Try to imagine if you could draw a head at any angle using your imagination
This is the ultimate comic artist superpower, right after drawing full figures.
How do you do it? How do you make it consistent?
Here are some key takeaways from the Heads & Faces Workshop. So you can see things in perspective and not have to sweat them.
Drawing the head from the side, front, and third quarter views is one thing. But drawing them from the top, bottom, and any other position between these is another.
It’s an all-day part of being a comic book artist. It is not as hard as you might imagine. I’m going to show you just how simple it is.
The secret is simplicity.
It is easier to imagine a simple head. It is possible to turn the head inside your head and draw it on paper.
However, it is much more difficult to draw a head fully formed than to understand.
It’s better to remove all the complexity from the equation and to focus maximum brain wattage on what really matters: placement, form, and proportions.
We only need a basic head model to do this.
This simplified head model is made up of two parts, the cranium (the face) and the skull. These two parts can be combined to create the blueprint for your head.
You must practice drawing the foundational head model from every possible angle to master it.
This is how we do it…
We disassemble it. So that we can fully understand the primary building blocks, we separate the basic face and cranium.
We then join them together. After all the preparation, it should be easy to draw the complete head model from several points of view.
The cranium resembles a sphere, with its sides cut off.
It has an axis that determines the tilt of your head’s rotation and a vertical guideline running down the middle that shows where the head is looking.
Another guideline runs around and around the belly of the sphere. It eventually serves as the head’s eyebrow line.
The sides of this sphere have been flattened, giving us a better representation of the skull’s form.
Warm-up with some circles to begin drawing the cranium. (They’re harder than you might think, but trust me, they are easier)
Add the horizontal and vertical guidelines. These will transform our circles into spheres.
Next, cut the sides of your sphere. The height of the side plans should not exceed two-thirds of the overall length of the cranium.
After you have captured the correct shape, take some time to draw it from different perspectives.
With a few adjustments, the face can be reduced to a box. The final connection will be to the bottom part of the cranium. This completes our base head model. Let’s start with a regular cube. Next, we will make the base of the cube wider. To complete the form, curve the sides inward and lift the bottom edge of your box.
Practice drawing the face blocks from every angle, just like with the cranium.
These forms can be viewed from many perspectives and you should feel comfortable with them being turned in space.
Keep doing this until it becomes second nature. When you feel confident enough, join them!
It will be easier to draw the foundational head model if you have already practiced drawing the face block and cranium from many angles.
It is all about getting to know the parts that make up the whole. This is how you can draw the human head from every angle.
This is the best part.
Once you have the foundation in place, everything else is easy. The facial features can be layered on top of the foundation without any concern about their placement or proportions.
To further explain the anatomy, you might add some rendering or shadows later. But the foundations are already in place.
they are the foundation of everything else.
I have already mentioned that The Heads & Faces Workshop covers everything in great detail. There are still a few spots for the October class!
This tutorial was helpful and you are ready to move on to the more complicated stuff –
This is what you will receive when you sign up for the Heads & Faces Workshop.
- LIVE demonstrations that cover everything you need to draw amazing heads and faces out of your imagination.
- Video recordings that can be downloaded
- You can access slides and diagrams to help you as a reference
- You have access to our private Facebook Group, where you can ask questions and post homework.
I cannot accept more than 10 students to each class.
The Workshop will begin Saturday, 16 October. The Workshop will last for four weekends and provide 32 hours of live training + feedback in 8 sessions.
If you are unable to attend every LIVE Session, don’t worry. It happens.
You can download each session and view the replay.
The Workshop’s biggest selling point is undoubtedly the LIVE experience.
It’s not hard to see the point. Think about it…
You will be held responsible for booking into the Heads & Faces Workshop.
While you are there, we will teach you how to draw heads together.
At the end of each session, you’ll have something to share.
This LIVE learning experience is unbeatable. This course covers so much content and provides you with personalized feedback at each step of the journey.
Soon, enrollments will close! Are You a Rule Follower, Or a Rule Breaker?
We look forward to seeing you at the event.