My first steps to drawing the human face.
Practising on the head sketches. Trying to draw it from a standard circle, trying to define the proportion of the head.
Still have difficulty filling in the details like drawing the eyes on the head so it doesn't look like it's mapped on it.
Comments and perhaps useful tutorials you would like to suggest will be very much appreciated^^
Last edited by pisces_painter; March 24th, 2011 at 02:41 AM.
Hi a la bapsi, thanks, it'll be helpful^^. I think I'll focus on the head and the placings for now though.
More head sketches:
Practice on Plates 3 as suggested by author, from Andrew Loomis' book. Really love this practice, feels good to be on a right track, solidifying foundation bit by bit^^
Perhaps will be spending some time on this area for a while
Last edited by pisces_painter; December 20th, 2010 at 05:21 AM.
The studies are looking good. Please...whatever you do...don't worry about the sketches looking bad. I made this mistake and it turned art into misery for me, and it took awhile to break away from that thinking. Anyways, just keep drawing faces and heads, you'll get it trust me. I'd recommend drawing from pictures and getting people to pose for you even if it's just for 5-10 mins. Keep it up and it will come to you.
Flanagan: I just wanna say I'm really grateful for your words, your statement came in at such a crucial moment when I was kinda down a little and that kept me going. Thank you.
a la bapsi: Thank you too!
Heads practice from Andrew Loomis book today, wasted too much time today, I must make up for it! Perhaps will proceed to man and woman head variations. Understood a little about drawing head but I kept having the need to refer to the steps of Andrew Loomis on what facial feature to draw next. Need more understanding of where each part is located (jaw etc). I would like to be able to get to the stage (head) whereby I will know what to draw next and where to draw it, hope practice can give me that.
Proportion with grids. I think I got my head overloaded with calculations (alot of halves going on, and I wonder how to draw this one in 3/4 view?) on this one, since there're many subdivisions and grid lines in Andrew Loomis' example. I find the hardest to be the upper part of the jaw as I had to guess it. Plus I'm also reluctant to use grids in drawings. HELP!
When I started drawing I always used grids and helping lines in order to understand proportions and how to properly draw complex shapes. It took me about two weeks of daily practice before I could draw something half-way decent without helping lines... it just takes time while your brain learns how to deal with lines, you're basically learning how to solve complex problems. The equivalent would be trying to solve a Calculus problem without knowing how adding and subtracting works, if that makes sense.
That being said, the heads look good and there seems to be a bit of improvement, just keep practicing and whenever you feel that something is difficult (you mention having trouble with eyes) grab some photos or a friend and look at their eyes, try drawing just the eye in various styles or methods; learn how to solve the problem.
I hope this makes sense and will help you improve.