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07 July 2006, 05:47 PM


Demented> wow, your last study looks great. You improved a lot too...
zhuzhu> wow (again) really really nice sketch!
mal-1> arf... your pencil studies gave me inspiration to do some with this technique...

Great work everybody! Keep it up!

07 July 2006, 06:38 PM
Thanks Roberto and agou. :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 09:18 PM
Hey peeps:

Agostinuk: K, what I mean with that is that you are using your colours more intelligently to suggest form and detail were there would be very little otherwise. You are varying the temperatures more and more and the results are looking great. last one is already an improvement on the previous ones!

patboy: wow man - HUGE improvement! Everything is looking better! Give some thought to your lines though; check out DocBone's and Rebecca's threads for some insane lines. Keep up the great work!!

zinchenko: welcome bud, good looking stuff. One suggestion I have is to work on your lines some more ... avoid going over the same line! Good start, keep 'em coming man!

Mal-1: Awesome man, great line quality, and your hatching adds a very emotive aspect to your drawings. Reminds me of Goya's "Disasters of War" drawings in a way.

zhuzhu: Man, you rock. So little brush strokes, but I can see exactly who that is. love it love it love it. And thanx for the comments man - really appreciate those coming from you! Yes, I had to move the ear because it was in the wrong place and forgot to add the details back in...

Intervain: that's looking great dude - so early on and you get *that* right! great work! But take the lessons from 3d into 2d - a meterial with a high specularity will show form better for instance. Can't wait to see more from you, whether it be 3d or 2d!

agou: You've improved tons too! Those are looking great - especially like the colour one. Keep it up - looking forward to seeing more!

sorry if I've missed anyone not intended!

K, need to move a bit faster with these - which is why this one looks soooo rushed :sad:. Will do something more decent soon, hopefully... (

c&c always welcome!
ciao peeps

- d.

07 July 2006, 09:32 PM
This is my first time ever posting on CGtalk. This topic intrigued me since I have been searching everywhere for a place where I can improve my drawing skills.

These are 3 sketches I did with a standard pen. Not ballpoint. Any tips,criticisms would be greatly appreciated.

07 July 2006, 09:35 PM
demented - I totally get what you mean and this is actually one of my major problems - when I apply the whites [or other brightest colour] I get carried away and flatten everything out again - I just cannot make that contrast work yet.... I'll work on it, thanks!

[btw. I'm not a guy - just for the record LOL ;)]

07 July 2006, 09:51 PM
Intervain: no prob! and please excuse - I say "dude!" and "man!" to anyone out of habit. I'll make a concious effort to use the word "dudess" more, if that's fine by you LOL :)

- d.

07 July 2006, 10:01 PM
oh Ok - for me the word dude means guy LOL - if it doesn't I'm fine with it LOL - no probs just thought I'd say it... there's so many men in this industry that they do it out of habit and I thought I'd make a statement ;) - doesn't mean I'm angry or anything...

btw. forgot to ask you - do you use any fancy brushes for your stuff or just the regular round brush? and don't know if you said it anywhere but are you using photoshop? Sorry for all the enquiries - I'm so impressed at your progress that I want to eat your brains LOL

07 July 2006, 10:24 PM
Hey everyone, keep up the awesome work! I've managed to do only two piddly heads while on vacation, but won't be able to scan them til Sunday. Great to see everyone's contributions here! :thumbsup:


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07 July 2006, 10:56 PM
Mal-1: Awesome man, great line quality, and your hatching adds a very emotive aspect to your drawings. Reminds me of Goya's "Disasters of War" drawings in a way.

- d.

D. you flatter me man...thanks.

07 July 2006, 11:16 PM
Hey guys,

this is my first post and sketch on CGTalk..
<--- Posts:1 (hehe)

anyway, really looking forward to participating and improving my skill. i dont have any art school experience, so please no laughing (chuckling is okay ;) )
anyway i was so excited that i just dropped everything at worked, and sketched with a pen..then i found a please excuse the different was unintentional.

im no shader, and dont know what im doing with shading..i used a big eraser to bring out the highlites :scream: ..we should start a thread on shading..hehehe

thanks for the tremendous amounts of information on here..jeeeeeeeeez. i spent all of 8 working hours browsing CGTalk..

07 July 2006, 11:34 PM
thanks again for that hint demented - I'm trying to implement it but I guess I'm still a bit of a coward as far as putting diffeneces in value in there... can't get over it LOL

here's another go at 2d - head 64 - scary 'cause Van Dyke is my fav painter :eek:
can you tell I lack patience for 2d LOL - I can never force myself to stay concentrated on those... :(

07 July 2006, 01:09 AM
Head Study Number 30.

Just 20 more to go!!

07 July 2006, 01:28 AM
Awsome work everyone

heres some of my scribbles


07 July 2006, 02:01 AM
Fatebringer <> Impressive amount of studies

Mal-1 Way ahead of me <> woot <> very painting <> like the feel

Intervain <> Van Dyck is indeed a dude <> real high on my list as well <> I think this is superb

When you really start to realize how much the old masters knew and how hard they worked at their game it really makes me feel humble

Here are a couple of more of my interpretations

200% Detail

07 July 2006, 02:18 AM
Dr B, this last one is superb, great tonal control there.:thumbsup:


07 July 2006, 02:26 AM
You R on a roll <> wonderful

D <> You have zoomed to the top of the class <> this has been a great experience for U from my point of view

07 July 2006, 03:55 AM
Wow so much talent!

07 July 2006, 04:17 AM
A few more I did. I really want to improve the quality of my line work as I see with the talent here(Do:bounce:ctor bone is one). But I think I must give more priority to learning form and features. I doubt to do 50 now till this session ends but I guess that doesn't matter. So I'll rather try to improve on the quality as well:)

07 July 2006, 05:47 AM

sat down and banged these out. I need to catch up. Just trying to pick up the major shapes and proportions. Kinda messy and crappy.

07 July 2006, 07:56 AM

Intervain: no worries! And yeah there are way too many dudes in the industry - glad to see more and more dudesses popping up! Nope; only the round basic one. Once you start to use textured brushes it becomes easy to lose form, and when you go for a 3d look form as to be at the top of your list. Yep, PS is what I use, but OpenCanvas has a great pen tool (better than PS). The problem with oC is it rarely works with dual monitors, which is why I use PS. Muchthanx for the comments!

Rebeccak: Oi! Get your arse and your drawings over nya! Right nya! ;P

jabbz: welcome aboard! There is a thread on shading some here, not sure where. Cool start, but avoid multimedia unless you're DocBone or some other Wizard ;)! Multimedia is pretty much always very challenging. keep posting!

Intervain: Hey, that's huge improvement on the previous one! The likeness has been captured very well! Looking forward to more!

Mal-1: Dude you and your style rock. Hard man. Saying soo much with soo little. Hats off man.

Fatebringer: Great studies man. Be careful though - don't blend your line into your shading all over! Keep it up!

Doc: Get outa here. Shait man, these studies are getting better and better. If there is something like reincarnation you were like Durer or Michelangelo (make sense) at some point. Think those are outworldy.

Mal-1: again man - totally excellent. and #31? Do you sleep? Stunning stuff man, can't wait to see some more (don't think I'll be waiting long).

Doc: Muchothanx a bunch doc, really appreciate that! Defnitely has been and still is a huge load of fun nya. UberGlad to have your contributions.

Gord-McDonald: Good looking! Careful - don't blur the edges too much or you'll lose form! Keep up the good work!

kunal: Great work man! like what's starting to happen with your pencil here!

Reincarnigotic: Good work! Work you line some more!

Great work peeps,

- d.

