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Figure Fundamentals Volume 4

Drawing The Male Head With Planes And Tones with Van Arno


Drawing the head can be the most challenging aspect of figure drawing. In this tutorial, Van Arno addresses common mistakes and provides tips to keep features in proportion. He demonstrates two methods of tackling facial symmetry in perspective, and works up to long poses using each of these methods. Along the way, Van also executes some quick poses of extreme facial expression. Successful head drawing is a great confidence builder for developing artists. Once competence in lighting and perspective are acquired, other issues of figure drawing are more easily addressed. Topics include male vs female proportions, facial construction from simple to detailed, the planes of the face, volume and perspective, light and shadow.

Duration: 212 minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Van Arno


Van Arno is a Los Angeles based figurative painter whose work has been displayed in the U.S. and internationally for almost 20 years. Van's background includes illustration, amusement park design, game art in 2D and 3D, animation, and character design. His paintings have frequently been featured in Juxtapoz magazine and included in a national survey of Lowbrow painters. His ongoing fascination with the imagery of propaganda and its use of the heroic figure has attracted many admirers with Van's focus ultimately remaining on the figure and it's power to engage the viewer.

  • "Van Arno's art demonstrates an astonishing talent in depicting the human figure in every possible position aiming to a great emotional and expressive impact on viewers. His contorted and interlocked postures show an impressive knowledge of the figurative repertoire ranging from Hellenistic art through the mannerist artists to the best examples of today's comic books and illustrations. Arno is one of the most impressive manipulator of the human body I've ever seen in the painting field."

    - Nicola Verlato
    Visual Artist