Skull and head muscles

Here we go on with head this week!

Yeah, finally we are starting to cool topics I announce ^^
This week we are examining skull and head muscles and next week there is going to be head proportions.

So are you ready for skull?
Let’s get started:

skull sphere and jaw

Here is the one I drew but there are variations of the form and size of skulls. Well, what is important here is the nonperfect sphere and jaw if we assume that we divide the skull into two pieces.

skull sphere and jaw 1

Here is the circle and jaw I mentioned. Start drawing a skull with a simple light circle and add a jaw to that, like above I show with orange guidelines.
Here in the drawing we see eye sockets, nose is like a triangle or inverted heart.
The distance between ‘down line of chin and teeth’ is wider than the distance of ‘nose and teeth’. So in the other step position teeth.

skull sphere and jaw 2

a) This is the cheekbone, where we highlight in our portraits or use lighter skin tones.

b) I really like this part while drawing a portrait and decide whether the model has wide jawline or not. As famous names I remember Rami Malek, Ian Somerhalder, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley who have it wide. Male people have it wider, I can say.

c) I have something to say here about chin. In the drawing the sizes are quite medium. It could have been so small (e.g. Nick Cave, also I have small) or big (Drew Barrymore, Chloe Moretz, Reese Witherspoon etc.)

When you are done with the form and other elements of the skull, as last step add shadows and partly highlights and remember that it’s surface is not perfectly smooth. Shade nose and eye sockets.

skull 2

Here we see skull from another angle. I want to point here that that is the jaw joints to the sphere.

head muscles drawing

Muscles of the head from front and side, drawn with black and white charcoal and color pencils. Ears and nose are cartilage, so they are colorless (blank).

head muscles front

Yeah, I know this is so chaotic.

head muscles front 2

Here comes a question: where does the midline pass from in a face?
The answer is on the drawing already, which is eyes. We generally don’t think about the area above forehead covered with hair. Well, I’ll mention to that next week, too. A small preparation for now.

See the circle again. This circle is going to be realy useful in our future portrait drawings. As I mentioned before, the nose, ears (cartilage) and lips are blank in the drawing.

BTW, those drawings are on grey cartoon; well grey’s tones of cartoons or papers show whites in a more effective way. I suggest you to try grey surfaces rather than white papers (then notify me please ^^).

Take your time and keep repeating because the whole topic is really chaotic. But later you will realize how this knowledge applies to your further drawings, you will see that it was really helpful.
Keep in touch!

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