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How to Draw a Face

Learn how to draw a face from professional artist Kevin Kobasic in this illustration and drawing tips video from Howcast.


So I just finished drawing a skull, and now I'm going to show you how that shape related to drawing a face. Again, I'm going to start out drawing sort of a loaf of bread shape, and that gives me the top of my head. And the bottom of my loaf of bread is about where the cheekbones are going to fall. And then I'm going to add this wedge shape on the bottom that describes the jaw. Now I'm going to add a center line that is going to show me where the eyes are. So when I'm looking at a person's face, the first thing I look at is the construction of their skull. One thing that really differentiates different people's faces is this space between the eye sockets. You'll find if you really look at this negative space that isn't actually anything between the eyes, that will really help you understand the structure of different people's faces.

So even though I'm drawing an actual face, I really start out drawing a skull. And then I think of the mouth, I tend to think of it as sort of a single mass, almost like a Darth Vader kind of thing right there. I'm just going to rough in where the eyes are going to go. The eyelids sort of wrap around the eyeball. So that pretty much gives me all the construction I need to start actually drawing a face. Again, even though I'm just drawing a person's face, I'm really, when I'm drawing this line I'm really thinking of all the landmarks on the skull. I'm really just kind of wrapping it around these, the cheekbones and into the ridge that goes around the eye socket. If you really, really can learn to draw a skull, then you can really have a leg up on learning to draw faces.

I don't actually know if I'm drawing a man or a woman here. I guess I better, based on the nose I'm going to guess it's a man. Everybody sort of has these lines. They're very prominent on some people. They're very subtle on other people, but everybody has this sort of shape. And once you really master that, it really helps you make your faces look three-dimensional and realistic. Now the very last thing I'm going to do is draw the eyes themselves. The eyebrows tend to somewhat follow the upper edge of the eye socket. Let's do sort of a neutral expression. It's important that you start at the beginning of the process, and that you work your way toward the final product.

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