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Basic Head Tutorial: Layout by timflanagan Basic Head Tutorial: Layout by timflanagan
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Basic Human Head Tutorial Part 1: Layout

This is one basic method for drawing the human head. I designed it for beginners, and I go step-by-step through three views: front, three-quarters front/side, and profile (side). The media I used for this tutorial are pencil and paper. I show and describe each step, then at the end I show all the steps together without words. This tutorial is continued in two parts, male and female, which can be found in my gallery [link] , along with basic tutorials on the male torso and female torso.

Continue to the Female Head section
Continue to the Male Head section
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:iconagentspitfire:
AgentSpitfire Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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payne Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was helpful, thank you!!
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xFroggiii Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've referenced by it here fav.me/d7rrwg3
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Inspired-KOOlness Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
I will try it out soon!

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PancakeShiners Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! This was sooo useful, that you so much! <3
I'm still practicing, so it's not perfect, but you helped me make that crucial first step!
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Kyonkun87 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, this will help with my character turn around I am making. I am making a turn around to put into 3ds max, but I need a character first. Like I tell others, for some reason I am horrible at drawing out the lines and skeleton for characters. Basically I have troubles posing characters. But if you give me a person or something else to draw, I can do it just fine....Thank you for this. I will put it to good use.
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CloudyDay-dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
This will help thanks
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kep4 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I suck at drawing figures, but practice makes perfect. Thanks for the awesome tutorial.
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gianluk91 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Oh god!!! where is it?
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:icontimflanagan:
timflanagan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Try clicking Download Image, to the right of the thumbnail.
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Alvah-and-Friends Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Artist
I can't believed I haven't got this faved before :D
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mech2159 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This should be very helpful ,usually art books skip over profile section . thanks!
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GoldenSunSilverMoon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Quite useful! I'm working on my digital painting and I need to go back to basics!
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azriiin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
My signature says it all.
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ThatBritishWannaBe Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Ahaha, this tutorial really helped me with an OC I did. I despise the way her head and hair looked, so I used this help me. [link]
Do you like it? The comparison is within the description if you want draw a conclusion.

Thanks so much for creating this. It was simple and effective!
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timflanagan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Glad you found it helpful!
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Petraphobia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link]

Thank you for this tutorial. :)
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ShahirahLikesMilk Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you for this! <3
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MoodyFirefly Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you for human heds tutorials. it'll very help me ^^
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Giogiogni Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is much help to me
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MissRecondite Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Sweet. Haha, love your last name. Mine is the same. ;) And thanks for the tutorial!
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:icontimflanagan:
timflanagan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
We do have an awesome last name, don't we? haha
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MissRecondite Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
It is amazing. Haha
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Kaeriah Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
So very very helpful! Huzzah for you :)

*Cheers*
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BreonteW Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student
thanks! i really needed this!
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myeyessmile Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
I cant view the tutorial no matter how much i click the tumbnail. sadness...
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timflanagan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Try clicking Download Image, to the right of the thumbnail.
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myeyessmile Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
OH! ok THANK YOU :3
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MiniMatt00 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you very much for this!
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you measure how long the nose is? The book I have says eye and half. But really, how can you do that? Rip off piece of paper with that size. Any tips?
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timflanagan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
You can use a ruler or put the tip of your pencil/pen at one corner of the eye and a fingernail at the other end and measure that way.
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Thanks
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Rolytic Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. Now maybe all the heads I draw won't look horribly disproportioned.
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're totally my hero for making this!
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Chismii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
The eye part is REALLY frustrating me. I quit
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FireAtWill20 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Very helpful :D
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you do a chin? I tried reading the book and someone said that the author was wrong. 0o Is it straighter or curved? XD
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timflanagan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
What book? And it totally depends on the face you're drawing and your drawing style.
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jack Ham's "Drawing the head and figure"
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I downloaded it but shows blank. :(
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:icontimflanagan:
timflanagan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
It's working fine for me. Maybe clear your browser cache and try again?
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok :)
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QtNinja Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
This was incredibly helpful! Thank you for sharing! :D
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chasz-manequin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a bunch for making this.....iv'e struggled with drawing a side veiw for ages
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julsiedee Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! All the stuff about proportions helped a lot.
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lizardsplay Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Thank you so much!
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kingsidorak Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
how do u use a different image for the images icon?
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:icontimflanagan:
timflanagan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
I don't know how to do it using the current submission form. There used to be an option to have a separate image for the thumbnail in the older versions of dA. Sorry.
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kingsidorak Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
thnx anyways, i think you need to has a premium membership now
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Mantika Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Thank you - these tutes have helped me pull off the first sketch for ages that I'm genuinely pleased with :D.
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