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07 July 2006, 08:26 AM
Da winky. WOW, 46 and 19 look like they were rendered in max with GI. Umm....WOW. im scared.

07 July 2006, 12:07 PM
Hi all next 15 min sketch

07 July 2006, 12:40 PM
Hi everyone, :)

Tomorrow is the last day for the official Workshop! If you have not already collected your works and posted them to a Personal Anatomy Thread (, please do so, as this will help me tremendously in terms of collecting work for showcasing.

Tremendous efforts here by everyone! Please note that this Workshop will remain open indefinitely for posting. Some of you may even wish to attempt all 100 heads. Please feel free to do so!

Remember that you are encouraged to post your work here as well as to your own Personal Anatomy / Sketchbook Thread simultaneously.

Thank you to all the participants here! :thumbsup:

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 04:21 PM
thought I'd have a go at one more 2d head for a change :) well... I won't manage a 3d one before tomorrow I think...
#36... really quick one [which shows but I really lack patience] according to what razz said - tried not to use black at all - ain't that easy :scream:

07 July 2006, 05:02 PM
Here is my Head Study #087...

07 July 2006, 06:18 PM
So here they are my last 6, all 50 present and correct. WOW glad that is over.

Gone for a traditional oil study look with these, keeping them loose and quite impasto. This has been a great thread with a fantastic array of talent. I would like to thank everyone for their comments and support......see you in OFDW.:eek: :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 07:54 PM
ok, all 50 done, glad its over. I wanted to ask how many images i should attach per post, and what should the size/dimensions of the image be. alright, thanks

07 July 2006, 11:11 PM
a few more


07 July 2006, 11:41 PM
Mal-1 again fantabulous work!! I love the last one :bounce: so vibrant!

here's my go at #65 2d again

07 July 2006, 11:48 PM
Thanks Magdalena, this last one of yours has some really nice things working for it. Some really nice texture in there..good work.

07 July 2006, 01:06 AM (
Portrait of a Young Woman
Tempera on wood, 82 x 54 cm
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt
089 (
ANTONELLO da Messina
Portrait of a Man
Oil on panel, 28 x 21 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

07 July 2006, 02:05 AM

067 (
FINELLI, Giuliano
Bust of Scipione Borghese
Marble, height 98,5 cm (with socle)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

07 July 2006, 03:24 AM
just 07/50 heads, but i'm so glad i found this thread and struggled out the few i did. Congrats to everyone on the hard work and progress. it's all about mileage, isn't it?

after Caravaggio again.... i'm going to compile all 4 heads i've done from this painting into one final piece later this week - just for the fun of it!

cheers to all

07 July 2006, 03:42 AM
one more for the night


07 July 2006, 05:57 AM
And the workshop really ends today:scream: quickly posting more heads

and more...


07 July 2006, 07:47 AM
My God ~ we had 183 Participants here! :eek:

Here is the list that I have so far of all those who posted at least one image here and / or to their Personal Anatomy Thread. Please let me know if I have accidentally missed someone! :)

Workshop Participants:

We had people representing every letter of the alphabet :eek: (well, except "U" :D)!

Thank you all for participating! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

