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09 September 2005, 06:48 AM
I am trying to paint a head but I can't get it right.
I welcome any suggestions, but mainly I want to make it more anatomicaly correct so critics about that would be very appreciated.

09 September 2005, 07:27 AM

Hey there, welcome to the Anatomy Forum! :)

Happy to try and help here...I did a brief review which I hope will be useful.

I think the main problem is that you are focusing on details without getting the major axes of the face right. Axes and basic structure are always more important than small details. Try to see shapes in simple forms ~ the eyes socketes are round, the nose is relatively straight, with minor variations, etc. Notice that the axes of the brow, eyes, nose lips, and chin are all parallel to one another.

Also, the top of the ear aligns with the brow, and the bottom of the ear should align with the base of the nose. In your painting, the ear is too high ~ see how it is above the brow? Look at your own ears, and notice how they align with your brow and nose. :)

Another good thing to do is to look at a lot of reference. For example, I googled 'old man' and came up with several good images:

This image, if reversed, is very like your image.

I recommend getting a book on drawing heads ~ for example, Burne Hogarth has a number of excellent Anatomy Books ( which break down form into simple, understandable shapes:

Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any questions. :)

Cheers, :)


09 September 2005, 05:01 AM
Hi Rebecca,
Thanks for your suggestions. I have added the book to my shopping cart, but it will take a while to arrive here in south america.
This is a new version...
I tried your line art with some modifications. I want it to have a big nose and a stronger jaw, but still not there.
thank you very much for your comments.

09 September 2005, 05:17 AM

You're welcome. :) I definitely think this looks better! I think the key thing to focus on now is value control. Any artist will tell you that what is of primary importance in you painting is less color than VALUE. Have you taken a look at the:


At the beginning, and scattered throughout the thread are tutorials on how to paint using VALUE ONLY.

Here is an example demo from the thread. The focus here was on shading a human skull using various degrees / opacities of Black / White / Gray ONLY. This teaches you to see in terms of dark and light ~ a crucial component of digital and traditional painting:

Definitely check out the thread, and see what it has to offer. I am happy to try and answer any questions that I can. The bottom line is, it comes down to practice.

Hope this helps. :)

Cheers, :)


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