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Planes of the Head by John Asaro

"I have used the Asaro Head for over twenty years for my own personal use as well as at Watts Atelier of the Arts. I encourage all my students to work from it until it they acquire an intuitive understanding of it. I have seen others but none compare to the elegant and efficient interpretation of the design of the planes of the head that this one embodies. I have had the privilege to know John for many years and his insight into the design of this tool is first rate. I would highly encourage it for any aspiring sculptor, painter or draftsman."

Jeffrey Watts
Director Owner
Watts Atelier of the Arts LLC

“I’ve used the planes of the head model in many of my workshops to show students how to simplify and navigate the otherwise complex structure of the head and facial features. I recommend it as a helpful practice tool for anyone interested in learning more about the figure and portraiture."

David Shevlino
Artist and Instructor

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The Original Planes of the Head mannequin is designed as a tool for learning in an effective and orderly progression how to draw and paint the human head. The model is applicable to both sexes and all races, with variations arising only in proportion. The left side shows the basic structure of the head's planes as seen in a rounded and or younger face.

The right side shows a more complex structure characteristic of a thinner and or older face. This mannequin head has been conceived in the hope of benefiting all artists from the beginning student to the professional. It is designed for both independent and classroom use.

Through academic exercise Planes of the Head offers a realistic approach for the understanding of light and planes in the modeling of the human head.

Definition: The head body is made of French curves and ovals. On all these surfaces there are flatter and concave areas we call planes (they are not flat). The Planes of the Head mannequin is a 3D map to show where all these planes are on the head and the relationship they have to one another. This mannequin head has every plane imaginable. We do not suggest every head has all these planes -- they do not. However, we do say all heads have some of these planes, and that people have the basic planes shown on page 24 of the booklet that is provided with the Planes of the Head mannequin, and the new mannequin head called "memorized."

All heads come in unbreakable light gray plastic. They are all made with light gray polyethylene plastic and are unbreakable. All pieces are made in the USA through a process called “rotational molding.” Each head and body is made individually and then hand-trimmed; it takes an hour to an hour and half to complete one piece! Because of the hand-trimming no head or body is ever “perfect” due to the trimmed seams, but it must meet our standard of quality before shipping out to our customers.

Special offer:

Bella Donna Catalog, $3 with purchase of any head