Day 3 – Charcoal line drawing portrait


Day 3 - Charcoal line drawing portrait

Day 3 – Charcoal line drawing portrait

100 Portraits of Ava by Karen

Learning to draw heads.

 

Before I started my 100 Days Project, I spent some time learning how to draw again, and particularly how to draw heads.

I’ve drawn heads only a few times before, but that was about 30 years ago and I don’t remember being taught to follow any particular method. But I do recall that I either drew from looking at a person or another image and then doing my best to draw the shapes of the head at the same size, or for two larger pieces of artwork, I used an overhead projector.

To help me learn how to draw, I referred to a book that I bought last year called, Drawing the Head for Artists, by Oliver Sin, which showed a method for drawing heads using vine and willow charcoal. Although, the book is good at explaining the method used to create the portraits in the book, I was struggling to translate this to my own images and needed some further instructions. As well as learning from books and blogs, I also like to watch video tutorials, as seeing an artist draw or explain a concept in another visual way, can really help.

Searching for video tutorials on the topic of drawing heads came back with an old video on YouTube called, How to Draw the Head from Any Angle by Proko, which introduced the Loomis method. As well as being informative, the video was entertaining and helped the ideas stick in my head. But not satisfied that I’d retain the information when I needed to, I decided to make myself a Loomis head model with a craft polystyrene ball, a stick, some Blu Tack and a two different coloured marker pens. The result was a model that I could tack onto my easel and change the angle as required.


Three quarter view Loomis head

Three quarter view Loomis head


Front view Loomis head

Front view Loomis head


Side view Loomis head

Side view Loomis head

In the picture below, you may be able to make out the under drawing of the Loomis head, that I used to help me draw Ava’s head.


Portrait showing the under drawing of a Loomis head

Portrait showing the under drawing of a Loomis head

 

This page was last updated by Karen on Wednesday, 6 January 2021