Points, Planes, Lines and Grooves: but what is underneath it all

Morning study session reviewing the cephalometric points, planes, and lines and grooves of the human skull.

I have a good understanding of the location of these place markers but what I am running into difficulty is relating how all these surface points line up with the underlying structures of the human skull.

And I find it difficult to keep in mind that the image I am looking at is a three dimensional object in real life.

The book I am using to study from is “Heads”, by Alex Kayser.


“Plane change equals value change”, so says Scott Robertson. Maybe if a pay a little closer attention to the sudtle value changes seen in the photographs I’ll be better able to identify what shape is under the surface giving rise to it.

An seminar being offered at Texas State by artist Karen Taylor seems to cover exactly what I am looking to learn…

“New Workshop – Drawing to Depict the Deceased for Identification”



New for the night stand: How to Draw the Human Head and something extra too!

New for the night stand “How to Draw the Human Head” by Louise Gordon. This book was referenced in Karen Taylor’s “Forensic Art and Illustration.”

When one one artist thinks highly enough to mention another artist’s work, that always piques my curiosity. Bought the book on the spot.

And an added bonus for today, not from the book seller but from a friend, a 3D print of me.

The piece is titled … well … actually, I don’t have a title for it.

I like what my buddy called it. He called it “Little John.”

The file for this 3D print was created from a fully body scan I had done a couple of years ago at the 3D Print Show in London.

I am very surprised at the detail the hand held scanner was able to capture. And that was a few years ago. Am curious what resolution today’s handheld scanners can achieve.

My buddy’s 3D printer did a nice job too.

Well done Blaine! http://solveproductdesign.com/




Planes of the Body by John Asaro

Artist John Asaro, artist behind the Planes of the Head bust,  has now release “Planes of the Body.”


The only other example I could find online of a company offering for purchase a full figure planar study is from the company 3DTotal (artist Dan Crossland).

Sculptor Phillipe Faraut does offer planar studies of the torso but not of the entire figure.

AnatomyTools (Artist Dan Cawres) do not offer a planar study but they do have every other figure study model imaginable.



imageAnother book has come in this week.

“Forensic Analysis of the Skul”l, edited by Mehmet Yasar Iscan and Richard P. Helmet. Published by Wiley-Liss

ISBN: 0-471-56078-2

Purchased from HPB-California condition was way better than advertised.

Only mark in the book is a “From the Library of” stamp but the stamp itself is pretty awesome.