Every subject that we draw is simply a composite of lines, shapes, values and proportions and drawing the head actually serves as a great subject for learning how to draw anything! Our tutorial this week has helped us understand the basic placement of features on the head: eyes half way on the “oval” of the head, and subsequent half way marks for the nose and mouth. We have explored the nine standard positions that the head most naturally can be posed.
The individual features on the head will change as the head pivots and tilts due to perspective, where the model is positioned and where the viewer is placed. Lighting will influence how much to emphasize features and create drama. It is helpful to reduce busy details by keeping the value range (darks, mid-tones and lights) limited, and once we are confident of the placement of the features, we can study the shadows produced as the head is viewed in different angles and turns. These shadows can be linked in beautiful subtle ways.
HOW-TO Tilts and Angles of the Head in Portraiture
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