Drawing the Head: Proportion & Structure

Head Construction Demo by Christopher Clements



Drawing the Head – Proportion & Structure

1 Day Foundation Workshop

  • Tuesday 9th August 2022 10:00 – 15:30
  • Blue & Berry Art Gallery, Knutsford Rd, Chelford, Macclesfield SK11 9BB
  • £120 including refreshments, lunch and a glass of wine.


What You’ll learn

This Workshop will show you how to get the proportion and structure of the head right to give your portraits a great foundation.

Have you ever wanted to draw portraits but…

  • don’t know where to start?
  • feel that your portrait drawings need more structure?
  • stop life drawings when you get to the head?

Whether you want to draw portrait sketches of friends and family, improve your life drawing or create a solid foundation for portrait paintings, this workshop with Christopher Clements will provide you with a flexible set of skills that you can use for your own creative purposes.

The workshop will take you through everything you need to know to draw the foundations of believable head studies including:

  • Head structure and placement of the features
  • Orientation and connection to the body
  • Key landmarks & what to look out for

You will develop your drawing abilities starting with the fundamentals of gesture and proportion. This is an essential foundation for convincing, dynamic portraits. From here you’ll work through the main structures of the head allowing you to draw the features and smaller details with confidence.

  • Capture the gesture & orientation of the head
  • Develop your sense of proportion & structure
  • Place the features with confidence

The approach is designed to build your drawings in a logical way by making one decision at a time, each stage informing the next.

By the end of the workshop you’ll be familiar with an approach which will help you draw well proportioned heads with dynamic gesture and accurately placed features. This framework will enable you to draw with confidence and imagination in your own work.




Is this workshop for me?

This workshop is particularly suitable for people who would like to develop their portrait drawing abilities and will suit all levels. It is particularly well suited if you’re just starting out as we’ll cover basic drawing principles you need to know.

If you’re more experienced it will offer you a chance to try a different approach and develop your existing skills.

It will also help you get more out of life drawing classes, not only with drawing the head but also the connection of the head and torso.

If you’re interested in portrait painting the course will help you focus on the fundamental drawing skills necessary to give your paintings a strong foundation.

Whether you’re looking to learn core principles or push your skills from a more advanced position the course will have plenty to offer.

The workshop also provides a  chance for you to spend time concentrating on your portrait sketching skills with other like minded, friendly artists. Whether you’re looking to learn fundamental principles or push your skills from a more advanced position there will be plenty to learn and benefit from.

Places are limited to give you plenty of personal feedback and allow you to work at your own level and pace.

What You’ll Need

Easels, drawing boards and paper are provided, just bring your favourite drawing media to work with.



Essential Info & Booking

Drawing the Head – Proportion & Structure: 1 Day Foundation Workshop

Blue & Berry Art Gallery, Knutsford Rd, Chelford, Macclesfield SK11 9BB

Tuesday 9th August 2022 10:00 – 15:30

£120 including refreshments, lunch and a glass of wine.

How to Book

Bookings are made by paying a £30 deposit via Eventbrite, you will then be invoiced for the remaining £90 balance directly. This is due a week before the course begins. Follow the ‘Book Now’ links on this page to Eventbrite pay your deposit.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

email: info@northernrealist.com



What’s the refund policy?

  • No deposit refunds unless the course is cancelled, 
  • The invoiced remainder can be refunded up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Full refund including deposit if the course is cancelled