Drawing Toy Heads

August 23, 2009

If you’re having difficulty finding a decent model to draw from you may not need to look any further than your local toy store. In my case here it was a shoe box in my closet.

Superman head

Superman head


Ronald in armor

Ronald in armor

The “Superman” mask came from an old Captain Action kit I had as a child. I can’t remember the name of the figure in armor, so I’ve been calling him Ronald, since he remindes me of the old actor Ronald Coleman. He also came with a horse which I still have, but the Western cowboy kit I had for him disappeared down a hole somewhere in time.

Drawing of heads

Drawing of heads

There are action figures now with several points of articulation that make them more poseable, but still look rather unnatural. Nonetheless, some of them can make for good reference material, especially the faces.



  1. Enjoying your art here. thanks for the insights. Thanks, also for commenting on MY blog! BTW, Ronald is/was SIR GORDON, THE GOLD KNIGHT. There was also a SILVER KNIGHT, SIR STUART. If this link works, go here http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/showimage.aspx?gid=456511&image=138336824&images=138336824,138336837,138336847&formats=0,0,0&format=0 to see his original box! Loved those toys!

  2. Thank you very much, Steven! That’s him alright. I remember some of those accessories too, like the mace and cross-bow. I can’t manage to call him Gordon, but it’ll be “Sir” Ronald from now on… (this all sounds like Smithy in “Random Harvest.”)

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