01. 2dartist
02. aco2099
03. adrixwha
04. afgal
05. Agostinuke
06. agou
07. A-I-R
08. air_ick
09. ajjeffers
10. aLoneCuzzo
11. Andre Hanegraaf
12. AndreKling
13. Andyonahill
14. Anien
15. Anthriel
16. architectus
17. Arctis
18. argonaut
19. Armians
20. artbycrunk
21. avatar299
22. Ayathe
23. AzoiC
24. batte812
25. blackwatchplaid
26. BNN
27. Booyaka
28. Bourbaki
29. brianl
30. carlsden
31. Cavematty
32. Cernew
33. claybub
34. Cleroth
35. coCoKNIght
36. cok3
37. comfang
38. commodore
39. crazy3dman
40. Cujo03
41. Cyanid
42. davezak
43. daWinky
44. DDS
45. demented
46. depleteD
47. DiM
48. Djampa
49. DoctorBone
50. Dynasty
51. ecsdesign
52. eek
53. eilidh
54. ekah
55. Ellie
56. Elliepower
57. Erich Schreiner
58. Erilaz
59. evilpitch
60. FateBringer
61. Fes
62. Fl3wk
63. Flydesign
64. fooxoo
65. Frejasphere
66. Georg Schneider
67. gilgamesh828
68. goldi76
69. Gord-MacDonald
70. gorgnut
71. GriNGoLoCo
72. GunPilot17
73. Guy In Rubber Suit
74. ha-dou-ken
75. heartbeat
76. Helen-Baq
77. Helens
78. hpslashluvr
79. i12bsuperman
80. Icey
81. Innersin
----deleted, double post----
83. Intervain
84. Ishtar
85. Iysun
86. jabzz
87. Jafran17
88. Jho
89. johnepic
90. JoseHerb
91. JoshT
92. JoshuaJenkins
93. Kalaadrius
94. kamal_anjelo
95. kary
96. kasperOne
97. kaylon
98. kefka
99. Krispee
100. krpolak
101. Kunal
102. kuru
103. kynu
104. lildragon
105. Llynna
106. lostcat
107. LoTekK
108. machu
109. Magnemar
110. Mal-1
111. Maladie
112. mali22
113. MattVogt
114. maya-3d
115. mazalo
116. mdee
117. Mercuralis
118. Micro26
119. Miezis
120. Mike Porter
121. MoonLight2222
122. Mr.Mu
123. MrTrichomes
124. MuratS
125. mybutterflyiris
126. Nothingness
127. NR43
128. Oberon
129. ohjay
130. Omi-kun
131. Opeth
132. patboy
133. petertan
134. petey
135. pierceda
136. PixelPlay
137. pixelwolf
138. plaf
139. pondproductions
140. Prisca712
141. Puppeli
142. pushav
143. quickreaver
144. raintears
145. RaymondSalter
146. razz
147. Rebeccak
148. redehlert
149. Reincarnigotic
150. retse
151. robbackman
152. Roberto Ortiz
153. Runecaster
154. scroll-lock
155. shraga
156. shyamshriram
157. Sirron
158. smudli
159. Somnilocus
160. SpetsK
161. Spirit Dreamer
162. sturmkim
163. SulaMoon
164. sweetintoxication
165. tecsun
166. the_glog
167. theabyss
168. Thomasphoenix
169. Tonik
170. toontje
171. Trunks
172. vitor
173. Vitreous
174. wezroblett
175. womanonfire
176. woods_word
177. Xiannc
178. xtremepenguin
179. YMS
180. Zapan
181. Zephyri
182. Zhuzhu
183. zinchenko


The final push is today! :bounce:

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 07:51 AM
I knew those capital letters in my thread will cause trouble LOL - it's 182 - i'm there twice :) [which is an honour!]

07 July 2006, 07:52 AM
My congrats go out to those of you who really cranked out the head studies for this thread. I wish I'd had time to do more. I'm going to try to keep going on it as time permits.

07 July 2006, 08:02 AM
My huge thanks to everyone who participated here! This thread has been a tremendous experience, and I have greatly enjoyed seeing all of the new people who have come on board as well as the Anatomy Forum veterans who help to make this forum great! :)

It's also been a pleasure to see the awesome mix of 2D and 3D Traditional and Digital Art. Everyone here has been inspiring and inspired, and for that I really thank you all! :thumbsup:

Please note that everyone has until midnight tonight (GMT -5) to post their pieces to make the official cutoff date for this Workshop.

All are welcome to continue to post to this thread indefinitely; however, only work which has been posted by midnight tonight (GMT -5) will be included in the official wrap up thread which will include some work from ALL posters.

Additionally there will be a SPOTLIGHT thread highlighting the BEST work from this Workshop but I cannot guarantee that it will be up before August 4th, due to the fact that I will be attending SIGGRAPH and it will take a great deal of time to collect the best work from this thread. I will post a notification here of when the SPOTLIGHT thread has been posted!

Massive thanks to everyone who spent their time on this Workshop and who worked very hard and inspired us all! An extra big thanks to those who took time to comment on others' work and to lend this Workshop a highly convivial atmosphere. :thumbsup:

For those of you who wish to be notified of new Tutorials and Workshops on the Anatomy Forum, please subscribe here:

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

I look forward to seeing all of you in future Workshops! :bounce:

Remember that you have until midnight GMT -5 tonight to post your work here for the official cutoff time!

Cheers! :)


07 July 2006, 08:07 AM
Congratulations every one for the great work here, sorry I didnt have time to paint more heads......:(

But you guys are simply great...:)

07 July 2006, 08:19 AM
Way to go to Rebeccak for organizing this - anatomy threads are just pure goldmine!!! :bounce:

Congrats to all for filling in 68 pages in only a month :eek::twisted:

07 July 2006, 09:45 AM
this might be my last official head drawing, if i'm on time.

I think I've completed 15 or so :shrug: but I'll finish more and post it at personal the anatomy forum.
dawinky--your last post is reallly eye catching
:applause:congrats to everyone... especially those who completed all 50

07 July 2006, 09:55 AM
woah kunal that's really nice and clean!

07 July 2006, 10:22 AM
Wheeeeee ! :scream:

Well , that was awesome !!! Everybody has made a splendid work in both 3d and 2d which is totally great !! :applause:
My only regret is to not have been as much involved that I wanted to be :sad: ( only 3 heads , I suck ...:argh: ) , but it was really pleasant to see everybody's progress and excitement on this !!

