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Drawing the Skull ... 2

In the 7/8th's profile view, the Cranium plays a large role. Quite often the beginning student over-emphasizes the size of the face. Consider that the cranium is quite large. To appreciate its size first place your hand over your face: your face will fit quite neatly into your hand. Now put your hand onto the top of your skull and you will immediately grasp the relative immenseness of the cranium. It is like trying to pick up a bowling ball.

The cranium is comprised of six parts of which the major parts are defined by the sutures, or scams. The sutures give evidence of the age of the skull’s original owner at the time of their, well, departure. It is not until after 30 years of age that the sutures fully close. They slowly fuse together beginning from the inside of the skull at infancy and continue fusing for the next 30 years. The sutures on the female skull I am working from are not fully fused. My guess is that she died in her late twenties.

Portrait Drawing Lessons - The Skull-6

Portrait Drawing Lessons - The Skull-7

The Frontal Eminence is the forehead. In the female it is generally higher and more rounded than the male which is relatively more angled.

The Parietal Eminences, of which only one of the two is seen in the 7/8’s profile is the argest part of the cranium. The Parietal Eminences are the roof of the cranium.

Portrait Drawing Lessons - The Skull-8

Portrait Drawing Lessons - The Skull-9

The Occipital forms the lower, back of the skull. The two notable landmarks here are the External Occipital Protuberance and the Superior Nuchal Line. In the female, these two landmarks are less pronounced and smoother than the male.

The Mastoid Process lies behind the ear. It is a large, inferiorly projected cone-like shape. In the female, the Mastoid Process is smaller and less pronounced.

Portrait Drawing Lessons - The Skull-10

Portrait Drawing Lessons - The Skull-11

Above the ear, and below the Parietal Eminence is the convex Squama. The oyster-shaped Squama is relatively thin compared to the rest of the skull. It is joined to the Parietal Eminence in an irregular arc.

The Temporal Fossa is the temple area. Within the anterior portion of the Temporal Fossa is the Great Wing of Sphenoid.

Practice of Mixing Flesh Tones

The Practice of Mixing Flesh Tones & Spotting Color Notes

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