07 July 2006, 08:26 AM
So much good stuff!

Here's tonight's head, my 15th so far (going to miss 50 by a long shot at this rate):

07 July 2006, 10:14 AM

07 July 2006, 10:58 AM

07 July 2006, 11:24 AM
demented - thanks :) I'm learning for sure and thanks for the info :thumbsup:

DoctorBone - woah! That means a lot coming from you :bounce:

Mal-1 - your works are truly impressive!

everyone - great job! keep'em coming!

07 July 2006, 11:31 AM
Mal-1 - your works are truly impressive!

Thanks Magdalena

07 July 2006, 11:33 AM
Hi there,

I´m still here *lol*

Rebecca - Enjoy the beach ! Doing some heads on sand? Give up and take a rest :D
You deserve !

Doc - I have to ask that... how many years do you draw? It´s so amazing your level...
About the masters... yes, definitively, specially if we dig the whole story behind their lives then we become even more humble.

Why I´m not posting the heads...? Soon, was with no scanner nor tablet since last post, just a lot of 3D work at my short.

I see new people around, kool ! Avatar299 - be welcome !
It´s always stimulating to see everybody here giving the best, improving each stroke, experiencing and helping each other, I think this is the best forum thread I´ve ever been.

cya peeps,

07 July 2006, 01:13 PM
Ok my last 2d attempt for the present :) - head 94 - mine: #4 in 2d or #11 if you count in 3d :scream:

I have to go back to 3d because there's one head I just have to do and it will definitely take more than 2 days of patience :D


07 July 2006, 01:13 PM
Hello There,

This is my sedond Head (i'm very too late for draw "50 heads" lol)
I'm looking this thread, beautiful work !
Congratulations for Everybody !!!
See you ;-)

etap are in my "Anatomy Thread of Ishtar"

07 July 2006, 01:52 PM
Number 35.....

07 July 2006, 03:21 PM
demented - thanks for the feedback

Mal-1 - beautiful fluid style. Good work.


07 July 2006, 04:05 PM
here is my 19 ,20 and 21.
running out of heads that i would like to draw:sad:.

07 July 2006, 05:32 PM
Or rather little time these days.
it's a quicky. 30 mins or so..

btw, fantastic job everyone. its fantastic practise this..:)


07 July 2006, 06:16 PM
Great stuff folks:thumbsup:!This has been some fun!
Seeing so many styles and interpretations and methods of expression!!
I never drew so many heads in a long time!

Four more for tonight, now time to sleep! 25 done..

07 July 2006, 07:16 PM
i'm finally back :argh:

07 July 2006, 07:35 PM
So manuy great entries here. Interesting challenge. I'm entering a bit late but i'm gonna do my best anyway. Here are my first trials, nrs 3, 12, 17, 49 and 60. All with pencil, slight adjustments in PS.

07 July 2006, 07:35 PM
thanks I'm trying to figure it all out

tried differant approch for this set big and fast, trying not to think so much about what I'm doing, came out so-so I guess, last one really got away from me LOL

14 x 17
10-15 min each


07 July 2006, 07:45 PM
ok 2 more and my post will up to date

8 x 11
pencil mostly some charcoal in the first one


07 July 2006, 08:11 PM
Great work everyone! Every piece here is really well done!

I wanted to do some stuff for this thread nearly the whole month ... I always knew I would neve do the 50 studies but maybe a few ... so I started today ... but after 10minutes I got totally bored and called it "done". I have to work on some motivation problems ... anyway here you have the image ... my problem was... my right hemisphere was taking over...

07 July 2006, 09:22 PM
Impressive work everyone! Keep it up! :bounce:

Here is my 5th head...I tried not to take so much time on it so I decided to do a quick small pencil sketch. Not very happy with it, I think I overworked the lines too much and killed it, also the proportions seem a little off. :shrug: Any comments are welcome! :)

Head 048

07 July 2006, 09:55 PM
Awesome work everyone! I'm itching to get home and do some charcoal studies! :)


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07 July 2006, 11:27 PM
July 15, 2006

Was planning on taking the day off but you people are just too inspiring
Maybe tomorrow LOL
One more down
Take care Glenn


07 July 2006, 12:08 AM
I'm not sure yet what I want to get out of the head study series I'm gearing myself up for. Definitely want to do things analog....that much I feel pretty sure of. That's a quickie for today:

And here's the link to what I studied: Head 01 (


07 July 2006, 12:14 AM
nice one redehlert !

seems like everyone is getting into ballpen drawings.
But the white makes an excellent touch !

i'll stick to digital (too lazy right now to draw on paper and scan that stuff ;-) )

07 July 2006, 12:31 AM
heres my 2nd head ever..its pretty bad..

it wasnt until i scanned it that i finally saw what was bothering me about it..the eyes are too wide apart and are unproportional making his nose look way too fat and flat...
i cant really make out form with shade the way the author does..

anyway 2nd head sketch ever..:bounce:
..btw..great work everyone, really inspiring (and depressing)..

07 July 2006, 03:54 AM
Hi there,

I see new people around, kool ! Avatar299 - be welcome !
Thanks. It's fun but really humbling posting my sketches here.

Straight Pencil

07 July 2006, 04:17 AM
Thomasphoenix: wow~! those pencil sketch looks great~!

< head 014 >

07 July 2006, 04:21 AM

077 (
CAFFIÉRI, Jean-Jacques
Bust of the Astronomer Chanoine Pingré
Terracotta, height 47 cm (without stand)
Musée du Louvre, Paris

More updates soon

07 July 2006, 08:49 AM
Demented - Wow! Thanx! :) Your work is awesome, btw.

Intervain - Thank you! I know what you mean about people assuming you're a guy. ;) And, I've been admiring your work, it's fantastic. :)

Great and wonderful heads everywhere I look. :D

Here's head #47, my 10th. Really need to speed up if I'm going to hit 50.

07 July 2006, 09:29 AM
Hi all, :bounce:

I did post a little hello a few weeks back and have been busy drawing since... great work and wonderful posts that I keep seeing here, it's an encouraging site and I like the way peeps keep their comments on the positive and constructive side.

I am not a CG person, trained in fine arts (drawing, painting, photography and ceramics) and have worked as an artist for quite a number of years (15ish), got told about this 50 heads project by a friend (thanks Okkio) and have been totally hooked. It's a really good project and although I haven't figured out how to post my heads... I am having heaps of fun with it :)

So this post, although without drawings, is just to let you know how much I'm loving the project and that I'm still here :D

Worked initially with the heads as maquettes, drawing up 9 to a page to get the feel for each head/face in a quick less detailed manner, now I'm doing larger sketches - all on paper using a variety of graphite, charcoal, pen, ink, pastels and mixing them up - it is getting to the point where I am staring at faces everywhere, guess I can point any strange reactions I get... this way ;)

cheers all and great work!

07 July 2006, 10:35 AM
zhuzhu - OMG your work's simply amazing! Can I ask how long it takes you to make one of those heads?

avatar299 great to see you here - keep going!

Helen-Baq - thanks :D I love your new one :thumbsup:

everyone's doing an excellent job as per usual :D Keep going!

Frejasphere - just post your images on a free image hosting site [like] and then stick them in here using the URL given by that site [or from your server if you have one - you stick them in here using that picture icon up above the entry box :D - can't wait to see something from you!]

07 July 2006, 10:49 AM
Helen-Baq: I think your last one is the end :bounce:
Thomasphoenix: how the hell do you do that I'm so jealous :p

I'm concentrating on my loomis book now but here's another one I did as an intermezzo

I should have kept my brush size small iso ruining it by increasing it for some of the highlights :(
Well, another lesson learned

Keep posting peepz you are fantastic!

