Head Drawing & Construction

Head Drawing & Construction

  • Price: $699 | Pay with installments.
  • Pre-Reqs: Analytical Figure Drawing or a good command of form, perspective, and anatomy.
  • Materials: Homework can be done in any medium pencil and paper/ or on tablet/photoshop.

    Recommended Texts:

    -Figure Drawing: Design and Invention

    -Vilppu Drawing Manual

    -Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life

Course Description:

This course builds on the skills and information covered in the initial AFD course, as well as challenges students to push those skills through the introduction of additional subject matter of the human head. Students will be introduced to basic structures of the human head, underlying muscle groups and how they affect different forms of expression, structuring of different types of hair masses and rendering and at the end, creating a final well-constructed and fully rendered face.



  • Week 1: Head Construction and Abstraction: Explore different angles and shapes of the head. We will create orthographic views of the head, breaking down key elements and landmarks to help plot out the beginnings of your facial and head structure.
  • Week 2: Skull Construction: Demonstrations of how to break down the structure of the skull and portray it anatomically correct in multiple views. We will also go over interpreted lighting and volumes to help express depth, direction and other important features carried on in the expressions of the face later.
  • Week 3: Head Anatomy: We will cover basic muscle groups of the head including abstractions of muscle groups from various angles. Using interpretive lighting, we will help plot volume and shape in accordance with the angle and position of the head.
  • Week 4: Facial Features: This week will focus on covering the shape design of each facial feature and structure of the face. This will be a non-cartoony approach.
  • Week 5: Gender and Age: Head shapes are different for each part of your age, and on top of that, gender. We will be going over baby heads, young child heads all the way to old adult heads. There will be demonstrations on how to add subtle exaggerations and nuances based on the more young, masculine or feminine structures. 
  • Week 6: Expression: This week will be focusing on expressions and the muscles that activate them. We will focus on Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness expressions.
  • Week 7: Expressions & Hair: This week will be focusing on expressions and the muscles that activate them. We will focus on Happy Surprised and Joyful expressions as well as Hair.
  • Week 8: Rendering and Lighting the Head: This week will focus on bridging all the previous lessons and information into a cohesive illustration of a human head. Also, this week will explain how to use forms and planes to invent and cast shadows, helping to play into the mood of the overall head.

May. 3rd, 2017 - July 3rd, 2017 + 2 weeks for content review

Christian is currently teaching observational drawing, fundamentals of design, sculpting for animation, painting, at the Art Institute Inland Empire as well as Anatomy for animation at Norco College. He was a sculptor at Atomic Monkey working on merchandise for such franchises as the Simpsons, Family Guy, Uncharted, Halo, and Bioshock. Christian is credited as a maquette sculptor in two Disney feature films: Chicken Little, and Meet the Robinsons.

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