1. Drawing the Human Head

Additional Resource Links:

  • Pen Tool
  • Blend Tool
  • Illustrator Tools
  • Basic Head Template
  • Printing
  • Screen shot 2013-01-07 at 2.47.17 PMYour assignment is to place this Basic Head Template into a template layer of Illustrator and accurately draw it in layers that you create above this template.
  • Add details and color as you like to make it more interesting.
  • Add shoulders and background.
  • Print to 8.5 x 11 paper on the Ricoh color laser jet.
  • Use this link to information about printing to the Ricoh printer.

Humans are amazingly similar in their diversity.  The first step in being able to show the variations and individuality of each person is to have a clear basis for comparison.  You will find as you study the head that the proportions are very consistent, regardless of the individual. It will be useful to start each drawing with a standard set of proportions that you can then modify for your expressive needs.  Pay particular attention to the shape and proportions of the skull itself. This bone structure is, of course, the basis for the shape and look of the skin which lies on top. The proportions given below are an accepted norm and will be found to be useful for a standard basic head.

human_skull_side copy

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 8.48.37 AM  Head-Drawing-Proportions-Front

The eyes are in the center of the head.
The face is divided in thirds:
1. hair line to brow
2. brow to bottom of nose
3. bottom of nose to bottom of  chin.
The bottom of the lower lip is halfway between the bottom of the nose and the chin.
The width of the head “HW” equals:
1. The distance from the  top of the head to just below the nose
2. From the point just below the nose to the pit of the neck


Student first drawings


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