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Main proportions of a head

Main proportions of a head

Question from Wayne, Drawing Academy student

In the “Drawing a face” lesson, the 1/3 placement of the nose, eyebrow, and hairline uses the top of the hairline and bottom of the chin as the outer dimensions to calculate the 1/3-1/3-1/3 and not the top of the skull and chin. This leads to the question: How much room do I allow for the hairline to the top of the skull before I divide it into thirds?

I really appreciate your help and critique of my work. It has taught me to pay more attention to detail.

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Where to place the horizon line in drawing?

Where to place the horizon line in drawing?

Questions from Nicole, Drawing Academy student

I think this is usually what trips me up whenever I try to draw something, especially with perspective. What is the best way to identify and then apply where the horizontal line is? I know it’s at eye level, but what are some tips for applying that to my drawings?

Thanks so much,
Nicole

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How to draw a head questions

How to draw a head questions

Questions from Gabriel, Drawing Academy student

Hi Vladimir!

This time I have some questions about the depiction of a human head:

1. On “Drawing Lesson 5, Part 1 – How to Draw a Head”, you explain: “the full width of the head is two-thirds of the total height”. I have had some trouble in drawing this on the front view. First, I draw a vertical axis and then a horizontal axis crossing it in the middle, but once I draw the horizontal axis and define its boundaries, its half-width doesn’t fit 3 times the total height. I end up losing a lot of time trying to fix this. How should I draw these proportions more accurately?

2. Why does the skull look so wide in profile? Is it possible to draw it narrower when needed? (Sometimes I find people in reality don’t have such a “wide” skull in profile)

3. When drawing in profile or in front view, where is the line of the mouth located exactly?

4. Is it a good idea to copy step by step the whole drawings depicted in the video lessons? (So far, that’s what I’ve been doing). If not, which would be the best way to take advantage of the video lessons?

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Is it bad to rotate the drawing board?

Is it bad to rotate the drawing board?

Question from Edward Pan

When shading, I find I sometimes have the tendency to rotate the drawing board back-and-forth so that a certain area becomes more reachable for my hand. Is this a correct approach? …

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What is the purpose of gesture drawing

What is the purpose of gesture drawing

Question from Roxane

At almost every life drawing session, we start with several one-minute, two-minute and five-minute gesture drawings. I find these short sessions very frustrating. Please correct me on this and give me some goal for each short session…

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17 Steps of Portrait Drawing

17 Steps of Portrait Drawing

Question from Joey

I have been trying to find an effective way to draw the head, from any angle, in my imagination. One drawing tutor uses a technique in which he adds circles to the side planes of the head and with that, he measures the ears and adds the chin. Can you tell me how the Old Masters addressed this task? …

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