How to Draw the Head – Front View

How to Draw the Head – Front View


If you haven’t seen part 1 of this series,
click on this video link. The Loomis method shows its true power in dynamic
angles like the 3/4 I demonstrated in part 1 But, it still works on flat angles like
the front and profile. I’ll start with that circle for the cranium,
and chop off the sides. Remember, the height of the side plane should be 2/3 of the circle.
From the front, you can still see a very thin piece of each side plane, since the front
of the head is thinner than the side. Now let’s determine whether the person is
looking up, down, or straight ahead. A good way to do this is by looking at the distance
from ear to brow. If the ear is below the brow, then the person is looking up and the
brow line will be above the center of the circle. And the opposite if the ears are above
the brow. If they are at the same level, then the person is looking straight ahead and the
brow will be in the middle of the circle. Earlier we established the side plane as 2/3
of the circle. This is important because half of that side plane is a third of the face.
So, we can take that distance and drop it from the brow to find the bottom of the nose.
And again to find the bottom of the chin. Bring it up from the brow to the hairline. Then attach the jaw to the cranium. The sides
of the jaw usually get thinner at the bottom. Establish the width of the chin and complete
the jaw. Add the centerline and the neck. the front view is the only angle when the
center line is actually in the center of the head shape. Usually it will be further towards
the direction the person is looking. The ears sit in the middle third and usually
end at the outside of the original circle. I promise, after I cover all the angles, I
WILL do videos on the features. Aaand… Done. Let’s do that again with a subtle down-tilt.
Start with the cranium, side planes, and brow-line below the center. Before we add the thirds, let’s take a little
side trip and explore FORESHORTENING. “Foreshortening occurs when an object appears
compressed when seen from a particular viewpoint, and the effect of perspective causes distortion.”
This can easily be seen when looking at a flat surface, like a book. When looking directly
at the book, we see its full length. But, if we move to a different angle, perspective
distorts its length. As things go further away from us, they appear smaller. See that?
That’s foreshortening. Applying this concept to the face, means that
our “perfect thirds” will now be distorted. The third closest to us (in this case the
forehead) will be just about the same as half of the side plane. And the other two thirds
will get progressively smaller. Attach the jaw, neck and centerline. The ears
are very important in this case because they help to show the down-tilt. Always put them
in the bottom half of the oval. And of course, the features. Did you like this video? Your friends might
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100 thoughts on “How to Draw the Head – Front View

  1. Apenas entiendo el ingles pero este hombre tiene una forma de hacer sus vídeos que aun sin saber exactamente lo que dice puedo entender muy bien sus explicaciones.

  2. the height of the side planes should be two thirds of the circle. Can I make it easier and just put points on the top and bottom sixths of the circle?

  3. I am still trying on those proportions, circles and 2/3 rd ovals…. needs too much practise….
    But the perspective change is a little bit trickier here for me….

  4. proko hola,como hago para saber cual es la anchura del plano lateral,o que punto de referencia usa para sacarla.gracias.

  5. 8 ways / 30 videos is what I learned to draw head & didn’t like the Loomis method until you described the steps. Your a godly teacher

  6. i understand easier since i have been following your videos, They are so helpful for me improve about portrait sketching.

  7. So confused, you say ears go outside circle another artist doing same method said ears go INSIDE circle :/

  8. I'm sure this helps a lot of people, but for me its like when I tried learning to play guitar from my grandfather.

    He'd start playing something, then go off and leave me in the dust with no explanation.

    It's so fucking frustrating, I've been drawing my entire life but every time I actually sit down and try to learn the basics it's always 'draw a circle, do this and this and this, bam and there you have it a fully featured face."

    Ugh. I'll never get this shit. How to draw tutorials are some of the most frustratingly bad types of videos to try and learn anything from.

    It's always sped way up, explains next to nothing (Because once you're decent at something you get to a point you can just do it without thinking about it) while sounding really interesting.

    I need to find someone to sit in a room with me and teach me. This just aint it.

    But you are very good, and do explain stuff. It's a me problem.

  9. Still confused about the "2/3" but hopefully as I proceed with your video tutorials, I get the techniques successfully. Thank you, Proko!

  10. Proko you are amazing .but sometimes your tutorials are a bit fast. Do you think you can make them slower somehow? I love😚

  11. Hi Proko, found you through Aaron Blaise, I have to say that your video's are excellent and a real help. Thank you

  12. I can get a good start but my biggest problems is sometimes the head isn’t perfectly even like its annoying

  13. Ngl I'm doing a drawing of my younger self and sis has a wham forehead so lumis is off 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  14. You are amazing! I've been wanting to go back to sketching and the first thought was to get in touch with the basics again. Your videos are really easy to follow and I like that you have simplified the techniques so it's easy to remember. Of course, it's going to take a lot of practice but I'm excited!

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