07 July 2006, 12:18 PM
Head #57 AA Pencil / graphite on paper
This is some of the quick sketches 9 to a page :)

thanks so much Intervene, learning and appreciate your tips on uplading sooo much :)

(being a paper/canvas artist makes the virtual screen world a steep learning curve :D )

so have posted a few and hope they work ;)

This is # 28 and done in charcoal and graphite on paper ;) I like Caravaggio's work and if anyone is interested in looking up versions of this painting: Judith slaying Holofernes... Artimisia Gentileschi's one is pretty awesome :)

07 July 2006, 02:14 PM
Everybody working very hard i see. I try to give a few random comments on images that i noticed;

Demented: great work ooverall; i like your #11

Heleb Baq: great Dürer study - very subtle.

Fatebringer: i like the original expressions in your heads a few pages back.

Mal_1: very strong work - i like your #4

ZhuZhu: amazing; your #14 is very expressive

Fes: i like the colours in #2

I've been doing some pencil work and some things in Painter (still need to learn so much). I missed the first two, but they count as well.

07 July 2006, 02:39 PM
3rd head for me.. tried one using watercolor pencils.. pencil sketches are definitely faster.. maybe i'll do more pencil sketches to try hit 10 heads.. hehe..

Btw thanks demented for your kind comments and advise lurv ur works and zhuzhu's :thumbsup: overall as usual lovely works all round from everyone.. very enlightening to wake up each morning and watch this thread grow.. rock on! :buttrock:

07 July 2006, 03:31 PM
Intervain:thank you, beside head 006 (6 hours), all heads maybe 3 hours each one.

batte812:thanks~! you did a lot~~~

< head 015 >

07 July 2006, 03:35 PM
One more...

07 July 2006, 04:02 PM
Zhuzhu: Thanks dude:)!

Your ST .Peter is really good! You are improving at a rapid pace my friend:thumbsup:

My heads number 26 and 27

07 July 2006, 04:23 PM
hey avatar i know what you mean, keep new here too :)

07 July 2006, 05:44 PM
Two studies from work. I ran out of time on Saturday but I just called it done. I was actually busy with my real job,:)

These are heads 69 and 77

Thomasphoenix: I'm really liking your stuff. Great work.
Zhuzhu: Your 77 is awesome!

07 July 2006, 06:39 PM
Thanks, yours are looking good

couple more
charcoal/chalk at least I made a mess!

played with the lighting on this one


07 July 2006, 07:48 PM

tryed again something a bit different. - ref - (
I must admit I'm getting tired of this... :shrug:
...but hey, let's keep it up! :scream:

07 July 2006, 12:46 AM

This has been a great exercise for everyone I am seeing massive improvements

07 July 2006, 01:08 AM
here's my first head. doubt i'll do 50, but i'll try to do as many as i can.

i also plan to experiment more on my next head.

07 July 2006, 02:03 AM
Ack, am finally back! It's going to take me days to catch up on all that I missed! :surprised

Well, I wasn't able to work digitally while away, which gave me a good excuse to work traditionally. :) Not a ton of progress from me (hey, I was at the beach!) :) but here are a few:

Pencil start on the same head as above ~ I literally haven't drawn using a pencil in years...(it's always either charcoal pencil or ballpoint pen for me if working traditionally):

Though not for this Challenge, here is a sketch from life:

Amazing to see everyone's work ~ I'm itching to do more!

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 03:40 AM
As promised here is my pen entry.
I scetched like crazy this weekend. I will be uploading more pics during the night.

083 (

Ballpoint pen

084 (
Charcoal & Photoshop

72 (

92 (
Pencils & Charcoal & Photoshop

096 (

07 July 2006, 07:17 AM
garr, i finish my reply, and just as im about to send, firefox crashes. alrii, round 2.

hey everyone. good stuff, very impressive. and your pen drawings becca, wow, crazy cool. anyway, wanted to ask if i will be able to post stuff here after the 26th (no, i don't plan on cheating, i just want to finish my drawings on the 26th then upload a day or two later)
thanks, keep goin strong everybody!

07 July 2006, 07:56 AM
Here's a head for tonight my count is at 16 right now (need to get busy):

07 July 2006, 08:38 AM

Ouch... I am a little bit late, I planned to do a bit more these days but I had a lot of painting to do... Anybody to lend me a hand to paint my bedroom walls :D?

Good work everybody!

07 July 2006, 11:13 AM
Hey peeps:
zinchenko: welcome bud, good looking stuff. One suggestion I have is to work on your lines some more ... avoid going over the same line! Good start, keep 'em coming man!

Thanks for your welcome and crits! :)
It's a pleasure to post here :P
No.4 and 5

07 July 2006, 12:16 PM
demented Thank you demented,your heads are improving really fast :)

zinchenko very nice heads .I like the forms,may be you need some more contrast

Here is my head #5

I am slow


07 July 2006, 12:30 PM
Maybe you are right, but I'm too lazy to achive the contrast with a "B" pencil :)
Anyway thanks for the comments!

07 July 2006, 12:38 PM
Hi! Nice work everyone!

Another set of heads from me:

07 July 2006, 01:08 PM
36th Head........Ballpoint pen.

07 July 2006, 01:13 PM
Hey peeps:

Agostinuk: K, what I mean with that is that you are using your colours more intelligently to suggest form and detail were there would be very little otherwise. You are varying the temperatures more and more and the results are looking great. last one is already an improvement on the previous ones!

Ahhh, ok :D thank you

#42 another Cara, Fortune teller

07 July 2006, 01:50 PM
37th head, just 13 more before this mission impossible is completed.

07 July 2006, 02:02 PM

Welcome to CGTalk and to the Anatomy Forum! Beautiful first piece, hope to see more!


Thank you! :)

anyway, wanted to ask if i will be able to post stuff here after the 26th (no, i don't plan on cheating, i just want to finish my drawings on the 26th then upload a day or two later) thanks, keep goin strong everybody!
Yes, the thread will remain open indefinitely ~ though I would strongly encourage everyone to aim for the deadline of 50 heads in one month.

Those who came later to the thread than it's starting date are welcome to give themselves one month from their starting date to post their 50 heads.

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 02:22 PM
here's my third set. i'm really havin a hard time bout my line quality. have to draw more:bounce:

07 July 2006, 02:40 PM

yet another one.

DoctorBone, air_ick, heartbeat, Agostinuke: love your latest entries!
Mal-1: love your secont to last entry, lol!

07 July 2006, 02:40 PM
Ishtar - Great to see you here! :D
Welcome! you are amazing, can´t wait to see more. :thumbsup:

DocBone - Impressive.

Rebecca - where are your sand heads? *lol*
I got a break here too, was at a mountain, sketched a lot, will post later.

Roberto - wow...

Everybody - great work, keep up, cya

07 July 2006, 02:45 PM
Great work everyone :thumbsup:

gave up on this last one, second atempt

8 x 11


07 July 2006, 02:53 PM
hi all!
Next head #41

07 July 2006, 02:56 PM
< head 016 >

07 July 2006, 02:58 PM
Hi all :)

Heaps of great heads popping up, hard to comment on all ;)

Love your line work in latest sketch Mal-1
Nice work too Heartbeat with the bust

This one is on on a rough board: charcoal, conte, graphite and pastel


07 July 2006, 05:43 PM
Great Work Indeed!
Nothing more to say... :p

07 July 2006, 06:27 PM
Oi peeps

Not enough time to reply, but a muchothanx thanx to all those guilty of commenting on my work - these comments are like coffee to me: ► muchthanx ◄

EDIT: zhu - just saw that one it breaks my boat! Unbelievable, now give us a chance!

K, tried to have a go at graphite, realized I sucked at it after especially after I hadn't touched a pencil in a month (not that I didn't suck before :D)...

got scared of Pencilvania and went back to Las Digital ...

on a tricycle...

c&c appreciated,
keep up the great work all!
ciao peeps!

- d.

07 July 2006, 07:06 PM
zhuzhu - another triumph! Thanks for the info btw :)

Mal-1 - I love all of these!

