Artist and author Philippe Faraut showcases his skills in a short video where he creates a cowboy head and shoulders from scratch. It’s a great video to learn from as it shows the way a sculptor prioritises his work. Many tools are used and the video gets especially exciting in the third minute when the masterpiece comes to life.
This video is a segment of a twenty minute portrait of a young woman. The artist Matthew Archambault expresses heavy focus on the hair and eyes giving you tips and techniques on how to attain the best results. He uses an eraser to add highlights to the areas surrounding the eyes and upper cheek to give a more three dimensional drawing. Fantastic narration and easy to follow instructional advice. Great for the intermediate artist looking to improve their technique in pencil drawing.
Califonia sculptor Adam Reeder shows via this time lapse sculpting tutorial how the eventual form of the human head can be achieved in clay in under 50 minutes.
Watch as Reeder goes back and forth on key features slowly building up the cheek and head whilst at the same time maintaining and adding detail with his trowels to the eyes, nose and mouth. Clay is a very manipulable substance so it’s easy to go back and amend errors, the hard part is actually having an eye for detail the first time around and be able to move onto the next section which Adam so excellently does.
Trowels, knives, spatulas and his own hands were all used here so be sure to make sure you have the right kit to get started with. Enjoy.
Class artist Archambault puts his pencil to the test and tackles one of the hardest features in portraiture, hair. There are many different ways to draw hair, some prefer minimal fuss and less lines whilst others like to get right in there and seek out all the tonal values and shades which complete an extremely realistic look. You will not be let down by Matt and this relatively long tutorial will allow you to follow in your own time. Have fun with those pencils.