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In this phase you will explore basic head construction, and learn how to simplify the complex forms of the head through various measuring techniques. You will then move on to studying the skull, the Asaro head (both simple and complex), and the rhythmical head abstraction. Each section will look at straight on, three-quarter, and profile head angles. This is a very thorough phase so take a deep breath, set your intention, and stay present. If done correctly this phase may take a month or so to get through. Take your time, and remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Now that you have started to become familiar with navigating the human head from various angles, and using a variety of techniques, it is time to put that knowledge to work. In this phase you will be called upon to take the aforementioned techniques and apply them to drawing from photos of plaster casts. We will also take a look at using casts to study individual features. All of this will be preparing you for the rigors of working from the live model. Take your time with these phases. They are equivalent to half a term at the Atelier, which is three months long. Like previous phases, it is not uncommon to take the better part of a month to get through these exercises.