How to draw an ear – 5 easy steps
Drawing ears can be difficult and complex due to the numerous bumps, valleys, and folds, but it is still beneficial to learn how to draw an ear. The example image below was drawn using HB Derwent pencils.
Step 1: Draw the shape of an ear
Outline the shape of the ear, making sure the bottom part (ear lobe) is smaller in proportion to the top part (helix).
Step 2: Draw the bumps and folds
To indicate the main folds within the ear, draw two curves: the first should line the middle to top part of the ear, leaving a small amount of room around the edge, and the left side of the curve should be slightly into the center.
Step 3: Shading preparation
Choose a light source and draw soft lines to indicate where the darkest shadows will fall, which will be the most prominent folds and deepest valleys within the ear. If any shadows cross through the ‘y,’ make sure they are warped to complement any ridges, bumps, or valleys.
Step 4: Shade the darkest areas
Step 1 – Using a 4B pencil, lighten the areas outlined in the previous step, keeping in mind that deeper parts of the ear should be darker and bumps should be lighter. Click here to learn how to shade an actual person’s ears with Prisma Shimmer Pencils.
Step 5: Add mid tones and light tones
Shade the top of the human ear with an hb pencil and a blending stump. If needed, use a kneaded eraser to bring out the lightest areas of the ear. Darlene founded RFA with the goal of sharing simple yet detailed drawing tutorials with other artists.
Where should ears be drawn?
The ears will be slightly higher than the guide lines you drew for the nose and eye lines because of the curve of the face; the top of the ear will usually touch the point of the brows, and the spot where the ear attaches to the head at the top is right at the eye line.
Do low set ears mean anything?
Low-set ears (pinna), abnormal rotation, the absence of ears, and abnormal folds in the ear may be associated with a variety of medical conditions.
How high should ears be?
Stick Out Ears are ear protrusions that protrude further from the sides of the head than the average adult protrusion of 19 millimetres.
How do I stop fluid in my ears?
To treat ear fluid, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics, as well as a combination of a decongestant and an antihistamine. If these treatments are ineffective, the doctor may insert an ear tube into the middle ear to allow fluids to drain normally.