Victor Valverde
I've been off and on taking these courses but got busy with school and work so here I am restarting the portrait drawing course. I drew what a knew to see where I'm starting so I'm essentially just looking for some tips of what I did right and wrong so that I can foster the good habits and funnel out the bad ones early on.
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Warren Bonett
Nice work. Some nice confident lines.
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Bradwynn Jones
Looks really good Victor! A tip that helped me a lot in drawing the overall head shape in proportion is to measure the width of the head and compare it to the length. Glad you are getting it in even with work and school. That takes discipline and grit. Good work!
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Ade Jabo
@Stan Prokopenko - Love the choice of music!
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Marco Sordi
Asked for help
Hi everyone. Here's my today's assignment for this section. Thanks for any comment or advice. Goodnight.
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Warren Bonett
Looks good Marco. The eye on the right looks to be a little high but it’s looking good.
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