I wasn't able to concentrate lately - I sprained my foot real bad and all I could think about was pain LOL but here's a real quicky done today... I feel so behind now...


07 July 2006, 07:49 PM
demented-I like your lines,I think your line quality is very nice,as for crits I think in the original if you imagine there are lines crossing the features of the face(mouth,eyes) they will converge in the opposite direction than in yours.Hope I am helpfull


07 July 2006, 07:51 PM
Hi great work every body this is a realy great challenge heres my third head No 54 all modelled in Cinema 9.5 cheers.


07 July 2006, 08:04 PM
i'm slowing down too much on the painting, but i knew i never would paint all 50! From tomorrow more work and less time to paint a lot. So let's see how much more will come from my direction

great work everybody

Great thread Rebecca ! You got me into painting more often and i LIKE it.

07 July 2006, 08:16 PM

That's looking great!


That's great to hear!

Pure inspiration from everyone! :)



07 July 2006, 08:59 PM
I did two more - so 13 down for me. I know the little devil isn't part of the set but i couldn't resist...

07 July 2006, 09:48 PM
38 & 39.......

07 July 2006, 11:59 PM
another one

8 x 11


07 July 2006, 12:43 AM
More from me, I've done 5 now, only 45 to go:rolleyes:
first two are photoshop with acrylic underpaint

07 July 2006, 03:42 AM
036 (
Photoshop 3 hours

Supper at Emmaus (detail)
Oil on canvas, width of detail: 20 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

07 July 2006, 04:45 AM
I'm pretty new here, but i've seen these threads and i've liked them very much. So i started doing some heads, though i'm a complete newbie, so don't pick on me, ok? =D

Here's my first head :) (i'll open a personal anatomy thread too)

07 July 2006, 06:05 AM

this is my 3rd feel kinda stupid posting this after all the beatiful heads..
really embarassing..
oh well here goes.

07 July 2006, 06:56 AM
jabzz - shush! no need to be embarassed! :) We're here to learn - great to see you're posting, keep on doing it :thumbsup:

Andyonahill - really like the grundgy feel of those coloured ones! :bounce:

Mal-1 - another great one!

07 July 2006, 06:58 AM
Andyonahill, the underpaint really gives those heads impressive texture, I love the layering.

Here's a couple more heads--at 18 now, I really need to pick up the pace:

07 July 2006, 10:44 AM
Hi all!

next head #84

07 July 2006, 11:22 AM
Number 40.....let the countdown commence.:)

07 July 2006, 11:48 AM
Two quick sketches I did last night. I wasn't to concern on the looks rather tried to concentrated on the form and line work while drawing as quickly as possible, each took around 10 to 15 min.

This are studies from Head 074

As usual, everyone is doing an incredible job!!! :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 12:28 PM
next head #59

07 July 2006, 01:51 PM
next speed head 076

07 July 2006, 02:16 PM
I'm pretty new here, but i've seen these threads and i've liked them very much. So i started doing some heads, though i'm a complete newbie, so don't pick on me, ok? =D

Here's my first head :) (i'll open a personal anatomy thread too)

Great update, looking forward to more!


07 July 2006, 02:23 PM
Andyonahill :wow~! i like your style~! has the first 2 heads both used texture image as layer for underpainting? cool~!

sorry, no pic this time.

07 July 2006, 02:40 PM
weee, another 2d one - I really feel I'm making a progress here :)
head 081 - my 13 [3d included]

07 July 2006, 02:52 PM
Hey all ^^

Sorry for no commenting. I have been really busy this days =(
In fact, this is my last head for at least 2 weeks. This is almost a "count me out" post =(

07 July 2006, 02:59 PM
Hi everyone,

Amazing stuff!

AOAH, that style is very cool! Makes me want to do some oil painting again. :)

jabzz, don't worry! The more you do, the better you will get ~ it's just a matter of time and practice! :)

SulaMoon, sorry to hear you will be leaving us ~ but this thread will more or less remain open indefinitely ~ please feel free to post here when you can. :) You've done some great work here, it's been great to have your participation! :)

025 from me:



07 July 2006, 03:02 PM
really cool style Rebecca, kinda reminds me of Tamara Lempicka :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 03:05 PM


07 July 2006, 03:40 PM
Hello everyone!

I thought I'd give it a try to do a digital painting in Photoshop... since I'm more used to drawing in pencil. It was a nice change of pace for me, but man, some people here make it seem sooo easy! Encredibly inspiring to see Zhuzhu stuff. But overall all the digital stuff is amazing! :eek:

I also have couple of question in terms of good brush seetings...

I used the standard brush with the opacity jitter set to pen that a good way to paint? or should I use standard opacity setting on the layer modes? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Also not to mention feel free to comment on the art piece itself or techniques that might help.

This is a study from Head #086

07 July 2006, 04:47 PM
Hi all! I'm joining you all started today. you guys are really talented. Some of you really made the painting seems so easy, like Jafran17 said. That's very amazing! But for me it is quite hard, I just started to learn sketching & painting recently. I spent whole day long for this head using tablet in photoshop, but still get thing done wrong. I tried two version of mouth but still look bad. and the pose look totally different from the original pics. =.=

Any advance comments & critiques are very welcome, and feel free to draw on my pics to show me how to do them right, technical/painting or whatever for a beginner to take note.

Thank you in advance. :D



I'll move on to the 2nd head now... and back to head 1 later to revise. ^_^

have nice day!

07 July 2006, 06:24 PM
Tecsun, I think your values are off as compared to the reference (there were a lot more highlighted areas in the original than you have in yours). Nice volume nonetheless.
Andyonahill, simply awesome.
Mal-1, love the looseness of that.
sulamoon, damn that looks like you spent a lot of time on it. :p

I'm entering the fray finally. Here's a quickish study of the first head. She's a little thin, and I think I got lazy around the eye area.

07 July 2006, 07:15 PM
A couple more from work. This has been so great getting me to draw everyday.

07 July 2006, 07:35 PM
Took too much time off (vacation and whatnot) but I've posted five more for today. Hopefully, I'll get my crap together and post more and better quality (at least by my standards) tomorrow:)

(rather than clutter, I'm just posting links to the other four)

07 July 2006, 07:38 PM
One more for good luck:

200% Detail

xiannc <> couple of nice ones <> interesting linework

LotekK <> that is a tough one an you have done a nice job with it

tecsun <> same story tough image <> take a look at the eyes on yours and visualize them wrapping aroung a cylinder a little more <> they seem a little flat.

JaFran17 <> good painterly study

Rebeccak <> super <> love the weight of the tilt of the head

Sulamoon <> knocking them dead <> beautiful works

Intervain <> another good one <> would love to see some harder edges at the focal point...

Dim <> good loose painterly style <> I for one love to see the strokes <> love Al

Mal-1 <> ain't nobody close <> slow down I feel like i am walking backwards LOL

07 July 2006, 08:33 PM
Rebecca basically told me to get off my arse and start drawing, soooooo I sat today for roughly 3 hrs in PS and did number 80 :D Thx Rebecca! The angle is a bit off, but meh ;)

Keep on rocking everyone!

07 July 2006, 08:35 PM
Dr B your hatching skills just blow me away, what are you using for the penwork on these??

07 July 2006, 08:50 PM
Michael / DoctorB,

Great to see the detail on your piece ~ really resonant expression, love that! :)

lildragon / Tito,

w00t :bounce: for getting off of arse! :scream: Let's see more! :thumbsup:


See above! :scream:

Great work currently in the process of trying to salvage a really horrid oil painting I did :D

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 08:51 PM
DoctorBone - thanks so much, that's a really good tip :thumbsup: I think about the focal point too little [well not at all now I think of it ;)]

and woah your hatching is brilliant!

