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Reilly Method Head Drawing: Unit 2 – The Abstraction with Mark Westermoe

Reilly Method Head Drawing: Unit 2 – The Abstraction
Conceptualize the Head Using the Rhythms of the Abstraction

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Instructor
Mark Westermoe
Subjects
Art Theory, Drawing, Entertainment Arts
Topics
Anatomy, Head & Portrait
Mediums
Pencil
Duration
7h 25m 28s
Series
Reilly Method Head Drawing

In the series’ second lesson, Mark introduces Frank Reilly’s abstraction: a rhythmical representation of the shapes and forms of the head. Internalizing this model will give you an excellent starting point for any portrait or head drawing. Mark first explains a little bit of the history behind this abstraction, then moves on to show you how it can be applied to any given drawing or photo. Following that, he uses the abstraction and some tracing paper to demonstrate some portraits from the NMA and Drawthis! model reference libraries.

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.

As the protegé to the famous Fred Fixler, who worked directly under the legendary Frank Reilly, Mark’s unrivaled knowledge of the Reilly Method for drawing the head led 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. He will be greatly missed, and his imprint on the industry, students across the world, and here at the NMA studio will last forever.

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