Form of the
Head and Neck
Anatomy for professional artists
There is a chance you have discovered this by now: facial muscles are just one factor that defines the form of one’s face. This book explains the relationship between the person’s visible appearance and the anatomy beneath it.
The muscle beneath the skin has little to do with the form of one’s face
In most cases, facial muscles are not the ones that define the form of one’s face. Instead of making up the face’s surface volumes, muscles only move the surface forms from underneath the skin. This book will help you understand the relationship between the face’s visible appearance and the anatomy beneath it.
Why we look the way we do
When we use references – live models and photos – we essentially try to copy nature. Yet, the key to success isn’t copying the form but understanding how it is composed.
This book will help you learn how to break down the complex organic forms into basic shapes to understand them better. This knowledge gives incredible creative liberty to an artist.
An ever-changing structure
A person’s face is an ever-changing structure, which makes modeling or drawing it full of challenges. Faces are rarely static and, besides emotions, many other factors make them look different from one another. These factors are:
- body type,
- and a little bit of anatomy.
Form of the Head and Neck describes these topics in detail and lets you examine how each affects the form of a person’s head.
From simple to complex
The book breaks down the complex organic forms of the face into simple, understandable building blocks. Every element, such as the mouth, eye, or ear, is reduced to block-outs and gradually re-developed into detailed realistic shapes. This structured approach helps artists to understand complex structures better.
Visual and image information, including 3D models, photos, and color-coding, is an essential part of all our books, and this one is no exception. We only use text where necessary, thus keeping the experience simple, intuitive, and widely accessible.
Expand your creativity
Sometimes people say things like, “His face looks aged.” or “Her face looks pretty masculine.”
But the real question here is – what exactly makes a person’s face look older or more masculine? Is it the nasolabial fold? Or perhaps it could be the jawline? Form of the Head and Neck answers these questions!
Anatomy for every kind of visual artist
Our community started specifically with the needs of sculptors in mind – hence the “Sculptors” in Anatomy for Sculptors. However, our work, including this book, has moved further than that.
We shape the knowledge in an empowering way for all kinds of visual artists – regardless of whether you’re in digital art, CGI, VFX, character design, 2D or 3D, traditional art, etc.
We might have what you’re looking for!