Just needing some advice, critique on this head (no reference). I've been practicing using, traditional head construction techniques and it ends up causing me problems I can't figure out. There is something about this head that bothers me aside from his stupid hair. Something in particular about his forehead, what do you guys think?
Last edited by g a m m o n; May 1st, 2009 at 04:11 PM.
For a completely imaginative head, that's really good. The only huge problem I see is the placement of the ear. Other than that, his hairline could be a little higher, his left eye could come in a bit, the right corner of his mouth could curve back a bit, and the center of his nose could go up a tiny bit. Also, you might want to define the forms and structure around his mouth a bit more.
EDIT: Checked out your FF thread, great stuff, but ear placement is something you seem to have consistent issues with.
Hmm thanks Elwell and S.M. I've had a recent problem with ear alignment. I may be setting the vanishing point too low in contrast with how upturned the face is. I don't know where I went wrong on this one, next one I'll def have to pay more attn.
About the ear to eyebrow thing, I know about that and tried to pay attn to its placement, but my perspective guidelines were too deep and too wrong, heh. What do you think it should look like S.M?
And about not using reference, its so I can draw without the confines of having to rely on it in particular. This is especially important in comics (which is what I hope to do) when you will be drawing poses that would be typically hard to capture. It also comes in very handy upon creating and replicating characters.
The drawing looks very good to me. Judging by eye, I'd say it looks fine.
If one wants to take a more analytical approach, comparing the drawing with a 3D maquette of more-or-less normal proportions (attached below) indicates the brow line and eyes in the drawing are much higher than they should be. Take it for what it's worth. Also, when placing the ear I've often found it useful to viusalize the head as a box--the ear occupies the same vertical space on the side plane as the distance between eyes and mouth on the front plane (other JPG also attached.)
To me proportions of the original head look alot more natural than those of the maquette you posted. And isn't "ear occupies the same vertical space on the side plane as the distance between eyes and mouth" wrong? Most of the times it's between brow ridge and bottom of the nose.