anonymous asked:

Ania!! Please, I beg you!! Could you give some advice on how to do expressions and different angles of the head? I'm really bad at drawing but you inspired me and...oh god this sounds so stupid. I'm sorry, I love you and your art, hope you're doing well!

hello! Thank you so much.

Angles

so for the different angles of the head, its very important for you to know the proportions of the front view before drawing different angles. There are many different ways of starting the front view but I will show how I always start it out.

  1. always draw a circle (this is for ANY angle
  2. Draw a cross on the circle, the horizontal line should be drawn at the bottom of the circle, i would say between the first 1/3 and ¼ of the circle.
  3. Draw the chin, and jaws and connect it to the horizontal line at the top
  4. the nose should be at the center point where all the lines meet. The top of the ears should be where the eyebrows are (its ok if its eyes instead as well, I do that most of the time) and the mouth is aligned with the jaw.

same rules apply with any angle;

  1.  start with circle again
  2. draw the cross (see how the cross curves against the circle, think of the circle as a sphere and not a 2D shape. Heads are round like a sphere)
  3. draw the jaw and pinpoint the ear (directly under the jaw)
  4. then draw the cheek (remember that cheeks CURVE!) and the mouth still aligns with the jaw and the nose aligns with the bottom of the ear. Remember that the nose and mouth should always align with the chin. the distance between the eyes should be another eyeball the same size. the eyes should be a tiny bit closer to the opposite eye than to the ear, leave some space but not too much.

side profiles are the trickiest for me

  1. circle again with a line on the edge of the circle
  2. draw the chin and jaw, chins curve! necks do NOT go straight downward.
  3. same alignments again as front view and ¾ view

please know that when you draw the actual face after sketching, you do NOT have to draw exactly as how the sketch is drawn. sometimes the drawing looks better if you dont completely follow the alignments etc, as long as it isn’t TOO wrong. if that makes any sense. Now that you know the alignments, you can apply to these rules to any head angle!!

if you want to draw people looking up or down: when you want to draw a person looking up, place the ears lower than usual. also if you look at the red circles next to the faces, the curves are much more bendy(?). when looking down, the ears are placed higher than usual and everything curves the opposite way.

Expressions

you just really need to exaggerate every feature on the face and you need to know how to read expressions.

remember that eyes are probably the most expressive feature (eyebrows too!). 

  1. in the first face, you can tell he’s in thought because of the way he furrows his eyebrows a little bit and his mouth is slightly tilted to show confusion or in thought.  
  2. in the second face, you can tell he’s uninterested/not amused etc because his eyebrows drop to a straight line and only half of his pupils are shown. His mouth hangs a little open too just to add a little bit to the expression :D
  3. you can tell he is angry here because the way it sort of explodes movement? His hair is everywhere, his whole head thrusts forward from his body, his pupils contract and his nose wrinkles up which shows aggression.
  4. he is embarrassed here by the worry in his face. he’s looking down and head is sort of hiding away while his shoulders rise which usually shows signs of no comfort.

basically, you need to be able to know what each expression does, how to read them and be able to put that in a drawing!! study them! lots of great examples here (x) (x) (x) (x)

It sounds like the nightmarish reveal from the end of a terrifying tale written by Edgar Allan Poe himself. Robert Palmer of Toule, WA recently found a caterpillar that appears to have Poe’s own dread-filled face on its back. He spotted it on the side of a water trough while he was giving his horse a drink.

Palmer told KATU:

“My first thought was to crush it with my cane, then I thought, no, it looks so strange, I’m going to take a picture of it,” said Palmer. “I’ve sent the picture to OMSI, the Portland Zoo, Fish & Wildlife, the Extension Serivce, The Master Gardeners. People either don’t respond or don’t know what kind it is. Some people aren’t taking this very seriously.”

“I sent a picture to my grandson, he said ‘nice photo-shop grandpa’. I said I can’t even use my smart phone half the time, much less do some special computer effects. I had to have the girls at the Shell station send the picture to KATU. He knows I wouldn’t lie about this.”

Does this caterpillar really have Poe’s face on its back? We actually don’t care if it does turn out to be a Photoshop prank because the very idea of Poe either being reincarnated as a caterpillar or simply peering out through an inter-dimensional portal on its fuzzy back is brilliant. We can’t help but think that Poe himself would be impressed.

To learn more about this bizarre discovery click here to watch the KATU interview with Robert Palmer.

[via Neatorama]

“Filmmaking to me is an investigation of what is in someone’s mind. I believe in the validity of a person’s inner desires. And I think those inner desires, whether they’re ugly or beautiful, are pertinent to each of us and are probably the only things worth a damn. I want to put those inner desires on the screen so we can all look and think and feel and marvel at them.”

– John Cassavetes   

Still from Shadows (1959, dir. John Cassavetes)