Anatomy of the Head Part 2
Discover the basics of anatomy as artist Patrick J Jones helps you draw heads with confidence and style
Grasp the basics of anatomy as artist Patrick J Jones helps you draw heads with confidence and style.
Patrick J Jones has steadily built up a library of art video training that’s become required viewing. 2014’s series on the making of his Conan The Conquered piece discusses the craft of oil painting in exhaustive detail, for example. Now he’s put together a new series, in which he aims to offer a comprehensive guide to anatomy.
Patrick takes it from the top – literally – with advice on drawing the human head. This instalment from his series focuses on the side-profile view, an angle that many artists learning the ropes find difficult. You’ll see how to start with basic shapes and simple measurements, then pinpoint critical anatomical parts to add forms until you have a finished head.
As usual with Patrick, there’s plenty of extra value to be found in his discussion of topics beyond the core subject. You’ll pick up plenty of pencildrawing techniques, such as simple tools to help you erase without damaging the paper or achieve smooth gradations in tones, or the skills of holding the pencil in different ways to achieve loose gestures or tight details.
As Patrick is at pains to point out, there are many other sources of information for learning head anatomy, from sketches by Leonardo da Vinci to the classic instructional books by Andrew Loomis. Every artist today stands on the shoulders of the creative giants who have been researching, transcribing and teaching this knowledge for centuries.
What makes Patrick’s version notable is that you get to see the progression of the drawing, from the most basic lines to refinement of angles and shapes. Studying from a video rather than books shows you how even the most complex rendering starts with simple foundations, and will help you to build the confidence to reach a similar standard to Patrick’s accomplished drawings.
Patrick shows how you can build up a detailed side-profile, in his second Anatomy of the Head video.
If you find the prospect of drawing a full head shot intimidating, Patrick J Jones explains how to build the forms up from simple shapes.
As the drawing evolves, understanding the relationship of different planes and angles becomes important.
In a brief detour from his main head drawing, Patrick looks at how certain style decisions can make eyes look more feminine.