Big congrats everyone , and massive hugs to Rebecca for this great event ! :bounce:

cheers ,


07 July 2006, 01:20 PM
K this will be my last 2 heads that i'll post here.. any others wont make the deadline and will go straight to my anatomy thread.. niwaes its been a blast and have learnt a lot from you guys.. your works inspire always.. thanks.. and thanks RebeccaK for taking time to organise such threads.. see you in the next challenge.. :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 02:31 PM
found time to pull out another.

congrats and much applause to everyone who managed the fifty, great stuff:applause:

I'll post up a tutorial on for this one (when i work out how)

07 July 2006, 03:18 PM

This has been a lot of fun drawing these heads.

Congratulations to everyone who managed to complete all 50 heads!

Probably last heads from me:

07 July 2006, 05:10 PM
more last minute uploads:blush: ...

and my very last one:)

This workshop was a fantastic idea, great fun and I think I've learned a lot...big thanks to Rebecca for organizing and thanks to all participants for showing their amazing work!


07 July 2006, 05:28 PM
ha! done, just been figuring out how o put these online, trying to fix them up the last few days. Good stuff, everyones stuff, amazing, too many individuals to mention right now, so, ill give this a shot with #1-5.
sorrry, when i had my pics scanned, they came back with some of the drawing cropped off, so some of the titles/ artists of the original came out chopped off

07 July 2006, 05:31 PM
yea, if anyone knows how to post like everyone else (post their images in non thumbtack form?) let me know, because i really don' feel like posting 50 images 3 at a time, and i don't think you guys want 15 posts from me either....

07 July 2006, 05:47 PM
ok, 4-6. if anyone knows a better way to do this, please let me know!

07 July 2006, 05:52 PM
argghh! ive maxed out on attatchments for the way ive been posting it. suggestions?!?!

07 July 2006, 06:04 PM
yea, if anyone knows how to post like everyone else (post their images in non thumbtack form?) let me know, because i really don' feel like posting 50 images 3 at a time, and i don't think you guys want 15 posts from me either....

write the link to the image between and

you are adding the images as attachment insteat inserting an image.


07 July 2006, 06:31 PM
ok, so, let see if this works

07 July 2006, 06:35 PM
Well done, everyone - a really impressive thread and workshop. :thumbsup:

Posted 1-19 somewhere back there in these many pages :)

Next 10:

07 July 2006, 06:39 PM
My last lot to meet the deadline.

I've added up between 39 and 41 so something's not quite right ... :)

Next 12:

07 July 2006, 06:55 PM
alrii, #'s 11-20

07 July 2006, 07:08 PM
here goes 21-30

07 July 2006, 07:17 PM
#21 and #88 - I hoped to do more these days, I thought I'd end this workshop with at least 30 heads - now I hope I will do more later :)...
Awesome work everybody!

07 July 2006, 07:19 PM
31-40 for ya; enjoy

07 July 2006, 07:32 PM
ha!, wow, glad i got these done a few days in advance, i didn't have any idea how annoying the posting process would be, worse consdiering explorer crashed evertime i went to photobucket. anyway, i can't even express my gratitude becca, thanks a million for your posting tutorial, without it i don't think i would have been able to igure it out for another week.

alrii, enough talk, heres 41-50.

again, great work everyone, your stuff has been a constant source of inspiration throughout this project, without it i doubt i would have gotten anymore than 5 done. thanks for this opportunity becca, hope to see more of these in the future.


07 July 2006, 08:04 PM
last one probably,maybe LOL
it's been fun, great work every one!


07 July 2006, 08:16 PM
last head from me :cry:

but ah well, soon up to the next workshop?

07 July 2006, 08:39 PM
Only five from me... The last one's not even finished...
But you can add me to the list :) - That's 183 people!!!

07 July 2006, 10:43 PM
ok, only 4 by me.. and this is not a good one, but besides that, this has been a great and very useful thread to a begginer like me :) great displays of talent and persistency by everyone here. I'm glad i reached this great site :)
Thanks for the thread, the ideas and everything!

Just a quicky, head nº5, last minute submission :shrug:

07 July 2006, 11:25 PM
but postin' half finished stuff anyway...

Amazing work everyone.

chapeau à :
zhuzhu - cool technique, simple and effective
Andyonahill - wild, love it
daWinky - schmoove! like tightened clouds (at least some of them)
docbone - beautiful colors and stroke layering
mal-1 - i like the loose ones most

and of course Rebeccak - great thread - and i love your lineslineslines-shaping

and to all that participated - lots of inspiration in many ways. Thank you all!

07 July 2006, 11:32 PM

'should have done more. It was a good learning experience! Hopefully nexttime...

Cheers and Chairs!