07 July 2006, 10:52 PM
I don't seem to be going to the last page <> anyone else having that problem?

Never mind <> it works fine now

Thanks for the Kudo's Rebecca and Intervain

07 July 2006, 01:44 AM
waah rebecca this place is soo big! i havent been to your corner in ages :(
And that after i declared this year to be Anatomy year ... all ive done is drawing turtles and silly monsters :O

I will make it an anatomy winter then :rolleyes:

07 July 2006, 01:52 AM

I had that same problem earlier, am glad it's fixed now too! :)


The >>super secret link<< ( to Anatomy Forum success, fame, and riches! :deal: :D

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 02:48 AM
awesome stuff everybody!
head 06
hmm I think I'm missing something crucial here...

07 July 2006, 04:28 AM
Charcoal 1 hour

095 (
Pietro Mellini
Marble, height: 53 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florencev

Pencil 3 hours

011 (
BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
Francesco I d'Este
Marble, height 107 cm
Galleria Estense, Modena

07 July 2006, 05:33 AM

as a fellow beginner I can strongly recommend starting your own anatomy thread, if you haven't already.
Just to convince you, I have made more progress since this thread started a couple of weeks ago, than since I first started drawing 7months ago.

Rebecca has put a nice link in this thread already a couple of times but as it moves so quickly here it is once more :)


EDIT: it's also recommended to browse other people's anatomy threads: BNN, aLoneCuzzo, Mr MU, Thomasphoenix to name a few that really helped me. But don't limit yourself to just these threads, check all of them if you can :D They are a goldmine of information and you won't regret reading them through from first post on for a single second. That's a promise!!

07 July 2006, 06:53 AM
Zhuzhu - Wow! #16 is the shnizzat!!! :bounce:

NR43 & batte812 - :D Thanx so very much! :D

Head #75 :)

07 July 2006, 07:37 AM
Some more heads:

07 July 2006, 08:49 AM
one more from me:

07 July 2006, 09:56 AM
Hi all! Next speed head #87

07 July 2006, 01:01 PM
and next 30 min cketch

07 July 2006, 01:02 PM
damn, so many posts so fast !

do you guys ever sleep?

here some more:

07 July 2006, 01:04 PM
Hi ! Here is my 17th study (#82) :

and there #83:

07 July 2006, 02:18 PM
Helen-Baq:thank you , we are drawing the same head now,haha~~~

< head 017 >

07 July 2006, 03:03 PM
#96 - did it the last two hours :

07 July 2006, 04:13 PM
next head #94

07 July 2006, 04:22 PM
Hi all :)

Busy drawing inbetween things and having fun
Helen-Baq, Zhuzhu, DiM, Nothingness :
another no 75 head :D couldn't resist as
it felt like the head of the day ;)

this one is fine ballpoint pen on paper :)

Oh and Intervain... so sorry for misquoting your name in earlier post.. unintentional :)
Cheers :) a.

07 July 2006, 04:28 PM
LOL is there a head 75 conspiracy going on?! :) Great job everyone!

zhuzhu - kudos!

Ok my #14 [2d included :)] or #9 if you only count 3d! YAY just one more to go and I've made it to 10 :D

this time it's head 067 :) 2 days on and off [obviously not continuously LOL] done in xsi 5.0 I think I got a bit carried away on his clothes and less so on the face... oh well...

07 July 2006, 04:34 PM
Hi everyone,

Tremendous work here, not long to go before the end of one month! :)

Well, yesterday for the first time in a really long time, I decided to do some oil painting. Lol, I produced a pretty terrible oil painting (which I won't show, since it's horrid and unfinished) but I thought I'd post some shots of my setup for anyone interested ~ I had more fun than anything else, and it was good to touch real canvas again.

Since I don't have a printer (this saves me a few hundred dollars a year, I'm convinced) I had to go with a reference from a cheap art book I bought to use for the express point of desecration. I'll add the Reference to the beginning of the thread and here for others to use if they like. :)

Reference used (

Here's the basic setup ~ the canvas on the easel is what I painted over. On the right is my makeshift taboret which I bought not from an art company but a generic warehouse supply store online (I don't remember what it was frankly but it was cheaper than a real taboret, and much more durable. It has wheels so can be easily moved around).

Basic palette setup:

My eclectic mix of paints: :)


07 July 2006, 04:39 PM
My oil painting actually turned out pretty horridly, so I'll be working on that more today. In the meantime, here is my digitally reworked version: :)

And a closeup:

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 04:57 PM
Here are my heads 28 to 32. 18 more to go.

07 July 2006, 05:04 PM
Here's another attempt on painting in Phothoshop...but still struggling...

Study of Head #080

Rebeccak - I'm with you on the oil paintings...haven't done it in years...and probably won't either LOL. I never understood them..The back study in the canvas from your picture looks great.

07 July 2006, 07:34 PM
For anyone interested, I've posted the Reference I've used for the last portrait to the beginning of the thread as link 101 and also you can find it here (

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 08:54 PM
Great going everyone! This is an amazing thread to go through.

07 July 2006, 09:00 PM
I really enjoyed making this one. Maybe I'll do another one tonight after my class.

07 July 2006, 10:22 PM
Only had time for a few thumbnails today more tomorrow

Kudo's to everyone

BTW I think doing thumbnails of all one hundred head and just thinking about basic form and planes would be a great exercise <> once again when you really start to break this stuff down you realize how great these dudes are.....

07 July 2006, 10:52 PM
no. 9, i think......original is no. 081 on the list.....

docbone: lovely loose sketches......

razz: love `em.....

beautiful work by everyone, this is an unstoppable thread alright......


07 July 2006, 01:47 AM
Number 41.

07 July 2006, 01:51 AM
great work everyone! rather intimidating in here right now, so many good pieces hehe.. either way here are my attempts at some heads:

this is from last week some time, supposed to be head #53. more of a quick sketch

this one is from later last week; rendered it out a bit more (though I didn't do the hair). head #75

and these three are from a day or two ago.




07 July 2006, 04:13 AM
heads 33, 34 and 35 from me>Drat 15 more to go:buttrock:.

07 July 2006, 05:59 AM
Photoshop 2 1/2 hours

062 (
DÜRER, Albrecht
The Apostles Philip and James
Tempera on canvas, 45 x 38 and 46 x 37 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

07 July 2006, 06:57 AM

Knocked this one out in about a half hour or just over.
Felt pretty good and im really happy with it for the speed :)

07 July 2006, 07:45 AM
Hi all!

Next speed head, about 1/2 hour. #009

07 July 2006, 08:50 AM
Hi Guys - incredible workshop and thread :)

I've been posting my heads to an anatomy thread and decided to put a summary here of my 19 so far - can't say how close I will get to the whole 50 in the time left :) ... a few of the posters here are almost there! :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 09:09 AM
Waw! Remarkable work. I like it!

07 July 2006, 09:42 AM
Hi....YMS ....:thumbsup:

GREAT SPREAD ....... #90 .....FANTASTIC .....They are are all great in fact, but #90 really stands stands out in the me anyway....:)


07 July 2006, 09:56 AM
heya folks.
i oversaw this workshop completely, sorry. think i'm not able to do all 50 now, but i will do some.

great work all, didn't read the whole thread, but ThomasPhoenix, Zhu Zhu & Mal-1: your stuff rocks! :)

i switched to painter recently (again), so i hope to become more used to it soon.

07 July 2006, 10:50 AM
One more for me. I still need to scan and upload a few.

07 July 2006, 12:31 PM
My 42nd head.

07 July 2006, 01:09 PM
Mal! thats awesome that ur up to 42 already! shot! I suddenly feel very slack :blush:

and YMS i like #22 the best. seems to have a real sense of life to it.
Great work everyone :)

07 July 2006, 01:12 PM
Hey mal-1 its really cool I like the colours and the expression.It really creats a mood.Good work.

