As the protegé to the famous Fred Fixler, who worked directly under the legendary Frank Reilly, Mark has an unrivaled knowledge of the Reilly Method for drawing the head. In the 1980’s, his artistic prominence gave way to an illustrious career in Hollywood movie poster design. He later founded Associate’s in Art in Southern California, a top school for illustrators, from which many alumni became the “who’s who” in the fields of figurative art.
In this series, Mark introduces you to the Reilly Method, a way of understanding the structure of the head through the use of rhythms, to help project accurate proportions of your subject from any angle.
In this first lesson, Marks precise knowledge and nomenclature of the elements that make up the head will give you a foundational understanding of its anatomy, preparing you to learn the Reilly Method later in this series.
Without meaning any disrespect, regarding “Mark’s precise knowledge and nomenclature of the elements that make up the head”, there are many misleading things about this particular lesson. For example:
•The mastoid process is said to be part of the occipital bone, it is not, it is part of the temporal bone.
•The furrows at the glabella of the model are said to be caused by the frontalis muscle, they are not, they are the effect of the corrugator muscles
•Parts of the maxilla are constantly referred to as the “nasal bone” or the “zygomatic process”
•Several muscles, such as depressor anguli oris, depressor labii inferioris are refered to by their alternative and (very) old names, which have been far gone from anatomy books for decades
•Some volumes have their cause attributed to one muscle or another, when in reality most of the volume in question comes from subcutaneous and structural fat.
Among several other mistakes.
It is not my intention to appear overly nitpicky about lessons that have clearly had a lot of effort poured into them, and I realize this is not meant to be a complete lecture on facial anatomy, but these are things that if taken at face value by someone that has never studied anatomy, can derail future studies into the subject.
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