07 July 2006, 01:58 AM
034 I spent more time plotting the points for the sketch knowing this is my last one. The painting part I did quickly about 20 minutes or less.

Painter wet oil brush.

07 July 2006, 03:48 AM
Here are my last heads. Was hoping to get more done these past couple of weeks, but here they are:




07 July 2006, 03:53 AM
That's the cutoff for the Official Workshop folks!

Thanks once again to all 183 participants! :applause: :applause: :applause:


Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 03:58 AM
These won't make the best of cut anyway. Real quick sketches done in the same day at work. Great job everybody!!!:bounce:

07 July 2006, 04:02 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

WOw !!
Thanks everybody for all the C&C, thanks for inspiring me so much and congratulations on the gorgeous work !
I thought I would never be able to get into this, specially at a delicate moment with my 3D short, but I had the fortune to post some heads, receive and do some C&C, I felt home around. learnt a lot, and thank you once more to all of you, to look at every one's work taught me a lot too, and I wish to be with you guys for the next series when they happen.

I will try hard to post my last heads to finish the 50, got my clay done for modeling and even did a ´base model´ in clay to make it faster.
It's been really crazy here, I'm doing so much animation these days that I can't stay awake a minute more when in home. But I kept an eye sometimes during the day to look at your heads ;) :applause:

I promised to comment everyone and I will, well... 183 will take some time *lol* but I will, all deserve comments, at least some wows and :bounce: :D

Will go sleep now, best wishes to all of you, thanks, thank you and congratulations once more Rebecca ! have a nice Siggraph :D maybe next year I'll be there too. I'm missing USA badly now.

07 July 2006, 08:18 AM
Hi all :)

Just want to say thanks for awesome project: great work Rebeccak :) :applause:
Been fantastic and so great to come across this great forum, and for sure am here to stay :D
Can't wait for next challenge... like a kid in the back of the car: Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

great work in the personal threads I've viewed over the few weeks I've been here, so looking forward to seeing more and enjoying the postitive encouraging humourous and constructive vibes around :)

cheers all and happy drawing, painting, creating :)

07 July 2006, 01:04 PM
Ok, it was said that we're allowed to post heads after the finishing of this workshop. So, this one didn't make it in time:

07 July 2006, 09:34 PM
Decided to continue working on another head...I'll try to keep drawing the heads as much as I can and as time allows me to ... This thread just gives me an excuse to paint more... :)

Head #071

07 July 2006, 01:32 AM
I never make deadlines dammit.

07 July 2006, 05:24 AM

#60 St Jerome. Done in pencil.

07 July 2006, 01:52 PM
A few new heads, I really got to try and keep up, time is running out :)

08 August 2006, 10:13 PM
One more No 48 cheers .


08 August 2006, 02:39 AM
Second one! :arteest:

08 August 2006, 01:01 PM
When will this workshop finish? I would love to finish what I started, but fear that it will end before I finish.

I was on holiday and before that I was in a dry period, or the world was in a dry period.

08 August 2006, 01:07 PM
It's great to see that fantastic work continues to be posted to this thread! :)

When will this workshop finish? I would love to finish what I started, but fear that it will end before I finish.
Fl3wk, the Official Workshop has ended, but anyone is free to post here so long as they wish. :) I recommend for those completely new to this thread to give themselves a 1 month limit from the time that they start. Others here may wish to do all 100 heads, with or without a time limit. I recommend a time limit as it gives you the motivation to push out a lot of work at once.



08 August 2006, 01:13 PM
Seen as it finished, when is the next workshop?

08 August 2006, 10:17 PM
I recommend a time limit as it gives you the motivation to push out a lot of work at once.

you can say that again :) I'm still pulling myself together :thumbsup:

08 August 2006, 01:52 AM
my second ever full painting crit on where i went wromg would be great

08 August 2006, 05:36 AM
Hell here are some updates




Ok here are Two more, one Pencil, one charcoal!

08 August 2006, 11:36 AM
RobertoOrtiz you're a master :bows:

hellsgfx I'd like to invite you to start your own anatomy thread, makes it easier to follow your progress :) Rebeccak has put a link in this thread here somewhere on how to do this.

About your head study: you did a great job creating depth. Due to the head being positioned under an angle, you changed the angle for the face features a bit. you can prevent this by drawing a cross first (centre of head and eyebrow line)

Hope this helps

08 August 2006, 04:15 PM
cheers nr43

08 August 2006, 06:48 AM
This is my first head for this lessons series

08 August 2006, 06:53 AM

08 August 2006, 06:57 AM

08 August 2006, 02:31 PM

08 August 2006, 06:22 AM
I can almost see the promised land...

sketch 47


08 August 2006, 12:18 PM

08 August 2006, 04:20 PM
After trying twice, I finally understood that it was my destiny to fail in it.

08 August 2006, 07:28 PM

Failure is never destiny. ;) It's par for the course ~ we all fail when we're trying to learn. It's a matter of practicing a LOT and doing a lot of drawings. Keep practicing, and you will naturally get better. :)



08 August 2006, 04:53 AM
Ok 3 more,
Two pencils

08 August 2006, 05:25 AM
After trying twice, I finally understood that it was my destiny to fail in it.

A wise man once said:

No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.


