MY STRUGGLES DRAWING HEADS FROM MY IMAGINATION

by | Last updated Sep 7, 2018 | Published on Feb 13, 2016 | Art Blog, Miscellaneous, Traditional

My Struggles trying to draw the Head from imagination, by Artist Sophie Lawson
Figure Drawing Design and Invention by Michael Hampton Drawing Exercise - Varying Sizes of Spheres

1. VARYING SIZES OF SPHERES

“Practice drawing spheres using one line, in varying sizes. Draw from your shoulder, not from your wrist.” – Michael Hampton

Figure Drawing Design and Invention by Michael Hampton Drawing Exercise - Accuracy of Ellipses

2. ACCURACY OF ELLIPSES

“Draw different sizes of ellipses using one line (again, from the shoulder), double-checking it’s accuracy by adding in the major and minor axes.” – Michael Hampton

Figure Drawing Design and Invention by Michael Hampton Drawing Exercise - Form thru Ellipses

3. FORM THRU ELLIPSES

“Practice thinking spatially by drawing only wrapping lines. Imagine you are drawing a garden hose, snake, or slinky.” – Michael Hampton

Figure Drawing Design and Invention by Michael Hampton Drawing Exercise - Relating Ellipses

4. RELATING ELLIPSES

“Build on Exercise 2 by pairing the ellipses, and developing cylinders.” – Michael Hampton

Figure Drawing Design and Invention by Michael Hampton Drawing Exercise - Combining Forms

5. COMBING FORMS

“Take the sphere, box, and cylinder as departure points for more complex, organix forms.
The entire figure builds out of spheres, cylinders, boxes, ellipses, and curves.” – Michael Hampton

Figure Drawing Design and Invention by Michael Hampton Drawing Exercise - Rotating Planes

6. ROTATING PLANES

“Imagine a box falling off of a ledge, and rotate the planes to show a sense of fall and turn.” – Michael Hampton

“One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature.
Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly.
They have a point where they go dormant.

And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again.”

– Marshall Vandruff

A device to help draw the Human Head, by Artist Sophie Lawson
A device to help draw the Human Head, by Artist Sophie Lawson
Drawing the Human Head, by Artist Sophie Lawson

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