Yesterday I mentioned I might try watching some of those Proko videos, and I did – all of the “How to Draw the Head” videos (there are 4 of them). He shows you how to draw the basic structure/shape of the human head at various angles following Andrew Loomis’ method.
It was pretty helpful, but I’m definitely going to have to practice this a lot more. I’ve started using the Face & Expression Practice tool over at artists.pixelovely.com to try & start to apply this to real heads.
This one below was a bit rough, but I’m including it anyway – these are some of the first ones I tried after watching the first video:
I’m glad he posted the front & side view videos, as well as the one for extreme angles. The head I drew on the bottom right looks like an insect man, but it’s supposed to be someone looking up. I think I understand it a bit more though, after I watched some of the other videos.
Here are some more:
Trying to get some more “extreme” angles – people looking up, twisting their heads, etc. I feel like I need to go buy a styrofoam ball, chop off the sides, & make my own Loomie to practice with.
These final four were attempts I made on my own with reference photos at pixelovely. I still don’t have a firm grasp on this… One thing he didn’t go over was views of the head from the back, which is my 2nd head there. I think you can tell that’s what it is, particularly since I added a rough nose in, but my oval at the back of the head doesn’t make any sense – it’s not like it migrates to the back of the head! So, I just need to figure out how to do that a little better.
I think I might want to go back to basics & practice simple 3D shapes as well. So, I guess you can expect more anatomy studies, Loomis heads, basic shapes, & Preston Blair cartoons! However, I also haven’t done any still life type drawings in awhile – not since November, anyway. There’s definitely a lot to practice!