08 August 2006, 07:47 AM
A wise man once said:

No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.


and then he said:

Roberto, there is another... O... O...riz ARGH!


08 August 2006, 08:32 AM

08 August 2006, 10:38 AM


08 August 2006, 04:34 AM
Head # 50!

08 August 2006, 08:28 AM
Congratulations RobertoOrtiz!
And may I say, an awesome piece to end the set :D

A few new ones:

08 August 2006, 11:03 AM
Head 009

Head 026

08 August 2006, 12:06 PM
Congratulations RobertoOrtiz!
And may I say, an awesome piece to end the set :D

A few new ones:
Good job! I like your new drawings jho. I like the compositions too.

08 August 2006, 02:58 PM
You are welcome man!
You are doing well also in your sketches, and I do like your pencil style.

Good luck in your quest.


Good job! I like your new drawings jho. I like the compositions too.

08 August 2006, 05:13 PM
RobertoOrtiz 50 huh wow congratz! :)

Here's my 22nd (I think):

head 87

pencil on A4

08 August 2006, 09:28 PM
I forgot to post my number 6 it is the same head as the above :)


08 August 2006, 06:13 AM
That's why this thread is so great :D
It's wonderful to see different interpretations of the same references

09 September 2006, 01:29 PM
this is my 16th head

and my 17th

09 September 2006, 11:25 PM

Hello everyone! I am planning to launch Anatomy Lesson Series - Body Part 2: The Torso sometime mid - late September, following the conclusion of OFDW 019. I hope to see everyone here and more participate! I look forward to seeing some excellent 2D and 3D work. :)

Please subscribe to the thread below to be notified of the new Workshops' launch:

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



09 September 2006, 09:02 AM
Hi all!

After big break i paint next speed head 8-))
Rebecca! I like your idea about torso!!!

09 September 2006, 12:17 PM
great to see this thread continuing!
NR43 ( - the last one's awesome :thumbsup:

Rebbecak - you make me salivate at the very thought of the next workshop - I sooooo wish my computer was here with me now :( Well Maybe I'll be able to make something... Can't wait.

keep going everyone:bounce:

09 September 2006, 12:48 PM
Rebecca> that announcement is a good news - I'm eager to do this new challenge. This one taught me a lot and I quickly improved. Can't wait too!

That's great to see this thread growing and that some courageous people to do their 50 heads.

09 September 2006, 09:11 PM
I regret not putting more work into this workshop. It was great, and I'm looking forward to the second one. Much thanks Rebecca.


09 September 2006, 01:10 PM
This is my 18th head

09 September 2006, 01:13 PM

Hi rebecca and artist friends ,

I saw tha im maybe a little late , to join this exercice , cause there's a new one coming ,
this is my copy of a velasquez , one of my favorit paintings ,
anny comment is welcome ,
i want to thank you rebecca , for your online guidance , this is what ive been needing for many years , there's so much to learn , and i began with it so late , well better late then never , i dont know if that counts for somebody who's hundred , like me hehehe
okay ciao eveyone ,

09 September 2006, 06:07 PM
It's great to see this thread still going with some great work. :)


Welcome to the Anatomy Forum! :) Your work is lovely - and please feel free to post to this thread as you like. I'm happy to have people here of all ages - I don't think it's ever too late to learn - if I did, I'd be in trouble. ;)

I look forward to seeing more of your work!



09 September 2006, 04:29 PM

HI rebecca , made two more copy's , ps i'm 22 not hundred :)
the first one is after frans hals ,
failed completely for me , cause it doesn't realy resemble don't know what i did wrong , maybi the charcoal that i used , was too , big , verry difficult for the eyes ...

this one is a copy of a painting from rubens ,
i like this one better altough i did it before the failed one ,

anny comment is welcome,
i will do many more drawings ,
my aim is to draw people with likeness , can you give some tips for that , ive been also , drawing skulls , gonna chek my perspective soon , and learning anatomy of the face .. dunno of i'm doing this the right way


09 September 2006, 07:55 PM
Hey guys! I recently found this thread and have been trying to catch up on it--102 pages isn't very fast reading. Great work everyone! Rebecca, I am not sure if it is my place to comment, but I feel like (at least in many of your early pieces), the smudge tool has been used everywhere... Perhaps that is your particular style but I feel like excessive smudging makes any painting loose some of it's character and a lot of unspecific enjoyable qualities.