07 July 2006, 01:32 PM
Its amazing what can be learnt from studying the masters. Here is my Caravaggio head study...


07 July 2006, 02:21 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys.:thumbsup:


07 July 2006, 03:10 PM
next 15 min head #50

07 July 2006, 03:30 PM
Hi there, long time no post now.
Doing too much animation by this time, was with no scanners around.
I took a time back home and scanned some of the latest sketches I did.

Here it goes.

Number 11 - very fast sketch around 20 minutes 4B pencil only, white A4 paper.
Same goes for heads 12 & 13 - around 10 minutes on head 12 and 15 on head 13.
All scanned into Photoshop CS2 for quick crop, some contrast adjust trying to reach my ´real´ pencil ranges, I noticed sometimes I scan it never come up with the exact ranges as the original.

Head 11

DÜRER, Albrecht
Head of a Negro
Charcoal, 320 x 218 mm
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna

Head 12

DÜRER, Albrecht
Emperor Maximilian I
Oil on lindenwood, 74 x 62 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Head 13

DAVID, Jacques-Louis
Head of the Dead Marat
Pen, black and brown ink, 270 x 210 mm
Musée National du Château, Versailles

07 July 2006, 03:35 PM
This is not from the challenge, and I promise I won't count it as one of my heads, just thought I'd share.:)

07 July 2006, 03:56 PM
Here it goes 3 more...

All done weekend, there is some more, but no time to scan/crop/post, so will do my best to put it all together for tomorrow.

Guys, you doing a great artwork/study here.

Mal - You doing great. Good to see your heads.

Rebecca - Nice oil ;) - Nice place to paint too :D
I can´t place my oil stuff around at this moment, but you making me want it so bad... :sad:
I miss the oil´s smell... the canvas touch... :cry: but anyway that´s a great inspiration.

Intervain - wow, you keep doing great 3Ds...

Everyone - keep it up, just doing great. Sorry not commenting everyone now, promise will take a time tomorrow to write to all of you.

The heads...

These I did using 4B pencil on white paper, and gave a 0.3 mm finish using a Vario tk fine.
Tried to go fast as possible, heads 14 & 15 took about 20 minutes each, took into Photoshop and added a background in gray-scale, and head 16 took about 45 minutes, unfortunately the scanner didn´t grab all the mid-tones I did to it, and the Photoshop contrast correction went out that way, I didn´t like this way.

Head 14

CRAYER, Gaspard de
Head Study of a Young Moor
Oil on canvas, 39,5 x 32,7 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent

Head 15

BOUTS, Dieric the Elder
Portrait of a Man
Oil on wood
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Head 16

FRIEDRICH, Caspar David
Black chalk, 228 x 182 mm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

07 July 2006, 04:20 PM
next two...

07 July 2006, 05:27 PM
Well here's my 4th head.. erm.. sketching pen on paper.. tried to hatch but as u can see not very good at it.. haha.. also had to digitally add the specular hililght on his forehead coz i accidentally hatched it on paper.. :shrug:

Niwaes might be able to do more heads during the weekend.. hopefully :scream:

07 July 2006, 05:54 PM
Wow! Awesome stuff everyone! :bounce:

Here is my 4th attemp at a digital study...I'm pretty happy with it it comparison with my other first 3 in digital media... I'm really enjoying painting in Photoshop.
I've been greatly inspired by everyone in this thread! :applause:

Head Study #067

Mal-1 - WOW! Love your style and colors! Jusr it PS or Painter?

Vampiric - Nice loose painterly style!

07 July 2006, 06:06 PM
Thanks's Painter IX.

07 July 2006, 06:47 PM
Everyone's doing great!

Zhuzhu - Lol! I fade in your shadow! :bowdown:

Ok, head #72. This is a quickie, I really need to pick up the pace. :)

07 July 2006, 07:00 PM
I had a lot of deadlines this week so I decided to finish it off:)!

Great stuff everyone! :)

heads 36-50! spread out in part 2 n 3

07 July 2006, 07:00 PM
Wow, great work everyone!

I loved those from Vampiric, your style is awesome.. i'll try to make such thing in Painter, but i'm a begginer :) anyway, i'll take your picture as a guide :D

Oh, i did the same head that AzoiC posted here (nº 54, its like 3 or 4 pages before in this thread).. i think you did a good job translating those hard things from Durero's work to simple lines (something i'm not really able to do well). Congratulations on that..

Well, here goes my 2nd head =)

07 July 2006, 07:08 PM
part two of the post!

07 July 2006, 07:09 PM
part 3 of my post

07 July 2006, 08:14 PM
Awesome stuff here guys! :bounce:

OPB Djampa: Nice oil ;) - Nice place to paint too :D
I can´t place my oil stuff around at this moment, but you making me want it so bad... :sad:
I miss the oil´s smell... the canvas touch... :cry: but anyway that´s a great inspiration.
Thanks! :) I know what you mean ~ clearly I don't have a real studio, just my patio :D ~ and as much as I romanticize traditional painting, the truth is that it takes over your life! :) But it was definitely worth the fun, even though there is plastic sheeting covering the floor of my living room so I don't track in the paint. :D


As we are approaching the end date of the Workshop, I would really appreciate it if those of you who have not already created Personal Anatomy Threads might do so, and post your work from this Workshop there as well.

Personal Anatomy & Sketchbook Threads (

See this thread for information about creating a personal Anatomy Thread first:
FAQ: Can I Create My Own Anatomy Thread? (

This will help me immensely since I want to showcase the work from this Workshop ~ having individuals' work on a single thread will really help me to organize the final pieces.

Thank you!

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 10:14 PM
Thomasphoenix has gone crazy!! Haa, great work!

Mal, you know I like your paintings :thumbsup:

This is mine 25th!

07 July 2006, 10:46 PM
Three more thumbnails:

07 July 2006, 11:14 PM
Just up to #6, but finding the time to do what i can!

07 July 2006, 11:24 PM
Hey, this seems like a good way to improwe my skills! Which I guess its supposed to :)

Here ismy first one:
50 coming up :D

07 July 2006, 11:57 PM

Welcome to CGTalk and to the Anatomy Forum! :) I encourage you to start your own Personal Anatomy and Sketchbook Thread here:

Personal Anatomy & Sketchbook Threads (

You are welcome to post your work both to this Workshop thread and to your own Personal Anatomy Thread. :)

See this thread for information about creating a personal Anatomy Thread first:
FAQ: Can I Create My Own Anatomy Thread? (

Links to all Personal Anatomy Threads can be found here:
Anatomy Threads of Individual Users (

Finally I encourage you to subscribe to this thread to stay informed of new Tutorials / Workshops on the Anatomy Forum:

Notification of New Open Figure Drawing Workshops / + TUTORIALS - SUBSCRIBE HERE! (

Looking forward to seeing more of your work! Since this Workshop is winding down in terms of the official dates set, I would encourage you to set yourself a time limit to complete your studies of one month from today. This thread will remain open indefinitely for posting, and I think there will likely be several others continuing past the official ending point. :)



07 July 2006, 12:32 AM
Great work everyone :thumbsup:
way to go ThomasPhoenix :bounce:

head 054
8 X 11


07 July 2006, 06:39 AM
Jho, nice work! Welcome to the forum. :)

Ok, gotta move, gotta hustle!

Head #68

07 July 2006, 09:02 AM
thx folks :) . i hope to be able to integrate some looseness in my own stuff, that was always rendered out too much to this point.

07 July 2006, 12:47 PM
Great to see all of these works and really great to see so many professionals working there gluts off here. That should tell us all how important they think these studies are.

It really makes very little difference if you do 10 of 100 that will 10 or 100 that you would more than likely have not done on your own.

