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How Red Draws Heads Tutorial by RedRodent How Red Draws Heads Tutorial by RedRodent
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Did this up for a buddy of mine who told me he's struggling with drawing heads at odd angles. Since I've been doing a lot of practice in that area, I thought I'd give doing a tutorial a shot!

Part 2 to follow, perhaps. I'm thinking I'll show a 3/4 rear shot for that one. A less commonly used angle, but an important one to master.

I don't claim to be an expert here, I'm just trying to show ya'll how I do things (I'm sort of re-learning as I go, in fact! :XD: 'Teaching' puts things into a different perspective). I hope it helps.

Critique of my method is encouraged if you see I'm doing something wrong and can help me out, or if you see I how could improve something, please let me know! I really appreciate any tips I can get ;P

Same goes for all my deviations, really :aww: I want to get better! That's a big part of why I'm here. =D
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keeperoftheridge Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.. this is amazing..thank you so much! :iconfoxhappyplz:
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010   Digital Artist
:D Glad you liked it.
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osoa-akiondtuade Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I sould have looked at this sooner! I usually start with a circle, then the nose (with appropriate size) then connect it to the head for the muzzle, and free-draw from there. Your tutorial should make drawing heads much easier.
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008   Digital Artist
Actually, I've been starting to merge styles. It's easier to draw a head in good proportions if you do it the way you just stated ;)
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osoa-akiondtuade Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh. good info, dude.
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Captain-Varro Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant! I've been having loads of troubles with anthro heads recently for some unknown reason, your fine tutorial should help. :D
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008   Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear it! :) I really should do another tutorial some time, with different angles, and hopefully improved art quality! :XD:
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Captain-Varro Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be most excellent! :)
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OddFacade Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
I hope it helps me while I train in my drawing class this coming semester! ^_^
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:iconredrodent:
RedRodent Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008   Digital Artist
Aw, I'm sure your instructor will help you a heck of a lot more than any silly 'ol tutorial I made! :XD:
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OddFacade Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
I sure hope so :3 ...Not that your tutorial doesn't help anyway. ^_~

Oh, on a side note, if you ever have no idea of what to do with your spare time, you're welcome to read up on some of my lovely Sisters [link] *evil-grin* X3
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008   Digital Artist
Hmm, nifty website!
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OddFacade Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Thanks. They're very special to me. ^.^
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Toxique-Waste Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Nice tutorial here,I think your pretty good at drawing from angles :)
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:iconredrodent:
RedRodent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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P40-Warhawk Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply stunning! it helped me draw these! wait...check my gallery and ill have Lucky, the rabbit and Singe, the WWII flying ace.
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008   Digital Artist
Well I'm very glad if it helped! =) Thanks!
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Freemansheart Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
it all starts out with a circle. for me i use circles squares ovals ect
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008   Digital Artist
Yeah, I've been experimenting with ovals. They work better in some cases =)
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Freemansheart Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
cool i hope they work out for you. but you know whats weird i use squares for my lions and tigers
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Digital Artist
Seems to work pretty well for you =) I should try squares more often. I use 'em occasionally.
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Freemansheart Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
thanks.hey mind if i ask you something?
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:iconredrodent:
RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Digital Artist
Sure what? (gotta dash, work)
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Freemansheart Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
um ok i'll send it and you can check it later. what inspired your fursona?
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:iconredrodent:
RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Digital Artist
Actually, I described it pretty well here :P [link]
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Both-eyes-open Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I think I'll find this to be a useful tutorial to me when I decide to give anthro drawing a go.
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008   Digital Artist
Sweet! =) Hope so.
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Both-eyes-open Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Student Digital Artist
So do I!:lol:
I really want to show I support the furry culture!
It may be some time before I get to do any drawings/requests due to the next two weeks at college are going to be freakishly busy for me.:(
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008   Digital Artist
Understood :XD:
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Both-eyes-open Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Student Digital Artist
:highfive:
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mamei799 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
good tutorial :3 :D
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
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Waykum Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Student General Artist
pretty sweet tutorial =D

The way you did the muzzle was new to me. I'm more accustomed to drawing it outward from the intersection point of the 2 main crosses.

A bit of advice for the angle of the finished product, try drawing 2 eclipses from the original guidelines and draw a line going through both intersection points (I only thought of this 2 seconds ago; don't know if it'd work!).
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:iconredrodent:
RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008   Digital Artist
That's a very very good idea. Making the ellipses meet, then drawing a guideline through that? Very nice... I'll have to try it! =D
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BlackKnight911 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
ive always had trouble doing this angle, maybe it will help a bit =)
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:iconredrodent:
RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008   Digital Artist
Hope so! =D
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rizegreymon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
awesome method :3 ill get some tips from it red :3
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008   Digital Artist
Hope so! =) Thanks for the comment!
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bluedreamCast Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
hehe this was actualy something i was strugling in recently :XD: it'll will come in handy :aww: i thanks you for making it ^^
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Digital Artist
Awesome! I hope it does help! :aww:
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Acheron538 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
You should do basic angles too such as from the sides and directly ahead of [hardest one for me], that'd be awesomely useful.
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Digital Artist
Directly ahead is kind of tough :P It depends on what kinda muzzle the character has, though.
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ImpishVermin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
Try adding the neck before you add facial details, that's also what I say.

Great work though. That's what I do, add the muzzle (or the eyes, varying) first.
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Digital Artist
Hmm, yeah :XD: I should have put the neck in first.
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RedLiox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
This is a pretty good guide. Its sometimes hard to understand how refining the underlying work helps but not just a step-by-step but a line-by-line REALLY shows alot here!
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
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Grey-Weasel Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
Holy frack, this is incredible, a god-send if you're willing to say.

Thanks for the tutorial even though I have yet to use it.

And, um...
potatoes are good.
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Digital Artist
:lol: Watch out, Starbuck! Enemy on your tail! :noes:

Hope you like it =)

Yes, they are! :noes:
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Acheron538 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
Your method totally helped. . .

Thanks!
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RedRodent Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Digital Artist
I hope so! You're welcome =)
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