Gettreg, I love your works. I love how your strokes are sloppy and neat simultaneously (pretend that made sense) and your perfect sense of value.

I'm excited about the next workshop as well, especially since I cannot paint torsos and pretty much just do heads. I regret not having joined this workshop earlier--it would have (and probably will) aid me tremendously.

This is my first (unfortunately, quite possible last) head. Cristofano Allori--Judith with the head of Holofernes. 3 hours (1.5 hours painting, 1.5 hours constant minor tweaking), photoshop. I still don't think I got it quite right though. Focuse was on the face so I'm sorry everything else is so crappy.

09 September 2006, 08:03 PM
So THIS is where everybody took off to this summer.:scream: I was wondering. I feel so left out.:sad:

Oh well, I am over it now!:rolleyes:

09 September 2006, 12:33 PM
Failed miserably the last time, giving this a new try:

09 September 2006, 05:00 AM
I noticed people are still posting here, so I will as well. Amazing works from everybody. Too bad I missed all the excitement, but I need the practice anyway, so here's a head ;):

09 September 2006, 07:26 PM
o y didnt u join earlier thats a damn good painting

09 September 2006, 10:31 PM
Head 81. ^^,

09 September 2006, 02:03 AM
Mychael, that painting is dope! Really great 3D feel.

09 September 2006, 07:30 PM
Managed to get one done last night

09 September 2006, 07:50 PM
Hi all

For everyone who is tired of heads (for now)... the 2nd lesson challenge - torso - is currently running here (

Ofcourse we want more heads in this thread as well (freaks like me can never get enough of those :D)

09 September 2006, 08:58 PM
A few more:

And, btw:

09 September 2006, 05:19 PM

hello there everyone , if you don't see these forums a couple of days , muchos things has happened,
here's a portrait copy of mine after michelangelo ::::cleopatra
gonna have to make a lot more after this

jo michael , youve rendered that head ( dunno if thats a good terrm ( to render ?)) verry nice ,
what program do you use , what is the best program , to draw - paint , cause i am confused , photoshop ( but isn't is for photo's ) painter , paintshop pro ?????

urbancunoich thats some nice work , verry subtle tone , and color , but i don't know the original , so can you show oit to me some time , hope to see more from you , and for the rest , nice work guys , keep spirit up , hope to see more of you , chooopppp


09 September 2006, 05:51 PM
Hey everybody,

I wasn't going to post here without a picture to offer, but thought I'd pop in anyway for a quick reply.

@ hellsgfx, ha-dou-ken, and Jho: Thanks for the kind words and encouragement! It means a lot coming from such talented artists as yourselves. And, BTW, thanks for not mentioning the crappy job I did on the marble block under the head :D (haha). Keep up the great work, guys.....

@ gerttreg: Thanks for the compliment- very nice work yourself. I am actually new to digital painting and have also struggled with the same question. The painting I posted here was done in Photoshop CS2- it's not just for photos :). I have used both Painter and PaintShop Pro. I think they are excellent programs (I especially love Painter). However, I am currently teaching myself to use Photoshop because it appears to be more versitile and because it seems to be somewhat of an 'industry standard' among digital artists from many different disciplines. I hate to recomend Photoshop just because 'everybody else uses it,' but I think that it's a good idea to at least be familiar with it for that reason. That being said, though, there are many many fine artists here who use only Painter, and many who use Painter and Photoshop together. I think most people here would say that it comes down to personal preference and what tools you feel will best get the job done. Hope this helps???

09 September 2006, 06:56 AM
Mychael ( that's one sweet rendering of that sculpture :) Keep it going - I'd love to see more from you :)

10 October 2006, 01:25 PM
maybe i'm missing something, but in the original post there are 100 thumbnails, but theres only descriptions of the first 50...what happened to the details for the rest?

i know i'm a bit late to do this officially but i'd still like to do some in my free time - and no i cant download the RAR file that was linked near the beginning, my work firewall blocks it for some reason :(

10 October 2006, 01:34 PM

Hi there, the image descriptions are in post #1, you can simply use the search feature of WGA to find the images that you wish to use - sorry as I know it's a bit confusing. :) It's very simple though, you simply find the thumbnail you like and find it's associated description, then search the WGA database using the artist's name (author) and title of the work. Hope this helps! :)



10 October 2006, 03:23 PM
thanks for the reply, but as i said - theres 100 image thumbnails, but only descriptions for ther first 50.

e.g. the pic 001 is " ADAM, Lambert-Sigisbert, Head of 'Water' ", #050 is " DONATELLO
Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata", but i cant find anything for #051 - 100... which is a shame as the thumbnails look theres some inspiring pieces in there!

