For our second attempt at portrait drawing, we employed the methods of illustrator Andrew Loomis. Starting with a sphere, locating the length between brow and nose and then establishing the remaining two-thirds of the proportions before addressing the contours and features. Both drawings exhibit a large scale portrait well proportioned to the dimensions of the paper. The planes of the face have been well addressed and value has aided in locating their placement. Diana's drawing skillfully illustrates how the hair sets over the head like a hat. Jill has created a very soft drawing emphasizing the the eyes, gently balanced with the shadow under the chin wrapping around behind the ear.
Last night the class finished addressing the individual features with studies of mouths before moving on to drawing the whole head. We discussed dividing the face into thirds as well as addressing the topography of the face through advancing and receding planes.
Last night the class began working on Portraits. Before trying to draw the whole head, we focused on the individual features of the face. Students drew eyes and then noses before we ran out of time. Tomorrow night we will draw mouths and then discuss the proportions of the head.