How To Draw 3/4 View Face: Step-by-step
How To Draw A Basic Portrait is a step-by-step tutorial that teaches the fundamentals of portrait drawing and serves as a good warm-up before learning how to draw a 3/4 view face.
Step-by-step Guide of How To Draw 3/4 View of the Face
We’ll be learning how to draw frontal view faces in this series, with foreshortening especially when the head tilts upwards or downwards. I promise you’ll get the hang of it if you just keep practicing. But first, gather and prepare the materials we’ll be using.
The Loomis Method
There are many ways to draw u00be view faces, and artists have their own preferences or methods, but I find American illustrator, author, and art instructor Andrew Loomis’ method to be very helpful and clear in its instructions.
1. Placement of face on your paper
The subject takes up about two-thirds of a page in the B5 Artist’s Sketchbook from ZenART Supplies. Check out our other Toolkit articles for a handy guide to creating eye-catching compositions.
2. Outlining and dissecting the skull
The pin’s axis-like function is an important starting point for better understanding how to draw a face. First, draw a circle to represent the upper part of the skull. Next, pierce a pin straight through the ball to serve as the axis’ grounding.
3. Laying down the facial features
Next, determine where your subject’s hairline is and mark it; this varies from person to person; then, extend the MIDDLE LINE downwards to mark the lower middle part of the face down to the chin; and finally, divide the face into three equal parts.
Make sure the top and bottom of the ear are at the same level as the eyebrows and nose; the ear’s C curve does not follow a vertical line, but rather is angled backwards to closely follow the curving shape of the head.
B. Eyebrows and Eyes
Draw irises and pupils depending on where your subject or reference is looking u2013 at the viewer or elsewhere. Drawing eyes at u00be view can be difficult, but it will get easier with practice. I like to draw and shade the eyes in detail first and foremost.
Draw a cylinder that connects to the skull for the neck; imagine a doll’s head that pops into place when attached to the neck; use the same line as the bottom of the chin for the start of the slope for the sloping back part of the neck and shoulders.
Photo Examples of How To Draw 3/4 View Face
To help you understand how to draw a 3/4 view face, I’ve overlapping the proportion lines on three photographs.
Eye-level 3/4 View of the Face
Yellow lines are used to draw the lines for the shoulders and collarbones, which open up into triangular shapes when viewed face-to-face.
Here are some reminders that I hope will help you out:
The Loomis method of drawing faces is a great foundation for all of the different faces you’ll be drawing from now on, and it’s very flexible, allowing you to easily modify it to show specific features like a square-ish jaw, wide lips, and other distinguishing features.
Most importantly, have fun and don’t forget to celebrate each milestone you achieve!
Let us know what angles you find the most difficult to draw, and whether you prefer to use your own face as a reference or a different model. Feel free to leave a comment, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
— MEET THE AUTHOR—
Kathleen is the Wordsmith at ZenART, and she’s a visual artist with experience in a variety of fields ranging from painting and sculpture to costume and set design, as well as teaching and running her own line of handmade wirework jewelry designs.
What is a 3/4 view?
2/3 view, where your subject turns their head until the line of their nose is almost touching the outline of their cheek on the far side: 3/4 view, where your subject turns their face just slightly in one direction until you can no longer see their far ear: 2/3 view, where your subject turns their head until the line of their nose is almost touching the outline of their cheek on the far side.
How do you draw anime 3/4 heads?
How to Draw a 3/4 View of an Anime Female Face
- Step 1 u2013 Draw the Top of the Head.
- Step 2 u2013 Draw the Face’s Center Line.
- Step 3 u2013 Draw the Bottom of the Face.
- Step 4 u2013 Draw the Facial Features.
- Step 5 u2013 Draw the Hair.
- Step 6 u2013 Cleaned Up Line Drawing.
- Step 7 u2013 Apply Color.
- Step 8 u2013 Apply Shading.