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CGMaster Academy – Head Drawing and Construction

CGMaster Academy – Head Drawing and ConstructionHead Drawing and Construction


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

Master drawing the human head

This course builds on the skills and information covered in the initial Analytical Figure Drawing 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.


LECTURE TYPE: Pre-recorded

FEEDBACK: Individual recordings

DURATION: 8 weeks

MATERIALS: Homework can be done in any medium pencil and paper/ or on tablet/Photoshop

SKILLS LEVEL: Intermediate

PREREQUISITES: Analytical Figure Drawing or a good command of form, perspective, and anatomy


The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Head Construction and Abstraction

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.

Week 2 | Skull Construction

Demonstrations of how to break down the structure of the skull and portray it anatomically correct in multiple views. We will also go over interpreted lighting and volumes to help express depth, direction, and other important features carried on in the expressions of the face later.

Week 3 | Head Anatomy

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.

Week 4 | Facial Features

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.

Week 5 | Gender & Age

Head shapes are different for each part of your age, and on top of that, gender. We will be going over baby heads, young child heads, all the way to old adult heads. There will be demonstrations on how to add subtle exaggerations and nuances based on younger or older, masculine or feminine structures.

Week 6 | Facial Expressions

This week will be focusing on expressions and the muscles that activate them. We will focus on anger, fear, disgust and sadness expressions.

Week 7 | Expressions & Hair

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.

Week 8 | Rendering & Lighting the Head

Focus on how to finish a drawing. Take all previous week’s information and combine them together to render a final image. Discuss what it is to take a drawing to its final stage by analyzing the works of other artists and how they handle details. Finally see how values show form for the human head.

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