Form of the Head and Neck - Paperback (English)
Anatomy for professional artists
The muscles of the face, as you’ve probably discovered, have almost nothing to do with the final form of the face. This book explains not only anatomy but also the relationship between anatomy and form.
Page count: 221 pages
Author: Uldis Zarins
Brand: Anatomy For Sculptors
Publisher: Anatomy Next, Inc.
Release date: (March 31st, 2021)
Edition: 1st Edition
As you've probably discovered, the face muscles have almost nothing to do with the final form of the face
Most of the time, facial muscles do not create the form itself but influence the form change. They are just moving the masses instead of being the masses. Therefore, it is the relationship between anatomy and form.
Using references, either photos or live models is about copying nature
However, in my own experience, the key to success isn't found in only copying nature but, most importantly – understanding it. If you know the basic form and how to create it, it gives you, as an artist, a lot of creative freedom.
Understand and gain artistic freedom!
Sometimes I hear people saying: "this face looks older, or this girl's face looks too masculine." But the real question is, what are those things that make a face look masculine or older? Maybe it's the nasolabial fold, or perhaps it's the jawline?
The head and neck have a changing structure. There are many variations, and it's excellent!
Faces are an ever-changing structure. Face modeling and face anatomy is full of challenges. It's rarely static, and many factors make us look different besides emotions.
- body type
- and anatomy
These are the main topics analyzed and described in this book as to how they affect the form of a person's head. That's where the understanding of the form of the face and head comes from.
From simple to complex
A Grid for the form! You can call it a specific topology. However, the book author Uldis Zarins refers to it more as a Grid. It's a way to describe the form visually. Visual and image information, including 3D models, photos, and color-coding, is a crucial part and is essential in our previous books – Understanding the Human Figure and Anatomy of Facial Expressions.
Anatomy For Artists
Human anatomy for visual people. A sculptor makes it, and it's a sculpting book. But in a more broad sense. Sculpting as creating a realistic human using any artistic platform — people who learn and enjoy obtaining information in a visual format.
An artist needs to have this structured approach. To properly understand the complex structures, they need to be simplified first. Like the mouth, eye, or ear, every element is broken down into block-outs and developed into detailed realistic shapes.