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:
- Draw a circle.
- Draw a line straight down through the circle extending out about two thirds depending on the face shape.
- 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.
- Draw in oval eyes, then the nose and mouth.
- Ears will typically go between the eye and nose lines.
- Add eye detail.
- 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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