Facial Proportions – How to Draw a Face
In this lesson, we’ll look at how to draw a face, and we’ll go over several methods for ensuring that your facial features are in the right place. We’ll start with Loomis’ method, which is more complicated but more accurate.
Step 1 – Draw a Circle and a Cross
The intersecting lines will be used to determine where the facial features are in relation to the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Step 2 – Draw a Square within the Circle
Next, we’ll draw a square with each corner touching the circle, which will eventually represent the face’s edges, with the bottom line representing the nose and the center line representing the brow.
Step 3 – Draw the Chin
Measure the distance between the square’s center line and the bottom line, and mark the location of your chin with this measurement. Draw the chin’s edges from each side of the square so that they connect at your marked location.
Step 4 – Locate the Eyes
The eyes are usually found on a line in the center of the head, which is represented by the center line that we drew in step one. We can draw an “eye line” here to determine where the eyes are on the face.
Step 5 – Draw the Eyes
The width of the head, measured from ear to ear, is roughly equal to the length of five “eyes.” This means that if we want to draw the eyes with precise proportions, we must draw them to match this measurement.
Step 7 – Locate and Draw the Mouth
The mouth is slightly higher than half-way between the bottom of the nose and the chin, with the corners of the mouth aligning with the inside edges of the pupils. Drawing light lines from the pupils to the “mouth line” may be helpful.
Step 8 – Draw the Ears
Next, we’ll look at the placement of the eyes, nose, and mouth, with the top and bottom of the ears generally aligning with the brow line and nose. Check out this video lesson for a closer look at drawing an ear.
Step 9 – Draw the Hairline
The hairline is found on the top edge of the square we drew in step two; it may not be visible if you’re drawing someone with long hair that overlaps the forehead, but it’s important to know where it is.
Step 10 – Draw the Hair
Shorter hair extends only slightly off the top of the head, while longer or bushier hair may extend quite far; in either case, the hair should not be drawn directly on the head.
Step 11 – Add the Neck
The most basic way to draw a face is to start with a circle and intersecting lines; if you’re drawing from the side or profile view, the measurements remain the same; we’ll just move the features to the side of the head.
Step 2 – Draw a Line from the Top of the Head to the Chin
We’ll start by marking the bottom of the chin, which we can do by measuring the distance from the center of the square to the bottom. Once the chin is marked, we’ll draw the front edge of the face, which is facing to the left in this case.
Step 3 – Add a Line from the Bottom of the Chin to the Center of the Square
Next, we’ll draw a line from the top of the chin to the center point on the bottom of the square, which represents the jawline, which will curve slightly in most people’s faces when they’re facing a 45-degree angle.
Step 4 – Determine the Location of the Eyes
Next, we’ll measure to the center of the head and draw a line to represent the eye line, just beneath the brow line. We can also draw the backside of the skull using the circle we drew with the bottom of the square.
Step 5 – Draw the Facial Features and Add Shading
If you look at a human face image, you’ll notice that the eyes are set back from the front edge of the face, and the lips and mouth recede at a diagonal towards the neck.
Step 6 – Draw the Ear on the Side of the Face
We’ll draw the ear on the side of the face in this step, with the bulk of the ear on the right side of our center line. We’ll also draw a couple of contour lines for the neck in this step.
How do I learn to draw portraits?
Here are some portrait drawing tips:
- Start with the eyes and work your way down to the nose and mouth.
- Allow the darkness of the hair to aid in the creation of the lighter edge of the face.
How do you sketch yourself?
So, here are a few pointers on how to draw a self-portrait:
- Start with a light sketch.
- Add shadows and smudge them. Add shadows to make your sketch look more professional.
- Do your hairline after you outline.
- Fine details come last.
How do you draw realistic lips?
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw lips in the frontal view.
- Refine the outline and show the volume in the lower lip with two ovals.
- Add a shadow for the upper and lower lips with the HB pencil.
- Add some shading and tone to the whole drawing.
- Add the lines on the lips.
How can I draw better faces?
What is the best way to draw a face?
- Start with two circles to form the base of the head.
- Add construction lines to position the features.
- Experiment with different proportions.
- Line up the features.
- Start with the eyes.
- Add in the nose.
- Try different lip shapes.
- Think about the differences between male and female faces.
How can I draw on a photo?
Step-by-step instructions on how to draw on a photograph
- Select the draw tool. Onto the Draw Tool!
- Adjust the draw stroke.
- Open your photo in PicMonkey. To get started, click Create new from the PicMonkey homepage and choose where your image is stored.
What is the easiest thing to draw for beginners?
Beginners can draw these 10 simple pictures.
- Food is an excellent subject for artwork because it is universal, recognizable, appealing, and, best of all, it will pose for you if you ask it to.
- Faces and expressions.
- Cartoon animals.
- Buildings or architectural structures.
- Paisley designs.
How many hours a day should I practice drawing?
Slowly increase your drawing time You can see improvements by drawing only 1-2 hours per day, but if you want to see significant improvements, aim for 5-6 hours per day, or more if possible.
What should I learn first in drawing?
After all, any object you see around you can be constructed using one, or a combination of, three different shapes: A circle u2013 a sphere is a circle in three dimensions. A square u2013 a cube is a square in three dimensions.