Friday, April 1st, 2016 Posted by Jim Thacker

Avoid common mistakes when drawing male faces

The Gnomon Workshop has released Figure Fundamentals Volume 4: Drawing The Male Head With Planes And Tones, the latest in its series of tutorials on figure drawing recorded by LA-based painter Van Arno.

Volume 1 in the series focused on how to capture the essentials of a pose quickly, while volume 2 covered drawing the male body and volume 3 covered drawing the female face.

Avoid common mistakes when drawing faces
In the new video, which lasts over three hours, Van Arno turns to the male face – and how to avoid common mistakes when drawing it.

Van Arno discusses how the proportions of male and female faces differ, and provides his tips for keeping features in proportion, demonstrating two methods of tackling facial symmetry in perspective.

The video also summarises fundamental principles like the planes of the face, volume and perspective, and light and shadow; and demonstrates both quick sketches of extreme facial expressions and longer poses.

About the artist
Van Arno is a figurative painter whose work has been displayed internationally for almost 20 years. His paintings have frequently been featured in Juxtapoz magazine and included in a national survey of Lowbrow painters.

His background also includes illustration, amusement park design, game art in 2D and 3D, animation and character design.

Pricing and availability
Figure Fundamentals Volume 4: Drawing The Male Head With Planes And Tones is available from Gnomon’s online store as a digital download. It costs $59.

Buy Figure Fundamentals Volume 4 from The Gnomon Workshop’s online store

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