Sunday, April 18, 2021

Weekly Theme: "Close-up: Features of the Head and Face "

Eye of Surrealist Time by Salvadore Dali


Calling all you would be medical illustrators (and abstractionists too!) and devotees of drawing the head and face. Drawing a portrait as a whole is a challenge, so why not build our skills by drawing the parts instead? This week's theme, suggested by Marianne Milzoff, is devoted to the study of the eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, ears and the general shapes and planes of the head and face.

Eye by Elaine Marks

Draw one feature or all of them.  Get into intense detail or render simplified shapes and colors. Be realistic or dabble at surrealism like Dali did with "The Eye of Time". Capture expressions. Feeling more adventurous? Draw what's inside the head: the cerebrum, pituitary gland, skull, or whatever strikes your fancy. Please label your work as NUS (Not an Urban sketch) when posting on social media.

Subway Eyes by Jin Kim
Eye by Kim Tortalani

Nose by Jerome Shafer

For more inspiration, here are a few videos that may help:
Cheap Joe's 2 Minute Art Tips - The Active vs The Passive
In this 2 Minute Art Tip, Julie talks about face rendering and shows how there is an active side and a passive side of the face.

A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing Facial Features
Excerpted from Lee Hammond’s All New Big Book of Drawing, this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to recreate every aspect of the face: the eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth.

How to Draw Hyper Realistic Eyes | Step by Step by RapidFireArt
Follow simple, detailed steps to draw a realistic eye in pencil.

How to Draw Ears – Anatomy and Structure by Stan Prokopenko

Drawing Portraits: Faces and Figures by Giovanni Civardi 
See pages 18-25 for drawing the eye, ear, nose, and mouth

Eyes by Shawne Cooper

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