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Hannah I by yolque Hannah I by yolque
Charcoal, 30 minutes.

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pinkpaca Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Student Filmographer
Your head studies are so wonderful to see! I really enjoy the play of light and dark you employ in your drawings. If you don't mind sharing, is there a certain method you like to use when drawing the head (i.e. Loomis' method, etc.)? Head drawing has been frustrating me lately and any tips at all are really appreciated! :D
yolque Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! I do try to pay more attention to light and shadow recently, and stage the lighting in such a way that I get a lot of midtones to work with. I don't follow one particular method, though I will say I have been inspired by some of Nathan Fowkes' portrait work:… Your gesture work looks quite strong, and I can see the influence of Loomis in there. What in particular do you find most frustrating about drawing the head? I've noticed that proportion becomes about 20x more important than it seems to be when drawing the full body (and it's very important there too!) because to get any sort of likeness with the face, the brow/eyes/noes/mouth proportions have to be right on. That's what I find most difficult personally. In terms of shading, I think having some exposure to sculpture helps. Being able to break down the face into facets and separated volumes - each bag of skin under the eyes or jaw, the sculpting on the eye orbits... looking at these features and being able to sculpt them, and then apply lighting in a way that upholds that form is what I try to focus on. Do you ever practice from stylized casts like this?…; It might be worth investing in one, and drawing from every angle.
pinkpaca Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Student Filmographer
It paid off! The more dramatic rim lighting along her hair completes the piece for me. His work is lovely! I will have to look through his gallery in more depth, but his portraits have a solidity I envy.
Thank you! I really enjoy gestures and have been working hard to try to improve so that means a lot. The most frustrating part of drawing the head for me is definitely finding the proper proportions as well, particularly when drawing without reference.
Unfortunately the link is not working (or at least, not on mobile) but I think I know which casts you are talking about. Are they the geometric heads that show the planes of the head? I think they have a name, but it escapes me. Either way, I will definitely look into something like that for practice in both proportion and shading! Thank you so much for the advice, it truly helps!
yolque Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yep those are the heads that I mean - I think one particular sculpt goes by the name "Asaro head". In googling the name, I also stumbled across Vilppu's head anatomy stuff, which is also definitely worth taking a look at!… Always happy to help, and I look forward to seeing more of your anatomy studies :)
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November 26, 2015
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Jan 1, 2010, 12:06:58 AM
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