I figured that if I’m going to give you the low down on the Proportions of the body – why not cover the head as well?
After all, the face is one of the key focal points of a character. It allows us to express and communicate feeling. It gives them a sense of personality and attitude. And that’s all presented through the expressions we create with our eyes, nose, mouth and the other underlying muscles of the face…
The placement of those features are especially important, because if they’re not placed correctly, it’ll be the first thing your audience notices.
This is because we see, and pay attention to faces almost every day. Even in an interaction, where we’re communicating with a person right in front of us, we’re paying close attention to their face in order to read social cues, connect and relate with them… This translates directly over into Comics. If there’s a panel with a head in it, you can bet that’s the first point your eyes will zip to.
We’re so well versed at paying attention to heads that mistakes tend to stand out very easily when drawing them. Most of the time it’s a case of just getting the underlying structure measured up correctly.
The heads you’re looking at here are an example of how the facial features can be used to create a range of different expressions, that exude personality from your characters. It really is one of the most potent ways to bring them to life, and it makes them feel real.
The head proportions chart itself shows a front and side break down of both the male and female head. Still wrapping up on that one – and after it there will only be 4 more illustrations to create before the Proportions Lesson is done.
I can hardly wait to show you – this is some of the best training I’ve developed thus far. And you’re going to get a lot out of it weather you’re a pro or a novice.
As a bonus I’ll also be packaging up all the video recordings of the illustrations I’ve created for this lesson, including this one, and releasing them as part of the premium version of the lesson. So you’ll get to see how I’m actually implementing the things I’m teaching and applying them in my own work!
Let me know what you think. And of course if you have any questions about the illustration, or Proportions Lesson, just post them below and I’ll be happy to answer them for you.