Head Drawing and Construction

An 8-week course deconstructing and constructing the human head. Students will become familiar with the shapes and form and will learn to draw the head with knowledge of anatomy

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Course Overview

Master drawing the human head

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.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-Recorded
Feedback:   Individual Recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Deadlines each week
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent) Sketchbook, Paper, Pencils, Pens, Brushes Graphite Pencils 2B and up Prisma Color Pencils
Skills level:   Beginner
Prerequisites:   Analytical Figure Drawing or a good command of form, perspective, and anatomy

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What you'll learn

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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.
Demonstrations of how to break down the structure of the skull and portray it anatomically correct in multiple views. Interpreted lighting and volumes to express depth.
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
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.
Head shapes for different genders and age. We will be going over baby heads, young child heads all the way to old adult heads. How to add subtle exaggerations and nuances based on the more young, masculine or feminine structures.
This week will be focusing on expressions and the muscles that activate them. We will focus on Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness expressions.
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.
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.

Your journey starts here

Lectures by Christian Nacorda

Christian Nacorda is a concept artist, sculptor, and instructor starting teaching in 2005 Art Institute Orange County, He currently teaches at Art Institute Inland Empire and Norco College. Previously held a position of a sculptor at Atomic Monkey working on various titles such as Simpsons, Family Guy, Uncharted, Halo, Bioshock, Chicken Little, and Meet the Robinsons.

May 14th - July 23rd

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July 21st!

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  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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