Simon’s Sketch Work – Drawing the Human Face

As my regular bloggies know I’ve been messing about with art work for over a year now and with this I’ve been sketching out ideas and transferring them to digital and doing fun things.

But I’ve also wanted to improve my sketching. So I’ve looked on Youtube on how to draw the human face and I’ve been working on this.



To give you an idea of how I’ve gone about it, you do the following:

  1. Draw a circle.
  2. Draw a line straight down through the circle extending out about two thirds depending on the face shape.
  3. Draw lines across roughly as shown to mark positions for the eyes, nose and mouth. These can vary depending on the face shape, size and proportions.
  4. Draw in oval eyes, then the nose and mouth.
  5. Ears will typically go between the eye and nose lines.
  6. Add eye detail.
  7. Add eyebrows, shading etc…

My first attempt came up with this sad looking face:


So I did another one and came up with this after looking at more Youtube and adding hair etc.


I was a bit worried that this woman looked a bit cross eyed. So I worked some more and got this:


I was thinking I was kind of getting the hang of this, what I found was interesting is the difference between men’s and women’s faces, how can you tell and decide? It’s a bit hard and of course they’re very much the same. Anyway… I digress.



I thought I would move on from this and try drawing a face from a picture, in short it went a bit like this:


Using the method described I drew the shape of the face and the facial features.



Added further detail such as hair, eyes and ears.




Finally finishing with some shading.


It’s not perfect by any means but I think I’m getting better, it seems that to get it right it’s all about getting the shading right.

What do you guys think?

NOTE: Photo screenshot from Instagram of Melissa Riso – no ownership claimed on this photo.

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My name is Simon I'm an engineer, creator, free thinker and occasionally writer. For far too long I had ideas and nowhere to put them for the world to see, that's why Planet Simon was created. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas. I'm not the person I used to be and over time I have evolved and the blog is evolving with me. Whatever this blog is in the future it's a place where all are welcome and ideas can roam free to find their magical place in the universe. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas.

37 thoughts on “Simon’s Sketch Work – Drawing the Human Face

  1. Defo getting better!
    I haven’t done a drawing in years, haha. I did a course a few years ago and they kept saying drawing is about measurements, and patience. I can’t say i’m a patient person 😀

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  2. Hi Simon, I think you made a good start. Drawing the human body and the face more specifically can be quite overwhelming and frustrating the first few times. I find studying the human anatomy in detail, fundamental for someone who seriously wants to improve. Watching videos or reading tutorials is very helpful. The most efficient way though, I think is a combination of observation and studying the skeleton and muscles.

    I really like your last drawing and I am really looking forward to seeing your next ones!

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    1. Hi Lasonas, thanks for coming to see my work and for commenting. You’ve given me some good pointers to go on. You’re right the human form is overwhelming but like in many things it needs to be taken piece but piece to make the whole.

      I still have more studying and practicing to do. I hope you’ll come by to see the next one. 😀

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      1. Hi Simon, I totally agree with you. Anatomy and drawing the human body is not an easy thing to learn and breaking it down to smaller areas is the way to go! I hope you enjoy the prcess of learning it because it is actually very challenging but also very interesting and rewarding!

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  3. The face is so hard I think because of the symmetry. That was the toughest challenge I found when I started sketching. You are really making great progress, Simon. The final drawing is marvelous!

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      1. I’ve have been painting for years. My art was deleted with my old blog. I’ll put some out some day. You’re turning into a fine artist. In addition I was reading some of your older writes. You are a gifted and prolific writer, your knowledge and curiosity on so many subjects is impressive.

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      1. Yes, that’s the trouble. I have to learn to let that perfectionist in me go. I’ve gotten better with painting & oil pastels, but when it comes to sketching I keep adding & adding & it just makes it worse.

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  4. That’s really good! It’s not easy drawing the human body. I used to do a lot of drawing and painting in my youth and keep promising to get back into it, but somehow it never happens, you’re making me wanting to get going with it again. I always found faces really difficult though, because to me it’s ok to draw a face, but extremely difficult to add the personality/character/soul into it. I used to enjoy drawing hands, but found drawing animals easier. 🙂

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    1. It’s not easy and that’s why I’m doing it, I’m trying to teach myself form and Shadow and expression. I agree that I find putting the soul into a picture hard, if your t look at the last one I did I think technically I got it good but the expression isn’t the same and that annoys me.
      I might try things like hands too. I hope you do get into it, if needs be I’ll post more to inspire you. I hope to see maybe some posts from you in the future with your sketches?

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      1. Yes I’d love to see more sketches from you & yes I agree the last picture is definitely getting there. It’s a great likeness to the original photo. I’ll maybe try to find some of my previous work, I used do a few in pencil, but also pastels. My dad was quite a good artist so he taught me a lot. You’re definitely inspiring me to pick up my pencils again, but still would rather sketch animals than humans 😊 looking forward to to seeing more of your work!

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      2. I would love to see some of your work whether it’s animals or human. I’m pleased to hear I’m inspiring you to pick up your pencils again! I like it when that kind of thing happens.
        More of my work will be coming soon! 🙂

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