Draw a face

Draw a face

Draw a face

Guess what? Faces are cool! If you’re looking for help finding a great subject for your next portrait, this guide can help. This guide will teach you that you have a wide variety of ways to paint a face that you may not have known about or considered. You could paint a portrait of a businesswoman using eggshell white, a very light, almost translucent paint.To make it easy to digest, I split the tutorial up into 3 parts: How to draw a face from the front, side and 3/4 view. This is part 1 of 3. I came up with the original methods in these 3 tutorials by measuring over a dozen adult faces, so each tutorial carries over the same measuring techniques. Drawing faces should be easy as pie after you get the proportions down.


Draw the upper hairline somewhere in between line A and B. It’s up to you how large you want the forehead to be. To draw a receding hairline, go above line A. When you’re drawing a man’s face, bring in hair from the sides of the head to create a solid and visible looking hairline.Now that we know where our eyes are located on the face, we can draw them. There's another measurement to keep in mind. We also should consider the width of the eyes.

The width of the head, from ear to ear, generally measures the same length of five "eyes". This means that if we want to draw the eyes with accurate proportions, then we need to draw them so that they match this approximate measurement.We find the mouth slightly higher than half-way between the bottom of the nose and the chin. Of course, this measurement varies from person to person. We can draw a line to mark the positioning of the mouth. (Source: thevirtualinstructor.com)


I've taken all of the steps to drawing a face with this simpler approach and put them into one image. The step by step instructions can be found underneath the image. You'll notice that some of the steps are the same as we discussed before, with the exception of using the square to determine the hairline, brow line, and nose line.The planes of the face change direction in space. These changes in direction produce different values depending on the location and strength of the light source.

In most cases, the light source will originate from above. This produces areas of darker tone in locations that recede and lighter ones in locations that protrude.When drawing a portrait, we have to remember that there's no "one size fits all" solution. There will be slight proportional differences from one person to the next. We can use the techniques explored in this lesson to help us better understand the locations of the features of the face. But if we want our portrait drawings to capture the likeness of the person, then we must rely on observation to capture all of the nuances. (Source: thevirtualinstructor.com)




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