Lesson 1 – Drawing the Head

Drawing the head – approximate work time –   2 hours

Assigned drawings are Due Wed. Jan 6     

25 Marks

Salute to Stan Prokopenko for his  TWO youtube video series on drawing the head.

In this lesson you are to watch TWO videos and produce 5 drawings, each as directed in the second video, and email me a photo of the five drawings.  Assessment criteria is included below.

In the first video of Stan’s two videos series, you  are introduced to the basic form of the head, and the basic head proportions. This first video is a 5 minute video that you are to watch and notice how Stan addresses the STRUCTURAL FORM of the head that he draws.  Stan’s drawing lesson supports learning good sculptural awareness of the head as a 3D form. Also notice how he holds his pencil!  I recommend that you try this pencil position – it really helps.

Watch FIRST video:


Now that you have watched the first video you are to following along with his part 2 instructional video   and practice drawing five different variations of head forms.  Draw with him the FIVE different head drawings with the head in different positions and the different head proportions for each:

Take a photo of  your 5 drawings and submit it to me for 5 marks each, 25 marks total.  Your drawings should show the unique form of each of the five different head variations.

The five criteria for each drawing are:

  1. The cranium circle
  2. The hairline, browline, base of the nose line, and bottom of the chin
  3. The side form of the jaw
  4. The cheeks and ear line
  5. The neck line
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