Here is 4 cups of coffee:

Actual Size

07 July 2006, 12:55 PM
That would be five more for me - 19 total. Keep on going everybody!

07 July 2006, 02:43 PM
My 44th and another quick biro/ballpoint sketch.

07 July 2006, 02:44 PM
next one. statues are a lot harder...well, just for me :)

07 July 2006, 02:55 PM
Hi all ! Next two #97.

07 July 2006, 03:07 PM
Hey everyone! Great job - completely share DoctorBone's sentiments about everyone working their guts out! Keep it up!

Djampa - thanks :)

Here's a revised version of Fragonard [hope it's allowed] - I did model the hair this time, after some well justified criticism...

version 1 - I got a bit carried away there trying to turn the painting into a bronze LOL forgive my silliness

and here's a regular shaded version + wire :)

07 July 2006, 03:23 PM

your 3d is awsome. You really make me feel a noob at 3d.

5 star from me :argh:

07 July 2006, 03:37 PM
Nothingness thanks very much :)

oh I'll be feeling like a noob soon myself as I have to learn 3ds max and I havent' modeled anything in it in my life :eek: scary! I'm so well aquainted with xsi that modeling in it is pretty quick and easy

07 July 2006, 03:41 PM
Intervain:great model~!!!

< head 018 >

07 July 2006, 03:44 PM
Cool modelling their Intervain with your handle on modelling you should have no trouble in changing,

07 July 2006, 03:46 PM
oh I'll be feeling like a noob soon myself as I have to learn 3ds max and I havent' modeled anything in it in my life :eek: scary! I'm so well aquainted with xsi that modeling in it is pretty quick and easy

3d max huh, if feel sorry for you already :argh:

i'm a maya user myself. Better yet a powerMac user so 3D max is no option for me. I used it once and since going to maya i don't want anything else. But it kind of depends what you need to do with it.

Zhuzhu, another nice one i see. Great line-work.


07 July 2006, 03:46 PM
intervian: your 3D models blow me away. dont worry bout the other program its just another tool it wont make you a better or worse artist.

zhuzhu: nice work as usual.

anyway i have 3 more heads to scan and post. ive been drawing them at work as i usually get no time to do any at home.

edit: well maybe it will make you a better artist..eheheh :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 03:54 PM
Here are some sketches - I couldn't scan them for the moment, I'l do it during the week-end... these are my #20 to 24.

07 July 2006, 04:00 PM
Intervain - Great bronze looking 3D, your 3D is very good :D .

About not knowing Max, well... you should try, both Max and Maya at least, since you know what you want to model all is a matter of getting around with the tools and keyboard shortcuts, remember that software are just tools for artists, what counts is your base knowledge. So I believe you will make awesome models in Max too as well Maya, polygon modeling is all the same no matter what the software is, edge loops are the same, edges are edges and points are points *lol*, some software just have different ways they behave, but minor things. What troubles is that Max isn't that easy as XSI to find and learn the tools, but the process of modeling is the same.
If I had to hire you to work in Max or Maya I wouldn't think twice, you'd have the job.
Just a matter of time with the software, you are a pro in 3D modeling, any needed time to adaptation will pay back whoever hiring you.


07 July 2006, 04:43 PM
well thanks everyone for having faith in my abilities LOL - I'm not sure I have it... at least at work I won't be starting by copying the masters but doing low poly so I think I'll be fine... still I may try and do a master copy to learn better!

07 July 2006, 04:49 PM
rebecca: As we are approaching the end date of the Workshop, I would really appreciate it if those of you who have not already created Personal Anatomy Threads might do so, and post your work from this Workshop there as well.

i`ve done that now, not sure how to include it at the bottom of the reply page but at least i have one, do you have the link as a signature or something?........
i`m guessing this thread will continue on for a while, don`t seem to be too many actually making the 50, although some are giving it a good go?


07 July 2006, 05:00 PM

To add a signature, go to the top of the page to User CP and on the left click the option "Edit Signature (". Then simply add text such as "My Anatomy Thread" or any text you wish and use the chain hyperlink icon to add the link to your thread ( You can also add a link to your website, etc., anything you like. :)

Great to see your Anatomy Thread ( up! :)

Yes, this thread will remain open indefinitely. I encourage everyone to do as many portraits in the given time frame however ~ the time limit is what keeps us all on track! :)

However, those who have come late to the thread are more than welcome to set a time limit of 1 month from the date they start their portraits, and to continue to post to this thread. As well, those who wish to complete their set of 50 ~ or even all 100 heads are more than welcome to do so on their own time. :)



07 July 2006, 05:10 PM
next one...

07 July 2006, 05:12 PM

This is a great piece, but I'd prefer to keep this thread dedicated to the Portraits work only. :) Hope you understand ~ would love however to see this on your Anatomy Thread, and I do appreciate your sharing your work. :)



07 July 2006, 06:42 PM
No Problem. i will replace it tomorrow, when i have new stuff :)

07 July 2006, 07:45 PM
Head #98

Gonna try to get at least three more done today...

07 July 2006, 10:42 PM
#'s 1-7:








07 July 2006, 10:43 PM
#'s 8-14







I seem to enjoy drawing more then I do posting. I hadn't checked this thread since the start of July and I am exicted to be a part of such a huge drawing session - you guys are inspirational!

Keep it up everyone!

07 July 2006, 02:55 AM
Woohoo! Two done so far today! :D

Wow, MattVogt, you've really been busy! That's like a mini-biography there. It's amazing to see the progress. :)

Head #30

07 July 2006, 04:30 AM
Another one

07 July 2006, 07:31 AM
Man, this is an amazing thread, and I'm SO sorry that I hadn't had time to join earlier... :C Now I have 6 days to do 50 portraits. Interesting. ;)

2 from sculptures for today. This was quite tough, for some reason. Both are quite quick, though, because I am impatient. :) Painter IX.

Any critique/suggestions/etc. more than welcome. :D

07 July 2006, 09:59 AM

07 July 2006, 01:27 PM
Head 21

07 July 2006, 05:11 PM
Hi guys :D Glad to see so many people involved! Keep it up! Although I haven`t much time recently I got myself doing some heads too! C&C are welcome! Here they are:

07 July 2006, 08:42 PM
Another one using a ballpen

The hair was really fun to do in this one: curl curl curl curl ....

scroll-lock, BNN, Helens wow impressive!

ErichSchreiner: went through your anatomy thread yesterday. learned a lot. Thanks! Great stuff!

avatar299 eheh the lil guy in the corner is funny

Helen-Baq: wonderfull as usual; I'd love to see one shaded smoothly :D

07 July 2006, 12:05 AM
Just a few quick remarks:

Erich Schreiner: i like your paintings
ThomasPhoenis: very strong expression in those faces.
Fatebringer: you seem to grow in this
Helen Baq: i like your 98 & 30 - very strong
BNN: original version
Nr 43: you must be a very patient man - the result is amazing.

07 July 2006, 05:09 AM
BNN - Love that drawing. :love:

Trying to catch up, though I know it's not gonna happen!

Heads #55, 84, & 79 (the order drawn)

07 July 2006, 06:46 AM
Great job everybody!

Avatar299: Good job on your last post. I see where you are coming from and I have a tip if I may. You need to not draw of the symbols in your head. Talk through your drawing and draw what you really see in the origional. The eye does not neccesarily have a line all the way around it. Think about how best to represent the top eyelid, the pupil/iris, the tearduct, and the bottom eyelid.
Everyone in this forum (unless they were a child prodigy) had to get rid of the same symbols in their head to be able to really draw an eye and then a face etc. Did that make sense? There are definitely books that say it alot better. pm me if you have any questions.

Keep posting, keep learning!

07 July 2006, 08:06 AM
Ha batte812 a fellow Belgian, thanks man glad you like it. There are issues but then again it was a study :)
Good to see you posting here. Your B&W, I like 'em.

