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proportions of the head

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Figure Anatomy for the Artist taught by Roberto Osti

Conquer the complexities of figure drawing with the indispensable system of line, shape and form used by da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo!

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Category Drawing
Type Drawing
Subject Figure
Material Other
Style Realist
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A few Students asked me to elaborate on the proportions of the head so I prepared a couple of drawings. In the front view you see a wider head (3/4) and a narrower head (2/3), they are both correct, they show two different shapes of the head. Start paying attention to the width of the head of friends and relatives compared with the height and you will start see in longer heads, wider heads etc. Pay attention also to the profile of the heads and you will see differences in depth from person to person. (see second drawing) Let me know if you need any clarifications. Roberto

03/07/2014 Flag

great thanks!

03/08/2014 Flag

Would race be a key factor to do with the difference ?

03/08/2014 Flag

Great point! yes, there are somatic differences from race to race but you can use these two basic set of statistic measurements to draw a generic face and then draw the more specific features of the person you are drawing: higher or wider cheekbones, longer or shorter nose, wider lips etc.

03/09/2014 Flag

I answered your question a couple of days ago but I don't see it posted so I am answering it again. Yes, there are somatic differences from race to race: longer, shorter, wider nose, thicker or thinner lips, shape of the eyes etc but you can start any drawing by using the ideal (statistic ) proportions and then find the specific somatic characteristics of the subject. A good exercise is to ask your friends to pose for you and identify the racial and individual variations. Please let me know if you received this answer and if it is sufficiently clear. Best, Roberto

03/11/2014 Flag