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Draw the Head From Any Angle

Tamas Benko

Draw the Head From Any Angle

Tamas Benko

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9 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. What's in This Class?

    • 2. How to Draw a Head Quickly

    • 3. Drawing the Head in Side View

    • 4. A Challanging Viewing Angle

    • 5. An Easy Head Position

    • 6. A Common Head Position

    • 7. A Head in Top View

    • 8. Placement of Facial Features

    • 9. How to Add Shadows

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About This Class

In this class you can learn how to draw the head quickly from any angle. We'll start drawing simplified head constructions and make them more complex step by step. The goal of this lesson is to understand the volume of the head and be able to draw it in the 3-D space from any camera angle.

No previous drawing knowledge is necessary.
This drawing class is for Beginners.

Minimum tool requirements:

  • a pencil
  • an eraser
  • some copy papers

Or you can use any digital drawing tools if you have. I'll be using the popular Procreate app on the iPad with the Apple Pencil. A drawing tablet with Photoshop is also a good option.

Class content

  • First, we go through the locations of the main facial features on the head

  • Then we draw heads in different positions including some challenging ones

  • We also refine our simple head and place the facial features on that in more detail

  • Finally, we apply some simple shading technique on the face to make it more realistic

If you'd like to have some fun and develop your drawing skills by drawing the head in different positions, take your pencil and paper and start watching this class!

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Tamas Benko


Hi, I'm Tamas.

I love to teach new skills to students.

My classes focus on basic drawing skills including lots of drawing & sketching exercises. If you're a beginner at drawing, you can learn how to draw & sketch. You can also learn portrait drawing including all facial features (the eyes, the nose, the lips, the ears). There is a dedicated class for one of the most important drawing skills called shading. For these classes you just need a simple graphite pencil to start with.

I also like to use the Procreate 5X app on the iPad with the Apple Pencil for digital art. I have an extensive class on how to use Procreate for digital illustration (drawing & painting).

Beyond art, I also love numbers. Thanks to my original profession I have 20+ years experi... See full profile

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1. What's in This Class?: Draw the head from any angle. In this class, we learn how to draw ahead quickly from any angle. For this purpose, our head will be a simplified construction. The goal of this lesson is to understand the volume of the head and be able to draw it in a three-dimensional space from any camera angle. Now let's get rolling. 2. How to Draw a Head Quickly: Drawing a simplified head construction is easy. Let's draw a circle first. It doesn't have to be perfect. We're just catching. Now let's cut the circle into half vertically and horizontally. Let's cut the sides this way and connect these points. Notice that we got equal distances. Lets apply this distance downwards. Mom wore. This horizontal line will be our brow line. This will be our hair line. This will be the bottom of the nose. And this one marks the bottom of the chin. Now let's draw the jaw line, something like this. And this will be the outline of the upper half of the head. And the E is located here. It's dope is at the same level as the brows and its bottom is at the same level as the bottom of the nose. It's easy right? Now I'm using red color to redraw this line. This is an important line called center line. In whatever position you draw ahead, you want to play the center line and build the head structure according to that. Center line crossing with the brow line marks the orientation of the head. We draw in the 3D space. 3. Drawing the Head in Side View: Now let's draw the head from side. This will be the brow level. This smaller circle is the slice that we cut on both sides in the front view previously, we are just looking at it from the side. Now, let's mark the hair level. Now I am drawing an almost vertical line, which will be the contour line of the face. Here is the bottom of the nose and it's the bottom of the chin. Now the Joe line looks something like this inside you. And the year right here. Let's draw quickly domain facial features. The brow knows, the lips, and the curve of the channel. The forehead looks like this. And let's place the I2. And finally, let's draw some hair. Now, I'm redrawing contour line of the face. Tried to memorize the dude angle on the lines of each facial feature. 4. A Challanging Viewing Angle: Now let's draw the head from a challenging viewing angle. We will be looking at it from front and below. In this position, you can observe a fundamental drawing principle called foreshortening. First, I marked the key levels on the center line, the hair, the brow, the nose, and the chin. Now realized that the distance between them is not eagle this time, this is because we are looking at this head in perspective, meaning it's in the 3D space now. And we want the viewer to feel the depth of this object. When you draw in perspective, distances shorten and objects get compressed as they move away from the viewer. The further an object is from the viewer, the shorter its length will be. These are all eager distances if you measure them on the face. But in perspective drawing, which tends to create the illusion of the three-dimensional reward. These distances look differently. Understanding perspective drawing is crucial for drawing well proportioned 3D objects. But don't worry if this sounds a bit complex for you now. As you draw more and more, you will understand this principle and be able to use it properly. Now, are just like you to remember that there is a principle called foreshortening. And it is about how you create depth on your image. Now, I'm illustrating with these curves that this head is round and object. Joe line will look something like this from this view and Daniel, the curves drawn previously have me to look at. Let's draw the hair which can be badly seen from a little bit of details to the mouth. And let's emphasize the different distances coming from foreshortening. 5. An Easy Head Position: Let's draw the head in an easy position. As always, we start with the circle, the center line, and we the crossing of the burrow line. These three things will mark the orientation of our head. I'm locating the other key points as usual. Again, there's some foreshortened taking place. Joe line, looks like this. The ear is located here. I'm drawing a simplified nose. Here are the eyebrows and the eyes. I'm drawing the contour line of the other side of the face, something like this. And the Mac is connecting to the head here. Realize how foreshortened beers on these joined the side of the phase that is on the left is narrower than the one that is closer to us. The width of each feature there is shorter. The eyebrow, the eye, that half of the lips. They are all shorter than the pairs on the other side. You can learn this by practicing a lot. To learn this skill is important for drawing and painting nice pictures. 6. A Common Head Position: Now let's draw another position. We're going through the same steps. 7. A Head in Top View: Let's draw another challenging position. We are looking at our figure from the top. I'm trying to keep bonds according to the foreshortening principle. Features. Let me also draw the position of the head. 8. Placement of Facial Features: I'm going to place the facial features on our first head. I'd just like to show that you can draw ahead with a few lines no time. And you draw a baud rate. What you basically do. You observe the subject of modal and plays the facial features to their locations on your drawing. 9. How to Add Shadows: Let's assume that the sunshine from this direction. I am using the middle gray tone and banging on the face. And let's be clear and contrast. Alright, I hope you enjoyed this class. If you'd like to know more about how to shave the head, go to the projects tab and find the link in the description to a 17 page free step-by-step shading exercise PDF. And you know what? Don't let the knowledge fade away. I encourage you to choose some head positions and try to draw them using the principles learned in this class. Pick the one you like the best. Take a photo and upload it as JPEG 5x to the your project section. It will be just great to see what you have learned. If you like my teaching style, you might want to click my name at the top of this video and check my other classes too. If you press the Follow button, you will get notified about my future uploads. Have fun with your drawings. Goodbye.