How to Draw the Head from Any Angle

How to Draw the Head from Any Angle

Hey there! My name is Stan Prokopenko, I’m
going to be doing a series of video tutorials on drawing the head from various angles. Hopefully
there will be some interest and I’ll continue making more of these for you guys! In this first video I’m going to *attempt*
to summarize and simplify Andrew Loomis’ approach to drawing the head. Here we go.. If we remove the eyes, nose, lips, and ears
from the head we are left with 2 simple masses. The first is a ball for the cranium and the
second is a boxy shape for the jaw. The cranium is spherical, but with the sides
flattened. So, chopping off a slice from both sides gets us a simplified but close representation
of the cranial mass. When drawing the head, I’ll start with the
circle for the ball. and after a few failed attempts… rip out your hair. take a deep
breath and try again. But seriously, make sure it looks like a circle and at least the
height and width are the same. The oval is a bit more tricky. The height
will always be the same, no matter what angle you’re drawing the head from. It’s 2/3 the
height of the circle. So I’ll usually look at the area From the center of the circle
to the top, divide that area into thirds, and this top third will be where the oval
begins. and the same for the bottom. The width of the oval depends on the direction
the person is looking. Compare the width of the front plane to the width of the side plane.
The top portion of the oval falls on the corner of the forehead. This is where the front plane
meets the side plane. This area is usually rounded so it’s open to the artist’s interpretation.
I’ve found that it usually lies near the end of the eyebrow. So as I just showed we indicate the left and
right turn of the head by the width of the oval. Now we need to find the up and down
tilt. This is indicated by an angle along the side plane. If the head is tilted up,
the angle will point up and if the head is tilted down, the angle will point down. The
degree of the tilt will determine how steep to make this line. I like to use the angle
from the ear to the brow. From there, I’ll continue that line over to
the front plane. Since this line represents the brow, pay attention to the angle from
one brow to the other. Then, draw a curve parallel to the the first
one, this time starting from the bottom of the oval. This represents the bottom of the
nose. Drawing the same line again from the top of the oval, would bring you to the hairline. Since the face can be broken down into nearly
perfect thirds, chin, nose, brow, and hair, we can use the measurements we’ve already
found, to find the length down to the chin. Observe the general shape of the jaw and draw
in the major angles starting from the brow coming down to the chin, and going around
to the side plane of the head. It’s usually about halfway into the oval, or a little bit
further back. We’ve already found the side plane of the
cranium. Now we need to do the same thing with the cheek and jaw area. There’s a rhythm
that starts at the top of the ear and curves down to the outside of the chin. Then find
the centerline of the face. Remember, this is the center of the front plane, not the
center of the whole head width. and finish with the neck. Now that we have the foundation
of the head established we can finish it by putting in all the features! eyes, nose, lips,
ear, hair, jaw, cheeks, chin. Don’t worry, I’ll explain this step in more detail in another
video. Each feature deserves it’s own tutorial. This approach is really good to establish
the perspective of the head. A good exercise is to try to think about the head as a simple
elongated box. The angles in the front plane of the face such as hair line, brow line,
nostrils, lips, and chin will be the same as the angles on the front plane of the box. The angle on the brow line to ear is the same
as the angle on the side plane of the box. These angles are really important because
they establish the head as a three dimensional form in space. Let’s go through that one more time. Start with a circle for the cranium. Oval for the side plane of the head Angle to show the person looking up or down. Draw an identical curve to find the nose And double that distance to find the chin Attach the jaw and you have a 3 dimensional
representation of the head ready for the features. At first this approach might seem a bit technical
with a lot of important details to remember but once you get the hang of it, it actually
becomes really easy. So get that sketchbook out and practice this a hundred times, with
various angles. Did you like this video? Your friends might
too. Please help me out and share on your favorite social network and don’t forget to
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Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “How to Draw the Head from Any Angle

  1. Proko says:

    You can find the rest of my free drawing lessons at

  2. Europe Ian says:

    watched these videos years ago.

  3. Nayana Loivos says:

    you're incredible! Congratulation!

