I found this at a thrift store a while ago and thought it’d be something people might be interested in having some nice, high-res photos of for reference. Arno is an amalgam of the Loomis planes and a ‘planes of the head’ sculpture by John Asaro. Asaro was, as far as I can gather, a student of. Documents Similar To Planes of the Head – John Asaro. Anatomy Intro. Uploaded by. vinicius Successful Portrait Painting. John H. Sanden. Uploaded by.

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Feeling the Form – Loomis and the Planes of the Head

But I still think the planar head keeps you thinking of a volume in space. But then, if you look at late 19th century French academic plnes, it certainly appears to be more true to life than earlier classical work, as if an element of realism was being blended with classicism.

How many paintings did Vermeer make a year? A photo of my small Sculpey head. Plaes you can, it’s best to ask art questions in the blog comments.

John Asaro Vintage Ceramic “Planes of the Head”.

Sold to a fellow CA. This post is picking up a thread that I dropped in Aprilthe Loomis head drawings. Your email address will not be published. How hard must that be? Oof know that principle works in practice, and at first sight Loomis seems to be following it here.

There were many much rougher ones before this set,too. Too many of the interlocking edges of the planes are undefined, even in the first drawing. The forms have more depth and three dimensionality to my eyes,and the planes are fitting together much more convincingly.

You can really see the difference in the realism of computer graphics that take this into account or not. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Arno: Their studios were often more akin to factories turning out product.

However, you can quote images or text without asking permission on your educational or non-commercial blog, website, or Facebook page as long as you give me credit and provide a link back. Sounds absurd, but I think American soap operas and blockbuster movies still work with the same ideal—Harrison Ford looks like he was drawn by Loomis.


I had a life sculpture made of my own head once, you know, the kind where they put straws up your nose and cover you with some kind of gel.

I watched him stand maybe twenty feet away from his portrait subject and use binoculars for the details after he made accurate broad measurements. Yes, the tiny observations are important, but you should search for why they are there. Learned this from an anatomy instructor, who trains animators. By the way the idea of not using tools like compass and ruler in making the spheres is seeming to pay off as i have developed somewhat of a capacity to make them by hand and am hoping to see them improve as i go along….

Have you ever done any sculpture Lisa? One of the interesting things about skin is the way that it is a little translucent, so light spreads though it a little, like marble or milk, rather than like plaster. Try doing construction drawings of skulls also — big help. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Arno:. The last one at the bottom right was something of an experiment. Perhaps I tried to implement them too literally, and Loomis meant them only as a general guide.

The one on the left is a simple breakdown, with front, side, and bottom planes. Looking Out, Looking In I wouldn’t recommend it for physical “use” being vintage and ceramic. Paul, Thanks for your thoughts and the references to those sites, which I did not know and will begin to explore. One says contour is everything, use measuring tools.

Great posting and discussion. Good job with Loomis. Very interesting and very pertinent points Erik. So what did I learn from Arno, and from his smaller Plasticine prototypes? They were fun to do, and instructive, but I felt the need to do something life-size in order to properly resolve the planes, so the final head was made from clay. I acutally think Vermeer is the only exmaple of an old master who worked very, very optically, and this is because he worked from the camura obscura.


I have much closer and more pressing concerns relating to the difficulties of simply making a living and continuing to paint. I have set up my little plane head and painted him in colored light. Also, painting not based on contour is so much more economical. I had a drawing teacher twenty years or so ago who made us draw the Asaro planes of the head cast for the first half hour of every class before we were allowed to draw the model.

Planes are made of points connected by lines. Looks like the makeup artists behind the british sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf had Plane Heads in mohn when they designed the Android Kryten! I also found it difficult working with the planes in the Loomis book and became disheartened, but now feel inspired to try making my own head in a manner of speaking!

Sargent turned out to be the perfect master to try this on since he simplifies his forms quite strongly into planes and has a strong sense of form. This head is by Bernini, and I found the exercise interesting enough to try out a few more. At first I thought that looked like a very good way to proceed, very sound.

For every Michelangelo there were thousands of jobbing artisans. Thanks for the info on aszro Asaro head.

Planes of the Head – Artist’s Mannequin Head by John Asaro

At least, I believe Reynolds, Raeburn and Lawrence did. The PERspiration is up to us! Paul, Thank you for the link to the Loomis books. Hi Nick, thanks for popping bead.