Open Drawing Sessions | Drawing Asaro Head!

Tuesday, May 18 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

30 US$

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The Asaro Head, also known as “The Planes of the Head”, has been around for a few decades now and it has become an invaluable prop for artists to practice drawing and to understand the structure of the head, its planes and its volumetric characteristics.

Any artist should have one of these mannequins right next to a skull prop, if nothing else, to make your studio look cool!

In this Open Drawing Session, we will use the Asaro Head to practice measuring techniques, drawing the planes of the head and finally practice tonal rendering, studying the light and shadow effects on the forms of the head, an essential set of skills for the artist interested in portraiture.


Zoom: (I will set up a short Zoom session to discuss the materials needed and also practice connecting via Zoom).

Drawing paper: a pad of Strathmore Drawing, series 400, 12” by 18” or 11” by 14” or Strathmore Bristol vellum surface series 300, 11” by 14”; Strathmore charcoal paper toned, 12” by 18”. You can also use or experiment with any other brand and type of paper you like or have: Canson, Fabriano, etc. or buy paper by the sheet.

Compressed Charcoal in sticks and pencils. General's is a good and cheap brand. White chalk in pencils or sticks, General's again makes a very good and cheap chalk pencil. Vine charcoal in square sticks, preferably Nitram in soft and medium gradation (B and HB). Graphite pencils in HB-2B-4B gradations will suffice.

Blending stump, erasers (mars plastic, kneaded eraser, Chamois, General’s Factis mechanical eraser or Tombows Mono Zero mechanical eraser.

Red, black and white Conte crayon pastel or colored pencils. The red should be an earth red such as Venetian red or Indian red. And finally, sharpening tools and sand paper.