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I seem to have problems making my faces look solid. Something always apears off about them and I was wondering if anyone could give me any tips for better construction. Some 'easier' method. I am familiar with the entire 'eyes fall halfway, nose is halfway between eyes and chin" etc. Although I find it difficult to use. It hasn't really benefited me so in a way I've give up on it.
I really apprechiate any suggestions or crits.
The heads themselves look good to me, on the first and third picture especially. On both full figures, the head is way too small though. I wonder if you're focusing on it as a separate thing and ignoring the rest of the body when you render the face. Try to keep it just as simplified as the body at the start, Loomis has a good way to draw the basic shape if you haven't yet stumbled on it.
I think you're well on your way though.The clear forms on the first and third sheet show you have a good grip of handling constructions. Just keep drawing those studies.
Honestly, I expected much worse when I clicked on the links, but from what I can tell, you're doing great. For a more solid feeling, what you need to do is focus on volume and form. Aaron touched on this, and actual sculpting is of course one way to start thinking in 3 dimensions, however, many people don't do this (I didn't).
You need to visualize the head in its basic forms and components, the shape and planes of a projecting nose for instance. A good time to remember this when drawing is when you're shading. Never just shade out from an outline if you're not sure it would actually look like that. Identify plane changes, and focus on those areas. Shadows only form where light can't reach, so think about the volume and form and construction of the head logically in conjunction with the direction the light is coming from and things like that. I would recommend some good books on this, but I can't think of any right off hand. Try the free art E-books thread.
I'll check that out, thank you.
Thanks for your suggestions. I'll test them out latter tonight and post some new drawings. See if I show any very minor improvements. Woahh--E-book thread?! I am definatly look at that.
if you keep doing it you should then notice how your sculpting transfers to drawing. don't focus on making perfect copies of stuff. just get the feel of the solidity of the form. you want to draw the front of someones face and feel all the way to the back of the head. i'm still working on it myself.
i work with sculpting bones. i take the clay and make tiny little balls and then built my model piece by piece. my future challenge is to sculpt some of these bones hollow. its all brain training that translates to draftsmanship. make form your supreme goal and the rest should follow.
You're doing fine. Keep it up. Be patient.
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