10 October 2006, 04:13 PM
thanks for the reply, but as i said - theres 100 image thumbnails, but only descriptions for ther first 50.

e.g. the pic 001 is " ADAM, Lambert-Sigisbert, Head of 'Water' ", #050 is " DONATELLO
Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata", but i cant find anything for #051 - 100... which is a shame as the thumbnails look theres some inspiring pieces in there!
Argh, I'm so sorry - I didn't read your post closely enough and didn't realize the problem until literally just now - I've added in the other 50 Portrait Descriptions in post #2 ( - my sincere apologies! :eek:

10 October 2006, 02:41 AM
Head 01
# 002 - ALGARDI, Alessandro
Bust of Monsignor Antonio Cerri

Head 02
# 006 - BELLINI, Giovanni
Head of the Baptist

10 October 2006, 10:31 PM
Great work here guys. It's amazing to see the progress people of all levels are making.
Looking at Zhuzu's Open Canvas actions inspired me to have another go at this.

There are still a few things I could tidy up but I'm not too unhappy with it. I've done a few more but other than the ones I posted when this first kicked off they're really only at a quick sketch stage.

I'm gonna try to get some more done as this is great practice.

11 November 2006, 04:56 PM
Speed work after work!

11 November 2006, 05:31 PM
hi guys! i just bought my tablet and i want to start practicing. im trying to learn the mass/block style from your tuts. i dont have any formal training so i would like to get as many tips as i can.
here is my first beheading. altho it is rather late and i dont think ill be able to do all 50 heads
i will try to catch up but ill start with this excercise

11 November 2006, 07:18 PM

something is wrong. i cant see it . bah i'll move on

11 November 2006, 07:24 PM
nice one here,

i think the silouetted side (right one) looks strange.
especially round the top of the nose.


01 January 2007, 01:29 AM
Can I still post this here?

I've been away/busy for a few months now and am trying to catch up and get back to anatomy studies. I'll try and do a few more heads though I can stick them in my own anatomy thread if you don't want me pulling this thread up anymore.

01 January 2007, 01:38 AM

You're free to post both here and to your own Anatomy Thread. Welcome back btw! :)

01 January 2007, 08:27 PM
#61 (

done completely in photoshop with a mouse :( around an hours work, not finished though

02 February 2007, 08:09 PM

I'd much rather see you do traditional work instead of risking carpal tunnel syndrome by working with a mouse. :) If you can, see if you can get a small 4 x 6 Wacom tablet - if not though, do you have a scanner? Doing traditional work is actually encouraged. :)

03 March 2007, 08:56 AM
Oh dear... :shrug: I apologize in advance because this is going to be a massive post... Realized that as I changed my image hosting last year after the workshop, none of my heads are in this thread... so reposting the lot here...

If it's a problem Rebeccak - please delete them all as you'll find them in my sketchbook at the beginning. and sorry again, I just forgot about it and ran out of time.

50 heads workshop:

"maquette" heads in sketchbook 9 to a page

03 March 2007, 09:03 AM
pen & ink:
no 63
no 68
no 61
no 75
no 82
no 54
no 27
no 38

03 March 2007, 09:10 AM
pencil and conté drawings:
no 39
no 55
no 53
no 71
no 48
no 57
no 65

03 March 2007, 09:19 AM
charcoal and pastel drawings:
no 28
no 35
no 47
no 59
no 64
no 82

I think this is most of them... and sorry again for posting all at once :hmm:

cheers all
a. :)

03 March 2007, 10:26 AM
Here is what I wipped up in a matter of 20 minutes.

04 April 2007, 11:08 AM
Well, after drawing some manga, another portrait and trying to bone up on proportions through figure drawing, I thought I'd give this a try and see how it turns out. Consider this my first head copy of (hopefully) many more to come.
Completion time: 2.5 hours

No idea whether I'll be able to complete 50 in a month though, since I'm probably gonna be busy preparing for my exams soon. Well, we'll see. I tend to do a lot of crazy stuff when I was supposed to be studying haha.

04 April 2007, 01:58 PM
It's really great to see people still posting here!

Nice one Flewk for 20min you are pretty close on it's proportions. My only crit would be the head seems hollow due to the unpainted area's here and there.


Great work!
I'm gonna give you the same advice Rebecca gave me at the time of the workshop (that's nearly a year ago omg): Try a few quick ones, then do a longer one like this one you posted, repeat these steps if possible.

No idea whether I'll be able to complete 50 in a month though, since I'm probably gonna be busy preparing for my exams soon. Well, we'll see. I tend to do a lot of crazy stuff when I was supposed to be studying haha.

A drawing a day keeps the docter away hehe

04 April 2007, 02:03 PM
^Thanks for the advice. You mean sorta like do a few quick sketches of the same head first to get a feel for it, then only proceed to do the proper illustration?

