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Drawing the Head: A Constructive Approach

New youth art course at idiomART by Daniel Williams.

The head is one of the most complex forms of the human body. But in 2019, artists have more of an advantage than in any other preceding period of time. Throughout history, many artists and anatomists have broken down the human head into digestible proportions, simplified 3D forms, and constructive drawing formulas. As modern-day artists, we have an entire body of knowledge behind us to guide us in creating beautiful drawings and portraits. In this course, we’ll learn some of these formulas and learn how to create expressive portraits with character and emotion. Our projects will span from imaginary caricatures to portraits from reference.

Classes will begin with a live demonstration, and students will be heavily encouraged to practice their note-taking skills. Along the way, we’ll discuss shading, perspective, line weight, and many other fundamentals. We’ll conclude the course with an exhibition, in which students can proudly display their favorite works.

Monday evenings from 5-7 PM, starting August 19. For 5 consecutive weeks.
Ages 13 to 18.
$10 per session

Please email to register or for any additional questions.

Materials to bring: Sketchbook, Graphite Pencils, Colored Pencils, Ruler.


Week 1: Drawing the Loomis Head-Construction During the golden age of illustration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Andrew Loomis established and taught a formulaic approach to drawing the human head. From the writings of Di Vinci and other great masters, he compiled and simplified multiple observations into a step-by-step approach to drawing the head. In this first course, we’ll learn the first steps of the Loomis method to create somewhat of a wire frame, on which we can later add features. This is the blueprint for building a portrait.

Week 2: Drawing the Loomis Head-Features In this class, we’ll build on top of what we’ve learned from the Loomis method. We’ll discuss the planes of the face, proportions, and features. We will also talk about how we can “sculpt” features like noses, eyes, and lips from simpler forms like cylinders, prisms, and spheres.

Week 3: Caricatures and Grotesques Now that we’ve learned the proportions for the average human face, it’s time to loosen up and create some fantastic drawings. By stretching or compressing these average proportions, we can create caricatures and grotesques from our imaginations. This is how character designers create beasts like trolls or goblins, masks, and other imaginative drawings.

Week 4-5: Self Portraits or Celebrity portraits In these classes, we’ll be learning a heavily guided method for drawing from reference. Using a grid, students will transfer the construction of a printed photo onto a gridded sheet of paper

About the instructor . . .

Daniel Williams is a visual artist and writer from Augusta, GA who moved to Cuenca to further develop his crafts. He is a self-proclaimed “life-long learner” and has a passion for sharing knowledge and skills. Daniel firmly believes in the growth-mindset—meaning that a positive attitude towards one’s capabilities encourages and ensures learning—and that within each of us lies an artist’s potential. He is currently studying under Alberto Soriano.

idiomART is located at: Presidente Córdova 1-77, between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella. Monday evenings from 5-7 p.m., starting August 19. For 5 consecutive weeks.