Head practice

by Cookedpitt, October 22nd 2019 © 2019 Cookedpitt

Done as part of a practice session with poses of 3 minutes in length.

My current goal is: Improve at correctly capturing the overall proportions of the human form


Hey Cookedpitt,

thats actually pretty good, i think thats a good way to improve at portraits!

Generally your doing a good job at capturing the angles of the head and even convey some characteristics of the model, thats nice for the beginning. But i would really recommend to keep it more basic, you got the angles, you got the overall shape, now focus to nail the proportions.

I feel that you really want to draw the stuff that interests you more, like the nose, eyes and lips and i can understand that, really iam like that too. But in doing so the structure, the proportions get lost and i believe, you will get better a lot faster, if you simplify the features of the face and practise the proportions only, at least in the 3 minute ones. Afterwards you can take your time and draw the features out as much as you like.

So for the end some technical things you can improve on, im sure your using the loomis method, which i think is great, but you should be cautios with the top cross line, it should represent the eyebrows, not the eye itself. Also try to remember, when bending the top line around the head, this angle is crucial for the perspective - loomis treats the cranium like a box, where the forehead is one side, and the side of the skull rectangular to it, so when this angle is of, the whole head falls out of perspective.

Phew, that was a lot of writing, i hope this helps and that you keep on doing this stuff, i think your on the right road!


[size= 10.5pt; line-height: 107%; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; background: white]Thank you for taking the time to help me improve with your critique. this is only my second or third time using the Loomis Method, so I am still working on understanding landmarks of the face. I am willing to put in the practice on the proportion and have just been using the eyes, nose and lips because they were easy landmarks. I pick the 3 minutes so I wouldn’t get to bogged down with trying to fill in details and just focus on shape and place meant of eyes, nose, and lips. I tend to get too stressed out and frustrated when I try to do too much detail, so I limit the time for now. I just got figure drawing for all its worth today so plan on studying more and working on the things you have subjected. [/size]

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