If you've just stumbled onto this blog, please forgive the appearance; it's still under construction. If I've used one of your photos (found on Google) in a lecture and you don't approve, please write a comment and I'll remove it.

The purpose of this blog is to explain the basics of art and culture to English language learners in secondary school in Slovakia. This is not for profit. If you look to your right, you'll see a long list of topics that I plan to cover. This is a large project that will most likely take years to complete, covering some topics I know little about (like dance), so I will be borrowing heavily from other experts, with their permission, giving credit wherever possible. Please be patient, and, of course, all advice is greatly appreciated.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Drawing Portraits - Anatomy & Structure of the Head

The following video lessons are by master draftsman and painter, Stan Prokopenko, teacher at the famous Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas, California. You can't get much better instruction than this, without paying a lot for it. Try drawing along!

Here's a different approach to drawing the head, by artist Scott Waddell, of the Grand Central Academy in New York City. Instead of Stanley's constructionist approach, Scott draws by measuring the outlines with his pencil, and looking for correct angles "tilts" in all the positive and negative shapes. Scott's drawings look flat at first, but he fleshes them out to incredible detail. It's a little like if Sheldon from Big Bang Theory were an artist:

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