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The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets by Carrie Stuart Park

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The Structure of the Head

I have developed a different attitude toward drawing heads ever since I completed a facial reconstruction class by Betty Pat Gatliff. This remarkable woman has spent years teaching (and creating) three-dimensional facial reconstructions. She sculpts with clay directly over the skulls of unidentified people, as shown in the drawing. Handling skulls, even if they’re plastic ones you can purchase through art supply stores, is a wonderful way to understand the structure of the face.

Egghead

Generally speaking, people’s heads are egg-shaped. The bones and muscles of the face combine to create many different appearances.

Location, Location, Location

Although faces differ with the underlying bone structure, I seek certain ...

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