I'd really love to see you starting your own anatomy thread (this thread moves very fast, which makes it harder to follow up)

You can find all info on how to do this here (

Keep posting

07 July 2006, 09:55 AM
Hey again everyone... been a bit slack posting and will try to remedy that :)

So much great work appearing... on the homerun as far as the heads go.. and tried to
set up a personal anatomy thread earlier today... not figured it out :eek: said I had too many images.... any tips happily received...

just a few of the latest ones :)
#82 Charcoal and pastel on paper
#55 pencil on paper
#54 pen on paper

Cheers all for now... :) a.

07 July 2006, 11:38 AM
Thanks alot Rebeccak and Helen-Baq! I made a sketchbook ( as Rebeccak adviced, thank you for that advice btw :)

And Helen-Baq, your Anatomy thread was really good, I was too shy to post anything, but I will, I will :)

AND I made some new heads, hope this practise helps, I feel kind of stuck with my drawing, it seems I havent evolved since school, but I guess even I can learn...

07 July 2006, 01:04 PM
head 101, Raffaello, Angelo Doni

07 July 2006, 01:44 PM
Great work everyone! :bounce:

Jho, great to see your Anatomy Thread up! :)

Well, I must be on a Traditional kick, because I did the first Traditional drawing I've done in a while, this was fun, charcoal on newsprint: :)


For those of you who have not already created a Personal Anatomy Thread, please do so and post all of your work for this Workshop to that thread (you are encouraged to post work both here and to your own Personal Anatomy Thread), as it will really make it a lot easier for me to compile work for SPOTLIGHTing at the end of this Workshop! Thank you! :)

(See details on creating a Personal Anatomy Thread here: FAQ: Can I Create My Own Anatomy Thread? (

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 02:43 PM
Hi all :)

I've finally done it (I think) that is posted a personal anatomy thread... hope it works and if you want to visit :) please do :bounce:

I haven't figured out how to paste a link to my thread here (doh!!!) sorry :D
but it's called

Anatomy Thread of Frejasphere

anyways... really time to go to bed :)

cheers all :) a.

07 July 2006, 05:49 PM

True that - shortly, I will make my own thread. This one was a nice Sunday morning chiller.

07 July 2006, 08:55 PM
My 5th head:

07 July 2006, 08:58 PM
Another Head. I think it's one of the best I have done.

07 July 2006, 11:02 PM
Jho - Thanks for looking in my thread! I love the new pics you posted. :)

Ok, two more. Heads #2 & 80:

07 July 2006, 11:30 PM
A bit late.. My first head :arteest:

07 July 2006, 11:49 PM

Keep going! :)


Welcome aboard! Great stuff here. :) You are welcome to continue posting to this thread (and simultaneously to your own Personal Anatomy Thread ( past the official end date for this Workshop. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!



07 July 2006, 01:20 AM
Hi all :)

Great work adrixwha like the volume and the softness in shading
2 more nice heads Helen-baq :)
avatar299, that's a good line drawing with a good expression captured :) good to see

here's a few more heads... #90 pencil on paper..

#71 pencil on paper

these were quick sketches approx 15-2 min each... got a few more to do and enjoying it

cheers all :) a.

and now that I have the link sorted please pop in to my anatomy thread if you like ;)

07 July 2006, 03:49 AM
an amazing thead with amazing work :thumbsup:

an update


07 July 2006, 04:27 AM
I've started my own personal thread

But I'm sorry as of a mistake while creating the thread(during cgsociety backup time), I've accidentally created an extra thread by the same name. I haven't posted any images there. So if possible could you please delete that thread.Link to that extra thread is


07 July 2006, 04:30 AM

Great to see your thread up! :) No worries, I've removed your extra thread ~ I've done that plenty of times myself by accident, lol. :D

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 06:36 AM
Photoshop 2 hours
065 (
DYCK, Sir Anthony Van
Studies of a Man's Head
Oil on panel, 53 x 98 cm
Rockox House, Antwerp

Photoshop 1 hour

045 (
CRAYER, Gaspard de
Head Study of a Young Moor
Oil on canvas, 39,5 x 32,7 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent

Inks 1 1/2 hours

063 (

DÜRER, Albrecht
Willibald Pirckheimer
Engraving, 181 x 115 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Pencils 4 hours

078 (
CELLINI, Benvenuto
Bust of Cosimo I

Markers 2 hours

073 (

BARRE, Jean-August
Bust of Mrs. Bouchet
Marble, height 74 cm
Private collection

Charcoal 2 hours
030 (
Madonna Palafrenieri (detail)
Oil on canvas, width of detail: 47 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome

Pencils 2 hours

069 (

FRIEDRICH, Caspar David
Black chalk, 228 x 182 mm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

07 July 2006, 08:11 AM
Great stuff everyone!

Heads 81 & 86

07 July 2006, 09:14 AM
Just a quicky 20 minutes - you guys are doing a great job.

Painter IX chalk.

I am testing out different painter mediums.

07 July 2006, 11:08 AM
ah finally - my connection is so slooow lately that I cannot answer any thread before waiting for 2 hours for all the images to load, honestly!

so I'll do it here since I've finally gotten the chance ;)

Jho - I love your additions to those images [the comical ones]:thumbsup:

Rebeccak - awesome again - like that's something new LOL

RobertoOrtiz - really love your Crayer study, not to mention the Durer - looks like wood carving :eek: Excellente!

Helen-Baq - your #2 is fantastic :bounce:

architectus - if your testing is always looking like that, bring it on:bounce: it's awesome!

everyone - sweet stuff!! I had a birthday break but I think I'll start one more 3d today - still a few more days to go heh? :twisted:


07 July 2006, 11:45 AM
Next head #46 about 10 min in Photoshop. Sorry i have not time to paint heads evry days.:shrug:

07 July 2006, 02:33 PM
hey RobertoOrtis,

i'm defenetly a sucker for that number 64 (the first one colored)
But the others rock as well. So much diversaty

great work everyone

07 July 2006, 02:47 PM
Did #002 again.. on paper with pencil this time.. had some time in between classes.. and #048 is another horrible and lazy attempt at hatching.. haha :scream:

07 July 2006, 04:37 PM
Ok, the workshop is ending soon, so here's one I've done today in case I won't be able to do more. But I hope I will.

Everyone here is doing a great job, keep it up!!

07 July 2006, 05:04 PM
wow Razz that is amazing piece of work.

07 July 2006, 10:33 PM
yeah raz good piece

07 July 2006, 11:08 PM
I totally agree.. Great work by everyone here..
I specially liked the ones from Helen-baq and Razz. The ones ffrom Roberto Ortiz were pretty nice too, i wish i had sucha good pencil technique :)

Well, i haven't been able to paint too much cause i got stuck on this one.. it was my first time trying to actually paint digitally (like if i was painting traditionally..) and it was painful but i guess i got something out =D

Here it goes, my 3rd head (yes, i'm very late..)- In case you didn't recognize it, it's head nº16. (i used a little noise filter just for the flavor :P.. didn't put too much effort on the background, for i tried to do my best on the head)

Special Thanks to Architectus for his very useful Nymph video!!

07 July 2006, 12:00 AM
Another quicky, testing out the wet acrylics, they seem pretty nice. I was working very fast so lots of mistakes.

thanks for the compliments.

07 July 2006, 06:37 AM
RAZZ!! :bowdown::applause::bowdown::bowdown::buttrock:

sweet dude! beautiful colours

heres a couple from me. reeel speedy ones today soz

07 July 2006, 06:59 AM
Morning everyone!

I've been so much in painting and drawing heads and watching the great work in this thread, that I totally forgot to upload some of my heads here:scream: ...

so I catch up on this with a bunch of my heads...

and more...

Have all a nice day!:wavey:


07 July 2006, 08:21 AM
daWinky - wow! that's just marvellous! I especially love #10, perfect!:bounce:

Razz - kudos :eek: