Faces (Updated February 7, 2021)

Hello all,

Last week (Monday, Feb 2 and Wednesday Feb 4) we worked on faces again. When I went to post this blog entry, I realized there was already a post from November - so I just updated it. By the way, I still like the faces I chose in November, they are at the bottom of this post.

The faces above summarize our discussion last week.

Lesson 1 Almost always, the pupil is 1/2 way between the top of the cranium and the bottom of the chin. If you see a face where this does not seem to be true, double check that you are finding the actual top of the cranium, not the hair line.

Lesson 2 (Louis B. Gates): Everyone is different. Although Gates's ears are where ears typically live: top aligned close to the eyebrows, bottom aligned with the lips (approx.), his nose is shorter than usual. Noses vary a lot, but the classic nose length for adults is approximately from just below the eyebrows to the ear, not including the lobe. Mr. Gates's nose is just slightly shorter than that, as is Mr. Gaffigan's. Bess Truman has the most "typical" nose length for adults of these four people.

I also directed you towards a video about facial proportions in an email I sent last week, which is here. This artist, Jescia Hopper, describes the process in the simplest way I could find (oval, divide in half for pupil line, etc.) In 2020, Ms. Hopper updated her video and showed a more complex method for breaking the face into parts. She added the "Loomis Method" in a simplified form. That second video is here. [If either link fails, search on "Jescia Hopper videos" and note the spelling of her first name, which is unusual.]

This third link, from Drawing Art Academy, is much more detailed and uses a different approach - much more analytical.

I like the Hopper videos because she has a common sense approach, no doubt a reflection of her profession - she is a high school art teacher. I like the Art Academy video because although it does attempt to simplify the process, it gives a lot of really useful information for those who can get all the way through it!

From November 25, 2020

Here is a quick video to get you started and remind you what we were doing in class.

Both classes this week wanted to draw faces, and specifically eyes.

The images I've chosen share a few of characteristics that I was looking for in order to help you get started on real faces.

First, except for RBG, they are all full face pictures.

Second, most of these are of known people. This is because when the media publish images of known people, they look for the ones that they have that have the best lighting, expression, etc.

Third, I tried to find pictures where the face was not fully bathed in front-on light. This is not easy! I rejected a lot of faces because although the photo was very nice of the person, in a drawing the artist would have to add character because the light was so flat.

Just pick one! Click on it and it will enlarge. By the way, other than Queen Elizabeth, the people in the second row are not famous. But the child in the upper left corner is. Guess who!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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