So we have been noticing a lot of work popping up on the forum for the competition! One of the things we also noticed was that some of the “head sketches” showing off the product need a little love. I know first hand that people can be very intimidating to sketch! So here is a quick “how to getchyo head right” that I put together to give some guidance on sketching out a quick head for a product sketch. As the final sketches for the competition should be “presentation sketches,” you might think about having a human head somewhere on the page to show how the product lives.
Step 1: Sketch (lightly and gesturally) a nice plump circle using your shoulder and arm. Sketch a line right through the middle of it. This line will indicate the eyes/brow line.
Step 2: Lets establish some more guides…Divide the circle again from the halfway line to the bottom with a horizontal line…and then again once more. Once this is done you can give yourself a guide line at the bottom of the circle as well. We have just established the nose, the lips and the chin.
Step 3: Indicate the eyes at the halfway mark. Stylistically, I tend to just indicate a brow at this line, but really its the eyes.
Step 4: Go down to the next line and work in the nose.
Step 5: Next go down to the next guide and hit up some lips. You don’t need to fool around and make this too detailed. Remember that in the end this sketch will just help to show off our product.
Step 6: Get the chin and jaw line going from the bottom of your circle.
Step 7: Here we need to fix the head. No human has a perfectly circular head, we have to shape it a bit by coming in with a darker line and punching out the form.
Step 8: Next you need an ear. Usually you are safe putting the ear near the center of the circle with the top of the ear nearly at the center or eye line. Just make sure it goes somewhere between eyes and nose.
Step 9: To add a little more detail I will put in some hair.
Step 10: You can now overlay or sketch your product right on top! BTW…this same technique (with a little practice) can be used for straight on views or perspective as well!
Hope you learned something and good luck with the headphone competition!