Supplementary #2 (Loomis: Side View): Solving Problems

Introduction

Hello! This is the second post of my Supplementary series where I do my best to research and address certain issues I have found with different art instructional/educational methods. I then post my conclusions and findings in this series to hopefully help others who are having the same issues resolve them and move on from them.

For context, I personally, started drawing with the book Drawing on The Right Side of The Brain and the Loomis books, years and years ago in Secondary School. My start in art and the subsequent journey is arguably not too natural and guided by instructional books, and I have read a lot of them and struggled with them and grew with them.

My initial article on Loomis, “The Uninformed Problem of The Loomis Method”, where I talked about one of the method’s problems (the seemingly mathematical approach to the ideal proportions and the sudden non-mathematical approach to finding the sides of the cranium), is the most viewed article on this website.

If you google “Loomis Problem” or “Loomis Method Problem”, it is also the first result on Google, hence the traffic to it. It is responsible for 99% of the views this website gets.

I believe that the viewership, which was all purely from Google search terms leading to that article, and even the comment I had on the article asking me about alternatives to the method or solutions warrant further researching and the creation of the Supplementary series to help people.

I meant this to be started as video series but I hope that I get additional feedback here to see what other issues there are or if my solutions do not answer their questions so I can research and improve further before making a video series. So please do comment with your feedback.

Part One: Conclusion Topics Found

Like the previous one I will show the conclusions I have reached but for a further understanding of these topics, you will need to donate a one time fee to see the evidence that I have gathered to support these conclusions.

A lot of the same conclusion topics from the first Supplementary apply here, It’s only when we get to the 3/4 views do we start to have a lot of different variations on that axis and a lot more topics to settle and consider.

A) Loomis Has Unintentional Inconsistencies From Step to Step

B) The Cut Off Sides Suddenly Don’t Really Matter

C) The Loomis Method Was Meant To Be Changed Accordingly To What You Need, Not Followed Too Closely, Loomis Did This Himself

D) Real-life Observation Supersedes/Informs Constructional Methods To Conform To What You Observe (For Observational Drawing From Reference)

E) Anatomical Knowledge (Bone And Muscle) And Knowledge of The Planes (Asaro) and Rhythms (Reilly) Supersedes/Informs Construction Methods, (For Drawing From Imagination)

F) Not Everyone Uses The Loomis Method, No Matter How Recommended The Books Are

G) The Side View Is Static And Is Rarely Used

H) The Perspective Of The Sides Only Applies To Views Not Fully Frontal Or Fully Side

At this point I want to also address another issue, I wish to put the rest of the article under a pay for view chapter (if I actually made it work). I take a lot of effort into writing the issues I write about and I want to be able to make some money for my trouble, it costs a one time payment of 3USD to view the rest of this article. If you wish there are other free articles to read below.

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Conclusion

In closing, that has been finally a long awaited follow-up post done, my hopefully sooner than later Supplementary articles will be on the 3/4 view of the head and how to draw people of different races.

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Stay safe~!
JR

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