Head Drawing Basics

Mark Hill, Fine Artist

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8 Videos (50m)
    • Introduction

    • Before getting started

    • Head Construction Front View Pt.1

    • Head Construction Front View Pt.2

    • Head Construction 3/4 View Pt.1

    • Head Construction 3/4 View Pt.2

    • Head in Profile

    • Closing Thoughts


About This Class

This class is a basic overview of how to begin drawing portraits. We'll go over how to construct the head from a front,3/4, as well as profile view. In order to keep things simple, I didn't go over any sort of anatomy or anything too advanced. While at some point study of anatomy is important, I wanted to keep the class basic so that everyone should feel comfortable approaching portrait drawing! 

All the head drawings I did in the videos were made up out of my head. The reason being is that the construction process is the same wether you're working from life, photos, or working from imagination. So while the videos are ultimately drawings of 'generic' heads, you'll see how I construct them and you'll be able to apple this to whatever you're working from! 

31 of 32 students recommendSee All

I love doing portraits but it has always been very hit and miss starting with a circle etc. This has been a great tutorial and I realised how quickly you can get the basics down. Like the tutors chatty way of teaching.
Shirley Allen

Graphic designer

Excellent explanation for how to line all the features of a face up to make a realistic looking face. Awesome lesson!
really clear explanation and demonstration of constructing heads. Great for learning how to SEE the planes when just looking!





Mark Hill

Fine Artist

I'm a traditionally trained artist currently residing in Southern California. I specialize in traditional mediums from graphite and charcoal to oil painting. I've studied in several places in Southern California, and recently finished my studies in New York at the Grand Central Atelier. You can view my art on instagram @markhillart

Looking to share what I know and help others on Skillshare!