Planes of the Head

Planes of the Head

The planes of the head are the surfaces, or contours, that result from the bones of the head and the muscles that lie over them. A covering of smooth skin over flesh softens the transition from one plane to another.

You won’t always see the changes of the facial planes, but as an artist, you must know where to look for them and how to incorporate them into your portraits. If you want to create interesting portraits, you must give a careful study to facial planes.

Notice that some facial features are composed of more than one plane. The nose, for instance, has five planes

One rectangular plane in front, one rectangular plane on each side, one at its top, and one at the bottom. Try to find the five planes of the nose, and study the planes that make up the rest of the face.

Last modified: Thursday, 21 May 2020, 22:34