  4. Kids playground says:

    Wow you are so talented 😍😍🙌😄😄 Your drawings are perfect 😄😄

  5. Санчез Смачнез says:

    it is pleasure to watch this lesson and listen to a such pragmatical and practical descriptions)))))

  6. FarruFR says:

    Me: skips from 3:32 to 3:42

    also me: WTF

  7. Alexandra Gomes says:

    Can't seem to get passed that first circle

  8. Dhanapal .v says:

    I need more information. Plzz

  9. nne alrsamh says:

    شكراً جزيلاً سيد بروكو لأنك أضفت الترجمة العربية، ممتنه لك أيها الفنان الجميل 🌹💕 ^^

    حنان .

  10. watanabess offc says:

    Oke now im best at drawing head after watch this, but the body are bizard.

  11. Mayuri Wankhede says:

    Thank u for ths video. I m in 2nd yr doing B.V.A n m nt good at head study ur teaching in ths way made my doubts clear…tysm

  12. JM ArtPortrait Paintings says:

    Very good tutorial, very informative.

  13. Freaked Strug says:

    Thanks man it was actually a good technique 😀

  14. Habiba Bushra says:

    How many papers u have wasted

  15. Rhys Miguel -the first- says:

    i had to watch this video and copy the steps for art homework, and it was one of the most helpful and fun ones ever. thanks

  16. Коля 654 says:


  17. carobni vrt says:

    you waste so much paper

  18. Sevastik Seva says:

    Молодец, Проко))

  19. ب.ف B.F. says:

    واااااو كلش حلو

  20. ب.ف B.F. says:

    So nice and beautiful 👍🏻👍🏻good luck my dear

  21. sajjad abouei says:

    thank you so much i was searching for something like this

  22. Abdul Ghani says:

    i looking for tutorial on shading,
    few steps todo before u can shade it,
    anyone knows?

  23. B Kulkarni says:

    what a revealing; thanks a tons

  24. Cristiana says:

    in 5 minutes I learned what I couldnt learn in 5 years of art high school

  25. Константин Иванов says:

    thank you!

  26. Shawn Frost says:

    😂😂😂 what the hack, dude my brain turned into mush

  27. бардак абрама says:

    сложно вырубай

  28. 3d art channel says:

    good education…

  29. #루쏘TV #LUSSO TV says:

    That's cool. You draw it calmly and gently. I'll have to practice a lot, too. Please come and see the sketch. I'll practice a lot. Russo TV

  30. HelperClass says:

    nice 🙂

  31. Latifa Ben Aziz says:


  32. OneWeebGaming says:

    Well thats another way that I could use whenever I want to draw a head

  33. selma regina says:

    Porra pensei que tava em português

  34. TheGoFamily Vlog says:

    Ur talent is so amazing 😘

  35. Ruslan Gatti says:

    Sten! У тебя что, русские корни?

  36. Адан С says:


  37. Dale Greene says:

    Thanks so much for posting. I have some issues with seeing the planes of the head but you've made it seem easier. My own channel has improved by watching great content like this.

  38. Gara Ximenez says:

    4:40 ironman

  39. Joyce Yang says:

    Now I know

  40. Дапкин Тапкин says:

    Как рисовать звездочки?

  41. sebastian Ignacio Riquelme says:

    Genial saludos desde chile 🇨🇱

  42. Emily says:


  43. Hiro Autumn says:

    Good tutorial

  44. Catalyst Drakannon says:

    insert the same goddamn spongebob joke here

  45. Даниил Дрегвалёв says:

    Очень доходчиво и просто. Спасибо.

  46. M. T. says:

    This was so incredibly helpful! Would this technique work with other parts of the body? For example making the chest cavity a square, and the hips a smaller or bigger square? This will be a great tool for me to practice this week during my freetime at work! Thank you so much!!

  47. Настя Кадочникова says:

    Thid is the best explanation I have ever seen!

  48. PRESTON BRIGGS says:

    Good Teaching.

