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.
Hi, I'm back again, today caught a flu and got delayed but this time more in-depth proportion study of Andrew Loomis head sketch.
Still figuring out where the lower jaw break line (everybody's seems to be located differently with comparison to photos) is, I think is at bottom of lower lip (according to the sketch in Andrew Loomis)?
Kambei Shimada: Thank you, I will remember that^^
Flanagan: Thank you, but I might hold off shading for now since I'm aiming to be able to sketch a full human, females actually^^ But I will consider about shading when I have a nice finished piece =)
a la bapsi: Thank you! Really appreciate that^^
Halogen: Thank you. I used to have traditional but I'm going full digital now though, due to the advantages of photoshop and digital^^ I'm actually trying to make myself get used to wacom sketching too.
dracken: Thank you! Your words gave me confidence to practise more. It reminds me of the japanese comic artist (Slam Dunk or Bleach), who said he couldn't draw anything in the beginning but just kept drawing and drawing till he finally got good and became a manga artist, and now a famous one. Thank you again! I will practise more.
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Andrew Loomis Head sketch practice for today, with proportion grid, with studies on the ears, nose, eyes and lips. Perhaps should move on to eyes, ears, nose and lips studies. Still have trouble with identifying jaw breakoff points. Seems different from side view when view frontal.
Last edited by pisces_painter; December 23rd, 2010 at 05:47 AM.
Jaime: Hi Jaime, thank you^^ Your sketchbook is inspiring =)
Another Loomis head sketch, this time without the grids and drawn as much from memory as possible. Except for details like eyes, ears, lips, I had to take a sneak peek here and there. Dotted guidelines are alittle wobbly as I plot them by eye. I hope by doing the same sketch over and over, I will be able to remember how to draw the head someday naturally.
I still have the need to look at Loomis reference for construction..
You've obviously got observational skills because those grids are very accurately drawn.
So why not try some quick, rough sketching from life? (Photos if you really can't find real people to practice on)
At this the learning stage, quantity over quality is the thing to focus on. Do hundreds of loose sketches with each careful diagramatic drawing, would be my advice. Sure other people who are much better than me would say otherwise, but mostly people seem to use the quantity approach, and honestly I think its the best way.
larchist: Hi larchist, thanks, that seems like a great idea, thanks for sharing^^
Side view sketch, started from a circle, eyeballed the subdivision lines. Was surprised the side view is actually much harder than the front, more information to remember. I hope doing a few more of this will help me simplify and remember the proportions.
I must work harder.
Is it a good idea to sketch some facial parts as a form of taking a break?
Last edited by pisces_painter; December 27th, 2010 at 03:34 PM.
Hello there fellow Pisces It seems you are studying the same thing as me right now, heads. Really nail those fundamentals. Draw hundreds of them. That's what I am attempting to do. Everyone swears by it. So seasoned artists cant be wrong right? Your studies look good. Keep at it.
Halogen: Hi there! I'm still unconfident to start the loose sketches as I'm still un familiar with the proportions, hence I'm using grids as guide, which I'm reluctant. Yesterday I tried to do a 3/4 view but I have difficulty in it because I can't seem to fit the construction on it accurately, needs some guesswork. And I can't imagine the look of the other face which is not seen fully. For example, in a 3/4 view, I do not know how much of the other face to hide from view. Maybe I will start to do the 3/4 view faces but I'm still having problem doing the construction for 3/4 views..
Female head sketch front view practice, from Andrew Loomis book.
I really wanted to be able to draw girls in both western comics marvel style and manga style. I hope I can do that by learning realistic first.
Last edited by pisces_painter; December 27th, 2010 at 12:50 AM.