Thursday, January 6, 2011
SATYR (Head Day 4)
This is a scaled model of a Caucasoid male skull which I made for my make-up crew at the theatre. Please notice the many planes and ridges which make up the human skull topography. A few of the items we want to concern ourselves with are as follows: The eye socket is placed just above the halfway point of the face. The upper 1/3 to 1/2 of the nose is supported by bone while the lower section is cartilage and skin. The upper and lower jaws protrude forward from the plane of the face.( This feature is more pronounced in Negroid skulls.)
Frontal view of the skull. Note the size and number of the teeth in the jaw. The upper teeth tend to be larger than the lower teeth and have a slight over-hang all the way around the mouth.
This is the skull I use for sculpting. Note the lack of prominent contrasts in the ridges and planes. The yeas are set about a bead width apart and protrude from the socket slightly.
Here you can see that I have removed the nose structure completely so I can attach a larger or smaller nose without the underlying armature getting in the way.
For the steps of the head lay up, please see the TRISTAN blog.
The finished head has been sculpted following the steps we did in the Tristan sculpt. The character is now added to the face by giving him a slight smirk and a raised eyebrow on one side.
Once again it is important to be observant when dealing with the underlying muscle as you complete the details. As the eyebrow is pulled away from the eye the opening of the eye increases and the shin above and to the side of the brow will need to crease.
When the mouth starts a smile the nasal-labial fold will deepen as the muscle around the mouth is pulled under the cheek. The tissue above this fold will become rounder from the fold to the eye socket.
As the skin is pulled and bunches, you will see more creases both large and small in the skin beyond the effected areas.
Onto hands tomorrow. Have a great day!