Sculpting The Human Head 

  • Artistic & Structural Concepts
  • Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Forms
  • Landmarks Of The Face
  • Presentation
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A Digitally Traditional Approach

The course will go through the full process of modeling and sculpting the human face, starting with collecting references, block out, establishing core features, and adding proper forms. Moving into lighting and presenting to highlight all the sculpted forms. The emphasis throughout the course will be on addressing the nuances of forms, structures, micro details, workflow and presentation.

By the end of the course, students will have understood a deep level of facial anatomy. They should also have gained knowledge on how to troubleshoot new problems or tasks.

This workshop on Face Sculpting will consist of six modules of live sessions. You’ll learn core character design skills and workflows and be part of a community of artists working to achieve next level quality in their work.

By the end of the workshop you'll:

  • Have developed an understanding of the facial anatomical structure.
  • Understanding and analyzing organic forms.
  • Have mastered the pipeline for facial details.
  • Have created your own unique facial sculpt.


Our courses are built around job-readiness so we use Sprints to help break the content up into actionable units.

This workshop's total run time is 11 hours 2 minutes.

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Artistic Concepts & Best practices

118 minutes

In this sprint, you will go through some basic artistic/sculptural concepts and then quickly apply them into a human skull study. Reduce decision making; Spell out the concept.

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Facial Development

141 minutes

Here, you will be establishing planes of the face. The primary silhouette and structure for the face, alongside determining the core features. This includes:  shape of nose, eyes, ear, mouth, etc. based on concept.

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Sculpting Secondary Forms

150 minutes

In this sprint, you will focus on sculpting secondary forms. You will use various methods to capture the likeness of the concept, capturing highlights and shadows from different angles and scenarios. 

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Advanced Secondary Forms

70 minutes

In this sprint, you will add asymmetry to the model. You will implement a fat layer, big scale imperfection, facial feature asymmetry, and head posing.

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84 minutes

In this sprint, Fabio will take you through the detailing. Wrinkles & pore details. Micro details, imperfections. You will finalize it according to your concept. 

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95 minutes

Basic Lighting Theory. Designing Lighting Styles Specific To Your Project to highlight all the sculpted forms. Bring all of your Elements to life.

Fabio Paiva

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Character Facial Sculpting

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