04 April 2007, 06:46 PM
I actually meant doing some quick studies, spending from 1 to 15min per head but yeah, you could do what you suggest just as well... drawing the same head a couple of times.

It's how I work when I do a commissioned drawing. with each sketch you see flaws in the previous one so it gets better and better...

I was wondering... do you have a sketchbook at the forum?
You could create one and post all your studies there -and here too if you like.
There are a lot of nice people with a lot more experience than me who are always interested in helping others :)

Personal Anatomy & Sketchbook Threads (

If you need info on creating your thread, go here (

I hope you will ;)

05 May 2007, 03:45 PM
This is my frist exercise >O<

A5 Sketch Book + ball-point pen

03 March 2008, 08:29 PM

Would definately like to try my hand out doing 50 heads in a month time permitting. Excellent idea ~Thumbs Up~

03 March 2008, 10:06 AM
ooh so nice to see this thread is still running!
I have been wanting to finish my challenge, and now I think ill do so and post some here =)

04 April 2008, 09:13 PM
After a long time! Ill be working on finishing my 50.

08 August 2008, 10:13 AM
Hi all,

I know I'm a bit late to this party but I liked the idea and need to practice heads.
Here's my effort at #097.

08 August 2008, 11:00 AM
Here's another quick one from #19.

08 August 2008, 12:19 PM
And another:

09 September 2008, 11:28 AM

ADAM, Lambert-Sigisbert
Head of 'Water'
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

My first, since I'm very familiar with tradition media, I will try all in digital media.
PS CS2 1h30 with chalk brush.

I will try hard to follow the program. :D

09 September 2008, 03:52 PM

ALGARDI, Alessandro
Bust of Monsignor Antonio Cerri
c. 1637
Marble, height 85,5 cm
City Art Gallery, Manchester

10 October 2008, 12:20 PM

ALLORI, Cristofano
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Oil on canvas, 120,4 x 100,3 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor

Next one of my series practice


10 October 2008, 02:55 PM

Yeah, Head of Holofernes, pretty damn fast with this one, about 8 minutes, this head is so interesting in lights so I give it a shot too.

10 October 2008, 03:09 PM

Judith Beheading Holofernes 1598-1599, Caravaggio. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome.

This is the servant of Judith.

Little off road today.

10 October 2008, 10:56 PM

Head of a Young Man
Musée du Louvre, Paris


DÜRER, Albrecht
Study of a Man Aged 93
Brush drawing on gray violet primed paper, 415 x 282 mm
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna

Pencils and little of chalk on rough paper.

10 October 2008, 11:39 PM
Dude these kick ass. May I ask for some suggestions of books on painting, color etc.

10 October 2008, 01:44 PM
Hey there everyone, I'm new around here and to digital art in general (though I have a limited experience in traditional mediums). I got my tablet a few weeks ago and had some time to play around with, so here's my first head:
Portrait of a Young Woman
Tempera on wood, 82 x 54 cm
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

I'm using gimp for now and still learning my way around it. Anyone else using gimp?

LukArh I noticed this thread here ( Hope that helps.

11 November 2008, 02:36 PM
Guess im too late to join, but this is for my skill, i'll practice with this.

01 January 2009, 01:08 PM (

02 February 2009, 08:40 PM
Studies from Anatomy Lesson Series: The Head. Head002 (

02 February 2009, 05:10 PM
Studies from Anatomy Lesson Series: The Head. Head008

08 August 2009, 03:19 AM
Here is a detail of Judith Beheading Holofernes, Judith's servant:

Done in a few days, photoshop only.

08 August 2009, 06:43 AM
Beautiful studies!

08 August 2009, 10:26 AM
Studies from Anatomy Lesson Series: The Head. Head084 (

08 August 2009, 09:45 AM
Beautiful study.

The shading really conveys the forms and details in an impressive way.

EDIT: Was inspired to do a quick master study myself. 15 min sketch done in ArtRage 2,5 of Head 015 (Botticelli)

Thanks for providing such great threads at this one. Just love drawing from the old masters :)

08 August 2009, 08:52 AM
Another 15 min sketch, this time head 042 (Caravaggio):

08 August 2009, 11:53 AM
Next quick study - at least 3 minutes longer than before ;):

08 August 2009, 06:15 PM
Next one is head 022 (Bronzino)
Drawn in ink, it took a couple of days to finish:

08 August 2009, 01:40 PM
Next one in pencil also took a couple of days to complete. It's head 02 (Algardi):

09 September 2009, 01:45 AM
Dürer study:

09 September 2009, 12:00 PM
Just two days left until "My month" has passed, so this will probably be the last before moving on to part 2. Really learned a lot from the studies I did. Thanks a lot. :)

Head 068 (Fragonard), pencil:

11 November 2009, 06:21 PM

First from me. Hope I can make 50 a month. Lots of work!

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