Face Proportions (Front View)
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Many artists want to make realistic portraits that show how someone looks. To do this, you have to learn about face proportion. (You may want to practice drawing the basic face shapes first.)
Are you ready? We’ll start with a front view. (When you are done, you may want to try a profile or three-quarter view.)
1. HEAD. Draw a large head shape on your paper.
EYES. Eyes are halfway
down the face. So use your ruler to divide your head in half
with a horizontal line. Draw lightly (you may want to erase it
will look a little alien until you add eyebrows and hair. But
don't draw the eyes too high!
you look at someone face on, they will have room for five eyes
across the front of their face! You can divide the horizontal
line into five equal spaces to figure out how big to make the
NOSE. The size of the nose depends on the person. The bottom
of the nose is often as wide as the inside corners of the eyes.
So you can draw two lines down from the inside corners of the
Usually, the bottom
of the nose is halfway between the eye line and the bottom of
Now you have a "nose box"—draw the nose!
Draw another line half way between the nose and the
draw the mouth!
5. EARS. Ears are bigger than many people think! They stretch from the eyes to below the nose. Use the horizontal line you first drew for the eyes to line up the top of the ears. They will end between the bottom of the nose and the mouth.
6. EYEBROWS. Eyebrows tell a lot about a person’s mood. They come in all different sizes and shapes (and some people pluck them out!) A gentle arch over the eyes should do for a relaxed face.
7. NECK. Most people draw the neck too thin. A head weighs eight pounds so necks are big and strong! Start at the ears and gently curve in then out again.
the shoulders wide enough so you could fit another head on each
Good work! Now you can draw front-view portrait! Draw another and another and another until you don’t need to draw the guidelines.
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