  49. TOPPERS STUDY says:

  50. quentin fischer says:

    "Comment dessiner la tête sous tous les angles" ?? C'est dommage de n'en montrer qu'un dans la vidéo, surtout celui là qu'on retrouve absolument partout sur internet, une vue la tête basculée aurait été intéressante… :/

  51. Kapitan Mateo says:

    This movie is from 2012. I just realized how far I am from the level which I want in a drawing …

    But I will get it!

    Thank you for this movie:))

  52. ABDUL JOUHAR says:

    OMG! perfectly Explained

  53. chorepa says:

    hopefully there will be some interest… 6 million views later

  54. ღ Shanna ღ says:

    Merci beaucoup pour votre aide

  55. Mohamed Fadli says:

    XD i cant draw a perfect circle with same height & width & i just started drawing 2 weeks ago any tips please ?? :/

  56. Eugene Ivanov says:

    Thank you, it's realy cool!

  57. despoina nt says:

    I m really confused….I dont know where to start …I watched some of anatomy videos because that it may be better to watch first but then I thought that you may showed other steps first. Soni started from the first video that you uploaded….it yould be VERY helpful to add numbers to your videos to tell us witch video will watch first….

  58. غازي بس says:


  59. Kelly de Abreu says:


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  61. Mihrican says:

    thanks, realy good.

  62. Justin Meyers says:

    Free PDF vs. of Loomis's 'Heads and Hands' book here (you're welcome 😉 –

  63. DRAW WITH Me says:

    How to draw tree in minute guys see my video here n subscribe now 😎🌴🌲🎄🌴

  64. Loki odinson says:

    You're the best man, thank you so much 😢

  65. himanshu kumar says:

    I had a frozen neck since childhood, I can move it now in any direction 🙂

  66. دينا أشرف says:

  67. Pollo Valenciano says:


  68. Pollo Valenciano says:


  69. SANATBAHAR says:


  70. Med Medmed says:

    شكرا على الترجمة بالعربية هذا سيمكنني من التعلم بسهولة شكرًا جزيلا

  71. Jon Snow says:

    Где перевод? Если название на русском

  72. ERIC JACKSON says:

    Is it just me or do proko tutorials make people more confused

  73. Spider Artist says:


  74. Aleatoire Necessite says:

    а как нарисовать головёшку собаконенавистника пескова

  75. сергей марусин says:

    Блин слишком быстро, нужно посмотреть в медленном режиме,а так здорово

  76. Ha8er says:


  77. Shubham Chomal says:

    Why did you waste so many pages😢

  78. 우울 says:

    it's very helpful!

  79. Francesca Azparrent says:

    This is the best tutorial ever!!!!

  80. Mukunda Barhate says:

  81. Mukunda Barhate says:

  82. Wadee Aldahb says:

    شكرااااا ♡

  83. Wadee Aldahb says:

    Thank you

  84. evonfamly sikuzani says:

    It is so easy to draw this stuff just practice

  85. Liliana Romanova says:

    Спасибо! И отдельное спасибо за русские субтитры💋

  86. Aarti Shailesh Wagh says:

    It's a waste of time in showing the same thing twice

  87. anjel chouhan says:

    4 pg waste kr diye 😕

  88. Sarfraz Kunst_ART says:

    watch my realistic watercolor fish video


  89. لينار لينار says:

    شكرا شكرا , thanks , merci

  90. Yugo Riffendi says:

    ist wort it for me

  91. justin wilson says:

    Idk why but I saw head
    from a angle

  92. Robert Jackson says:

    Good video & good explanation. I don't want any music in tutorial videos, but at least it wasn't loud.

  93. Angel Bosco says:

    Métete los vídeos en el orto!!!!!!

  94. solitonmedic says:

    here, this is how you draw a head

    now draw the rest of the head

  95. Unknown World says:

    So SpongeBob is correct 🤔

  96. the suspect says:

    Nolan Christopher

  97. Steve says:

    One of the best things about Stan is how he's grown out of his shyness, seeing him in the podcast and later videos compared to his early ones are almost polar opposites. I am very glad to see him show himself closer to his true goofy self. Thank you Stan for giving us a great online resource through the years.

  98. Landryl T.V says:

    Title is in french, why the video is not?

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